Platypus - how to dry them out
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Jen Schwartz
(jenjetcity) - M

Locale: Upper Left
Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/16/2007 20:42:59 MDT Print View

We have several Platypus hydration bladders, and after each use we wash them with hot soapy water and rinse them out, then hang them upside down to dry. But they never get quite completely dry inside. Any suggestions?

Steve .
(pappekak) - F

Locale: Tralfamadore
Re: Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/16/2007 21:06:37 MDT Print View

Hair drier?

Steven Bergeron
(TheTurk)

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/16/2007 21:38:14 MDT Print View

After a cleaning and draining as much as possible, I put mine - upright and uncapped - on the back seat of my car while it's parked outside, windows up, at work. 1 - 2 days of this is usually all that's needed to get them completely dry.

But YMMV, I live in California and can count on sunshine (and therefore a hot car interior) for much of the year.

The hoses take longer, often 4 or 5 days. I remove the mouth piece and drape them over the back of a front seat with one of the openings as near the top of the seat as possible (think upside-down "J").

Steve

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/16/2007 21:41:12 MDT Print View

No, hair dryer won't work -- simply because a Platy has just one narrow opening.

There are several options, ranging from simple/slow to a elaborate/fast.

Simple/Slow:

1. Wash and rinse.
2. Place upside down on dish rack for a bit to drain out as much as possible.
3. Set right side up outdoor or near window -- but NOT in direct sunlight (bad for the plastic) -- and let remaining water evaporate out.

Speed - 1 full day in low to moderate humidity, 2-3 days otherwise

Elaborate/Faster:

1 and 2 - same as above
3. Get an el cheapo aquarium pump at Wally World ($9 for a double nozzle pump), connect aquarium tubing to pump and insert the other end all the way to the bottom of the upright Platy. Continuous airflow will dry the bladder much faster.

Speed - overnight -- even indoors. The thing I like most about this method is that you can also "splice" your hydration tubing in between, so both hydration tubing and Platypus bladder are dried together!

Intensive/Fastest:

1 and 2 - same as above
3. Straighten out a wire hanger and tape strips of first-aid cloth bandage along the wiring. Fold one end into a "J". Insert wiring into bladder and swab dry. The "J" angle will reach all nooks and corners.

Speed: 3 quick minutes (not counting the time spent on making the wire hanger contraption).

Edited by ben2world on 08/16/2007 21:43:37 MDT.

Russell Swanson
(rswanson) - F

Locale: Midatlantic
Re: Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/16/2007 22:43:08 MDT Print View

Are they the Big Zip version? If so, just jam a towel in them to dry. A lot of folks also toss them in a freezer to keep any mildew at bay.

Jen Schwartz
(jenjetcity) - M

Locale: Upper Left
RE: "Platypus - how to dry them out" on 08/18/2007 10:58:30 MDT Print View

These are some great ideas, especially yours, Ben. Thanks everyone.

Einstein X
(EinsteinX) - F

Locale: The Netherlands
Re: RE: "Platypus - how to dry them out" on 08/18/2007 13:00:33 MDT Print View

Uhm I just hang mine upside down with two clothespins on my clothesline. Same with the hose: pull mouthpiece off, whirl around hard for a minute or so (mind that you don't hit anything/anyone in the room) and hang on clothesline.

Eins

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re: Re: RE: "Platypus - how to dry them out" on 08/18/2007 13:21:34 MDT Print View

Agree w/ X . I shake mine out, then blow it up and hang it outside. Drain the hose, into the near sun. About a 2 hrs in AZ right now and it's pretty dry.

YMMV
Mike B

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Drying a Platypus Quickly on 08/18/2007 14:06:38 MDT Print View

I had the same problem. Try this (as Ben has already suggested): http://www.backpackingvideos.com/dryinghydrationsystems.htm

Edited by jasonklass on 08/18/2007 14:13:24 MDT.

Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
Hydration Drying Video Page on 08/18/2007 15:16:39 MDT Print View

http://www.backpackingvideos.com/dryinghydrationsystems.htm

Jason how do you access the video. I can't find one on the page.

Edited by bill123 on 08/18/2007 15:20:08 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: Drying a Platypus Quickly on 08/18/2007 17:51:42 MDT Print View

The link works on my PC. I suspect some control or another in your browser is preventing the video from downloading/playing.

Great video! A demo says a thousand words! Just one suggestion -- cut a longer tube and stand the Platy upright with the walls pulled out as much as possible. I believe this speeds up water evaporation.

Edited by ben2world on 08/18/2007 17:53:11 MDT.

Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re: Re: Drying a Platypus Quickly on 08/18/2007 18:00:41 MDT Print View

The video also works for me using IE 7.0

If you really want to dry one fast, you could use a compressor set for a very low pressure with a short 1/4" hose off the end of a 'handi-nozzle'.

MikeB

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Compressor? on 08/18/2007 18:25:50 MDT Print View

Can you post a demo video too? :)

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Re: Platypus - how to dry them out on 08/19/2007 09:14:44 MDT Print View

Sorry, but I used a hair dryer on mine and it worked just fine. You have to be patient, but it dried.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Dring Platys on 08/19/2007 09:20:50 MDT Print View

Good to know, Donna. Curious, what kind of Platypus are you using? How long did it take to dry? Thanks in advance.

adam wilson
(hunter762) - F

Locale: Southwest
re...platy drying on 08/19/2007 14:56:43 MDT Print View

I second the freezing method....im constantly using bladder systems due to the job. Im actually a fan of camelbaks but the concept is the same between them and a platy. Figure the reason your trying to dry it in the first place is to prevent mildew right? well instead of going through all the trouble yall have been describing why not just toss them in the freezer? As long as you NEVER EVER!! EVER use anything other than water in the bladder you should be good..but once you make the mistake of adding something your just asking for trouble ive found. One reason i like camelbak is they also make "anti mildew" bladders and you can use a cleaning agent if you really feel the need. ME...ive been using the same bladder for years now and just empty it roll it up and stick it in the freezer when im done..works for me allright

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Dring Platys on 08/19/2007 15:32:29 MDT Print View

I use the 2 liter with the small opening. I guess it took about 15 minutes. I shook most of the water out and kept it upside down while I blew dried it. But, if I had a choice, I would try Jason's method.

I really like Camelback or Nalgene bladders. But the Platy fits so well on the outside pocket of my pack. I may try the zip style Platy next when this eventually wears out.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Drying Platys on 08/19/2007 15:47:46 MDT Print View

Thanks, Donna.

I too have agonized over the Zip style platy's -- wouldn't it be nice to reach in and clean/dry the thing in almost no time flat?

But the thing I am leery about is that the hose must be connected to the bladder at all times! What's with that? Dragging the hose assembly along with the bladder down the river bank to get water -- I just know that I'll get dirt and gunk on the tubing and bite valve each and every time!

Maybe Zip platy users can throw in some pointers and /or work arounds...

Jason Klass
(jasonklass) - F

Locale: Parker, CO
Re: Hydration Drying Video Page on 08/19/2007 16:20:22 MDT Print View

Hi Bill, the video should be right in the middle of the page. You can't miss it so it might be a browser issue. Try watching it on youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S7XOyX1zyo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebackpackingvideos%2Ecom%2Fdryinghydrationsystems%2Ehtm

Donna C
(leadfoot) - M

Locale: Middle Virginia
Re: Drying Platys on 08/20/2007 03:54:38 MDT Print View

Ben-
I'm not sure about the hose always being attached. I ran into a couple of hikers at a shelter recently who had 6 of those puppies and none had the hose attached in camp. They had them filled and capped off with a regular cap, I'm assuming made by Platy. They only hosed the one being used on the trail. Maybe others here know more about it.