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Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier Reviews

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Overall Rating 4.35 out of 5 Based on 51 Ratings

Customer Reviews of “Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier”

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5 out of 5
Great product
Works great followed the instructions and haven't had a worry
4 out of 5
No Brainer
Four hour soak in distilled water. Dry throughly. Put in my 100 count humidor. Keeps her at 69 - 71% humidity for up to 6 weeks. Can't ask for more than that.
5 out of 5
Doing it's job...
Doing it's job, assisting in keeping my 100ct humidor just right. Good steady performance.
5 out of 5
Works better for me.
Have a 25 cigar humidor and find that the HX10 works better than the gel-pacs. One HX10 and a 99 cent distilled water last a long time.
5 out of 5
great humidifier
Filled with distilled water and let drain. Put in my 75 cigar humidor and it has been keeping at 70% humidity.
5 out of 5
Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier
Works perfectly. Filled 1/2 way with juice, let it sit for an hour, been holding 68-70 ever since.
3 out of 5
Not very happy with quality
Not very happy with quality of brown bag deal. Most of my cigars where dried and cracked.
5 out of 5
Does the job
Does the job
5 out of 5
This one works
When the round humidifiers were no longer available I tried the small rectangular ones with no success. This one works great.
5 out of 5
Works exactly how it should!!
5 out of 5
Initial Thoughts
I have only had this for a week. It has been working top notch right out of the box. Thanks CI
5 out of 5
Nice Humidifier
I had the original Humi-Care Rectangular Humidifier with the little round balls that you had to soak for four hours. Yes, it blew the top off and made a hell of a mess. I had to remove about half of the little balls and glue the thing back shut. The current one that I just problems. Follow the instructions, about an hour of soaking the first time,,,,,,you'll love it.
5 out of 5
Does its job
I am a Boveda pack supporter, but if you're not going boveda, I would suggest this device. Does its job like its supposed to.
5 out of 5
Crystal Humidifier
Works great, but just a little large
5 out of 5
easy to activate, easy to put in humidor, easy to let it do its thing.
5 out of 5
Humi Care HX10
I purchased this humidifier to replace the one that came with my humidor. I was have trouble maintainin a constant humidity. With this on its no problem. Very satisfied would recommend and buy again.
5 out of 5
When only the best will do
I have been using the Humi-Care HX10 Crytsal Gel Rectangle Humidifier for several years now and it is without a doubt the best humidifier product money can buy. The ease of use and price point are unmatched at cigars international. I can't tell you how many times I have given a cigar to a friend on the golf course and after smoking it they ask me how I keep them so "perfect". They are not all dried up and cracked nor do they split when squeezed. They have a slow even burn but stay lit instead of having to relight them constantly. When you spend good money on cigars why wouldn't you get the best product available for your humidor to keep them fresh and favorful?
1 out of 5
Poor quality humidifier...move on to another
It leaks, the adhesive is weak and doesn't stay affixed to my humidor. I've made a number of purchases from CI, this one wasn't worth the shipping cost (free).
5 out of 5
Cost and Convenience with fast delivery is a plus for Me.
5 out of 5
I'd say "Works as advertised".
Works as advertised. I'm ordering another now and I've used the first one for a long time in a 70-stick box. Couple years? Not sure, but multiple "hydrations" with the distilled water. Great product, kept box near 70 at most times.
5 out of 5
Great product
Got this a little while back, followed the instructions to put distilled water in. Then every now and then when it was not keeping up added some water waited 15 min and dumped it out. Now its nice and stable, way better then those round disks you get with the humidor...
5 out of 5
Quality & Delivery
I have been a customer for over 6 years, I been ordering two boxes of my favorite cigars for the last two years using the online system and UPS delivery. The easy to use on line is fantastic, and UPS is always there when I need to relax and have my favorite cigar, Thanks to all the employees for their great care.
5 out of 5
Great purchase
It's a great purchase and they showed up quickly, as usual.
5 out of 5
Use rubber bands!!!
Here's a little trick for you....Put rubber bands around it on the initial fill up. If it does pop open you won't have a mess to clean up because the rubber bands will still hold it together.
