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. #61

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

    Hi I'm looking for a low cost Analog type hygrometer. I notice a post in this thread that says there those available from $6-$11 at the DIY shops - but I have been going around these shops however, have not found any. Only the nearly $30 type digital ones.

    Does anyone know exactly where to get an analog hygrometer?

    I plan to buy a dry cabinet at the end of the year, when my budget is ok again (now funds depleted due to excessive BBB virus attack). In the meantime i need to monitor the humidity in my existing dry box without busting the bank!

  2. #62

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DeSwitch View Post
    I use a drybox with a rechargable silica pack. Once teh indication turns pink, I plug the pack into an AC outlet and charge (actually got heater inside to dry the silica) and put back into drybox. However I'm planning to DIY a glass cabinet with dehumifier lamp together with the same silica pack (for backup).
    Hey, care to share where can you buy such a pack and how much? Thanks!

  3. #63

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ombre View Post


    Hey, care to share where can you buy such a pack and how much? Thanks!
    I saw that at the home-fix shop in singapore. I'm not sure what is the price. But i seen it at the CAUSEWAY POINT . Other branches should sell.

    This are there branches:

    HEAD OFFICE
    1 Changi Business Park Ave 1
    #04-01 Ultro Building
    Singapore 486058
    Tel: 6788-3382
    Fax: 6788-3302
    Weekday: 9.00am - 6.00pm
    Off on weekends & public holidays


    LOT 1 SHOPPERS' MALL
    21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
    #B1-07 Lot 1 Shoppers' Mall
    Singapore 689812
    Tel: 6765-1823
    Fax: 6765-7033
    Weekday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm


    ANG MO KIO HUB
    53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
    #B2-15 Ang Mo Kio Hub
    Singapore 569933
    Tel: 6556-4412
    Fax: 6556-4413
    Weekday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm



    MARINA SQUARE
    (FLAGSHIP STORE)
    6 Raffles Boulevard
    #02-248/249 Marina Square
    Singapore 039594
    Tel: 6883-2038
    Fax: 6883-2039
    Weekday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 11.00am - 10.00pm


    BUKIT PANJANG PLAZA
    1 Jelebu Road
    #01-32 Bukit Panjang Plaza
    Singapore 677743
    Tel: 6769-9550
    Fax: 6769-9213
    Weekday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm

    NORTHPOINT
    930 Yishun Ave 2
    #B1-05 North Point
    Singapore 769098
    Tel: 6853-2690
    Fax: 6754-7352
    Weekday: 11.00am - 9.30pm
    Weekend: 11.00am - 9.30pm



    CAUSEWAY POINT
    1 Woodlands Square
    #B1-21 Causeway Point
    Singapore 738099
    Tel: 6893-1228
    Fax: 6893-8278
    Weekday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm

    NOVENA SQUARE
    238 Thomson Road
    #01-30 Novena Square
    Singapore 307683
    Tel: 6356-7520
    Fax: 6356-7530
    Weekday: 10.00am-9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am-9.00pm


    COLD STORAGE JELITA SHOPPING CENTRE
    293 Holland Road
    #02-18 Cold Storage Jelita Shopping Centre
    Singapore 278626
    Tel: 6462-4618
    Fax: 6462-4650
    Weekday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 9.00pm

    SIGLAP CENTRE
    55 Siglap Road
    #01-16/17 Siglap Centre
    Singapore 455871
    Tel: 6443-4541
    Fax: 6443-1727
    Weekday: 11.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 9.00pm



    COMPASS POINT
    1 Sengkang Square
    #B1-11/12 Compass Point
    Singapore 545078
    Tel: 6489-2728
    Fax: 6489-1172
    Weekday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm

    TANGLIN MALL
    163 Tanglin Road
    #B1-16 Tanglin Mall
    Singapore 247933
    Tel: 6738-6086
    Fax: 6738-8247
    Weekday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 9.00pm



