Electronics and humidity

#1 Dec 10th, 2011, 22:06
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I have searched the forum but couldn't find an answer to my question... (OK, this is what everybody claims...). I have truly, honestly searched the Electronics forum but with no luck.

Anyway: I'll fly to south India soon (TN, Kerala, possibly Karnataka), where the weather is a bit on the humid side even in December/January.

Last time I was in south India I had only my analog SLR. This time I'll have a DSLR with several lenses, and a netbook.

Those who've been there: How did you protect your stuff? Did you have a problem with humidity, or rather, did your electronics have a problem? I do have one or two of those very small sachets of silica gel (?). Will this be enough?
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a bit on the humid side even in December/January.
That is an understatement!

Yes, I think stuff fails due to humidity. You can't really protect things like cameras entirely, because you are going to be using them in the open air. You can protect against condensing humidity: allow stuff to warm up when you go out from an AC room, otherwise, in just a few seconds, it will be wet!
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Don't worry about your electronics, -- but perhaps you should worry about your lenses catching fungus. Use plenty of silica gel, and try to keep them dry. You'll find a lot of information about this particular problem at IM.

Inland Karnataka (away from the coast) is more likely to be bone-dry than humid, if that makes you more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Yes, I think stuff fails due to humidity.
Just what I didn't want to hear....

Thank you so far.

Maybe a stupid question: Where does one buy silica gel? I got a tiny sachet with my netbook but where does one buy this kind of thing?
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At an electronics shop (?) (Drugstore, maybe? Photography shop, indeed?)
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post Don't worryabout your electronics, -- but perhaps you should worry about your lenses catching fungus.
Have just read the fungus thread. NOW I DO WORRY!!!

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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post At an electronics shop (?) (Drugstore, maybe? Photography shop, indeed?)
Thanks mach. I'm running out of time...Shops are closed now and next week I don't really have time to go shopping. Let's see...

Btw I sent freemanx a message recently but he hasn't replied yet. I suppose he's enjoying his loooooong vacation without wasting time in internet cafs.
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I don't know if you have time, but here is a place to order silica gel.

http://www.amazon.com/Grams-Silica-G...3549610&sr=8-2
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Wildhorse, I wouldn't worry too much: there are a lot of cameras here --- and a lot of other electronic stuff too.

Just watch out for the condensation thing.
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Originally Posted by Wildhorse View Post Anyway: I'll fly to south India soon (TN, Kerala, possibly Karnataka), where the weather is a bit on the humid side even in December/January.

Last time I was in south India I had only my analog SLR. This time I'll have a DSLR with several lenses, and a netbook.

Those who've been there: How did you protect your stuff? Did you have a problem with humidity, or rather, did your electronics have a problem? I do have one or two of those very small sachets of silica gel (?). Will this be enough?
I have taken my macbook & DSLR(s) to Mekong, Amazon, Foz Igguassu and they are still functioning. I have a pouch size silica gel in the laptop bag, and the standard gel that comes with a camera case.

You can shoot with a well protected DSLR in the rain too
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Originally Posted by Wildhorse View Post Btw I sent freemanx a message recently but he hasn't replied yet. I suppose he's enjoying his loooooong vacation without wasting time in internet cafs.
Yes, last I heard from him was mid-Nov., he was indeed not up for too much internetting. See also http://www.indiamike.com/india/chai-...3/#post1300472.

But I was thinking to maybe call around one of these days, to see how he's getting on. Will then keep you guys posted on that thread.

Enjoy your own trip/visit!
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Enjoy your own trip/visit!
Thanks, mach!

And thanks to everybody else who replied. Nick and nycank: Very reassuring!

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