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dessicate silica gel packs...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by schizojames, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. schizojames

    schizojames Active Member

    I had the bright idea to use those little packets that keep the moisture out of new shoes...in my mic cases. I don't have very many, as I rarely buy shoes, so how long will they keep absorbing? That piece of bread in the brown sugar keeps losing its oomph, and I would assume the same will happen eventually with these little packets of wonder. Man, I wish Bill Nye hung out around these forums.
     
  2. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    I use these in sealed plastic bags with storing CDs and tapes in my storage facility. It's a great way to keep moisture out of almost anything....just DON'T try to eat 'em!
     
  3. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    They are probably "spent" by the time you open the box they were in. They are only designed to absorb a small amount of moisture while the item is in the warehouse or in transit.

    :cool:
     
  4. schizojames

    schizojames Active Member

    thanks guys..
     
  5. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Some of these packs are designed to be reused. The silica wil turn a purpleish color telling you it has absorbed as much moisture as it can. If you put them in a warm oven for about 5 to 10 minutes the crystals will turn white again and are ready to be reused.

    I don't know if you can do this with all desicant packs, you might want to check the label.
     
  6. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Microwave works too.
     
  7. perfectwave

    perfectwave Guest

    those silica packs remind me of beef jerkey.
     
  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    They kind of DO taste like beef jerkey, don't they? I used to use those things like crazy until I read in PSW that one of Dirk Brauner's tech warned against them. I can't remember why, but he was hellbent against them. Maybe it was because the things turned to crystalliized dust and leave particles that will find their way onto the mic diaphragm...and then there's the calorie issue...
     
  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_1004.asp?desc=Silica+Gel+Desiccants

    The 10 Gram units work best for stuff like what we would use them for. The price is a tad up there, but you get an aweful lot for the money.

    J.
     
  10. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Rode provides the rechargable type with their mics. It's amazing how quickly they absorb moisture.
     
  11. eoink

    eoink Active Member

    You could try going into your local music store and asking for the packets of silica gel that comes with just about every instrument shipped. I worked in a music store and we always got people coming in looking for them for various reasons. We would have thrown them out otherwise!
     
  12. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I bought some like this
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    and made little fabric pouches to hold about 1 oz. No dust in the large pellets, and I can see the color if I hold the pouch up to a light. I bought 1 lb and have about 16 packets. I need some more.
     

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