Battery-operated Dehumidifiers: Why are they disappearing?

Humidity in houses, cars, and RVs is a big problem, especially for people with health conditions like asthma and allergies.  It is a known fact that natives of humid regions suffer from various kinds of allergies. But a dehumidifier can easily take care of these problems. However, one must know which kind of dehumidifier is best for a particular situation. For example, a mini dehumidifier cannot do much good in a big damp hall. For that, a powerful dehumidifier is needed. And there are situations when a battery-operated dehumidifier is needed but battery-operated dehumidifiers are hard to find these days. Why do you ask? Well, keep reading to find out!

What is a battery-operated dehumidifier?

In this article, we’ll look at why a battery-powered dehumidifier is necessary.

We will also discuss why there is a scarcity of battery-powered dehumidifiers on the market. But first and foremost, what exactly is a battery-powered dehumidifier? And how does it differ from a traditional dehumidifier?

You may recall learning about the water cycle in elementary school: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. What you may not realize is that the water cycle is always active in the air you breathe, even when you’re indoors. The term “humidity” refers to the amount of water vapor in the air and a dehumidifier, removes or minimizes this water vapor from the air.

How is battery operated dehumidifier different from a traditional dehumidifier?

A battery-powered humidifier runs on a battery while a traditional dehumidifier requires a connection to a power point. A battery-powered dehumidifier is less powerful than a conventional one. A conventional dehumidifier consumes about 200w of power. A battery cannot supply such power, even a 12V car battery will only last for a few hours. A battery-operated dehumidifier is easy to carry. On the other hand, the traditional dehumidifier is big in size which makes it difficult to carry somewhere else.

Why need battery operated dehumidifier?

There are several benefits of Battery-powered dehumidifiers such as they are portable and easy to use anywhere. Their portability makes them perfect for places where the use of traditional dehumidifiers would be difficult. This is the reason why they are perfect for use in cars, RVs, and even boats. Battery-powered dehumidifiers can also work in places where there is no power point for a traditional dehumidifier such as a damp downstairs basement. What will happen if you do not have a power point to plug in the dehumidifier to suck up the humidity? over the years your basement is going to become damp and things like mold will build up behind the drywall or on the ceiling. Over time it will start to smell and you can get mold problems. In this case, a battery-operated dehumidifier is your best savior!

Battery-powered dehumidifiers are also very useful during camping. Tents nowadays are made of nylon-polyester or thick plastic polymers with metal stakes and zippers. These tents are strong and provide privacy but what these tents don’t solve is the problem of moisture. And let’s be honest, on a camping spree with nature, you don’t want to feel the humidity and moisture that your tent has to offer! In such cases, you can place a battery-operated dehumidifier in the tent to get rid of the humidity. If you decide to camp in your car, that still doesn’t solve the problem of humidity. Opening the car- window a little will not always solve the problem because there may be humidity outside also.

Drawbacks of battery-operated dehumidifier

Apart from a lot of uses for battery-operated dehumidifiers, there are some drawbacks of battery-operated dehumidifiers. the biggest drawback is that battery-operated dehumidifiers are not very powerful. Some things need more power than what a battery can supply. Because of this people are shifting away from battery-operated dehumidifiers which have way less power than a traditional dehumidifier.

Why is there no battery-operated dehumidifier on the market?

Even though a battery-operated dehumidifier can be helpful in many ways but because of its limitations, it is not easily available in the market. Let us compare the effectiveness of a  battery-operated dehumidifier and a traditional dehumidifier with a simple example. Assume that you are in a damp room with a couple of people. The battery-operated dehumidifier will take almost four to eight weeks to remove almost six to nine ounces of water.

However, a traditional dehumidifier can do the same task in way less amount of time.  Unless there has been a flood or a leakage in your drainage system, a traditional dehumidifier usually reduces the humidity to the desired level within a few days to a week. One or more dehumidifiers will be required in the event of a flood or a highly damp area. To put it simply, one will need 8 or more battery-powered dehumidifiers to match the work done by a traditional dehumidifier.

Why is the battery-powered dehumidifier being replaced by other options?

Some companies and people claim that battery-operated dehumidifiers do not work very well. People suggest they would just open the car window rather than have a battery-operated mini dehumidifier in their vehicle. One of the best and most effective adsorbents used in a wide range of applications is silica gel desiccant. Moisture absorber bags based on silica gel are replacing battery-powered dehumidifiers in the market.

There are many advantages of moisture-absorbing bags. They are easy to handle, last for a long time, and you do not have to charge them again and again. Battery-operated dehumidifiers are difficult to find in the market. If you use them to dehumidify your basement, they are not always switched on 24*7. Moisture-absorbing bags come in various sizes that are useful for various purposes. Moisture absorbing bags are available in small sizes for closets and in big bags to get rid of the moisture problems of your basement.

The Takeaway

Because they are more convenient, moisture-absorbing bags are replacing battery-operated dehumidifiers. Because of the lack of power in a battery-powered dehumidifier, people now consider them less effective. However, you should select a dehumidifier based on your requirements. A traditional dehumidifier is a good option if you require a lot of power. If you need a dehumidifier for a small space like a closet or your car, you can go for moisture-absorbing bags or battery-powered dehumidifiers.

Mohd Aqsat

Hi there, My name is Aqsat and I was born and raised in Delhi in India, and I have a degree in English from Amity University. I have acquired knowledge in various fields, such as education and e-learning, environment, health and care, finance, digital marketing etc. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of home experts in my career. I have spent time helping these experts to build their businesses while assisting homeowners in caring for their greatest asset. I have been involved with indoor and vehicle air quality for a long time and feel that poor indoor air quality is one of the major problems. Now I have gotten the opportunity to share what I have learned. I hope you will find the content helpful.

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