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What Happens When You Take All the Air Out of Lays? Shrinking Potato Chip Bags in a Vacuum Chamber

In this video I put potato chip bags (Lays, Doritos, Fritos) in my vacuum chamber to show you how much empty space there actually is in potato chip bags.

image/text credit: The Action Lab 

First I put the chips in the vacuum chamber and let the bags explode. But then I show a cool trick where I poke a hole in the bag and then slowly let the vacuum suck out all the air from the bag. Then when I let the air back in the atmosphere crushes the potato chip bags in the vacuum chamber!

The vacuum chamber removes air from around the objects placed in it.Once the surrounding pressure is removed, the force of the air molecules slapping the inside of the chip bag is no longer being opposed and the chip bag bursts at many different points causing its disintegration.


This explains why the potato chip bag explodes open. This occurs along its weakest point at the ends of the bag.This video is for entertainment purposes only. If you use the information from this video for your own projects then you assume complete responsibility for the results.