5 out of 5
Camacho pre-embargo amazing!!!
These cigars are about as good as it gets!!! Worth every penny:)
5 out of 5
Everything was fine
Everything was fine
5 out of 5
Great product
I love this thing, it takes up very little space and works exactly like it's supposed to do
5 out of 5
Humi-Care works, but...
The unit didn't rise to the occasion at first. Figured my humidor was too dried out so I wet it down a couple of times. Now it works perfectly.
4 out of 5
Works great!
Works really well but backing will not stick to the magnet. Had to modify with glue.
5 out of 5
Great product at a great price
Just what I needed
3 out of 5
Works as intended
It works as intended, but I just wished that it was refillable
4 out of 5
Great Product
I had tried the Humi-Care Black Ice and wasn't happy, but this works like a charm. I especially liked that it came with clear instructions for use, something that was missing in the Black Ice.
1 out of 5
Humidfier Ruptures
Both of my HX10 Crystal Gel humidifiers are cheaply made and ruptured after putting humi-care cigar juice in them, causing a huge mess of crystal gel balls all over my humidor. I will not buy this product again. Recommend looking at other humidifiers.
5 out of 5
Does what its supposed to do.
The humidity in my box is now right where I want it and is staying there.
5 out of 5
These work great. Easy to use and keep the humidifier well humidified.
5 out of 5
Humi care
Got this from CI on a bid. Good price and and fast delivery. I will be coming back for more goods.
5 out of 5
Works great.
First time I have used the Humi-Care Humidifiers, took everyone's advice on not overfilling. I use them in my travel humidor.
5 out of 5
Humi-Care HX10 Humidifier
This humidifier works great! I simply followed the instructions, and my humidor(which has about 40 cigars in it) is at 72% right now. I would recommend this humidifier to anyone with a humidor(100 cigar capacity).
5 out of 5
Works great!
Don't overfill our it will pop open.
4 out of 5
Great, easy to use
1 out of 5
The plastic case opened up and spilled out all the crystals the first time I filled it with distiller water. I had to discard a significant amount of the crystals to get it back together. Not sure if it will still do it's job.
5 out of 5
Follow The Directions
They work great, last long and keep the humidor at a consistent humidity. I use them in all 3 of my humidors. Follow the directions on soaking the crystals. They will pop the case open if soaked too long. However, the case easily snaps together again after the crystals shrink back to their original size.
3 out of 5
Will come apart
Poured distilled water in it and let it sit for 2 hours. Everything held together ok. So I drained the remaining water and mounted it in my humidor. The next day I went to grab a stick and found gel balls all over my humidor. I only but about 3/4 of the gels back inside of the humidifier. The rest I put in a spare jar. So far it's working ok but be careful the first time you fill it.
1 out of 5
Fell apart
This product is poorly built and can easily fall apart after water has expanded the Gel. I have to wait for them to recede now, get them all back in and hold the container together with elastics. What a mess.
3 out of 5
Just ok
doesn't seem to hold my hundred count humidor to the level I want for more than about two days. There are only about 25 cigars in there and when I first fillet it brings it up to 70%. But within a couple of days it is down around 60%. This unit is not powerful enough to keep 100 count cigar humidor at 69 to 70%. 60% it seems to hold
3 out of 5
heavy product
Great piece of it sits on the floor of your humidor. It's heavy when filled and doesn't stay on the magnet very well. Fell down and the magnet that sticks to the humidor won't stick anymore
4 out of 5
Don't over hydrate.
I forgot about the humidifier while re-wetting it. Do t do that. I really like it. It works well in my new 100 stick humidor.
4 out of 5
Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier
Seems to work well. It's compact yet larger than the small round disks you often see in humidors so it retains more moisture longer.
5 out of 5
Love the Humi-Care humidifier I bought. Had some old gel crystals and a foam thingy in the humidor. They were not working. So now they are all gone. Keeping the stogies in absolutely perfect condition.
5 out of 5
Great product
i live in New England where the temperature and humidity has big swings. In the dog days of summer I can remove two or three of them and in the bone dry winters I can add them back. Very convenient.
