How to Use Boveda Packs for Optimal Cigar Storage

How to Use Boveda Packs for Optimal Cigar Storage

When it comes to preserving the quality and flavor of cigars, maintaining the right humidity level inside your humidor is crucial. Boveda packs, renowned for their precision in humidity control, offer a hassle-free solution for cigar aficionados. These packs operate on a two-way humidity control system, meaning they can add or remove moisture to maintain a consistent environment. This article will guide you through using Boveda packs effectively to season your new cigar humidor and keep it at the perfect humidity for storing cigars.

Seasoning a Humidor with Boveda Packs

Seasoning a new humidor is essential before storing cigars to ensure the wood is adequately humidified. This prevents the wood from drawing moisture from your cigars. With proper preparation and maintenance, your cigars can last for years inside your humidor. Here's how to use Boveda packs for this crucial step:

  1. Choose the Right Pack: For seasoning, a higher relative humidity (RH) level, typically around 84%, is recommended. Boveda makes packs specifically for this purpose.
  2. Placement: Place the Boveda seasoning packs inside the empty humidor. The number of packs depends on the size of your humidor. A general rule is one large 60-gram pack for every 25 cigars your humidor can hold.
  3. Duration: Close the humidor and let the packs work their magic undisturbed for at least 14 days. During this period, the packs will release moisture to condition the wood.
  4. Check and Remove: After two weeks, open the humidor and remove the seasoning packs. Your humidor is now ready for regular humidity packs and, most importantly, your cigars.

Maintaining Humidity in a Humidor

After seasoning a humidor, maintaining the correct humidity is key to preserving your cigars' freshness and flavor:

  1. Select Your RH Packs: Boveda packs come in various RH levels (ranging from 62% to 75%). The ideal RH for your cigars typically depends on personal preference and the ambient conditions of where the humidor is stored, but 69% to 72% is a common choice for many cigar enthusiasts.
  2. Placement: Distribute the packs evenly throughout the humidor. Again, use one 60-gram pack for every 25 cigars the humidor can hold, but adjust based on your specific conditions and humidor seal quality.
  3. Monitoring: Regularly check the feel of the packs. When they start to harden, it's time to replace them. This is usually every 2 to 4 months, depending on the external environment and humidor quality.

Troubleshooting and FAQs

Q: What if my humidor is too humid or not humid enough? A: Adjust the number of Boveda packs or switch to a different RH level. Remember, more packs can enhance the humidity stability inside the humidor.

Q: How do I know when to replace Boveda packs? A: Replace the packs once they become rigid and dry. This indicates that the moisture content has been depleted.

Q: Can I recharge Boveda packs? A: While some users attempt to recharge packs with distilled water, this is not recommended as it can disrupt the precise two-way humidity control system and potentially introduce contaminants.


Using Boveda packs for both seasoning and maintaining your humidor can significantly simplify the process of cigar preservation. These packs not only maintain a stable humidity but also eliminate the guesswork and frequent monitoring required by other humidification methods. With the right Boveda pack, your cigars will be in prime condition, ready to be enjoyed whenever you wish. Remember, the key to optimal cigar storage is consistency in humidity, and Boveda packs are the easiest way to achieve that.

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