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Jan 24, 2014 20:55 |  #1

Do you guys use/have desiccant/silicon beads in your bags to stop moisture/fungus/mold?


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Jan 24, 2014 20:56 |  #2

I throw the pouches that come in boxes from other items into the bag for the heck of it. Why not is my thought.


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Jan 24, 2014 21:07 |  #3

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I throw the pouches that come in boxes from other items into the bag for the heck of it. Why not is my thought.

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Jan 24, 2014 21:13 |  #4

Nope. In my climate, southeast Pennsylvania, never had any issue related to humidity, I have, and use on occasion, a camera made in 1958. No humidity issues whatsoever.

I actually would be concerned about a packet opening and spreading the material all around the bag.




  
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Jan 24, 2014 21:15 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #5

I live in a desiccant. So, no.


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Jan 24, 2014 21:52 |  #6

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Do you guys use/have desiccant/silicon beads in your bags to stop moisture/fungus/mold?

This is a totally useless thing to do.

Desiccant doesn't do any good unless it's used in an air-tight space because unless the space where the desiccant is used is air-tight, water vapor from around the space will replace the water vapor that was adsorbed by the desiccant almost immediately. No conventional camera bag is air-tight.

Desiccant bags would only take up otherwise useful space in the typical camera bag.


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Jan 24, 2014 22:33 |  #7

I use "rechargeable" desiccant packs in my Pelican case.

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Jan 24, 2014 22:41 |  #8

Agree with Skip which is why I keep my gear in a large (40 litre) cool box with a rehcargeable dessicant pack. It rarely needs re-charging as the only moisture in there is from when I open the lid to take some gear out, effectively (unavoidably) trapping a small amount in. I live in a sub-tropical climate and it can get quite humid in summer.


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Jan 25, 2014 01:52 |  #9

v35skyline wrote in post #16634715 (external link)
I use "rechargeable" desiccant packs in my Pelican case.

http://www.amazon.com …0037Z8K3E/ref=p​d_sim_hg_6 (external link)

Same here.

Also +1 on what SkipD said.


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Jan 25, 2014 02:37 |  #10

I use a dry cabinet.


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Jan 25, 2014 06:08 |  #11

No, just not needed here in the UK. Granted we do get our fair share of rain, but it normally dries naturally.


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Jan 25, 2014 17:44 |  #12

SkipD wrote in post #16634629 (external link)
This is a totally useless thing to do.

Desiccant doesn't do any good unless it's used in an air-tight space because unless the space where the desiccant is used is air-tight, water vapor from around the space will replace the water vapor that was adsorbed by the desiccant almost immediately. No conventional camera bag is air-tight.

Desiccant bags would only take up otherwise useful space in the typical camera bag.

I kind of question the 'science' behind this. You would need airflow to re-introduce moisture-laden air, and the volume of moisture adsorbed/absorbed by the desiccant would be minuscule, so any air that replaces the removed volume of moisture would also be minuscule. The desiccant would then adsorb/absorb that new moisture, and it becomes a half-life type of cycle, wouldn't it? ie, the amount of moisture that has been re-introduced, but exceeds the capacity of the desiccant would not be enough to have an impact on anything.

I compare this to my boat. I keep a rechargeable can of desiccant in the cabin. Cabins are in no way air tight, but I have not had a mildew/mold issue since using them. I started using them after a couple of seat cushions got mildewy, but ever since, everything has been fine.


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Jan 25, 2014 18:38 |  #13

KirkS518 wrote in post #16636551 (external link)
You would need airflow to re-introduce moisture-laden airWater vapor in the air does not need conventional air flow to migrate from a moist environment to a dry environment. While I cannot quote the science facts involved, it has to do with vapor pressure. Vapor pressure is constantly trying to equalize.


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Jan 25, 2014 20:58 |  #14

LV Moose wrote in post #16634571 (external link)
I live in a desiccant. So, no.

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Jan 25, 2014 21:33 as a reply to  @ John from PA's post |  #15

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