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    Thanks to the idea from another RBW member, who I believe likes to remain incognito, it looks like I have a small, portable, and inexpensive means to dry the loop.

    I've tried to upload pics with this initial post, but it balks. So they will be along shortly...

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    Re: Loop drying

    12V brushless computer blower. ~$16 for the "blower" and power source. Both fit easily into small case or mask case if I recall what friend was using.

    Quiet, impressive amount of cool air for what I imagined!
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    Re: Loop drying

    Or you could just hang it up somewhere......

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    Re: Loop drying

    Yeah stretch and compress the loop hose together a couple of times and then hang up does the trick for me.

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    Re: Loop drying

    Cool, you got them ordered...As I mentioned to you last week, they work a lot faster than merely hanging the loop. Mine dried a day after our dive and now down in Florida caves using them very successfully...and yep, the whole set fits perfectly in a mask case so its very easy to travel with.
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    Re: Loop drying

    Does the one way valves not prevent the exhale hose from drying efficiently?

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    Re: Loop drying

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Morgan  View Original Post
    Does the one way valves not prevent the exhale hose from drying efficiently?
    For years I have used a similar method. I use one DC fan attached to the inhale side of the loop. The fan has enough positive pressure to slightly lift the mushroom valves off their seats and one fan ventilates the whole loop.

    Here is what I posted when I built my loop dryer:
    Dryer

    In the response to that thread there was some speculation about damage to the mushroom valves, but that has not been my experience after many years of use.

    I took the duct tape off long ago and put a rubber strain relief on the wires. The fan, the power supply and a wire hanger for the loop all fit in a small bag. I dry my loop with the fan at the end of every diving day.

    I was concerned that my loop took a long time to really dry out, even after shaking and squeezing as much water out as possible. It was (and still is) my belief that a damp environment is good for growing unwanted DNA, so I think drying out the loop as fast as possible is a healthy thing to do.

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    Re: Loop drying

    Quote Originally Posted by NickB  View Original Post
    Or you could just hang it up somewhere......
    Agree, but can't deny the advantage of quicker, yet controlled ventilation.

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    Re: Loop drying

    Quote Originally Posted by decostanza  View Original Post
    Cool, you got them ordered...As I mentioned to you last week, they work a lot faster than merely hanging the loop. Mine dried a day after our dive and now down in Florida caves using them very successfully...and yep, the whole set fits perfectly in a mask case so its very easy to travel with.
    Thanks for sharing the idea!

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    Re: Loop drying

    Quote Originally Posted by 4ster  View Original Post
    For years I have used a similar method. I use one DC fan attached to the inhale side of the loop. The fan has enough positive pressure to slightly lift the mushroom valves off their seats and one fan ventilates the whole loop.

    Here is what I posted when I built my loop dryer:
    Dryer

    In the response to that thread there was some speculation about damage to the mushroom valves, but that has not been my experience after many years of use.

    I took the duct tape off long ago and put a rubber strain relief on the wires. The fan, the power supply and a wire hanger for the loop all fit in a small bag. I dry my loop with the fan at the end of every diving day.

    I was concerned that my loop took a long time to really dry out, even after shaking and squeezing as much water out as possible. It was (and still is) my belief that a damp environment is good for growing unwanted DNA, so I think drying out the loop as fast as possible is a healthy thing to do.
    "...unwanted DNA". Comical and true!

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