Shelf life of Dymo Rhino Heat Shrink Tube
Today we were asked about the shelf life of Dymo Rhino Heat Shrink Tubes. For those who don't know what we're talking about, heat shrink tube is "a shrinkable plastic tube used to insulate wires and provide abrasion resistance on stranded and solid wire conductors, connections, joints and terminals". Users slip the tube over the wire/connection they wish to protect, then apply heat. The tube shrinks to the shape/size of the wire/cable/connection. Dymo's heat shrink tube not only protect the wire/connection, but they enable the user to 'label' wire/cable at the same time. So you print the 'label' (which is actually a heat shrink tube as well), slide it over the cable/connection and apply heat. Job done! Protected and labeled.
So, getting back to the shelf life, like any Dymo label product there is an optimal way to store the Rhino Heat Shrink cartridges. We always recommend storing labels in a cool, dry place (like in a drawer or closet), out of direct sunlight, avoiding UV exposure where possible. Dymo go one step further by offering some technical guidelines......
Shelf life of cassette : Two years stored at 21°C (69.8°F) and 50% Relative Humidity
That's a long time, and again, if you keep them in a cool, dry place, you'll maximize the shelf life.
A good option for Dymo Rhino users is a hard cary case for your Rhino machine. There's room inside to store some tapes... (see the full range of Dymo Rhino accessories here)
Labelcity sells the full range of Rhino Heat Shrink Tubes.