Cigar Q&A: Hygrometer Accuracy
Do You Have Hygrometer Accuracy Woes?
Q.I have a 100 count humidor with two humidifiers. I've done the salt test on my hygrometer and 60% is 75%. I'm only using one humidifier now and I'm showing 67% RH which relates to about 82% if i can believe the salt test. What do you think: new hygrometer?
- Fred B. in Texas
A. My philosophy is that if you know the actual RH by "doing the math," then I see no reason to invest in a new unit, assuming it's analog and you want to go digital. I have a digital unit that's off by 10 points. So if it reads 60%, I know it's reallly 70%.
If your hygrometer is analog and you can calibrate it, when you're done with the salt test, depending on where the needle is, move it to 75%. It takes about 6 hours to do the test right. You may find it a little more accurate. In other words, you won't have as wide a gap when you read it.
Some manufacturers now make a digital hygrometer that you can calibrate, so you might want to look into one of those.
Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.Show all Gary Korb's Articles