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Humidfying Shuttlecocks, 2013 Edition

Discussion in 'Shuttlecock' started by firetab, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. firetab

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    I know that this topic has been discussed in the past, but wanted to create a new thread to see if there were new methods and to increase awareness that this exists.

    In my six years of playing badminton, I have never humidified a shuttle besides blowing hot air into the shuttle between rallies. Back when I played in Taiwan, humidifying was never really necessary due to the tropical hot, humid climate. Now in New Hampshire, the climate is cold, dry and the feather shuttles are brittle.

    What are the most efficient, convenient methods you guys use? Could I just take a tube to the bathroom when showering (keep both tube-caps on through the entire process)? Dipping the tips of the feathers into boiling water? Let's discuss!

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    Has anyone had experience using the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier for shuttles? When using a warm mist humdifier, what is the best way of steaming the shuttle? Individually, or by placing the tube on top?
     
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    This is what I do:

    Take an extra empty tube. Fill it with water. Keep for 20 seconds and then throw away the water. The tube is wet from inside. Insert 3-4 shuttles to be used for playing in the tube, 20 mins prior to play. Keep the tube vertical, with shuttles in the upper zone. The inner wet wall becomes the vapour source.

    Alternatively, you can take a wet sponge and keep it in a tube for 20 mins, along with the shuttles to be used. Sponge below and shuttles above in a tube placed vertically.

    The life of a shuttle after steaming is unbelievably lengthened, especially in non humid regions.
     
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    I have cool mist humidifiers for my kid's rooms. So the night before a session, I place the tube over the mist for about 2 minutes (1 minute on one end then flip for 1 minute on the other end). It does make a difference since the feathers won't be so brittle and break after one good smash.
     
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    i use the humidifying packages for cigar humidors, they last about 3 months at a time, tho they cost money, it works with a consisitent humidity!!!

    i usually just buy a package, tape it to the cap of the tube and then put the cap back into the tube and let it do its job.
     
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    I've been told to just put the tube in the fridge 24 hours before play. Because of the humidity in the fridge it moistens the shuttles but it isn't cold enough to freeze them.
     
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    I guess too much of moistness makes the shuttle brittle and it breaks easily. 24 hours seems like a long time. My assumption could be wrong though.
     
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    i thought the fridge takes out the humidity, that's how it keeps food semi-fresh?

    and moisture doesn't make it brittle i don't think, it'll only make it soft. too much will make it heavy and its flight distorted from my experience.
     
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    maybe you're thinking of a freezer. I'm pretty sure that fridges have high humidity and this way the shuttles don't stick together like I always got with steam
     
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    i'm pretty sure i'm talking about the whole fridge both the freezer and the "non-freezing" part since everytime i leave some food in the fridge, after awhile, it tends to be dry, lol. of course the freezer is dryer, but maybe fridges these days are more high tech than i give them credit for, but i always assumed that moisture relates to mildew?
     
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    Actually I looked into you're kind of right. Cold air can't be as humid as warm air so even at 100% humidity it isn't super moist but my fridge is near 90 or so, so it's got som moisture.
     
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    haha, i looked into it too, and there are humidity drawers for veggies and fruits, so if you put your shuttles in the humidity drawers at "high" humidity, it should theoretically work, so my assumption is false in that all things get dried in a fridge. damn now i'm confuse with the freshness of my food!!! :)
     
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    I am OBVIOUSLY using the "WRONG TYPE" of fridge ... coz everything I put in gets DRIED UP ... :D

    Any recommendations for FRIDGES that can "humdify" the bridies ? :confused:
     
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    get a SubZero!!!
     
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    You live in Malaysia, for Pete's sake! Why do you need to humidify your birds? Just leave them near the window on a rainy day! :D
     
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    I know ... I was just wondering what "frigid" birdies are like ? Never played one before ... :D
     
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    Do you really want me to answer this one? :p
     
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    Hahaha ... good, you caught my "double-entendre" ;)
     

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