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Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant for Olympus Underwater Housings

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Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant

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Olympus Silica gel will help prevent condensation from forming inside a housing. Condensation will form in a housing when you take it from warm air to cooler water. Internal camera flashes being fired inside the housing will compound this problem.

Since the silica needs some time to act, give it about 10-15 minutes after closing the housing before entering the water.

UPC: 050332142398
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 3.0 x 0.2"
Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant for Olympus Underwater Housings
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    OlympusSilica Gel Desiccant
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

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      (4)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Functional (10)
    • Easy to use (7)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Diving (7)
    • Snorkeling (4)
    • Lake (3)
    • Swimming pool (3)
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      • Photo enthusiast (5)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Great to tops in small bags

    By Guapisimo

    from San Fran, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

    I like tossing them in small bags, or plastic sealed bags when I know something won't be used for a while.

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    5.0

    Compact Design!

    By Paul S.C.

    from Albany, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

        These work just like any other desiccant packets you can get, but they are smaller. You can dry them out in an oven at low temperature and stick them in your pelican case (or other waterproof case) and keep your things dry!

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        5.0

        Essential for underwater photography.

        By Mossback

        from Big Island, Hawaii

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Reusable If Heated

        Cons

        • Need Smlr Size For Heros

        Best Uses

        • Underwater Photography

        Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

        I have used these for about seven years, since diving with Olympus housings. They not only keep my cameras dry, but at least twice they absorbed enough water from a small leak in the housing to save the cameras. After use, I put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they are ready to go again.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Olympus underwater silica gel

        By fent

        from cape coral, fla.

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

            I gave it a 5 rating as it is hard to find in this small size & I'll be using for several products, one being a hearing aid which I will place the packet in a small plastic container to keep it moisture free,not wanting to pay the outrageous price a hearing aid clinic gets. I'll also be using it for my cameras, field glasses, & future cameras I purchase from B&H.

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            5.0

            A must have for storing your gear.

            By JT

            from Sacramento

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storing camera equipment

              Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

              I have always used silica gel in all my camera bags and lens pouches. The compact package enables this product to be used in a variety of applications. Small investment, but big returns.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Individually sealed & perfect size

              By Kaliber35

              from South Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Size

              Cons

              • No replacement indicator

              Best Uses

              • Diving
              • Lake
              • Snorkeling
              • Swimming Pool

              Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

              Given 4/5 because they do not indicate with color change when they need to be replaced. They are the perfect size for my point and shoot housing and are individually wrapped. A couple of weeks ago I got moisture in my housing...about a teaspoon of water all on my camera. Wish I had these then. Glad I finally got them now.

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              4.0

              A must have

              By Outdoor Dave

              from Sunny South Florida

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Functional

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Diving
                • Lake
                • Snorkeling
                • Swimming Pool

                Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                What can you say, it works as it should. It is a must have when shooting underwater.

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                5.0

                This works. I'll use it for every dive.

                By jelliott2k

                from Vista, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Effective
                • Functional

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Diving
                  • Lake
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Swimming Pool

                  Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                  I used one packet of this silica gel in the underwater case for my Canon SD950IS and cured the fogging problem that had plagued me on earlier snorkeling expeditions. I could only fit one pack into the case without interfering with the various controls, but one pack did the trick.

                  I used each packet once. You might be able to reuse the packets, but I didn't have time to experiment.

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                  5.0

                  Fits great and works even better

                  By Shark

                  from Key Largo, FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Inexpensive Accessory

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Diving

                    Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                    This saved my camera from flooding when condensation started on the safety stop at the end of my dive. Just enough to keep the moisture away from the camera body until I could reach the surface.

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                    4.0

                    Silica Gel Desiccant by Olympus

                    By Sky Queen

                    from Iowa

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Diving
                      • Snorkeling

                      Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                      Use this desiccant in my underwater housing for my Olympus camera. Works as intended.

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                      5.0

                      no port fogging

                      By Chris

                      from California

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Diving

                          Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                          I have used these for about 6 years in my PT-012, PT-020, PT-027, & PT-E03 housings. Use of these helps prevent fogging on the lens port. Without these fogging almost always occurs in the cold water diving in California. However use does not mean fogging wont occur unless you do the following.
                          Always open the housing in the driest environment possible. An air conditioned room is best, a galley full of damp divers and cooking food is one of the worst. Alway use new packets every time you open the camera. The individually wrapped packets keep them fresh. Also keep your camera cool and out of the sun. If it must be in the sun wrap it with a damp towel to keep it cool.

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                          4.0

                          Cheap Insurance

                          By Chris

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Functional

                          Cons

                          • Not reuseable

                          Best Uses

                          • Diving

                          Comments about Olympus Silica Gel Desiccant:

                          I use these in our housings, both Olympus and Light & Motion. They're small enough to slip in anywhere. I haven't had a fogging problem yet. The only drawback is that they're not designed to be reusable. They are individually packed and five come in a small zip lock bag.

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