Product details of Premium Orange Silica Gel 500g Bottle
Reusable Orange Silica Gel Desiccant for Camera Lens Dry Box Humidity Control and Dry Flowers
Why use Silica Gel?
Silica gel packets are used to absorb moisture and keep things dry. They are ideal to reuse throughout your home in places where you might be worried about excess moisture. Common uses are to protect camera and camera lens from developing fungi. It is also commonly used for making dry flowers.Dust and moisture are the main enemies when it comes to keeping your photography gear in top working condition. Don’t let fungi ever get into your camera lens, it is really hard to remove costly to fix but really cheap to prevent it in the first place.
Note: This is highly absorbent silica gel, if the bottle is left open to the open air it will turn green in a matter of hours as the humidity in Singapore air is about 90%. Always use the silica gel in an airtight container so that outside humidity does not deplete the silica gel unnecessarily. Example use with camera dry box, flowers in an airtight Tupperware container, etc. Not suitable to use this in clothes wardrobe as cabinets are not airtight, the outside humidity will get in and consume up the silica gel in a matter of day or two.
Other use cases
- Dry Out A Wet Cell Phone
- Protect Your Photos
- Protect Silver
- Protect Documents
- Keep Underwater Cameras Dry
- Extend the Life Of Razor Blades
- Dry Makeup or Travel Bag
- Keep Fabric Dry
- Keep Luggage Dry
How Do I Know When My Silica Gel is Saturated with Moisture
Normal Desiccant is usually white and thus difficult to know when it is saturated. This is why we use Indicative Silica Gel. These Silica Gel crystals are blue when fully active, and become pink when they are saturated with moisture. The orange version is orange fully active and turns green when saturated. The orange type is sometimes preferred as the chemical used to show moisture content may be less toxic.
How much silica gel to use?
The amount of silica gel or desiccant required will depend on several factors including volume contents of the container, the chemical characteristics of the product, physical properties of the container, and conditions in which container will be stored and used. The amount will depend on the application however for a well-sealed item, it is suggested that 200 grams of silica gel is needed for every cubic metre of the volume of the package – assuming that items and space were moderately dry when the desiccant was added.
Is Silica Gel Toxic?
No, Silica Gel is not toxic, but you should of course not try to eat/ingest it, or mix it nor keep it near edible items. Also keep it away from children, eyes, etc. In short, treat it with enough respect and you will be safe. Wash your hands after touching them.
Is Orange better than Blue Silica Gel?
The Orange > Green Silica Gel is considered safe for use. The Cobalt Chloride used in blue>pink indicative Silica Gel has been classified as hazardous if inhaled or ingested, so if you’re using the Blue version, don’t inhale the dust from the crystals.
How to Recharge the Silica Gel?
(Remember it is usually not a good idea to use your oven/microwave which is used for cooking to also use for recharging silica gels. If you want to recharge them it is best to use an oven that you will not use for cooking purposes. Why take the risk on your health? You can always buy a new bottle from us or anywhere else.)
- Spread the crystals across the bottom of a bake-safe oven dish (you can use aluminium foil if you prefer to keep it off the dish itself). Spread them evenly and less than an inch deep in the dish.
- Place the dish in an oven and heat it to 120C for 12 hours.
- Leave the Silica Gel crystals in the oven for a while, until they release the trapped water from within them, and revert to their original blue or orange colour. Once they’re blue (or orange), it is Recharged and Restored to its capacity.
- Note that the chemical that actually indicates the water in the crystals is a little more sensitive, and will most likely turn blue before the dessicant is fully refreshed. This is why we suggest leaving the crystals in the oven for a while longer after the crystals turn blue / orange.
- Allow the crystals to cool down before you touch them, and then restore them to their perforated containers in your camera bag or cabinet.
- Store them before use, in an airtight container so that they don’t absorb moisture from the atmosphere.
You should not use the microwave oven to recharge Silica Gel. Most domestic microwave ovens need something inside to absorb the microwave energy, otherwise, it reflects back and can damage the magnetron especially when it is dry. Also, you may only be correcting the indicating chemical but not fully recharging the silica.
Silica gel has a highly porous structure. Water vapour permeates the structure and adsorbs onto the internal surfaces. To remove it effectively takes time as well as temperature.
The correct regeneration method is to heat them in a conventional oven set at 120C for several hours. The temperature must be more than 100C, but certainly no more than 150C.
For more bundle options please click here.
Need more ideas on how you can use this check this link out.