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Ok, I never leave a 1 star, but for this safe I have to. I'm still scratching my head on how it has so many great reviews. I literally removed it from the box, grabbed the cheap plastic handle and opened it. Upon opening the plastic handle snapped off. The internal locking mechanism literally latches onto that plastic handle. Like WTF. How can this even be called a safe? If you want to break into this thing, all you have to do is break that brittle plastic part. It's "SAFE" to say this is being returned.
I haven't experienced fire or flood with this box, not that I'd like to... but I can at least review it's spaciousness and design. It fits everything I need it to, plus a little extra room. It's currently housing my diplomas, birth certificate, will, small family heirlooms, very important paperwork, memory cards, some photographs, some jewelry, yada yada...
It's portable, which makes it more easier steal, unfortunately. But I didn't buy a small safe to be bolted into the floor, so I just have to keep it hidden and hope for the best, knowing that I'm at least covered for fire and flood. (Part of me wants to add a note saying, no cash in safe, it's called a bank - lol).
PS, the best place to keep a safe during a fire is ideally beside two exterior walls (which is the coldest spot during a house fire) and never anywhere near gas pipes (ie, kitchen and furnace room).
Thankfully I haven't had to use this through a fire or flood, but otherwise it was everything I was looking for. Comfortably holds A4 size (regular printer size) paper. It certainly doesn't have a large amount of storage space, but you should be aware of that when buying it. It holds many important family documents (certificates, journals and other records), our passports and our external hard drive well. It certainly wouldn't stop a determined thief from breaking through the lock (that isn't what this is designed for), but it will keep children eyes away. It gives a sense of security for our important family files in the unlikely event of a fire or flood (relatively recently our city had major flooding and we heard many stories of families loosing important files due to it, from health records to family history documents (old journals, ect)). Would recommend, but understand that it doesn't have a huge amount of storage space. You will have to pay more for that, understandably. Also would recommend putting in a silica gel humidity control packet in the safe box (which arrive with many products and you can reuse them). This is just good safe practice and has nothing to do with this brand.
bitcoin schmidtcoin ... wish I had a lot of it! But, one thing I don't want to do is leave a lot of it "out there" at the agencies so I purchased a Ledger Nano (hard wallet) stick for storage offline. I also didn't want to start engraving passphrases out on to steel 'just in case of fire or water hazard' .. so I ordered this mini Suitcase. Granted, it won't survive a $5 pipe wrench on the noggin but, just in case of emergency it might make me feel safer of just putting away my smittencoin instead of playing the day to day trader game! Unless you have a built-in wall-to-wall safe in your office, this is a good option i.m.o. but, should you really be taking advice from somebody like me on the internet!?? :P
Seems like a solid product. We purchased it to keep legal documents and important items safe incase of a fire. The instructions do recommend placing items in a zip lock type bag as it will retain moisture. I also purchased some silica Dry&Dry packages put in this to help keep humidity low. It fits 8.5x11 Documents well.
Heavy and sturdy. Using it to store important documents. Not recommended (per instruction sheet) for watches because the insulation has high moisture content, or for pearls because they can be damaged at a lower temperature than the fire rating temperature of the safe.
Good locking mechanism with two Keys. I don’t know if keys are replaceable if lost. This was the best “match”; l just wish the safe had a slightly larger depth. Not easy to move around, but that’s good.