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What do those little silica packets do?


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#1 of 787 OFFLINE   Dave Poehlman

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Posted May 27 2003 - 03:56 AM

You know the ones... they usually come in a box of new shoes or usually something with leather and they say "DO NOT EAT" on them. What is their purpose? Do they keep things fresh? Do they absorb odors?

#2 of 787 OFFLINE   Chris Knox

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Posted May 27 2003 - 03:58 AM

Actually if I remember correctly, their purpose is to absorb moisture. I could be wrong...
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#3 of 787 OFFLINE   Mark Barnhill

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Posted May 27 2003 - 03:58 AM

They absorb moisture from the air Posted Image
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#4 of 787 OFFLINE   Paul_Fisher

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:09 AM

I think they absorb moisture.Posted Image

#5 of 787 OFFLINE   Kevin P

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:11 AM

That's exactly what they do, absorb moisture.

#6 of 787 OFFLINE   Evan Case

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:13 AM

And salsa.

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#7 of 787 OFFLINE   John Thomas

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:27 AM

But mostly moisture.

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#8 of 787 OFFLINE   Ryan Wright

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:27 AM

I wonder if they absorb moisture? Posted Image

We bought a bunch of equipment at work that came with rather large silica packets - they were several inches across. I immediately pulled one out and said, "Sweet! They included candy with our order!" I then opened a package, poured some into my hand and motioned as if I was going to put them in my mouth. The reaction from my coworkers was hilarious - cries of "No wait!", "Don't eat that!", "It's not candy!!" ... Totally made my day.

The worst part about those little packets is the warning on the front. You just know somebody opened up a new hard drive and stupidly thought they sent him some complimentary candy. Posted Image

#9 of 787 OFFLINE   Bryan X

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:29 AM

I don't know if anyone mentioned this yet (it's a long thread and I didn't want to read all the posts), but they do absorb moisture. I also heard a rumor that they absorb salsa, but I don't know if that's true. Posted Image

#10 of 787 OFFLINE   Malcolm R

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:33 AM

I read somewhere just recently that they absorb moisture.
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#11 of 787 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:36 AM

Anyway, to answer the original question, they absorb moisture.

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#12 of 787 OFFLINE   Mark Brewer

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:44 AM

So if your suffering from water retention swallow a half dozen and you'll be fine...Posted Image Posted Image
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#13 of 787 OFFLINE   Joel Mack

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:52 AM

Man, did this thread ever go OT.

Getting back to the question you asked, Dave, they're for the absorption of moisture. Rumors of salsa absorption are totally unfounded.

#14 of 787 OFFLINE   BrianW

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Posted May 27 2003 - 04:58 AM

I read that these packets help keep things dry by absorption, but what they actually absorb is anybody's guess.

Any ideas, anybody?
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#15 of 787 OFFLINE   Kirk Gunn

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Posted May 27 2003 - 05:00 AM

Where can I get the ones that absorb salsa ? Do they work on margaritas ?

#16 of 787 OFFLINE   Scott Littlefield

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Posted May 27 2003 - 06:02 AM

What a coincidence! I also absorb both moisture and salsa!
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#17 of 787 OFFLINE   Mark Barnhill

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Posted May 27 2003 - 06:07 AM

I don't know if this is OT or not, but would any of you know what those packets of silica are for?
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#18 of 787 OFFLINE   Andrew W

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Posted May 27 2003 - 06:27 AM

Can anyone tell me where I can get some of those little packets of salsa that they throw in the box with new hard drives?
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#19 of 787 OFFLINE   Craig S

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Posted May 27 2003 - 06:38 AM

I believe those salsa packets get absorbed by the silica packets by the time the box hits the store shelves.

But that's just a rumor - I have no way of knowing for sure.

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#20 of 787 OFFLINE   Keith Mickunas

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Posted May 27 2003 - 06:52 AM

They don't absorb salsa, they poison it. Geesh. Some people aren't paying close enough attention.

As for the original question, I think some are labeled that they absorb moisture. Others aren't labeled as such, so perhaps they absorb something else. Try sticking one under your armpit for a day and see how that turns out.




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