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Old 28-07-2009, 17:53   #1 (permalink)
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Silicon and Tupperware

Hello All,

So good to be back in the Pixalo den! I have a question and hope for some insight.

I may have the chance in the next few months do accompany a botanist through high elevation island rain forest and am concerned how to appropriately store my gear in safety from both salt air, salt water, and fresh mountain mists.

How would you all feel about (the least expensive way) housing my camera, lens and other sensitive electronic equipment in Tupperware containers with silicon paks?

Any help on this would be much appreciated.

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Old 28-07-2009, 23:28   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

Sounds like a plan but I guess my question would be as to how often you'd be able to dry out the silicon - if the humidity is high I'd guess they'd become saturated fairly quickly. If the answer's "not very often" then I think I'd use the tupperware to keep moisture out (rain, mist, spray) rather than humidity but I've no real feel for how long the silicon would last before saturation!
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

I guess you could dry out the silica gel over a camp fire/stove carefully. Ideally in an oven, but on a metal sheet or tray would do. The moisture they retain ought to evaporate off even in high humidity.

Take lots of packs and use them alternately.
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Old 29-07-2009, 00:15   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

Thank you both for your responses.

So now that I think I can use this system - what are these silicon paks? The only ones I know of are the tiny ones I save for my seed boxes.

Might anyone send me a link or describe?

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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

Here's someone selling them - maybe even the same as you've got? Silica Gel Packs*-*UNDERWATER HOUSINGS for Digital Cameras - Underwater Cameras
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

If your camera gear is worth big bucks then I would use peli cases. Robust, waterproof and they float. Peli also do silica packs to insert in the cases. I wouldn't use the foam as that might absorb more moisture, use the padded dividers. Alternatively you could wrap the gear in you own spare clothing - T shirts shorts etc. That way you can cut down on baggage, protect your gear and have some dry clothing as well. They are not cheap, but when you are caught in monsoon type rain you will be glad you spent the money.

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Old 29-07-2009, 13:09   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

Thanks to you too Beefi!
Why didn't I remember about Pelican (the costs perhaps?). But you are right - good gear deserves good equipment (when you cannot do it any other safe and less expensive way - sometimes imaginative).

I will begin to save now and keep my vitamin silica paks as well.

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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

During a Canoe holiday, my camera equipment was stored in a seal-able plastic bag....
You can get these at many Camping shops...

They are quite robust.

I was worried about "Sinking", so got some polystyrene foam, and after a bit of experimentation with a bag of sand the same weight as my camera equipment, found the right amount to pack in with the camera...

One GOOD bonus of the Camping bag, it came with a loop....
This allowed me to tether the bag to something SOLID on the canoe, with a caribina, so if we had capsized, the bag would not have floated away......

This page, if you dont mind the link, shows something similar to what I have....

Wilkinson Cameras / Bags, Cases & Straps / Aquapac / Waterproof Cases
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Re: Silicon and Tupperware

Thank you Silver Dragon.

Great information - your research and experimentation is something to read - something I would do! Well done. Here, in USA we have a couple of great companies where I have found just the thing: Waterproof Backpacks for Hiking and Camping | by OverBoard and Yellow Float Bags - Ben Meadows Company .

I think now, thanks to the three of you, I'll be all set. Fingers crossed!

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