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Post by tuttle » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:25 am

My little humidor uses a sponge that lasts for somewhere about three seconds, so lately I've resorted to a little shot glass of distilled water. My hygrometer probably came from a Happy Meal so I've not had a proper reading in maybe ever since I got the thing. I go by feel.

Anyway, I hydrate my guitar with humidipaks and I've seen some humidipaks travel with shipped cigars so I nabbed a 72% pack for my humidor. Curious if anyone has any experience using Humidipaks (or Boveda) in their humidors.
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:33 am

Yes, they work great! And you can reuse them too!


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Re: Humidipaks

Post by tuttle » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:20 am

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Yes, they work great! And you can reuse them too!


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The "two-way" is the clincher. I own a Taylor guitar and they swear by using the humidipaks because of the two-way system because it's self regulating. Of course it seems it depends upon the humidity or lack thereof where you're living, but I purchased my guitar five years ago and have replaced my packets maybe three or four times (when they get crunchy hard). No risk of over humidifying, slight risk of under humidifying if you're not checking up on it. I'm hoping the packs I'm using for my humidifier give me similar results.
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by Jocose » Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:31 pm

I use Boveda packs in my humidor.

I finally settled on the 65% for my sticks. Anything higher than that I think is too moist for my tastes.
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:44 pm

I had some crunchy old sticks and I brought them back to life with one of the larger boveda and a travel humidor


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Post by tuttle » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:00 am

I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by AKPreacher » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm

tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Re: Humidipaks

Post by tuttle » Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am

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Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
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Post by SandPiper » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:57 am

The humidipaks are a clear winner over sponge type humidification. The sponge is essentially unregulated unless you're very careful to balance its content between water/PG....so you can actually end up encouraging mold growth in a smaller humidor if it gets too moist.

I'm also a fan of humidity beads. You can find these in several %'s. I used 65% myself for many years before moving to the DR (no A/C and ambient humidity is perfect for cigars, so I haven't used anything in 3 years). They work beautifully, last for a *very* long time, require only small quantity for a given humidor volume, and are very forgiving when you go to replenish them (no PG required; just distilled water). Also, they work both ways - absorbing when it's too wet, and releasing when it is dry. There are brand names out there that market specifically for humidors (Heartfelt, etc), but the generic can be found online much cheaper.

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Re: Humidipaks

Post by AKPreacher » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm

My advice, ditch the humidor and get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-1870-Col ... th=1&psc=1

Then throw a couple Boveda packs in there and you’re done!



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Re: Humidipaks

Post by tuttle » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:19 pm

AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm
My advice, ditch the humidor and get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-1870-Col ... th=1&psc=1

Then throw a couple Boveda packs in there and you’re done!



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Do you use/recommend a cedar tray?
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by AKPreacher » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:22 pm

tuttle wrote:
AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm
My advice, ditch the humidor and get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-1870-Col ... th=1&psc=1

Then throw a couple Boveda packs in there and you’re done!



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Do you use/recommend a cedar tray?
I wouldn’t worry about it with the smaller set up like the Sistema tupper but if you end up moving to a coolidor I would recommend trays to help with organization.


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Re: Humidipaks

Post by tuttle » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:50 pm

AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:22 pm
tuttle wrote:
AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm
My advice, ditch the humidor and get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-1870-Col ... th=1&psc=1

Then throw a couple Boveda packs in there and you’re done!



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Do you use/recommend a cedar tray?
I wouldn’t worry about it with the smaller set up like the Sistema tupper but if you end up moving to a coolidor I would recommend trays to help with organization.


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I wasn't thinking so much for organization but for the anti-fungal benefits (and the smell!)
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by AKPreacher » Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:53 pm

tuttle wrote:
AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:22 pm
tuttle wrote:
AKPreacher wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:05 pm
My advice, ditch the humidor and get one of these

https://www.amazon.com/Sistema-1870-Col ... th=1&psc=1

Then throw a couple Boveda packs in there and you’re done!



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Do you use/recommend a cedar tray?
I wouldn’t worry about it with the smaller set up like the Sistema tupper but if you end up moving to a coolidor I would recommend trays to help with organization.


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I wasn't thinking so much for organization but for the anti-fungal benefits (and the smell!)
I’ve never had a problem with either.


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Re: Humidipaks

Post by Del » Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:25 pm

tuttle wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am
AKPreacher wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
I am extremely pleased with my cheap-o 25 humidor. I get consistent humidification with one of those gel-stick thingies.

My hygrometer reads on the high side.... 77%. But the cigars smoke fine, so I'm good.
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by tuttle » Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:39 am

Del wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:25 pm
tuttle wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am
AKPreacher wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
I am extremely pleased with my cheap-o 25 humidor. I get consistent humidification with one of those gel-stick thingies.

My hygrometer reads on the high side.... 77%. But the cigars smoke fine, so I'm good.
Yeah, I'm not displeased with my cheap-o humi, just lazy. :wink:

But I do have the Boveda pack in there now so we'll see!
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by ryland » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:17 am

I have a humidor but haven't used it in several years because I couldn't get the humidity right with the sponge that came with it. I love the idea of these boveda packs.
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Re: Humidipaks

Post by AKPreacher » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:31 am

Del wrote:
tuttle wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am
AKPreacher wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
I am extremely pleased with my cheap-o 25 humidor. I get consistent humidification with one of those gel-stick thingies.

My hygrometer reads on the high side.... 77%. But the cigars smoke fine, so I'm good.
I’d be concerned about mold at that high of humidity


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Re: Humidipaks

Post by Jester » Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:34 am

AKPreacher wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:31 am
Del wrote:
tuttle wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am
AKPreacher wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
I am extremely pleased with my cheap-o 25 humidor. I get consistent humidification with one of those gel-stick thingies.

My hygrometer reads on the high side.... 77%. But the cigars smoke fine, so I'm good.
I’d be concerned about mold at that high of humidity


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I honestly never know where I am. I need an electric hydrometer.

[EDIT] With that said I have not yet had a problem with mold or dryness.
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Post by Del » Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:30 pm

AKPreacher wrote:
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:31 am
Del wrote:
tuttle wrote:
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:56 am
AKPreacher wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:46 pm
tuttle wrote:I'm sure it's dependent upon how big the humidor is, but how many packs do you guys use at the same time?
How big is your humidor? Also it sounds like your humidor my not be seasoned correctly or it’s leaking.


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Could be. It's a little cheap-o 25 qty. But I did exaggerate a little. The sponge lasts longer, but I'm just too lazy (and don't smoke cigars enough to remember) to check up on it. I've never really dried out anything because of it though.
I am extremely pleased with my cheap-o 25 humidor. I get consistent humidification with one of those gel-stick thingies.

My hygrometer reads on the high side.... 77%. But the cigars smoke fine, so I'm good.
I’d be concerned about mold at that high of humidity


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Cigars are fine. I think my dial just reads high.
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