Get More Accurate Readings of the Humidity Inside Your Cigar Humidor

Leave the first response November 17, 2011 / Posted in Cigar Smoking Tips

If you love your cigars, and you want to make sure that they have an ideal environment to rest and age within, then the proper investment in a cigar humidor is necessary. But did you know that there is an even more vital piece of equipment that you will need before your cigar hobby can truly begin? A hygrometer is a piece of technology that reads the humidity levels inside your humidor. It will tell you if things are too dry or too wet, and it will allow you to adjust the controlled environment to perfection. It is for this reason that the hygrometer is so important. Without it, or even with a faulty hygrometer, you might as well dump your cigars in a trashcan and walk away. That’s how important it is.

The number one reason that you will get inaccurate readings on your hygrometer is that it is not calibrated properly. Hygrometers come in two main types: digital and analog. Many cigar enthusiasts prefer digital hygrometers because they are easier to read, often come with temperature reading technology installed, and because they are, on average, easier to adjust. That being said, many cigar enthusiasts love their analog hygrometers. It is purely a matter of personal preference. The most important thing is that you know how the controls on your particular unit operate.

You should test the calibration on your hygrometer every year at the very least. If you are very picky, and careful, you should probably check the calibration more frequently than that. There are a couple of different ways you can test the calibration on your hygrometer. The salt test will help you determine if your hygrometer is properly calibrated, and if it is not, how much it needs to be adjusted by.

For the salt test, you will need some table salt, distilled water, a small plastic container, like a bottle cap, and a plastic baggie. Put the table salt in the container, and then add distilled water until a thick paste has formed. Place the container with the paste into the plastic baggie with the hygrometer, and create an airtight seal. Leave the baggie for at least 6 hours. Take your time. It may take longer to get a proper reading. Once the test is complete, your hygrometer should read 75%. If it does not, adjust the calibration.

It cannot be overstated just how important a properly calibrated hygrometer is to the maintenance of your cigars and the environment inside your humidor.

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