Protect your Gear. The Ruggard 80L Dry Cabinet for your Camera Gear! (Video)
By Steve Huff
My quick video overview of the Ruggard 80L
Well this is something different! This came to me for a review and to share my thoughts on it and I personally never knew a product like this existed. Is it needed? Well, that all depends on where you live. The item I am looking at today is the Ruggard 80L Dry Cabinet which is basically a De-Humidifer for your camera gear. This model, the 80L comes in at only $249 and is very well made, has digital humidity controls and LED Lighting inside. The glass cover/door makes for a cool protective display of your gear. Seeing that I live in Arizona where the air is dry as a bone, I really do to need a Dehumidifier but I can still get use out of this unit as it also keeps dust out of your gear. Usually my cameras and lenses are on a shelf or in a glass cabinet in my office. Dust collects on them over time and sometimes there is a lot of dust, and I hate dust. By keeping my cameras in the Ruggard I am also keeping them dust free.
THIS MODEL, the 80L is the larger of the two and can hold and protect quite a bit of gear.
Here are the details from the B&H Photo website:
“Protect your lenses, photographic and optical equipment, mobile electronics, and other valuable accessories from excessive moisture, dirt, and dust with the Ruggard 80L Electronic Dry Cabinet. The cabinet’s fast-acting TE Cooling Wafer regulates the interior’s relative humidity from 25-60% to help prevent fungus and corrosion that can damage your gear. Humidity adjustments take place over a 1 to 3-hour period.
Fully-featured, the cabinet has a lockable, rubber-sealed glass door, with 2 two keys, and a front handle. A large, dimmable LCD displays ambient temperature (in Fahrenheit or Celsius), relative humidity, and other settings. Interior LED lights make viewing and finding gear easier. Both the base and the adjustable sliding shelf are padded to help guard against scratches.
The Electronic Drying Cabinet is powered by an included multi-voltage power supply. In addition to being near-silent, without a fan or compressor to make noise, the unit is also dripless, eliminating the need for a water tray. The bottom front of the cabinet has two adjustable leveling feet.”
If I lived in a humid environment, let’s say FLORIDA for example, I would own two of these to hold ALL of my camera gear and lenses. This could be a lifesaver for your gear in that kind of humidity. Keep your lenses free of fungus and moisture and your precious electronics free from moisture as well. At the price point, I find this to be a bargain. The smaller 30L which is usually IN STOCK at B&H comes in at $139 and looks like a great unit as well, you just lose some size. But $140 for a dry cabinet to protect your gear that is well made, has a 5 year warranty, a glass door, LED lighting and electronic humidity control? I’d say it was more like a steal (again, if you live in a humid environment).
This Dry Cabinet can also be used to “dry out” your gear if you have it exposed to high humidity when out. Attractive, well made and affordable.
You can see more details or order this Dry Cabinet at B&H Photo using the links below.