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How do polymer crystals work and why do they absorb so much water?

Polymer crystals are one of those special items that are almost magical. Polymer crystals gel very similar to a gelatin dessert. One of their major uses is by the disposable diaper manufacturers, where they are referred to as super absorbent polymers. The polymers allow for thinner and lighter disposable diapers.

Add water to the white crystalline flakes and they absorb many times their size in the polymeric gel that forms. One pound of the crystals holds about 50 gallons of water! The gel that forms swells by absorbing 30 grams of water for each gram of the crystals. The odorless crystals are shown below.

Construction workers, bicyclists and motorcyclists may be seen wearing cloth headbands or wearing a cloth collar around their neck. The crystals are sewn into a pouch in the cloth. The cloth item is then soaked in water for several hours. A tiny handful will swell up to many times it size and provide moist evaporative cooling for the wearer.

Florists also use polymer crystals as a dirt-free way to store water and to keep cut flowers fresh for a long time.

It takes about 45 minutes to hydrate the typical headband or collar. Refrigeration ahead of time is not necessary, but it does help extend the cooling time. The same polymer crystals can be rehydrated many times. The following picture shows how the same crystals appear (several hours later) after about an ounce of water was poured on the crystals:

How do polymer crystals work and why do they absorb so much water?

Super absorbent polymer crystals

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Our water crystal polymers are a necessity when it comes to breeding small insects. The use of our water crystals is endless. The hydrated crystals provide a safe and clean watering source for your insects. The crystals help maintain the proper moisture levels. The water crystals are used to make water gel for your feeders. Simply add water to the dry crystal polymer and create a supply of drinkable water that prevents most drowning and messy spills. Sprinkle the dry water crystal polymer into your insect colony to prevent moisture build up. One ounce of dry crystal polymer will absorb a full gallon of water. You can use the gels for your insect colony, potted plants, your lawn, vegetable gardens and your terrariums. Colored water crystals can be a decorative addition to your terrariums and fish tanks. Keeping plenty of dried water crystals on hand is the safest way to provide safe clean water for your insects and reptiles. READ M ORE . . . .

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Water Gel Crystals is a water absorbing crystals polymer that expands 400 times its original size! Reduces irrigation costs, plant watering and plant stress. Ideal for craft projects. Our rainbow gel beads are colorfast. Polymer powders are used for medical waste solidification, blood absorption, spill control, fake ice, fake snow, perfect bedding for crickets, roaches and reptiles and numerous miscellaneous craft and science projects.