What's your storage/transportation methods?

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Just curious on some of your methods for protecting and transporting your chips. My method is typically to use camera cases like the nanuk/pelican cases. Feel free to post some pics as I'm curious! Also, I've seen people using covered racks within cases which I've never seen before. Just looking for some new ideas. Thanks!!
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I’ve always used traditional storage cases.
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The camera cases are total overkill. If customizing the foam layout and having a cool bulletproof case is your thing, great. But practically speaking, I don’t think it’s usually necessary, unless you’re moving more than 1,000 chips at a time.
 

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Long ago, I used 750-chip aluminum cases. Eventually moved to racks in acrylic bird cage carriers, and now rely solely on racks in several Member's Mark cases (20" and 24" w/wheels) with different configurations.

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Am curious as well...what will be best long term storage case to keep them from errr deteriorating?
 

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Am curious as well...what will be best long term storage case to keep them from errr deteriorating?
You will deteriorate faster than your chips. They survive being buried in concrete for years. They’ll survive anything YOU can throw at them. :)
 

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You will deteriorate faster than your chips. They survive being buried in concrete for years. They’ll survive anything YOU can throw at them. :)
I wouldn’t go as far as to say anything. Long periods of direct sunlight, high humidity, high heat, or significant fluctuations in temperatures for an extended amount of time can do irreparable harm to clay chips. Like most things a cool dark dry place is best but most places in your house will work to.
 

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Long periods of direct sunlight, high humidity, high heat, or significant fluctuations in temperatures for an extended amount of time can do irreparable harm to clay chips.
You’re right! I wasn’t even thinking of someone subjecting their chips to harsh environments like that, but I’m sure it happens.
Here is the case I currently have them in, great for transporting (but a bit heavier than necessary.) It’s a repurposed mini guitar amp head case, holds 1,200-1,400 chips and multiple decks of cards.
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(There's a forum section for cases and storage, too.)

I hope to get some nice medium duty birdcages in the future that can double as display and light transport duty.
 

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Best solution I 've found in Europe are the German-designed, Chinese-made B&W outdoor cases, built to international military standards ( NATO STANAG 4280) and waterproof / dustproof standards IP67). Clearly cheaper than the Pelikans and Nanuks, especially in this part of the word.
Waterproof, shock-proof and resisting temperatures from -30 to 80 degrees Celsius.
https://www.b-w-international.com/product-category/outdoor-cases/

The B&W 3000 accommodates 6 racks in 2 floors (even 8 racks, but very tight).
The 4000 accomodates 8 racks in 2 floors comfortably (that's the one I have)
I guess the 5000 can accommodate 10 racks, but it doesn't come with wheels; only with an optional backpacking system, as do the rest of them.
The even bigger 6600 does come with wheels and should be able to accommodate 12 racks.
Their foam could benefit on the long run from some Plastic-Dipping (I haven't done it yet).

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Another type I 've tried is the also apparently German-branded Mantona, "photo case", with room for even 10 racks, but whose structurally integrity proved to be too little for even 8 (has started showing signs of fatigue with minimal use; apparently not designed for that kind of weight, and with clearly inferior foam). Not recommended.
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Yes yes we all love our cases and foam (myself included). But what do you do if you can't have 2 even levels of chips? For example, you have an Apache 3800 case and 500 chips. If you stack them 2 levels high, then that last rack of 100 doesn't get compressed by the foam and goes all over. Do you just slap a spare piece of foam under the rack to raise it up? Seems ghetto.

Asking for a friend... No really, I only buy chips in 400 or 800 count to avoid this situation ;)
 

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I guess you could use covered racks or even standard covered cardboard boxes. Use an extra box in the "empty" place to carry cards and buttons.:)
 

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My 4800 with chip racks two deep doesn't hit the top on it's own - I put a thick board under the bottom foam to prop them up some. Also you could plastidip together cut out squares in the shape you needed to fill in gaps in the top.
 

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This thread makes me feel certain inadequacies with respect to transport. I've managed to cover the storage part for sure.

While the present poker shut down has negated any chance of me needing to transport chips, and I cant see myself doing so in the future, it would still seem prudent to have a case on hand that can handle transport of a set if the need arises.

