ĒHumidors are designed to keep cigars at the correct humidity level, but when you have one that uses an electronic humidifier, it can be tricky to control the temperature and humidity in your humidor. Luckily, there are several easy ways to make sure your cigar humidor keeps your cigars at their perfect humidity level without you having to spend hours checking and adjusting it each day. There are several types of electronic humidifiers, including gel humidifiers, foam humidifiers, and bead humidifiers that each work differently but maintain the same goal – keeping your cigars fresh and ready to smoke whenever you want them.
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What Is Humidity?
Humidity refers to air’s moisture content. When it comes to cigars, high levels of humidity are dangerous because they can cause mold and affect flavor and burn quality. Low levels of humidity, on the other hand, make storage more difficult but aren’t considered unsafe. electronic humidors maintain a specific level of relative humidity by controlling how much water evaporates from a base reservoir into a larger vapor-holding chamber; these devices typically hold 50–250 cigars. Check out some popular models below
What Is A Humidor?
To properly care for cigars, you need a place that provides just enough moisture. That place is a humidor. A typical wood or acrylic box with cedar lining, a humidor is outfitted with a hygrometer—an instrument that measures humidity levels—to maintain proper storage conditions of 68% relative humidity and 70°F temperature. The easiest way to keep these levels steady is by using an electronic humidor. These automated systems use built-in fans and heaters to automatically regulate conditions based on data from your preferred device (typically an iPad or Android tablet). Not only do electronic humidors make it easy for you to stay within recommended ranges, they also come with plenty of other convenient features like Wi-Fi connectivity, smartphone compatibility and Bluetooth for remote monitoring and alerts.
Understanding The Components Of A Humidor
What does it take to make a great cigar?
It starts with a proper container, or humidor. Not only will you need to select an attractive storage container, but you’ll also need to take into account a number of factors including size, wood type and its construction (whether one or more piece), quality of air seal, interior dividers and configuration of shelves. To create ideal conditions for aging and storing cigars, look for humidors that have been made from Spanish cedar. The best models will come equipped with hygrometers that are located at eye level so that you can monitor moisture levels at all times.
How To Use A Hygrometer?
A hygrometer, also known as a relative humidity gauge, is a very useful tool for cigar enthusiasts who like to keep their stogies fresh. You can find them online or at most tobacconists for under $20. All you need is an empty soda bottle and some clear plastic wrap and it’s easy to make your own. Just poke a hole near one end of a plastic soda bottle with an ice pick or other sharp object. Then, place the probe of your new hygrometer into that hole, cover it up with plastic wrap, tape it down securely so air can’t get in or out and place it inside your humidor where you want readings. Check often and adjust accordingly if necessary to maintain 70% relative humidity.
Trouble Shooting Your Humidor
One of the most important parts of keeping cigars at their peak condition is maintaining proper relative humidity. Too much and you risk mold, too little and you’ll notice a big change in burn characteristics or they’ll just taste stale. Luckily, it’s easy to spot problems once you know what signs to look for. Here are four common issues with ways to fix them