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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    You know the concept of 5watts? That is how much power a dry cab consumes. Do a calculation how much the electricity bill will be for a dry cab. Compare it to you using the microwave, drying out the silica gels, and the cost of the gels themselves. Microwave is like what, 1500W?
    Just compare it to the PC... 400 to 600watts these days...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    You're welcome la. Good for you, I'm confident you'll feel safer with your dry cabinet. But like some of the forummers here say, frequency of usage also helps.

    Besides the $130, you forget the electricity bill ah?

    I assume you are buying a 30L one. Maybe consider a 50L one? It's about $38 more and has free delivery, from my own buying search.
    I was thinking of buying a 30L one but I thought it was the Digital one. Unfortunately, that's the analogue one.

    So, I want to buy the 40L digital one but it's too expensive for me right now as I also have to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

    I don't want all the hassle of calibrating it and so on. It seems complicated and looks like I will have to check the % humidity regularly. I want the Digital one so I can just set and leave it.


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    Thanks for the link man, I just checked out the prices in that thread.

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    Can imagine yourself using a frying pan trying to heat the silica gels... and use a stirer to make sure it is heated evenly.
    You reminded me of my A-Level Chemistry practical classes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizz747 View Post
    I don't want all the hassle of calibrating it and so on. It seems complicated and looks like I will have to check the % humidity regularly. I want the Digital one so I can just set and leave it.
    the calibration only takes 2 days at most, after that you almost dont have to be bothered about it. when the RH has settled down, just do a check every time you take out or return your camera. i have no problem with my 30L and i dun feel the trouble at all. the diff of $70 (for the 60L i getting) is almost half of your 50mm already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan View Post
    the calibration only takes 2 days at most, after that you almost dont have to be bothered about it. when the RH has settled down, just do a check every time you take out or return your camera. i have no problem with my 30L and i dun feel the trouble at all. the diff of $70 (for the 60L i getting) is almost half of your 50mm already.
    Is it? So I just calibrate when I have just bought it and then I only need to check once every while?

    That's not really a big hassle then. lol

    And yeah, the difference is almost half the price of my 50mm lens!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    You know the concept of 5watts? That is how much power a dry cab consumes. Do a calculation how much the electricity bill will be for a dry cab. Compare it to you using the microwave, drying out the silica gels, and the cost of the gels themselves. Microwave is like what, 1500W?
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    I support Saving Gaia and saving my pocket as well...I use cheapo hippo + Dry box
    Just curious..
    how long does your chippo hippo last in a dry box?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Legoz View Post
    Just curious..
    how long does your chippo hippo last in a dry box?
    I usually replace it if the humidity can't go lower than 60% after ~12 hrs unopen...which is usually 1,2 months...but must be quick when you open and close the box...cannot happily leave it open

    I diy a container so that 1 pack of hippo($1.20) can be used like ~4,5 times??..at least half a year to be conservative...
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    my thirsy hippo in a lock and tight box seems to last forever, humidity ~ 30% though.. so must force u use cam now and then.
    so far i ahve changed my hippos only becos i forgot to lock the lid even just one corner.

    hippo in dry box is quite fast 2-3 months its all wet

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    Quote Originally Posted by ovaltinemilo View Post
    I support Saving Gaia and saving my pocket as well...I use cheapo hippo + Dry box
    no pun intended, but i think pc hurts gaia more than dry cabi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Just compare it to the PC... 400 to 600watts these days...
    ermz correct me if I am wrong. the PSU can supply 400W but it doesn't mean the PC uses 400W

    but yeah PC does use quite a bit.. computer servers even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    You know the concept of 5watts? That is how much power a dry cab consumes. Do a calculation how much the electricity bill will be for a dry cab. Compare it to you using the microwave, drying out the silica gels, and the cost of the gels themselves. Microwave is like what, 1500W?
    Yes, I understand the dry cabinet doesn't consume much electricity. The statement was written in jest. Thanks for pointing the comparison out anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan View Post
    the calibration only takes 2 days at most, after that you almost dont have to be bothered about it. when the RH has settled down, just do a check every time you take out or return your camera. i have no problem with my 30L and i dun feel the trouble at all. the diff of $70 (for the 60L i getting) is almost half of your 50mm already.
    This info for analogue cabinets? Sorry, I'm a n00d when it comes to dry cabinets.

    My Digi-Cabi AD 50L just arrived this afternoon and I have yet to touch it

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    no pun intended, but i think pc hurts gaia more than dry cabi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    This info for analogue cabinets? Sorry, I'm a n00d when it comes to dry cabinets.

    My Digi-Cabi AD 50L just arrived this afternoon and I have yet to touch it
    After how many days did they deliver it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wizz747 View Post
    After how many days did they deliver it?
    I ordered on Monday with Red Dot Photo through their website (www.***********.com.sg), they called me few hours later to arrange for delivery. I got it delivered this afternoon. So it has just been a day. Prompt and fast service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    I ordered on Monday with Red Dot Photo through their website (www.***********.com.sg), they called me few hours later to arrange for delivery. I got it delivered this afternoon. So it has just been a day. Prompt and fast service.
    Whaa that's fast service indeed man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovaltinemilo View Post
    oops, this one no choice. I need to connect with the world you know.
    i know, i'm guilty of that too!

    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    This info for analogue cabinets? Sorry, I'm a n00d when it comes to dry cabinets.

    My Digi-Cabi AD 50L just arrived this afternoon and I have yet to touch it
    AD is analogue, you need to turn it on and run for a few hours to a day to get the RH stabilized.

    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    I ordered on Monday with Red Dot Photo through their website (www.***********.com.sg), they called me few hours later to arrange for delivery. I got it delivered this afternoon. So it has just been a day. Prompt and fast service.
    very fast indeed, i will be ordering my 60L tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    ermz correct me if I am wrong. the PSU can supply 400W but it doesn't mean the PC uses 400W

    but yeah PC does use quite a bit.. computer servers even more.
    the internal parts usings 12v or 5v. but the psu is drawing 400w so its calculated based on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slaam View Post
    ermz correct me if I am wrong. the PSU can supply 400W but it doesn't mean the PC uses 400W

    but yeah PC does use quite a bit.. computer servers even more.
    True.. but that's just a guide. Plus, I haven't even added in the monitor, external HDD's and the other gadgets...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ovaltinemilo View Post
    I support Saving Gaia and saving my pocket as well...I use cheapo hippo + Dry box
    Wow. How big is ur dry box? A hippo takes up 1/4 of the box alr. Left enough space only to store one cam + lens tgt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Chan View Post
    i know, i'm guilty of that too!


    AD is analogue, you need to turn it on and run for a few hours to a day to get the RH stabilized.
    Thanks Alan. Got mine stabilised at about 41%

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