Cigar Humidification

Boveda Humidity Packs: The CA Essential Guide

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Some cigar smokers prefer to continue using more “standard” methods for humidifying their cigars, seasoning their humidors and calibrating their hygrometers. To that we say, “to each, their own!” But for those seeking a much neater, cleaner, and environmentally safe method, Boveda seems to offer some of the best solutions.  

We’ve answered some common questions we received on Boveda packs which are hands down the easiest cigar humidification method we’ve come across. Check them out now! 

How does a Boveda pack work?

Boveda packs provide 2-way humidification – meaning they’ll both add humidity to the cigars in your humidor when they need it, as well as take humidity away when there’s too much. Each Boveda pack targets a specific percentage, ranging from 58 – 75%, depending on your desired humidity level. Inside each pack is a specially prepared, saturated solution of pure water and natural salt. This saturated solution is contained within a water-vapor permeable reverse osmosis membrane.  

Cigar Questions Smokers are Actually Asking how to use boveda packs

Once placed inside your desktop humidor, the packet will maintain the predetermined level of relative humidity shown on the packet by releasing or absorbing purified water-vapor as needed through the membrane. By maintaining that ideal and constant relative humidity, your cigars won’t lose or gain any moisture. Rather, their moisture content can be maintained at your ideal moisture level almost indefinitely.

What percentage Boveda pack do I need? 

You’ve probably heard of the 70/70 rule – 70 degrees and 70% humidity. Those numbers are a superb place to start, but as you develop your palate and gain experience, you’ll find that some cigars, like certain Dominican blends for example, thrive in higher humidity – 69-72%. 

Stronger tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras seem to fare better at a lower humidity such as 65%.  

Of course, much of this comes down to personal preference. Anything from 65-72% relative humidity is a safety zone for any cigar, so experiment and find which of the many Boveda pack percentages fit your needs best. 

How many Boveda packs do I need?

Just because one packet is used for the factory box, doesn’t mean you only need one for your humidor. One 60-gram pack is usually good for 25 cigars. The bigger the box, the more packs you need. According to Boveda’s website, the following amount of packs are needed for each corresponding humidor: 

25-Count Humidor: (1) 60-gram Boveda pack 
50-Count Humidor: (2) 60-gram Boveda packs 
100-Count Humidor: (4) 60-gram Boveda packs 

 

Boveda Humidity Pack Guide - single Boveda pack for sale at Famous Smoke Shop

Or…(1) 320-gram Boveda pack in each for longer-lasting results. 

Single Humidor Large Boveda Pack for Cigar Humidification 320g for sale at Famous Smoke Shop

 

How do I activate my Boveda pack?

Older technologies like floral humidifiers and water pillows required you to soak something in distilled water for a specified time. Not the case for Boveda. These humidifiers self-regulate and don’t need to be filled or soaked. Simply remove the plastic wrapping and toss the number of packs needed for your humidor’s cigar count. Voila…you’re done!  

Where in my humidor should I place my Boveda pack(s)?

Just like any humidifier, spreading them out is key. If you’re only using one or two packs, consider Boveda’s Spanish cedar lid-mounted holder.  

Boveda Humidity Pack cedar wood holder at Famous Smoke Shop

 

Another question is whether it’s safe to lay a Boveda pack directly on top of your cigars. The answer is yes. Since each pack emits only clean, purified water, and will only emit the precise amount of water-vapor, the packs can be placed directly in contact with your cigars without ever becoming over-humidified. 

 

How long do Boveda packs last? 

Because tobacco is hydroscopic, it has the characteristic to readily draw and expel moisture from its surrounding environment. This is also why, without proper humidification, it’s difficult to maintain the natural oils and sugars contained within the tobaccos. Depending on the conditions and type of humidor you’re using, the Boveda humidity packs will last anywhere from a few months in a traditional humidor, to virtually indefinitely in humidor jars and cases that have an airtight seal. 

newair 250 cigar wineador using boveda packs for humidification
 
Your climate has a say in how long a Boveda pack will last, too. If you live in the desert, your packs will need to give off much more moisture than Bovedas that are maintaining a humidor in a high humidity area, so it’s important to keep your local climate in mind. 

