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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2340 on: January 08, 2013, 09:20:59 AM »
Thanks Stonedoc!

I did follow Nayr's recommendation, and tama nga siya, the pilot lamp goes on pag the hygrometer goes higher than what is in the setting.

to your point, it seems na trial and error nga ang mangyayari kasi after trying what Nayr advised last night, I left the drybox at M and saw that it did shut off when it got to about 40%. So I kept it at M overnight. Now, I just looked at it again, the Hygrometer is now below 20% and the pilot lamp is still off. So what this is telling me is that the M will support lower humidity pa. If I want to keep it at between 30-50%, I should maybe put it at H para ma maintain siya at that range.

So... I now know that it is working! Thanks for the help there Nayr and Stonedoc!

And so tama ba yung advise that I got to keep it between 30-50% Humidity?

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2340 on: January 08, 2013, 09:20:59 AM »

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2341 on: January 08, 2013, 10:20:00 AM »
Maybe better at 40-50 percent.

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2342 on: January 08, 2013, 11:32:55 AM »
Maybe better at 40-50 percent.

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very helpful info stonedoc to those who have or want to have dry cabinet. thanks.

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2343 on: January 12, 2013, 08:00:55 PM »
if I remove the home life brand silica gel from their plastic packets, would it been safe for me to use a microwave to recharge them?

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2344 on: January 19, 2013, 11:54:18 AM »
hello my analog hygrometer always reads 20% RH, mean too low, will this damage my lens or camera?


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Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2345 on: January 19, 2013, 06:58:35 PM »
Is it okay to have RH of 50% in my diy drybox?

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2346 on: January 19, 2013, 07:27:37 PM »
hello my analog hygrometer always reads 20% RH, mean too low, will this damage my lens or camera?




Hi,I believe it could.. you can read the link:

http://www.beyondphototips.com/2008/10/19/humidity-fungus-and-cameras-problems-solutions/
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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2347 on: January 27, 2013, 04:39:27 PM »
What are the right settings in the hygrometer to store lenses in a dry box.35-50 or 40-50?
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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2348 on: January 27, 2013, 07:42:39 PM »
@Killer Angel:

this is taken from am-pro dry cabinet manual:

Humidity for suitable storage of items:

60%~55% RH
Painting, antique, paper, money, old book, fax paper, copy paper                            

55%~40% RH
Camera, video camera, lens, microscope, endoscope, binocular, magnetic tape,disks, record, film, negatives, positive films, musical instrument, stamp ,fur and etc.                           

45%~35%
Precision die, measuring instrument, all electronic parts, pc board, metallic powder,                           

35%RH and below
Samples, standard measuring tool, pollens, seeds  and etc.                           

hope this helps  ;)
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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2349 on: February 03, 2013, 06:46:43 PM »
if I remove the home life brand silica gel from their plastic packets, would it been safe for me to use a microwave to recharge them?

It's probably better if you bake it rather than trying to use a microwave.

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2350 on: February 03, 2013, 10:27:47 PM »
hello my analog hygrometer always reads 20% RH, mean too low, will this damage my lens or camera?

I've read if the RH gets too low, sometimes lubricants start to dry out faster meaning that certain camera parts may wear out sooner. 

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2351 on: February 03, 2013, 10:49:17 PM »
@Killer Angel:

this is taken from am-pro dry cabinet manual:

Humidity for suitable storage of items:

60%~55% RH
Painting, antique, paper, money, old book, fax paper, copy paper                            

55%~40% RH
Camera, video camera, lens, microscope, endoscope, binocular, magnetic tape,disks, record, film, negatives, positive films, musical instrument, stamp ,fur and etc.                           

45%~35%
Precision die, measuring instrument, all electronic parts, pc board, metallic powder,                           

35%RH and below
Samples, standard measuring tool, pollens, seeds  and etc.                           

hope this helps  ;)


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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2352 on: February 03, 2013, 11:24:12 PM »
Daming version. I read somewhere na dapat between 35%~45% RH if photography gear. Good thing mine never goes below 40% RH.

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2353 on: February 07, 2013, 02:09:29 PM »
Is it okay to have RH of 50% in my diy drybox?

That's probably ok. It's better than the 70-80% typical RH in the Philippines natural climate. Usually, I'm so paranoid about getting fungus in my gear that I usually keep mine between 35-45% RH. 

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« Reply #2354 on: February 07, 2013, 08:18:49 PM »
Whats the best way to recharge our silica gels? Because one time binilad ko sya sa araw within 12nn up to 3pm then my rh is still 58%. :( not much improvement from 61% prior to drying it through sunlight.

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2355 on: February 07, 2013, 08:52:11 PM »
i suggest buying a electronic Silica gel - wonderful yung brand.
i thinks its for 700 php pero at least wala ng bake / bilad
just plug it and wait until the indicators turn blue.
let it cool and put it in drybox

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2356 on: February 07, 2013, 08:58:24 PM »
naku, 2 na ang drybox ko :o :o :o mukhang may pupunuin nanaman ako ::)

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2357 on: February 07, 2013, 09:09:01 PM »
naku, 2 na ang drybox ko :o :o :o mukhang may pupunuin nanaman ako ::)

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2358 on: February 08, 2013, 07:18:16 AM »
Whats the best way to recharge our silica gels? Because one time binilad ko sya sa araw within 12nn up to 3pm then my rh is still 58%. :( not much improvement from 61% prior to drying it through sunlight.

Usually, the best way is to bake them. It probably doesn't get hot enough underneath the sun to evaporate all the moisture in the silica. 

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Re: Dry Boxes and Keeping Gear, fungus free
« Reply #2359 on: February 28, 2013, 04:40:21 PM »
hello my analog hygrometer always reads 20% RH, mean too low, will this damage my lens or camera?

Drybox for camera should be 40 to 50 degree, lower than that will be a breading ground for fungus and molds. :)

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