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andyz
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p.2 #1 · Storing and accessing your gear


I didn't see that mentioned, but didn't spend a lot of time reviewing them. It's a pretty simple device and I'm just setting them on a shelf.


Sep 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM
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p.2 #2 · Storing and accessing your gear


Yes, but seems the counterfeit ones don't last beyond a few cycles.


Sep 17, 2012 at 12:04 AM
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p.2 #3 · Storing and accessing your gear


These are from Ashley Falls, MA. Indicates (based on the label) that they may be reactivated indefinitely and has raised letters for instructions on the metal containers, 3 hours at 300 degrees. Each is good for 3 cubic feet and are recommended for gun safes and camera gear. It'll be wort a $20 try.


Sep 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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just get a few Zorb it's

http://www.zorb-it.com/



Sep 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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I bought a single pack Pelican gel from Amazon and ended up with a fake one


Sep 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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p.2 #6 · Storing and accessing your gear


sjms wrote:
just get a few Zorb it's

http://www.zorb-it.com/


After looking at their website, especially their demo video, that stuff looks like the absorbent material found in baby diapers.



Sep 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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except it gives what it absorbs back up


Sep 23, 2012 at 02:04 AM
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vsg28 wrote:
I bought a single pack Pelican gel from Amazon and ended up with a fake one


Did it not work or was it not renewable? What indicated it was a fake?



Sep 23, 2012 at 02:31 AM
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I placed it in my carry case and over the weekend it did not change colour. This either means there was no moisture in the case (impossible since I kept opening and closing it in humid Houston multiple times this weekend for some photography) or the gel pack is defective (very likely).

A major indicator was that this came in a clear plastic with no label or anything to indicate it was a Pelican product. Someone on the Amazon page has uploaded pictures of what the original product should look like and mine was not like it.



Sep 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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Mine came in sealed packs with the usual info. They are not marked Pelican but I'd have to go back read if it says it fits a Pelican or if it is from Pelican. It looks like what I recall seeing in the picture.

I wouldn't assume it should need to be dried out after one day.



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Well, I put the pack in my lab which has a maintained humidity level of about 90% and no change in colour overnight. I am returning this crap tomorrow. Good thing Amazon has a fantastic return policy.

Who was your seller? I am assuming you got it on Amazon as well?



Sep 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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pelican markets, not produces, a dessicant product. they buy bulk and sell it as do many other companies.

most likely the original source for the marketers
http://www.multisorb.com/products/drican.html



Sep 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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vsg28 wrote:
Well, I put the pack in my lab which has a maintained humidity level of about 90% and no change in colour overnight.


What color is it now?



Sep 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
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Still pink. Mine is supposed to turn green when it is time to replenish apparently.


Sep 23, 2012 at 04:40 PM
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If I am not mistaken, "traditional" silica gel is deep blue when dry and light pink when wet. A newer indicator is orange when dry and green when wet.

I suspect you got the blue to pink variety, and your desiccant is already saturated.

What kind of lab do you work in with 90% humidity? Rain forest research?



Sep 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
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Mine says it will turn green when saturated and pink when dry, it arrived pink.

No rainforest research, but we work on production of metal nanoparticles by wet chemistry. It helps to keep the entire room humid to prevent the liquid precursors from "drying" out.



Sep 23, 2012 at 08:06 PM
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Since you left your desiccant in a 90% RH environment overnight, it is safe to assume, if it works at all, that it is saturated. How about sticking them into an oven to dry them out and see what color it turns into? Fun with colors.


Sep 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
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Ya was gonna do that anyway, will pick up the pack tomorrow and stick it in an oven.

Does a microwave oven work?



Sep 23, 2012 at 09:24 PM
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p.2 #19 · Storing and accessing your gear


It works with the plastic cased ones. You do not want to do aluminum with a microwave.


Sep 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
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Mine are in a metal case and says Blue means active, Pink means dry them out (300 degrees for 3 hours) in the oven.


Sep 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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