View Poll Results: Silica Gel; Thirsty Hippo; DryCabinet, Which ONE??

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  • Silica gel

    192 27.16%
  • Thirsty Hippo (but apparently there's talk that its TOO dry)

    101 14.29%
  • Electric Drybox/Cabinet

    444 62.80%
  • Dehumidifier Lamp in a cupboard (DIYers)

    23 3.25%
  • Others! (wow there's a 5th option? post it here!)

    27 3.82%
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Thread: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

  1. #281
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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    I play around with my camera every 1 or 2 days, so I guess being a 'hippo and lock & lock' guy wouldn't hurt much for now..

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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by willdoang View Post
    aiya nowadays everything cause cancer, fastfood, instant noodle, styrofoam, cigarette, etc2 but it doesn't stop people from using it everyday like, compare to silica gel that u change every once or twice a week while keeping it in an airtight box, u count the probability of u getting cancer from it and the other stuff i mention above, and beside i haven't see any forumer create a thread "i'm diagnosed cancer cos of my dry box silica gel" lol
    lol.... wow i have been using for 3 mths with the same silica gel lol just keep recharging lol.....

  3. #283

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by lon3fly3r View Post
    if you scared explode or cancer, use hair dryer n slowly blow dry them. thats what i heard my friend is doing coz he simply got too much time and no microwave
    The electricity used by the hairdryer is probably enough to power a digicab for a few days.

  4. #284

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesco View Post
    mmm i heard will cause cancer for the blue ones, is it really that dangerous to reheat in microwave?
    hahah haven't revisit this thread since I started it .. am glad that have helped a few photographers save $ for lens instead of a dry cabinet.

    To understand the risks involved you can see
    MSDS For Silica Gel Blue
    http://www.hysilicagel.com/images/MS...Gel%20Blue.pdf

    But understand that it is risk only.
    you take a gamble when u cross the road but you still do as the risk is not unbearable.

    of course when u are the one hit by a car, u imagine the risk to be bigger.

    that said everyone's risk tolerance is different. you can use colorless Sillica or as mentioned thirsty hippo.
    note that colorless silica is used in quite a few food packaging.

    I have tried drying silica gel on old pans on stove tops before as well, it was a waste of time and very tedious!

  5. #285

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    icic thanks for the information =D, how do i know it leaked -.- lol.... i think its time to change i have a few of them cracked half

  6. #286

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Sillica gel - use the microwave - 1 minute will do.... Put into the dry box is really good....

  7. #287

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    The film store at parkway parade basement sells the silica for 4 to 4.50 only.

    silica is quite powerful.

    just a handful will put my dry box to 30% RH.

    scared me when i saw it after work when i came back... gan cheong take out my stuff and check for damage, luckily none.

    now i bought a dry cabinet because the storage not enough.

    now i put the remainder into my cupboards, cos i now know how powerful the silica is..

    my 2 cents.

  8. #288

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesco View Post
    icic thanks for the information =D, how do i know it leaked -.- lol.... i think its time to change i have a few of them cracked half
    Oh the cobalt ion is soluble in water so if you soak your silica in water ur silica will turn colorless and the water becomes blue(regardless of whole or cracked beads). but u use it as drying agent so the odds that it will come in contact with puddles of water to leech out the cobalt seems small.

  9. #289

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    Oh the cobalt ion is soluble in water so if you soak your silica in water ur silica will turn colorless and the water becomes blue(regardless of whole or cracked beads). but u use it as drying agent so the odds that it will come in contact with puddles of water to leech out the cobalt seems small.
    oh so cobalt comes out in water, when i heat it up, somehow there are water vapours while it indirectly contact the silica... errrr i dunno lol!!!! maybe i should get those cobalt free to ease my mind then =D

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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesco View Post
    oh so cobalt comes out in water, when i heat it up, somehow there are water vapours while it indirectly contact the silica... errrr i dunno lol!!!! maybe i should get those cobalt free to ease my mind then =D
    I really don't understand why people go through all these troubles when they could have just gotten a dry cabinet instead.
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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by 9V-Orion Images View Post
    I really don't understand why people go through all these troubles when they could have just gotten a dry cabinet instead.
    Agreed. Getting a dry cabinet is all worth while..
    Thats a saying goes: "You save more, when you get the best"...

  12. #292

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    This is an interesting thread.
    I am interested in trying the silica gel method + box.
    But any idea where to buy silica gel?
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  13. #293

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Apart the film store at parkway mentioned above.
    Any other places like home shopping centres, funan, etc?
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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aurorasea View Post
    Apart the film store at parkway mentioned above.
    Any other places like home shopping centres, funan, etc?
    most of the neighbourhood photo printing shops usually carry it, i always buy a 500ml silica gel from near chai chee tech park(where i work) shops for S$4.5
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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    i bought from ebay cobalt free orange

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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Got my Lock n Lock and Silica Gel (500gm@$4.5) from NTUC XTra at AMK
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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Oh no... i stumble onto this thread too late. So it should be around 45-55% RH....

    I just bought my camera and using a dry box with silica gel and a hydrometer. I notice that it's been 20% for a few (to be exact 5 days since i put my new camera in) days and i did take out my camera for the last 3 days to do some setting & test shots. (about 2 hours a day) so storing my new camera for 5 days at 20% RH will it be already damage?

    Pls advice.

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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    the humidity in my room is <15%. stored my lens in my drawer, no problems.

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    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    the humidity in my room is <15%. stored my lens in my drawer, no problems.
    wow so low!

  20. #300

    Default Re: Sillica gel; thirsty hippo; dry boxes; dehumidifier lamp in a cupboard which one?

    15%? Your aircon must be on the whole day at full blast!
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