Why does Boveda make so many different RH level products?

Typically 84% RH is used strictly for seasoning (or re-seasoning in the dry winter months) wooden humidors. Exposing wood to an environment of 84% relative humidity for a period of 2 weeks is the perfect procedure to safely and slowly expand the wood while it absorbs the moisture from the air.

Any other method of seasoning can lead to the wood cracking, warping and/or introducing mold from “wiping down” wood directly with water.

See our seasoning guide here.

By itself, 75% RH is too high of a humidity level for storing cigars. The reason we make the 75% formula is for the glass-top humidors and inexpensive (cheap) humidors out there that need a little more horsepower to keep humid. If your humidor has thin walls, a bad seal, or a glass top – this formula is probably for you.

By far our highest selling RH level is the 72% formula. Again 72% is too high for tobacco storage in an air-tight environment, but ALL humidors leak air. When you account for this leakage in a middle-of-the-road quality humidor, you’ll probably be right in that 68-69% sweet spot for cigar storage.

The Boveda Acrylic Humidor
, Coolidors, Tupperdors, Humidor Bags, retailer store baggies and other airtight or nearly airtight environments don’t require Boveda to release excess moisture in order to maintain the perfect aging environment. Boveda will release or absorb moisture until the air in the container is a perfect 69% relative humidity, which is only small changes in an airtight environment. Also if you have a very high-end, thick and well made humidor like Elie Bleu, the 69% RH formula is going to be perfect for those applications.

In general, Cuban cigars develop mold at a lower RH level than non-Cubans. And, many people like a slightly drier cigar to assist with consistent burn or live in a wet climate where Boveda’s primary job is actually to remove moisture from the air. That’s why we make the 65% formula.

Remember not to mix different RH levels in the same container. If you want to age your Cuban cigars at a different relative humidity level, keep them in a separate humidor/bag.

Typically used in the herbal market, some cigar smokers like a drier smoke or again live in a humid climate.

Below is a supplementary video explaining which RH level would be right for you.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPEbwddPZBo

Boveda Inc., a privately held Minnesota corporation, designs and manufactures packaging inserts that provide true two-way humidity control for numerous industries and applications with RH levels ranging from 10% to 95% RH, including among others, pharmaceutical applications, wooden musical instruments, premium cigars and tobacco. Boveda’s patented technology provides true moisture-management by adding or removing water-vapor—whichever is needed—in the headspace of packages and containers to maintain a constant, predetermined level of moisture in the enclosed product or material.