I just renewed my dehumidifier for my gun safe. It inspired me to refresh and update this article which I originally wrote a few years ago (but is still quite valid!).
(Renew means the occasional drying of the internal silica. Read on for the review and details…)
Best is subjective. I have been using this particular dehumidifier (for gun safe – or any safe) for several years with great success.
Here’s what I like about this dehumidifier and why I think it’s one of the best for a medium size or larger gun safe (or any safe).
Why Dehumidifier for Safe?
Firearms. Do you keep rifles or pistols in a upright gun safe? Do you live in a humid climate? Even if you don’t, you need to keep your firearms dry (common sense!).
Do you keep cash in a personal safe? Important documents? You might want to keep them dry! If they’re sitting in there for a long time, they’re probably going to get a bit soggy.
If you have a medium size safe or larger, this dehumidifier is perfect. Here’s why…
‘Eva-dry’ Renewable Dehumidifier for Gun Safe (or any safe)
No Cords, No Batteries
You don’t have to plug in this dehumidifier while in use!
Simply place it inside of a gun safe (or any safe) without issue. It has excellent capacity to absorb moisture and will remain active for a long time before the silica becomes fully absorbed with moisture.
Dehumidifier Moisture Gauge
The unit will adsorb approximately 8 to 10 ounces of moisture!
It’s super easy to know when it’s time to renew the silica beads. Simply compare the color of the beads (viewable through a window) to that of the humidifier color gauge.
There are three colors from dry to wet. A quick look and you will know whether or not it needs to be renewed.
PINK – Time to renew
BLUE – Nice and dry!
When renewing, you’ll know it’s ‘done’ when it turns blue.
How To Renew the Silica Beads
To renew the silica beads you just plug it in to any outlet!
It does not need to be plugged in or powered during normal operation. Instead, it’s renewable. Every once in a while when it’s time to renew (pink beads) you simply plug the dehumidifier into an ordinary wall outlet.
When it’s plugged in, it heats up internally which removes the moisture as the silica beads dry out. It takes about 8 hours.
The ‘Eva-dry’ dehumidifier is referred to as ‘mini’. However it’s not real small as you can see in the photo. In other words it won’t fit into a small personal safe or typical pistol safe (along with the contents).
That said, it’s great for any medium size or larger gun safe or personal safe.
Approximate dimensions: 5 x 6 x 1.5 inches
Maximum Area To Absorb Moisture
This dehumidifier is actually designed to work in closet size spaces.
The specifications indicate 333 cubic feet.
A typical upright gun safe (volume – cubic feet) is much less than that. So this dehumidifier will last a long time in there before needing a renew.
NOTE: It’s common sense to lightly coat the critical surfaces of one’s firearms with appropriate oil for long term storage. Taking them out once in awhile and cleaning them will likely avoid issues with humidity. However a dehumidifier provides extra insurance against such issues.