4 out of 5
Good Product!
Very good humidification device. Just maintain it with distilled water and it works like a charm with approximately 25 medium to larger gauge cigars.
Customer Testimonials
This works great. I did fall asleep with it soaking and it exploded. It looked like a bunch of marbles. I put it into a small Tupperware and it worked fine.
Works great. Took just about an hour for the gels to soak up water initially, but it's been helping keep my humidor right at 70% with no issue.
I replaced both Credo's in my 600 count cabinet humidor with these a few months ago. Before this, I found it near impossible to maintain a constant humidity in my humidor. I was starting to think I had a leak somewhere. Since replacing with these and treating the cabinet with Cigar Juice, I have not had a problem. Now I just recharge with distilled water periodically.
I got my first pair of these about 6 months ago. (Didn't read the instructions, which turns out to be a good thing after reading some other reviews now.) The first pair has worked so well that I replaced all of my "stock" ones with these both at home and at work. When I gifted my brother-in-law a humidor recently, I included one of these so he can start out right out of the box in dry Phoenix. These blow away the stock ones - very happy with the consistent results.
My old floral foam humidifier wasn't keeping up anymore, so I switched to these. So far I couldn't be happier. If I open my humidor, they regulate the RH within a few minutes of me closing it.
I have replaced the standard humidifiers in my home and work humidors with Humicare HX10's, and love them. They are much longer lasting than the typical ones shipped in many humidors, without breaking the bank. I can keep my humidors plus or minus 2 for extended time. Also nice is the larger magnet that actually sticks and remains in place. Using them as "stocking stuffers" for my cigar smoking friends.
Pretty surprised with the humidor, much better than I expected. While not the best it certainly does the job and does it well. Aesthetically its OK and craftsmanship is fair to good. It works and keeps the smokes all set to go. Great value.
These are very strong humidifiers. If you have smaller then a 100ct humidor I would get something smaller. I purchased 2 for my large 350ct box and it shot the humidity to 77%. Using just 1 will hold the humidity at 75%. I've been putting 1 in for an hour per day to keep it at 69%. Hope they settle down in time.
Quick follow up on my previous post...had some trouble getting my humi into the low 70's, even with this fine product. But I looked into C.I.'s tutorial on humidor care and learned how to season the thing. Now I'm getting consistent rh readings between 68 and 70 at temps between roughly the same numbers. Seems to be working great! Thank you C.I. for all the insight! CHEERS!!!
I let it sit in distilled water for a hour when I first got it. Been two weeks keeps over 60 cigars @ 69-71% perfectly. Now keep in mind im also deployed to a desert environment, and the cigars are literally in a 3 gallon ziplock back that is kept inside a Tupperware container, thats in my wall locker. This worked so well some of my fellow soldiers ordered some and we all agree its soldier approved.
Hard to say, right now, but it's looking pretty good. I was gifted a 100+ count humidor several weeks back - slightly used, but hey, it's friggin' FREE! So I cleaned up the individual drawers and looked into how to care for my humidor. This product jumped out, touted great things and had some good reviews. I live in Georgia & we get some humidity.(Understate much?) But my home is climate controlled, baby! But DRY? Well, it would seem so. I was getting steady humidity readings in the mid 50's before Humi-Care. it's been almost 2 weeks now and my readings have crept up into the low 60's at a temp between 70 & 75 degrees. Today I'm up to 64%!
Bought this product do to my floral foam one getting moldy of course. I have about 60 sticks in my 150 count humidor and this holds a constant 70%. Works awesome. I read all the horror stories of over soaking so I only soaked mine for 45 minutes and I had no problems at all.
Great product. Keeps your humi right where it needs to be. Super easy maintenance which doesn't even need to be made often.
Very strong humidifier. It keeps my 200 count box around 73rh. I think I'll soak it for a little less time when it's up for a refill to get down around 70.
I got this for my glass-top humidor, and i am satisfied... there was one issue when i opened it and took it out of its packaging a couple of beads fell out, no biggie i picked them up and placed them back in, problem solved! great buy i definitely recommend it.
