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Thread: how To increase shuttle life??
03-07-2005, 04:15 PM #35
Originally Posted by Loh
"3. Shuttles should be kept in a slightly damp atmosphere and in a temperature not exceeding 55 degrees F. They shoud NEVER be stored in a dry cupboard or in any location which is centrally heated."
It stated "not exceeding 55 deg F". So it can't mean that doesn't it?
By the way just to add about storing the shuttle in the fridge before play, do keep it with the caps tightly closed. I'll try to figure out the logic on this.
03-08-2005, 10:31 AM #36
maximizing the life of shuttles
Any tips can you guys give me in maximizing the life of feather birds? I've heard of steaming, but how is it actually being done?
03-08-2005, 11:14 AM #37
Originally Posted by jackson_ngo
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03-10-2005, 11:38 PM #38
02-05-2007, 02:03 AM #39
Originally Posted by Jinryu
Yup I agree to that..corks will absorb water and thus very heavy..But I don't know whether those overhydrated birdies will break the strings of the racket..
05-04-2007, 04:12 AM #40
Ok.. this is what we do and it works like a charm. Its a modified steaming though.
- Remove all the birds from the tube, fill the tube with water and close both the ends.
- After 5 mins, spill the water and put the birds back into the tube.
- Keep the tube in vertical position (cork ends up).
- Use the birds for next day.
Please post your experiences
05-04-2007, 07:17 AM #41
I used to steam/dip shuttles, but now I don't bother.
If you get it right, you can probably extend the life of your shuttles slightly -- or, if you bought some very brittle ones, quite a lot.
The trouble is, you can also get it wrong. I've had hydrated shuttles shrivel up, with the feathers shrinking and going hard. I've had some that get soft and stay soft -- they don't break, but they don't fly crisply either. They feel mushy.
On the whole, I think hydrating is more useful for cheaper shuttles, or shuttles that have obviously gone brittle. Hydrating top-quality shuttles that are in perfect condition is asking for trouble -- unless, of course, you really know what you're doing
If you have a humid place to store them, that's great. But if not, just make sure they are kept away from extremes of temperature -- don't leave them in direct sun, and don't leave them in your car boot on a frosty night.
05-19-2007, 02:45 AM #42
I'm just wondering...if all we need to do to increase its life is keep it humid, would it be okay to just leave all the shuttles in the bathroom with the caps off the tubes?
05-19-2007, 03:42 AM #43
05-19-2007, 09:20 AM #44
...and that extent being...?
what if I just display them proudly around my bathroom? ...then just grab a couple lying around and throw em into a tube before I run off to the courts?
05-19-2007, 03:04 PM #45
Just make sure you don't take a dump before your badminton game.
05-19-2007, 05:00 PM #46
05-19-2007, 06:09 PM #47
It really depends on where you live. In drier environment, steaming is essential. Other than that, it's just a matter of how often you hit it right on the spot.
05-19-2007, 09:06 PM #48
05-19-2007, 09:46 PM #49
Dear Fellow BCBF members,
Many of you ask how to prolong the shuttle's life. My fist suggestion is not to miss hit. However, many of us who live in North America and Europe do not have the humid weather that is good for shuttle's life in SE Asia. So, some methods to keep shuttles hydrated is needed and being used. There are method of steaming the shuttle, dip the feather in water, keep the shuttle in bathroom and other methods. If you don't know those method, seek and ye should find.
Wilson developed a new "Smart Tub Lid" to keep feather hydrated. This is a pattern Wilson filed. However, there is a "Prior Art" they might not known before. Anyway, I just want to share a DIY method we have been using since we were kids. You can be the judge.
Picture 1. Wilson shuttle tube.
Picture 2. Same tube with upper lid
Picture 3. Wilson "Smart Tube Lid"
Picture 4. Victor shuttle tube and paper napkin.
fold paper napkin into small piece so it will fit into the lid.
Picture 5. Tape the folded paper napkin onto the lid and add water. Shake off the extra water. Just add water when the napkin is dry.
I added some mouthwash to get the contrast and keep microbs growing on the napkin. From trial and error, I find the best tape for this DIY is clear nurse tape (3M Transpore about $3-$5 USD) that you can buy from local drug store. Why? because this tape is water resistant.
Good luck and have fun enjoy badminton.
06-11-2007, 11:10 AM #50
Steam it,or drip it with water before u play.Not too long/much,as it'll affect the bird's performance.Avoid using ur sweat,since it'll only helps momentarily n will break the feathers off faster,since it's salty.Also,of course,hitting only cork,n not the feathers helps alot.
06-11-2007, 11:57 AM #51
Method - same as described in my above post.
Moisten the bird box from inside with water.
Dip the birds in water for 5-10 secs (excluding the horizontal thread and the cork) and put them back in the moistened box.
Keep the box vertical with corks at top and feathers at bottom for 30 mins, just before play.
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