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- Silica Gel 2 x 4 1/2 Inches
- Sturdy Aluminum Housing
- Moisture Indicator lets you know when you need to bake to reactivate
- Cobalt Chloride Free - NO BLUE SILICA GEL
- Identical Size as the Pelican 1500D Peli Desiccant
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Dry-Packs brand Silica Gel Canister fits Peli Pelican camera cases. Desiccant Silica Gel drinks dampness, prevents condensation from trapped air when cases are opened in damp, high humidity climates. Fits all cases. Size: 2 x 4 x 1/2".
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So, at the same time I purchased the safe, I got a couple of these 40 gram silica desiccant packs. They came nicely sealed in a plastic wrap. They seem smaller than the photo would make them appear, but size matters in safes! The smaller, the better, as long as the desiccant does its job. So far, after a few weeks of rainy weather and multiple openings of my new safe, the first pack seems to be doing the job. My papers are fine, the silica hasn't changed color yet, and I have a fresh one, still in the plastic wrap, ready to go into service if duty calls.
I'd recommend at least doubling up for your needs, and maybe quadrupling if you're going to be opening whatever you're putting these in. I'd say if you have a 3cu.ft.container which will almost never be opened, two of these is good. If you're going to be opening it once in a while, get 4 and plan to recharge them every 3 months.
The silica beads are NOT as bright orange as in the picture. With the plastic window always picking up glare it can be very difficult to accurately gauge if the beads have turned green or not. Once you're sure they have, it is very easy to recharge them and they do seem to regain effectiveness.
I'll be upgrading to something bigger since I don't even think 8 of these are enough for something 8cu.ft. that will be opened often.
lowered to 3 stars. Desiccant changed from orange to green. Put in oven at 280 degrees for 2 hours as stated on instructions and it did NOT go back to orange. Will not buy again.
After about 2 or 3 weeks, I noticed that all the beads were dark green, indicating that I should recharge it.
So I followed the directions for recharging it, and threw it into the oven and set it to bake for 2 hours at 280F.
After it was done in the oven, the clear window was now NO LONGER CLEAR, it was just white, and I could no longer see the beads.
Thinking it may just need some adjustment from the heat, after sitting on the counter for a while, I threw it into my safe with a still unclear window.
Some days later I checked it out again, and the window is still NOT clear, so I have no clue now when to recharge it, as I cannot see the beads.
The other negative aspect I have about this product is the recharging process.
I would have thought it would be recharged infrequently (like months apart), definitely not every couple of weeks.
Putting it in an oven for 2 hours eats up a lot of energy (electricity or gas, depending on your oven).
If I would have known it would have to be recharged so frequently and at a significant (energy) cost, I would not have purchased this product. While I do still have this item, I will probably be looking for a replacement product, and I will also pay more attention to the maintenance cost of using it.