Apache 3800, and 4800s for the price you can't beat them! These are 4800s! Capacity 1,400 max
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This one is a 3800... can fit 1000 tight!
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They cost $55 each for the 4800s and $40 each for the 3800s and often you can find coupons for 25% off

And yep, looks like I'll be reaching out to you Ben, once I'm ready to pull the trigger. Wowzers!
 

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This thread makes me feel certain inadequacies with respect to transport. I've managed to cover the storage part for sure.

While the present poker shut down has negated any chance of me needing to transport chips, and I cant see myself doing so in the future, it would still seem prudent to have a case on hand that can handle transport of a set if the need arises.



And yep, looks like I'll be reaching out to you Ben, once I'm ready to pull the trigger. Wowzers!
We need 4 more cases right now that would be filled today!! Lol but holding off because of the virus. Soon hopefully I can grab a few more.
 

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This has come up before in several older threads. Here’s what I said then, and it’s still true:

Pelican 1510, set up for 1,600 chips in 4x25 covered boxes. Eleven boxes in lower layer, five in upper layer. Could fit 100s more, but this is plenty.

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Smaller, more mobile option for when I don’t need to drag out the whole shebang: Pelican 1400, with space for up to 700 chips. Nice thing about covered 4 x 25 chip boxes is that I don’t need to fill them all—if fewer chips are needed just fill the extra spots with empty boxes. No sloshing around.

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@gopherblue explain those covered boxes! Those are awesome... Where'd you get them?
They are 25 x 4 boxes. Some refer to them as Bud Jones boxes, but I’m not sure. I had an old thread about them here: https://www.pokerchipforum.com/threads/4x25-covered-racks.24871/#post-458127

They’re pretty perfect for this purpose, especially since (as I noted above) you don’t need to always carry full racks, like you would with regular open racks—just fill the excess space with empty boxes.
 

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Anybody that want their lid foam engraved it costs $25 and shipping. Just send me your egg crate lid foam ( I flip it around and engrave the flat side) and lets discuss a design.
 

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Gopherblue, I also have a 1510. Is there any padding on the bottom, and if so, how much? Mine is configured for 1,000 chips, but I've thought of getting another thing of foam and configuring it for 1,600. I like your configuration. I have a lid organizer in mine, and I also use the 4x25 boxes.
 

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Gopherblue, I also have a 1510. Is there any padding on the bottom, and if so, how much? Mine is configured for 1,000 chips, but I've thought of getting another thing of foam and configuring it for 1,600. I like your configuration. I have a lid organizer in mine, and I also use the 4x25 boxes.
I believe mine just has the standard thin foam base layer.
 

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I think they are Bud Jones, correct?

EDIT : wish I had me some

I'm not so sure. Bud Jones boxes are two flat trays that surround the chip but do not overlap. And they use standard array of 20x5.
If you're interested, I will have some extra actual Bud Jones boxes once the next bulk Matsui rack order is fulfilled.
 

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There's an idea; use Matsuis in one of these cases. I haven't seen that approach yet. Maybe b/c they are too thin?
 

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I'm not so sure. Bud Jones boxes are two flat trays that surround the chip but do not overlap. And they use standard array of 20x5.
If you're interested, I will have some extra actual Bud Jones boxes once the next bulk Matsui rack order is fulfilled.
Always interested in a style of racks I haven't yet used. I'm also going to be grabbing some of the Matsui's that Tony will be bringing in. I'd be interested in 8-10 racks.

We can discuss further when it happens.:tup:
 

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Gopherblue, mine came, I think, with 3 layers of the pickn-n-pluck foam. What I meant was did you leave the bottom layer when you cut or did you remove it? Does the bottom layer of boxes sit on the bottom, on top of the first layer of foam, or did you cut the bottom layer to allow for the boxes?
 

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Gopherblue, mine came, I think, with 3 layers of the pickn-n-pluck foam. What I meant was did you leave the bottom layer when you cut or did you remove it? Does the bottom layer of boxes sit on the bottom, on top of the first layer of foam, or did you cut the bottom layer to allow for the boxes?
I don’t know. I’ll have to check. I am pretty sure it went thru all the picknpluck, with only the base layer foam.
 
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