What does a cigar humidifier do and which humidor humidifier is best for your stored cigars?
The worst thing about smoking a cigar when is when it starts to crumble in your hands. Someone has committed a serious crime! It has lost its moisture, most likely because someone didn’t store it properly.
A cigar humidifier is absolutely the most important thing inside of the humidor because it maintains the proper moisture for all of the cigars inside.
Left to their own devices, the tobacco leaves of the cigar will dry out within a few days. If they are kept within the confines of a humidor with a humidor humidifier, then they will be able to maintain their moisture. The key is to make sure that whatever type you choose actually works best for the size of your humidor.
One of the cheapest types of cigar humidifiers are gel beads. These can be placed inside of the humidor and forgotten for a few days. They will keep the cigars fresh for awhile. The problem is that they are not very efficient for large humidors. They also won’t do anything for cigars that are a little dried out to begin with.
Another option is the foam cigar humidifier. These come in a range of sizes and shapes so that you can place them into any humidor or even a travel cigar tube. You can use an activator solution or water to keep the foam moist so that your cigars don’t dry out. This is the most common type of humidifier used within humidors. They are also very affordable and can be replaced if the foam starts to deteriorate.
The foam and gel humidifiers are ideal for small desktop humidors (25-50 cigars).
The best type of humidor humidifier are the electronic ones, such as the those made by Hydra and Cigar Oasis. These allow you to pour water into the system and they will maintain the perfect humidity level so that you can leave your cigars in there for months and have them come out moist and tasting great. These can be used for small or large humidors and without spending a lot of money.
- The Oasis Ultra electronic humidifier measures 2.5 inches high, by 6.375 inches long so that is can fit into a smaller humidor.
- The CIGAR OASIS XL PLUS pictured above 2 inches wide, 6 inches long, and 3.5 inches high, and is for larger humidors that store up to 1000 cigars.
When you buy the electronic cigar humidifier, you just need to pay attention to the water capacity. Just like any of the humidifiers, they only work if there is still moisture inside of them. You can add water to the system daily or when it’s on its last leg. If any of them run out of water, it’s just like having nothing at all, which means you need to set a reminder for yourself.
Cigars can be expensive, so it’s important that you take good care of them. The only real way to do that is to make sure they don’t dry out, which means you need a good humidifier inside your humidor.