Not too happy with how this unit performs. I have a crystal unit from Xikar and it holds moisture better than the Humi-Care unit. I feel like I have to refill the Humi-Care unit constantly when compared to the Xikar. It could be my humidor at fault as well though... I just bought an active unit from CI to help stabilize the RH in my humidor.
Great humidifier keeps my humidor between 68 and 73 percent humidity, you just fill it up with distilled water let it sit for about an hour but be carful if it soaks for to long the breads will expand enough to pop open the top. would defiantly recommend to any one looking for a good humidifier to keep there cigars fresh.
This humidifier is awesome. I live in a very dry climate and have always struggled to keep my humidor's humidity where it should be. I finally decided to try these and I only wish I had bought them sooner. My only advice is to make sure you don't overfill them, one of the ones I ordered busted open during the initial fill process. Fortunately, it wasn't in the box yet so there were no casualties.
It takes a lot to impress me enough to write a review on anything, but I gotta say these humidification elements are nothing short of miraculous. I live in AZ where temperature and humidity levels change drastically throughout the year and it has made it difficult/impossible to maintain humidity levels. I have two decent sized humidors and was having mold issues with the traditional water elements so I had to clean/sterilize the humidors and switched over to Xikar gel elements to prevent having future mold problems. Humidity levels would not rise about 60% and ended up ruining about 40 cigars. After being unable to get the humidors to achieve correct levels, I stopped storing cigars in them since I assumed it was something wrong with the humidors. After reading the reviews for the Humi-Care units I decided to give them a try. I ordered in some Humi-Care elements from CI along with a big bottle of Cigar Juice, and after getting the elements "juiced" I put them in the humidors. Within an hour both humidors were holding steady at 72% humidity. Dropped 70 cigars into the humidors and the Humi-Care elements continued to maintain 72% humidity, weeks later the humidity levels haven't budged and the stogies are resting comfortably. I don't know what is different about the Humi-Care units over others on the market, all I know is it WORKS and it works WELL. Don't waste your time with the other stuff, get a Humi-Care element and some Cigar Juice and save yourself a ton of headache. Wish I would have found this stuff years ago.
I use both the HX10 and the 8 oz. black ice humidifiers in my humidor. So far my cigars look and taste great.
got it all set up an put in my 150 count humidor with a jar an its been steady at 68-70 percent really nice humidifier
I'm with TP on this one!! I also received what I'm assuming are updated instructions. I poured distilled water just up to the mesh screen, waited an hour and turned the humidifier upside down for a few minutes to drain any excess water. The updated directions make no mention of soaking the humidifier. The only drawback I found was some of the 'balls' were somehow on top of the screen and a few fell out of the humidifier. I cracked the top off of the humidifier, removed the screen so the balls would fall to the bottom, replaced the screen and snapped the top back into place. Good to go!!Now I'm waiting to see if it raises the RH as it's winter.
I bought one of these for my 100-120 count humidor and soaked it in regular distilled water and had a very hard time keeping my RH level consistent. I just bought another one but soaked it in cigar juice and it is a perfect 70% all of the time. After filling it with cigar juice and letting it sit for 1 hour, I dumped out the excess water and then hit it with a blow dryer through the screen for 2 minutes to get all of the excess juice out. It worked perfectly right away. I highly recommend this product but I would never fill it with any but cigar juice.
I purchased the Humi-Care HX10 the other day. I ordered it on a Tuesday and it arrived on Wednesday. Cigars International does quick delivery. Now let me talk about the actual humidifier. It is great. I replaced the one that came with the humidor and the humidity immediately dropped. I bought one of those [other competitor's] gel jars. It did not work. I am going to stick with Humi-Care.
I bought two of these and I do not know why they put so many beads in them. You have to be careful not to soak them too long or they explode!!
I ordered one in June of 2012, looks like it's not doing its job anymore. Other than that, I've had no complaints about it. I made my own PG and distilled water juice. It worked great for the first year of fills.
