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Preventing freezer packs from leaking

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Preventing freezer packs from leaking

A few years ago I bought some cryopak branded freezer packs. They've lasted maybe 5 years but eventually each one of the packs developed cracks and started leaking out the blue fluid when thawed. At which point I had to discard them.

How long are these packs meant to last? Or are they supposed to be considered disposable after a few years?

Is there some special way to store these to make them last longer?
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I never experienced leaking cyropacks before.
I’ve had mine for yeeeears.
Even a flimsy one with the plastic covering.

Not sure if its a product durability issue.
Or storage/usage issue.
Something i’m imaging is constant freezing and thawing...
How often do you use yours? I use them for picnics, bbq, and road trips. So maybe 10 uses per year.

Do you use yours very often?
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I usually store them in the freezer. I use them infrequently too... around 10 times per year as well.
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Do you freeze them flat?

I don't think they specify what position to freeze them in but I find sometimes mine will bulge out in the middle. I would imagine with enough freeze/thaw cycles they would eventually crack.

I haven't paid much attention to what position I freeze them in though.
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lennyandcarl wrote: Do you freeze them flat?

I don't think they specify what position to freeze them in but I find sometimes mine will bulge out in the middle. I would imagine with enough freeze/thaw cycles they would eventually crack.

I haven't paid much attention to what position I freeze them in though.
Yes I always freeze them flat, but they generally bulge in the middle anyway.

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