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Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by die_piggy, Dec 11, 2018.

  1. die_piggy

    die_piggy Member

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    Doing a final review of my camera equiptment for my Patigonia and Antarctica trip in January,and I need to pick up some silica packs to keep my gear dry and dehumidified

    Am I right to just grab some of the 100gram packs off ebay (like these: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com.au/ulk/itm/173185349351) or is there more too it?

    Edit: and will adding these packs to a large sandwich bag be enough moisture avoidance? I have a half decent dry bag for zodiac trips.

    Apologies for spelling/layout, I'm using a phone I'm not used to right now
     
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  2. Derfman

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    Hey piggy, I tried these small satchels, didn't work for me -

    in Borneo and other humid places I would use a larger amount of desiccant in a stocking or thin sock in the dry bags - added or replacing as required from a larger (sealed) stash of loose desiccant.

    Also significantly cheaper....

    https://www.silicagel.com.au/silica-gel-beads-loose/
     
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    die_piggy

    die_piggy Member

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    Looks good! How much do you recon I would need for a 3 week trip? Mainly need it to remove Condensation due to temp Differences between outside and inside temps. I assume a stocking with a knot would be sufficient to hold it?
     
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    pretty sure i saw that you can buy bulk stuff from bunnings too, if you'd rather than going via ebay for smaller amounts
     
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    die_piggy Member

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    I actually ordered 2.5kg of the stiff from derfmans link last night. Paid standard delivery, and it was couriered out this evening!

    Not bad for Brisbane to Sydney for $5 postage!
     
  6. Derfman

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    Stocking or long socks both work fine, you can fill and tie to suit, just dont make it too tight to start as the beads expand as they absorb water...
     
  7. Dark Orange

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    Umm... no they don't.
     

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