Unbelievable! I recently purchased a new humidor. It came with a cheap plastic hygrometer. With the original foam pucks in there the humidity was constantly fluctuating between 60 and 80, or even more extreme. I originally thought it was just the cheap hygrometer that was the issue. I decided to try this humidifier and now my RH is constantly at 70%. Even if I leave my humidor lid open for a while, it gets back up to 70% in no time. As far as the soaking, which I saw everyone having issues with on the reviews, I received updated instructions in the box. I just poured distilled water in the top until it was visible above the screen. I set a phone alarm for an hour and came back to it. I then turned it upside down to drain the excess distilled water and left it upside down on a paper towel for about 5 minutes. I had no issues with it at all. I will never have a humidor again without purchasing one of these for it. Painless, no hassle way to keep my cigars at the perfect RH. I have a 100 count humidor that is pretty much full and it works perfectly for that.
This is an excellent humidifying device. Unfortunately for me, it is too big for my needs right now. I should have done more research when starting my cigar collection on humidifiers. As others have stated, this is for 75+ cigars. My humidor holds 50 max and the disc humidifier it comes with is sufficient. When I completely fill my humidor, I will try it again for a day or two to see how it does; but as of now there is too much humidity.
This works fast and is maintaining my humidor at 70% after seasoning a good value!
I knew better than to soak for 4 hours having had one explode a year or so ago so I just set it on kitchen counter and filled it with distilled water and let it sit and it still exploded. I won't buy another one.
works great, don't listen to recommended soak time. Initial soak lasted 3 hours before crystal beads expanded too much and split the plastic in half. Only soak for 1.5 hours and everything will go according to plan. Keeps humidity at 70. I will recommend this product, just disregard instructed soak time and only soak for 1.5 hours. - Keep Smoking
Just got this the other day and it is a really nifty piece. I will say that it is unwise to submerge in distilled water for anything more than an hour. About 2 hours into the recommended 4, this little bugger (literally) exploded. I was able to get most of the beads back on and snap it back together and it works great now. Also someone asked about Velcroing this, there is no need as it comes with a handy adhesive backed metal plate and a magnet affixed to the back of the humidifier. Recommended to buy!
Just got my humidor the other day and I love it. The upgraded humidifier, however, I cannot say the same for. I really like the concept behind it, but I can say from experience that it did not undergo thorough testing. I received the supposedly updated instructions to "submerge the entire humidifier for 4 hours to allow for TOTAL saturation;" DO NOT DO THIS. Unless you like playing with solid balls of water and trying to find a makeshift way to dry them out quickly, I would highly suggest soaking this system for a max of 2 hours. 1-1.5 seems much more reasonable. If you soak this for 4 hours, or even 3, this system will burst open and you will have half these crystal balls on a towel in a pan drying in the sun, and the other half jammed into your humidifier. Fortunately my humidifier didn't break as it's made to open rather easily, but at the same time it's a real inconvenience to deal with the aftermath of what is supposed to be a more maintenance free system. I would still buy this system again, but I would read the reviews of others before following the instructions so religiously.
Just got my 500 count humidor and I'm debating replacing the included humidifiers with the Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle humidifiers. I'm really new to cigarology, so want to make sure I set the humidor up with the most reliable and consistent accessories available. Any advise is greatly appreciated.
It seems a few had problems with this. You do not have to submerge it in distilled water, just put it on a plate and pour water into the grill till full, let set for a hour or so, turn it over so any remaining water inside will drain out, wipe dry and put in your humi box. It's made for larger boxes of 100+ cigars, anything smaller will have too much humidity.
Hi everyone; I'm thinking about ordering this and just have one question-- would there be a problem with velcro'ing it to the humidor lid? I usually get the crystal jar but I'm thinking I can save on space by attaching these to the roof. Thanks!
Got mine yesterday, submerged it in distilled water and promptly forgot about it for twelve hours. No explosion, no cracks, its in great shape and working fine. Got lucky I guess.
Looks nice, but do not follow the directions. Let soak no more than 1 hr other wise you will have a tray full of little balls. Please fix the directions in the container. Cigars International will not replace if this happens.
