The Bel-Art 420710006 Secador 1.0 clear, stackable, standard desiccator cabinet has one shelf, is made of transparent co-polyester material, and measures 8.4 x 13.4 x 16.3 inches (H x W x D) for removing water from a sample or preserving laboratory supplies in dry storage. (H is height, the vertical distance from the lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) Desiccant material can be stored below or on the perforated tray. The locking door’s opening is 4.5 x 8.9 inches (H x W), and its airtight seal ensures moisture-free and dust-free storage. A built-in dial hygrometer monitors humidity levels. A standard desiccator is commonly used in a scientific or chemical laboratory.
Desiccators are sealable enclosures that contain drying agents, or desiccants, placed under a removable platform, to protect the contents from atmospheric moisture. Some desiccators have a stopcock, which allows air evacuation from the desiccator – these desiccators are vacuum desiccators. All desiccators are used to remove water from a sample or to preserve moisture-sensitive lab consumables. Desiccators protect hygroscopic (water-attracting) chemicals and samples that react with the moisture present in humidity. They are commonly used with desiccants, such as silica gel or activated charcoal, and vacuum grease, which helps to create a good seal.
Bel-Art Products manufactures scientific products, including lab ware, testing equipment, and safety supplies. The company, founded in 1946 and headquartered in Pequannock, NJ, also makes products under the Scienceware brand.