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Boveda packs are one of the hottest humidification products on the market today. These packets are easy to use, with little to no maintenance involved. A set-it-and-forget-it method to keep your cigars in prime smoking condition. Many people have questions regarding how to use Boveda packets, and we’re here to break it down for you. First, let's start with the basics:
Boveda packets are two-way humidity packets that absorb and emit moisture to keep an environment at a consistent relative humidity level (determined by the strength of the packet).
Relative humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air expressed as a percentage of the amount needed for saturation at the same temperature. We recommend always storing your cigars between 65-70% humidity. This ensures the cigars maintain enough moisture to light, burn, and taste properly. Too dry, and the cigars will lose their natural oils and begin to crack. Too humid on the other hand, and cigars can swell and burst or develop mold growths.
Determining what RH level packet is right for you depends on several different factors. Let’s break it down by relative humidity level:
65% Humidity Packets: 65% is on the low end of RH level where you want to store cigars. This makes this packet the right choice for naturally humid environments, airtight humidors, and long-term storage. It is also recommended to store Cuban origin cigars at this level, as they tend to develop mold easier than other cigars.
69% Humidity Packets: 69% is the sweet spot for storing cigars. This packet is ideal for airtight humidors that retain humidity well.
72% Humidity Packets: These are the most common for storing cigars. Although 72% humidity is higher than the ideal level, most humidors leak a small amount of humidity, so the extra boost is needed. Ideal for most wood and glass top humidors.
75% Humidity packets: These are only recommended for extremely dry environments, high altitudes, and drafty humidors. 75% is too much humidity to store cigars, however, some humidors and environments require these high-power packs to keep up humidity around 70% within the humidor.
84% Humidity Packets: These packets should not be used to store cigars. These packets emit the most humidity and are intended to precondition and add humidity to the wood in your humidor before you add any cigars in for safekeeping.
Depending on your humidor and the environment that it is in, Boveda packs will generally last 2 to 4 months in a wooden humidor. This number will differ depending on how many cigars are in the humidor. In the original packaging, Boveda packs have a two-year shelf life.
Glad you asked! Plain and simple, you can never use too many Boveda packets. The more you put in your humidor, the longer they will last. That said, here are our recommendations based on the number of cigars being stored.
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