    GREAT WORLD CITY
    1 Kim Seng Promenade
    #B1-08 Great World City
    Singapore
    237994
    Tel: 6235-7308
    Fax: 6235-7102
    Weekday: 11.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 11.00am - 10.00pm



    THOMSON PLAZA
    301 Upper Thomson Road
    #01-85/86 Thomson Plaza
    Singapore 574408
    Tel: 6457-8038
    Fax: 6457-8113
    Weekday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 9.00pm



    HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
    1 Maritime Square
    #03-53/54 Harbourfront Centre
    Singapore 099253
    Tel: 6270-7038
    Fax: 6276-4001
    Weekday: 11.00am - 09.00pm
    Weekend: 11.00am - 09.00pm

    UNITED SQUARE
    101 Thomson Road
    #B1-52 (inside Cold Storage)
    United Square
    Tel: 6354-3260
    Fax: 6354-3297
    Weekday: 10.00am - 9.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 9.00pm



    IMM BUILDING
    2 Jurong East St 21
    #02-46/47 IMM Building
    Singapore 609601
    Tel: 6896-3280
    Fax: 6896-0728
    Weekday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am - 10.00pm

    ANCHORPOINT
    Anchorpoint 370 Alexandra Road
    #B1-28/29
    Singapore 159953
    Tel: 6476-4453
    Fax: 6476-4457
    Weekday: 10.00am-10.00pm
    Weekend: 10.00am-10.00pm

    Home-fix websit : http://www.home-fix.com/
    I hope this can help

  4. #64

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

    Quote Originally Posted by photoedit View Post
    Hi I'm looking for a low cost Analog type hygrometer. I notice a post in this thread that says there those available from $6-$11 at the DIY shops - but I have been going around these shops however, have not found any. Only the nearly $30 type digital ones.

    Does anyone know exactly where to get an analog hygrometer?

    I plan to buy a dry cabinet at the end of the year, when my budget is ok again (now funds depleted due to excessive BBB virus attack). In the meantime i need to monitor the humidity in my existing dry box without busting the bank!
    You can buy it at home-fix.

    Website : http://www.home-fix.com/

  5. #65

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

    Quote Originally Posted by brandon93 View Post
    You can buy it at home-fix.

    Website : http://www.home-fix.com/
    the analog kind?

  6. #66

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

    i bot my analog one at one of the DIY chain at IMM i think.. not alot left..
    its at the car accessory section if i remb correctly
    left dial is temp right dial is hygro
    $14 i think
    will post pic if i remb..

  7. #67

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

    May I know where can I get the Sillica gel? went to home fix at IMM but cant find it. thx

  8. #68

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

    Hi Guys


    I use a dry box with BAMBOO CHARCOAL. These can be found at hardware shops and are packed in cloth bags that come in purple, green and blue colours. Bamboo charcoal is known to have high porosity. Various impurities or foreign matter will be absorbed on the wide surface area of the charcoal. When air passes, and if humidity is high, the charcoal will adsorb the moisture, and air will be converted to dry. If the air is too dry, then the charcoal will discharge its moisture, thus adjusting the humidity in the air.

    They are said to last up to a year. The bags are secure and look good. Whenever I bring my Lowepro Vertex 200AW out, I place one of these charcoal bags inside.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by sabrecruz View Post
    I use a dry box with BAMBOO CHARCOAL.
    Did you verify its effectiveness with a hygrometer?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by sabrecruz View Post
    I use a dry box with BAMBOO CHARCOAL. These can be found at hardware shops and are packed in cloth bags that come in purple, green and blue colours. Bamboo charcoal is known to have high porosity. Various impurities or foreign matter will be absorbed on the wide surface area of the charcoal. When air passes, and if humidity is high, the charcoal will adsorb the moisture, and air will be converted to dry. If the air is too dry, then the charcoal will discharge its moisture, thus adjusting the humidity in the air.
    Charcoal is rather used as filter - but that means the air (or water) needs to pass through the filter material. Just putting it into your bag will not help much. Beside this: what is the humidity that the charcoal will achieve in the long run? You describe it as a kind of natural humidity regulation - but at which RH level? Also: how do you know when it's time to replace your charcoal bag? The idea is not bad but without any control it makes little sense. Also, be careful with charcoal dust. If you have grabbed BBQ charcoal with bare hands you'll know how "affectionate" it can be to hands. Don't want to have that somewhere near my camera.

