Here are eight of the best gun safe dryers to help keep your firearms from getting rusty.
Gun safe dryer or vault electric dehumidifier, whatever you prefer to call it, having a product that will remove the moisture and keep it away from your prized firearms can make a good gun collection safe from rust, corrosion, and mildew that may damage it. And while we may love our favorite gunsmith, we would rather have their help mounting optics or helping us sight in than removing unwanted rust.
Fortunately, there are products that monitor temperature and humidity in your gun cabinet. There are others that are more specific to absorb moisture from a basement or other enclosed area. Either way, a good gun safe dehumidifying product will give gun owners peace of mind during those times when our firearms and other valuables are simply in safe storage.
Some of these are made as plug in style, some are rechargeable, and others still can simply be heated in an oven to remove the excess moisture they've taken from your gun vault and retuned to it to start the process all over.
Some dehumidification devices remove moisture from the environment inside of our gun cabinet or safe by raising the temperature to lower the humidity, or by drying the air inside the vault mechanically. Others may use a silica gel dehumidifier (a desiccant) to absorb moisture from the air. This moisture can then be removed to recharge the device.
This can both be beneficial not only to all of our firearms, but also any ammo stored with it. With that in mind, these are some of our picks for the best safe dehumidifiers on the market today.
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SD Silent Dry
This compact, versatile cordless dehumidifier unit is ideal for smaller spaces such as a rifle case, shotgun case, or even the pistol case you carry back and for the to the range. The indicator on the side will change colors to let you know when it's time to recharge it in the microwave. At $34, this is one very affordable dehumidifier for gun safes.
Lockdown Goldenrod Dehumidifier
This electric model requires some setup and installation, but it comes in three different sizes, some of which are great for larger size vaults. This one helps to circulate warm air to keep your safe dry.
Zarpax Dehumidifier Bags
These desiccant bags can be recharged in the microwave, set in the sun, or placed on a heat run to dry them out since the indicator on each bag lets you know exactly when it's time.
This smaller version of a rechargeable dehumidifier works by moisture absorbing water glass crystals which are odorless and non-toxic. It's a simple form of humidity control that will fit the budgets of most gun owners.
Afloia Gun Safe Dehumidifier
This quiet, small, and portable dehumidifier can be used in any humid environment to keep a small space room such as a bathroom, closet, car, RV, or boat, dry. But many people pick this one up since it works great in a gun cabinet. It does require a power source, so keep that in mind if you pick up this one.
The Pro Breeze effectively removes moisture in areas over 300 cubic feet for 20 to 30 days before it needs to be recharged.
PEET SafeKeeping Dryer
The highly rated PEET dryer quietly removes humidity from larger size gun safes and cabinets, all while using less electricity than a standard light bulb.
SnapSafe Reusable Canister Dehumidifier
This is one of the simplest models to choose from that works and works again by simply placing it in the oven at 325 degrees until the silica gel turns back to blue.
Other Things To Consider
A good quality hygrometer will allow you to monitor the temperature and humidity level inside of your gun safe for those with higher end gun collections, or for those who just want that extra level of care for their prized firearms. A gun safe dehumidifier should not only take the moist air from your gun storage area, but take away the worry about the effect it can have on your firearms. They are generally anywhere from $20 to around $50 with a few being a bit more expensive.
It almost goes without saying that if you have your guns stored in a locker, cabinet, safe, or vault that you should be minimizing the moisture level inside of it. That said, there are many good choices out there for the gun enthusiast to keep in mind and hopefully one of these can help.
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