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Q & A for HUMI-CARE Power Stick Humidifier

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06/22/2013 Can you use regular tap water instead of distilled water?

by AP of SAINT MARYS, GA
A: I wouldn't advise it. I've seen some nasty mold breakouts from tap water. Only use distilled water. It's about $1 a gallon at your local store. That should last you quite a long time. In my experience, a gallon goes a long way.
by Greeby
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06/25/2013 Could I keep one standing upright in one of the jar humidors I keep at the office? Or would it be bad if it came in contact with the cigars?

by EE of APO, AE
A: You certainly could do that if you wanted to. The Power Stick has a screen over the holes to prevent the crystals from escaping or directly touching your cigars. However, a product that is slightly better suited for a jar would be the CI Smiley Crystal Gel Humidification (round). This unit is easier to mount to the lid of a jar, which also allows the humidity to fall downward.
by Greeby
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06/30/2013 Does it need to be left upright or can it be stored upside down on the lid of the humidor to save space?

by SL of East Amherst, NY
A: The lid works or you can just throw it in with your cigars (vents facing up). The only way you can screw it up is to face the vents downward at the bottom of your humidor.
by Bryan
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07/03/2013 I have one in my little 20 count Oxford humi, placed right in the middle. Have a digital hygrometer, and the reading is stuck at 77 degrees and 65%. Does the hygro need to be re-calibrated, or do I need a second stick? I live in a very low natural humidity climate, so not sure if that matters.

by JM of LAS VEGAS, NV
A: 65% is a pretty good spot to be at. I prefer a lot of my cigars within the 65% to 67% range. If you think it's off, it wouldn't hurt to check it. And yes the air where you live can have an impact. Just be sure to not allow your crystals to shrink too much. You should check them regularly, every couple weeks. If you see things start to fall off consistently, then I would consider buying another stick to compensate. As a side note, the less cigars in your humidor, the harder it is to keep your humidity levels higher (more air to humidify).
by Greeby
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07/11/2013 Truly enjoy your website, It's wonderful when you can go to one site, and find everything you need without having to play browser tag. Question, which is similar to the one already asked about the powerstick. The difference in my question is can you use bottled water, like sparkletts. THANX!

by SM of Los Angeles, CA
A: We're pretty awesome, glad you agree! I kid. But seriously I wouldn't use bottled water. I've talked to some people that do, but for me it isn't worth the risk. Especially since distilled water is so cheap to pick up at a local store, and tends to hold you over for a long time.
by Greeby
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07/18/2013 Does this bar have a magnet/sticky tape backing?

by SB of Harrisburg, PA
A: No, it does not. However, if you wanted to mount it you could. I would get some mounting strips from a stationary store/isle. They work great.
by Greeby
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07/21/2013 In the Powerstick instructions it says to only use the Humi-Care Cigar juice or Distilled water. Will any distilled/propylene glycol premixed solution work or is the Humi-Care juice different?

by ML of Burlington, MA
A: They are very similar. You can use any properly mixed distilled water/propylene glycol solution. Or, you can always resort to old faithful, distilled water.
by Greeby
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07/23/2013 Short and long term; How many times may it be refilled and how long will the stick last for? will the fluid spill out at all? and if so will it do any damage to your cedar or the contents; cigars, pipe tobacoos?? etc,etc.

by SM of Los Angeles, CA
A: Power Sticks are basically crystal gel jars in the shape of a cigar. They last about 1 year. No water should leak out as the crystals will expand and absorb it. The only trouble I've seen people have is when they soak the piece in distilled water to the point where the crystals explode out because they don't have any more room to expand. If you follow the instruction you won't have an issue like that. Power Sticks are great for 50ct and below humidors where you want to save space and don't have room for a jar.
by Bryan
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