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TakeFive 05-30-2010 10:04 PM

Tiny Dehumidifiers
 
I've been using DampRid bags and canisters over the last 2 months to suck as much moisture as I could out of my Catalina 250. I plan to continue this on an ongoing basis, especially on the hard in winter when I don't have continuous shore power available.

But today I found an interesting little 4 pint/day electronic "small room" dehumidifier at Home Depot for under $50. I bought it out of curiosity, but have not opened the box yet. The brand name is "Perfect Home," apparently a house brand that HD uses for sundries like furniture casters. They don't even have it listed on their website, so I can't get full specs. But the display unit had a 12 v brick adapter (didn't bother to check wattage). This unit looks similar to some other Peltier dehumidifiers available online.

If I do decide to keep it I will use it at the dock, and use the DampRid on the hard.

Have any of you tried any of these little dehumidifiers? Are they just junk, or do they have usefulness for a confined space like found in a 25' boat?

I realize that conventional wisdom is to buy two of the Nicro solar vents (on blowing in, the other blowing out), but on such a small boat I really don't have much horizontal cabintop space to locate them.

mikehoyt 05-30-2010 10:33 PM

if you ever find online link to this pls post here or pictures. Very interested

Mike

TakeFive 05-30-2010 10:55 PM

Scan from the box label:


paulk 05-30-2010 11:23 PM

They had dehumidifier-water coolers when we were in Bermuda. I can't recall if they were solar-powered, as well, but wouldn't THAT be a cool watermaker to carry on board?

Faster 05-31-2010 12:33 AM

We used a mini dehumidifier (though looking more substantial than this one) and it worked for a while but had to be replaced under warranty.. when the next failed in a relatively short time we gave up and now run a Sears unit through the winter and shoulder months - impressively dry below (here on the wet coast), books and paper still crisp.

GaryHLucas 05-31-2010 06:02 PM

That thing looks supiciously like a HUMIDIFIER, not a DE-HUMIDIFIER. I can't imagine a boat that is too DRY!

Gary H. Lucas

TakeFive 05-31-2010 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GaryHLucas (Post 608672)
That thing looks supiciously like a HUMIDIFIER, not a DE-HUMIDIFIER...

It's not. The label was too tall to fit on my scanner. Something about the words "small room dehumidifier," printed above the part that I scanned, suggests that it's probably not a humidifier.

TakeFive 06-01-2010 10:18 AM

I opened the box & tested in my garage last night. Fan a little noisy, but not too bad. This morning it had a couple oz of water. I'm taking it to the boat tonight. I'll try to get some pics at some point.

LazylighningII 06-01-2010 10:19 AM

EVA DRY Eva-Dry® Petite Electric Dehumidifier (EDV-1100)

AVAILABILITY: In stock, leaves warehouse in 1 - 7 full bus. days. - (details)
STORE AVAILABILITY: Your neighborhood Ace stocks thousands of products in the quantities you need. Check with your local Ace for availability. (find your local Ace)
Detachable tank that holds 16 oz. of water
Whisper Technology (no compressor) which makes it light and quiet
Small and easily portable- weighs less than 5 lbs.
Automatically shuts off when full
Great for closets, storage rooms, nurseries, bedrooms, and other locations where humidity is a problem
1 year manufacturers warranty from any manufacturer defects
UL and CE listed
Product dimensions: 8.5"H x 6"W x 4.5"D




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Avg. Customer Rating: 3.8 stars
(based on 4 reviews)
75% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:Compact (3), Effective (3), Lightweight (3)
Primary use:Personal (4)Already own it? Write a Review
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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

nice little machine
By Brad from Des Moines, IA on 9/12/2009
Comments about EVA DRY Eva-Dry® Petite Electric Dehumidifier (EDV-1100):

I bought this dehumidifier for a basement room with carpet that is approximately 12x15 feet. It does a good job of keeping the room dry, even when the rest of the basement is not. It takes about two days to fill, and I find emptying to be very easy. The small size is nice because I can tuck it out of the way.
I wouldn't call it whisper quiet, but it's not bad. We also have a space heater/fan that we run during the winter, and this dehumidifier is quieter than that.

Pros:Compact, Effective, Lightweight
Best Uses:Dank Basement, Summer Humidity
Primary use:Personal
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

Works Great!
By George from Portland, OR on 12/1/2008
Comments about EVA DRY Eva-Dry® Petite Electric Dehumidifier (EDV-1100):

Unit is just the right size for the forward cabin. Maintains humidity at about 45%. If your boat is over 25 feet or so a larger or second unit will probably be required.

Pros:Compact, Effective, Lightweight
Cons:Noisy for living space, Power light is bright
Best Uses:On a sailboat
Describe Yourself:Boat owner
Primary use:Personal
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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[3 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Small but useful
By Susan from Oakland, CA on 1/19/2008
Comments about EVA DRY Eva-Dry® Petite Electric Dehumidifier (EDV-1100):

This dehumidifer has been very useful and it's working great.
The water tank fills up quickly in my basement so I have to continue to
empty it out. Probably would be better for smaller spaces.

Pros:Compact, Effective, Lightweight
Best Uses:Bathroom, Dank Basement
Describe Yourself:Homeowner
Primary use:Personal
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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[1 of 7 customers found this review helpful]

One word -- worthless
By Whitebird from SW FL on 12/25/2007
Comments about EVA DRY Eva-Dry® Petite Electric Dehumidifier (EDV-1100):

I was very disappointed. This sounded liked the perfect product for my closet. However, it proved to be absolutely useless and I returned it.

Pros:Quiet
Cons:Ineffective, Very ineffective.
Best Uses:Summer Humidity, Used in walk in closet.
Describe Yourself:Homeowner
Primary use:Personal
Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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TakeFive 06-04-2010 10:54 PM

I went to the boat for the first time in a few days. I checked the dehumidifier, and the reservoir was about half full - about a pint of water. This thing has no humidistat - it just runs constantly. I am quite pleased with this, as it is a little more than the DampRid canister was accumulating. And it's pure water instead of the DampRid's corrosive brine that I don't like having anywhere near my galley hardware. Plus, it seems to be sized to hold about a week's worth of condensate. It's too early to tell about long-term durability, and of course whether the amount is actually enough to make a difference vs. a "drop in the bucket" (so to speak). But so far it is meeting my expectations for a little $50 accessory.

No pics yet. It is a tall, skinny device (see specs on scan above), so potentially prone to tipping on a boat. I have it wedged between the front bulkhead of my aft berth and the berth cushion so that it will not tip. There still is no listing on the Home Depot website, so you need to go to the store to see it.


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