Just received my HX10 this morning, opened it up and started saturating the crystals as stated.. The new instructions said 4 hours, I have done so, and have had NO problems like the others stated. It seems as if they may have changed up things a bit, they are now round balls instead of "crystals" so maybe that helped in the over-expanding area of things. Pleased with my purchase, as I always am with my C.I. purchases. Will come back after a few days and let you know how it holds the humidty in my Gurkha Assasin 100 ct. humidor!
Having first read the reviews, I knew not to leave it in water a long time. After 1 1/2 hours I took mine out ot the water, and placed it in my 50 count humidor. While this can be to much for a 50 count humidor, there is still a way to use it by blocking some of the vents with cling wrap. When I saw the humidity going past 75, I took it out of the box and wrapped a small section which sealed off that part of the humidifier. I like this product really well, and I don't mind finding how much of the box of beads need to be closed. Now I have it down to a fine art and it keeps my humidor at 65 - 70.
Well I am going to start all over again with an exchange of new ones as I found to my surprise that after 3 hours the 2 Humi-Cares have burst! It seems the average soak time should be 2 - 2.5 hours MAX! Lesson learned....READ the comments by others BEFORE purchasing a product. A couple of my friends have used the older ones and said they are fantastic especially with how dry it gets here in Alaska. It will be nice to maintain our humidor above 50% if I babysit it every 4th day.
Great product. I did have the same problem as a few others did. After soaking for just over an hour I returned to a pan full of crystals. So much so that I scooped up about half a quart zip lock bag full. Now I have some to retro fit my numerous floarist foam elements. The one thing I do strongly advise is to use this in a large(100+) humi. I put it in my 50 stick box on my desk and it took it up to 85% in 2 days. Swapped it into the 150+ at the house and its perfect. Love it and I swear by these gel crystals.
These are great! One thing you need to know... if you leave them soaking too long, they will explode. Not a big deal, just stuff as much as you can back into them and snap them closed again.
I bought one of these, soaked it like it said to, and found that it had popped open and I lost all its contents... So, I threw it out. I bought a second one, decided that I'd only soak it for 3.5 hours, its a good thing I did because I caught it when it was just starting to "split". I was able to squeeze it shut and electrical taped the two edges as a precaution that it wouldn't open and ruin my cigars. All in all, if you buy this, soak it for no more than 2 hours. And you may want to electrical tape the ends as I did just to be sure it doesn't pop open in your humidor and ruin your premium cigars.
Excellent turnaround. I ordered this (Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier) item yesterday at 2pm EST with standard ground and the item was waiting for me when I came into the office. I am soaking the item now, and hope it works as well as everyone else has said. Great turnaround and excellent customer service support!!
Definately the way to go (Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier)! Just be careful NOT to follow the preperation directions. Manufacturer suggests soaking in distilled water for 12 hours. After 3 hrs the crystals grew extremely large, seperating the two halves of the plastic case. I was able to get half of the crystals back in the case, and it worked great. It took about 3 weeks for the remaining crystals to dry and I was then able to add them to the humidifier. After some research I found out that a shot glass or two of distilled water is all you need.
My 100-count humidor (Humi-Care HX10 Crystal Gel Rectangle Humidifier) holds only my good stuff -- everything in there is $5 a stick and up. Well, when winter came and the air got more and more dry, the cheap OEM humidifiers in all my humidors proved unequal to the task of keeping the levels in the optimum 65-75% range. In fact, the 100-count had dropped below 60%, even with me adding distilled water to the element daily. In a panic, lest I end up with a big cedar box of $5-a-stick kindling, I ordered the Humi-Care HX10 to see if the propylene glycol gel beads really did what they claim to do. Sure enough, thanks to the slow and steady release, about three days later I was up to 65%, and at the end of a week I was at 70% and haven't waivered since. Now I'm no longer afraid to sneak a peek at "the boys" every now and then (and who doesn't like to eyeball their stash occasionally?), because unlike with the old humidifier, I don't have to count every second the lid is open; I know the HX10 will replace any lost moisture with no drama. Thanks, Humi-Care, and thanks CI!
Let's see....ashtrays, lighters, cigars, well just another great freebie. The Humi-Care HX10 Rectangle Humidifier, it works so well i would have paid for it. You guy's are too much. Thanks, later.