Lastly, the size of the packs makes a difference, too. Those small packs you sometimes get in your box of Arturo Fuente cigars, for example, will last about one month, whereas the store-bought packs are much thicker and will remain effective longer. 

When should I replace my Boveda pack? 

The best way to tell when they’re spent is to feel them. When the packet starts to feel a little crunchy, the solution is beginning to dry-up and crystallize. Once the solution has completely exhausted its moisture, the packet will feel stiff.

Can I use a Boveda pack to season my humidor? 

Boveda Humidor Seasoning humidity pack for sale at Famous Smoke Shop

Not only can you, but Boveda specifically makes a Boveda One-Step Seasoning packet for the job. Producing 84% relative humidity, the Seasoning packet is a much simpler way to season a new or existing humidor than dealing with distilled watersponges, and shot glasses. Like the regular Boveda humidity packsyou’ll need one for every 25 cigars your humidor can hold. 

Can I calibrate my hygrometer with a Boveda pack?

Absolutely. If you already have a Boveda pack, put it and your hygrometer into a Ziploc bag for 24 hours. If your hygrometer is matching plus or minus 1-2%, you know it’s reading accurate. If not, you can adjust your hygrometer’s calibration settings (if it has them), or simply note the deviation to compensate for (if it doesn’t). 
 
If you don’t have one, you can check out the Boveda One-Step Calibration Kit which comes with a sealable bag and a 75.5% humidity packet. It’s so accurate, the National Gallery of Art uses it to calibrate their hygrometers – which…you know…keep track of the humidity for priceless works of art! 

Boveda one step Hygrometer Calibration Kit how to guide at Famous Smoke Shop

If you have additional questions about Boveda products or how to use them, drop us a line in the comments below! 

 

20 Comments
Oldest
Newest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Ron Lowe
1 year ago

Hi, I have a new air cc-100, what type of Boveda packets should I use for this type of humidor. I have about a hundred cigars stored in side my humidor at this time.

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Ron Lowe

Ron, thanks for reading! Two things. You want to try to keep the New Air filled to about 75% capacity for the best results.

And with a unit that size, you’d need (3) 320-gram Boveda packs.

Brian
1 year ago
Reply to  Jared Gulick

For one hundred (100) cigars I would expect one (1) 320-gram pack. It’s one 320-gram pack per 125 cigars. Correct? You’d use 3 to 4 60-gram packs. For 75 – 100 cigars.

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian

You can use the 320s for any count size per Boveda and they’ll simply last longer.

Ben Ferguson
1 year ago

Hi Jared, I have a 4-drawer humidor with 2 Boveda packs. Should I put one near the top and one near the bottom, or does it matter? Thanks, Ben

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Ferguson

Hey Ben,

Thanks for reading! That’s likely what I would do. One in the center under the cigars and one on top. Or you could put both of them along the drawer walls in the back, might even get more airflow that way!

Neal Abramson
1 year ago

Yes, I use one in my travel humidors constantly. They work great!

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Neal Abramson

Neal,

Glad to hear they’re working for you. Thanks for reading and take care!

Sean
1 year ago

The Boveda packs are stupid easy. I used to use 72% but found that my cigars were still a tad over humidified, tight draw, wouldn’t stay lit. I’ve switched to 69% and it has improved considerably but I still experience this, just not nearly as much. I’ve considered going to the 65%. The odd thing is that I have desktop wood humidors and they recommend 72% and I mostly smoke milder Connecticuts and Sumatras, which you would think would require higher humidity. 🤷‍♂️

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Sean

Sean, thanks your comment!

I use 65s for everything without issue, so feel free to experiment and find what’s best for you. As long as your stay between 65 and 72%, you’re golden!

Dennis
1 year ago

I’m beginning to buy boxes and my humidor can’t hold them. Can I put a single 60 gram in a box and not have to keep the box in a humidor? Thanks.

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

Dennis,

Thanks for reading! You can do that for minor overflow, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it as a permanent solution, unless you want to do the upkeep of periodically seasoning a cigar box. Additionally, some boxes aren’t completely made of Spanish cedar and that means they won’t hold as retain as much moisture – and that means more work for you. In my opinion, you’d actually be better off just using a resealable plastic bag.

