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    Default How reliable are some dry cabinets?

    I have been seeing many people asking one common question on how to tune the RH of their newly purchase "electric" dry cabinets. Numbers are climbing.
    Something that puzzles me, don't these products come with a decent user guide or are they so simple (or perhaps low quality) that a guide book is not available.

    If these electric cabinets did not come with a minimal instruction, how reliable are these products?

    Perhaps users of various brands, model and purchase can share their experience (no humble opinion please!) in areas of.

    - Brand, model of the electric dry cabinet. (check brand against problem)

    - Price Range of your purchase (check price against quality).

    - Did it come with instruction manual? If yes, why don't you understand? (check quality of text)

    - How long did it take to reach the required RH, just estimate. * Assuming you have use your camera for 1 full day or longer and put back. Open and close door "is not" relevant.

    - What are the mechanical/electronic problem encountered from the cabinet?

    - Any problem encountered with your "items stored".

    - Did you verify the cabinet reading with another hygrometer or you simply trust the build in hygrometer? (confidence check)

    - Do they emit a humming sound that you can hear, if yes and you are in the age <30, do you listen to MP3 aloud? (checks: if 2 or more same model emits sound and you are young and cannot hear it, you know what the MP3 are doing to you).
    Last edited by spheredome; 23rd October 2009 at 01:32 PM.

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    Default Re: How reliable are some dry cabinets?

    pls see response

    Quote Originally Posted by spheredome View Post
    I have been seeing many people asking one common question on how to tune the RH of their newly purchase "electric" dry cabinets. Numbers are climbing.
    Something that puzzles me, don't these products come with a decent user guide or are they so simple (or perhaps low quality) that a guide book is not available.

    If these electric cabinets did not come with a minimal instruction, how reliable are these products?

    Perhaps users of various brands, model and purchase can share their experience (no humble opinion please!) in areas of.

    - Brand, model of the electric dry cabinet. (check brand against problem)
    best u buy the japanese brand - they are known for quality. Digi-cabi is not bad though.

    - Price Range of your purchase (check price against quality).
    prices < $1000

    - Did it come with instruction manual? If yes, why don't you understand? (check quality of text)
    Usage very intutiative unlike windows7


    - How long did it take to reach the required RH, just estimate. * Assuming you have use your camera for 1 full day or longer and put back. Open and close door "is not" relevant.
    first time 1-2 days to stables and after that u open and close door very fasterly u get back the stabled condition very fast.

    - What are the mechanical/electronic problem encountered from the cabinet?
    drier unit not working

    - Any problem encountered with your "items stored".
    rudder crack open and oil in lens drys up as the air in the cabinet is too dry

    - Did you verify the cabinet reading with another hygrometer or you simply trust the build in hygrometer? (confidence check)
    better get independent reader to take a unbaised reading

    - Do they emit a humming sound that you can hear, if yes and you are in the age <30, do you listen to MP3 aloud? (checks: if 2 or more same model emits sound and you are young and cannot hear it, you know what the MP3 are doing to you).
    should have no sound

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    Default Re: How reliable are some dry cabinets?

    I'm using a Digi-Cabi DHC 100, operating it is very simple,

    I just plug in the power, switch on, put my gear inside and that's it... I didn't need to set anything, cos already set by factory, it just hover around 45% once settle.

    recently it broke down after working none stop 24/7/365 for 4 and a half year...

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