  11. #71

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

    im using a drybox with thirsty hiipo.

    audio house is giving electronic dry cabinet and battery grip along with the other freebies if you buy their advertised camera on website.. i think d60, d90 and 450d is included.

    quite worth it eh, if the price is similar to elsewhere.

  12. #72

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

    i need some advice.
    I just bought a locknlock air tight box and a 500ml silica gel.
    I poured the gel inside the box and leave my camera inside.

    Do i need to do any other precautions beside checking whether the gel has turn pink or colorless?

    Is it safe to do it this way to prolong my camera?
    Thanks

  13. #73

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

    Er.... why do u guys dont wanna use a dry cabinet?

  14. #74

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

    Quote Originally Posted by kzone View Post
    Er.... why do u guys dont wanna use a dry cabinet?
    price $

    plus dry cabi is not very reliant depending on brand

    and the only way u can tell if its working if by putting a sillica gel pack in it
    they hygro meter can spoil

    to me a lock tight box i can possibly bring overseas.
    they stack nicely

    that's my perceived pros..

  15. #75

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

    Quote Originally Posted by iNotion View Post
    i need some advice.
    I just bought a locknlock air tight box and a 500ml silica gel.
    I poured the gel inside the box and leave my camera inside.

    Do i need to do any other precautions beside checking whether the gel has turn pink or colorless?

    Is it safe to do it this way to prolong my camera?
    Thanks
    no other precautions needed although I would try to separate the silica gel from the camera physically.
    the dust might not be good for moving parts
    the balls also might leave marks on the rubber parts of the camera if its pressed against it for too long

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

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    and the only way u can tell if its working if by putting a sillica gel pack in it - the hygro meter can spoil
    Get a back-up hygrometer.

  17. #77

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

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    price $

    plus dry cabi is not very reliant depending on brand

    and the only way u can tell if its working if by putting a sillica gel pack in it
    they hygro meter can spoil

    to me a lock tight box i can possibly bring overseas.
    they stack nicely

    that's my perceived pros..
    But how can u tell the humidity level in the box? U'd prob need a hygrometer as well rite?

    Price wise, Digi cabi is quite affordable...

  18. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by kzone View Post
    But how can u tell the humidity level in the box? U'd prob need a hygrometer as well rite?

    Price wise, Digi cabi is quite affordable...
    if u using sillica gel
    the color is the indicator of the silica gel is still good at absorbing moisture hence an indirect way of telling the humidity

  19. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    Get a back-up hygrometer.
    that only tells u that the humidity level is back up but it does nothing to bring the humidity levels back down..
    if ur bright blue sillica gel starts turning abit light blue or pink u know that ur hygrometer / dehumidifier is not working and u need to
    1) buy a new dry cabi
    2) buy more silica gel

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

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    that only tells u that the humidity level is back up but it does nothing to bring the humidity levels back down..
    if ur bright blue sillica gel starts turning abit light blue or pink u know that ur hygrometer / dehumidifier is not working and u need to
    1) buy a new dry cabi
    2) buy more silica gel
    I think you might have a misconception about the role of a dry cabinet and how silica gel works.

    1. With a dry cabinet you want to keep humidity around 50%, not as low as possible.

    2. Silica gel will absorb moisture until it cannot absorb any more - which might be because it is filled with moisture, or there is no more moisture left to absorb.

    3. Silica gel changing color has nothing to do with the moisture level in the air. And it does not give off moisture and return to blue unless heated (at 120 degrees C according to wikipedia).

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