Hope this helps!

Dennis
1 year ago
Reply to  Jared Gulick

Thanks for a helpful reply. Not completely sure if the whole box should go in the plastic bag or just the cigars or if it doesn’t matter (and if the whole box, where best to put the Boveda)?

Jared Gulick
1 year ago
Reply to  Dennis

Dennis,

Just the cigars. I always tuck my Boveda in the middle somewhere, but since it’s sealed, it really doesn’t matter much where it is.

Just make sure you open the bag every couple days or so to let some moisture out!

Jim
1 year ago

Can I put boveda packs directly on unwrapped cigars ? Also , it was recommended to use a 72 humidity pack for my glass top humidor , does that sound right ?

Stillman
1 year ago

Use a digital scale when rehydrating pouches! Not a big deal, not very complicated.
60 gram goal
Weigh and zero pouch,
Add distilled water to make 60 grams.
Allow to adsorb.
It does work!
It won’t hurt Boveda. I still buy pouches!

Sam Soltz
9 months ago

I to have a glass top / desk top humidor. I may have overloaded my donkey. I think it is supposed to hold 25 stoggies. The deal I got was for 30 sticks. It sat empty for months. They came wrapped in plastic 10 to a pack. Each stick was also wrapped, no boxes. There all Nicaraguan and Honduran. I like a dark heavy smoke like a good Maduro. Anyway I unwrapped all of them and put all of them in. Now my hygrometer jumped from 70 to 80 I live in the Midwest with very high humidity. I’m panicking because I can’t get this thing under control. The only thing in the box is the the sticks. I’ve left it open for a couple hours a day for the last week. NO CHANGE…PLEASE HELP

Shawn Watson
8 months ago

Jared. I have a 150 quart sea chest cooler that I use for my humidor. I have recently transitioned from beads to the 65% size 320. I have 5 in the cooler and my humidity is running slightly low. From your experience, should I add 2 or 3 extra 320’s since I store almost everything in their original boxes and cabs. I started thinking I may need more because the boxes and cabs suck up a lot of the moisture. Appreciate any thoughts, thanks, Shawn.

Kevin Moss
3 months ago

As much as I wanted to use Boveda packs, I had to go back to the supplied humidifier with my newest humidor. I tried for three weeks (after seasoning) to use the 72% packs. Within a week it would lose 1-2 percent every two days and keep falling. I wanted the 72% for my Cameroon only box. I put the supplied humidifier in and it’s held serve for two months with zero issues. The packs work great in my Boveda acrylic box, travel humidors and jars. The 49%ers are awesome for my Martin guitars. As for my new box, I’m gonna stick with the original in this case.

Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

Show all Jared Gulick's Articles
cigar advisor top new cigars november 28, 2022 - cover

Top New Cigars (November 28, 2022)

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cigarmakers Gran Habano & Flor de Gonzalez are celebrating their 20th anniversaries with brand new cigar releases, along with a spirited collaboration luxury blend by Cohiba. See all three reviewed and discover their flavors before you smoke them!

Read More
cigar to season a humidor with boveda - cover

Cigar Advisor Guide to Seasoning a Humidor with Boveda

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cigar Advisor explores whether seasoning a humidor with Boveda is truly easier. Does this new, foolproof humidor seasoning kit live up to the hype?  Read on to find out this and more.

Read More
cigar advisor #nowsmoking cigar review powstanie wojtek 2021 - cover

#NowSmoking: Powstanie Wojtek (War Bear) 2021

Reading Time: 4 minutes Did you know that a bear served with the Polish army in WWII? It’s a story that inspired Powstanie to create Wojtek 2021. See the full cigar review video now to see if it’s right for your taste buds.

Read More
Whiff Out Smoke Odor Neutralization System Review Cigar Advisor Cover REV

Cigar Advisor Review: Whiff Out Smoke Odor Neutralization System

Reading Time: 6 minutes There’s nothing else like a cigar with a great aroma. But once it goes out, you’ve got a stinky situation. Whiff Out’s formulated Smoke Neutralization System may be the fix for smoke odor – so we put their product line to the test, and got some unexpected results.

Read More