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    Hihi,

    Anybody tried using the thirsty hippo dehumidifier or similar products for their dry box? Are there any side effects?

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    May be too dry for your camera.
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    Yes, for a small dry box it can certainly be too dry for your camera or lenses. You may want to monitor by looking at the readings and decide whether it's better to get the smaller size thirsty hippos.

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    what happens when its too dry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    what happens when its too dry?
    Peeling and cracking lor.. My friend kena before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GDSNP View Post
    Peeling and cracking lor.. My friend kena before...
    SHucks!
    I'm currently using silica gel in a ziploc with holes.
    About 3 table spoons amount in the ziploc and kept the camera with the ziploc in the small canon(freegift) camera bag.

    What's the first sign of peeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremyspk View Post
    SHucks!
    I'm currently using silica gel in a ziploc with holes.
    About 3 table spoons amount in the ziploc and kept the camera with the ziploc in the small canon(freegift) camera bag.

    What's the first sign of peeling?
    looks dry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by westwest1 View Post
    looks dry...
    argh...then i better get a dry cabinet soon.
    How much does a good and small (enough to put a telephoto and a normal zoom lens) dry cabinet cost?

    What brand would you guys recommend?

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    digi cabi!!

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    around $99

    also the thirsty hippo will collect the moisture and store it
    once it is full.....

    the moisture comes out again
    so you will need to check it and replace b4 it becomes full

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    Be careful, when moisture is collected and become water, do not turn it upside down. The water will spoil your camera and lens(es).

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    The RH can drop to around 20-30% in a small airtight container if my hygrometer is accurate.

    Tried the combo before - retro glass air-tight camera 'urn' with 'thirsty hippo' type dehumidifiers.

    There's no need to dump your box or thirsty hippo though. You can always store items like tea, coins, etc...

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    thirsty hippo generally works fine...just be careful of spilling the water. and check for fine cracks at the base which will cause leaks (happened to me before)

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    Hm... how long does the dry cabi last? Seem like its too much of a hassle to load the camera in the box with a box of thirsty hippo not to mention the amount of variable that might spoil the camera.

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    IIRC DigiCabi got 5 years warranty.
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    My Digi-Cabi is only about 1 year old. But, it is looks like will be going well for many years ahead.

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    I bought a bottle of silica gel (about 1kg) and packed it into a porous paper bag (takes about 500g) to store in an airtight dry box. I did this 5 years ago. About once a year when I see the gel become white and pinkish I will take it out and bake it in my oven until it becomes dark blue again, and then back it goes into the case. I have been recycling this gel for all these years and it has been a very economical way to keep your equipment dry. I have had mixed results. I got a digital P&S and so was lazy to use my SLR for 2 years. As a result I did not touch the lenses for 2 years but kept it in the dry box. Surprisingly I did not have any major fungus problem when I took it out to check last night. The down side is that I realised the skin on my old SLR has cracked a little and some of it has peeled off. Its not that bad, only on the surface.

    This is very economical and you can recycle the gel but its tough to control the exact humidity level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camerashy View Post
    I bought a bottle of silica gel (about 1kg) and packed it into a porous paper bag (takes about 500g) to store in an airtight dry box. I did this 5 years ago. About once a year when I see the gel become white and pinkish I will take it out and bake it in my oven until it becomes dark blue again, and then back it goes into the case. I have been recycling this gel for all these years and it has been a very economical way to keep your equipment dry. I have had mixed results. I got a digital P&S and so was lazy to use my SLR for 2 years. As a result I did not touch the lenses for 2 years but kept it in the dry box. Surprisingly I did not have any major fungus problem when I took it out to check last night. The down side is that I realised the skin on my old SLR has cracked a little and some of it has peeled off. Its not that bad, only on the surface.

    This is very economical and you can recycle the gel but its tough to control the exact humidity level.
    Silica Gel contain Cobalt Chloride for blue color moisture indicator which is known as carcinogen agent. Better safe than sorry.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silica_gel

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    oops, didn't know that...

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