How To Use


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No Mess. Just place a Boveda in Your Humidor.

Place Boveda in your humidor right on top of your cigars or use a Boveda Holder. If your Boveda is wrapped in a clear overwrap, remove the overwrap first before putting Boveda in your humidor. Boveda is FDA approved food safe.

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No Worries. Simply Close The Lid.

Boveda will begin working immediately to precisely stabilize the humidity levels in the humidor.

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Know with confidence that your collection is protected. Enjoy the perfect smoke, every time.

3 Things You Should Know About Using Boveda

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When it’s dry and cripsy, it’s time to replace.

When Boveda is completely dry, it will turn into a solid wafer. You’ll want to replace them right before the point when there are only a few spots left.

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The more you use, the longer it lasts.

Adding more than the minimum amount of humidity control packs as recommended by Boveda is perfectly ok, and in some cases, even required when factoring dry climates, seasonality, or very leaky storage containers.

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The more you expose it to air, the harder it has to work.

If your Boveda is being depleted quickly (less than 2 months) then you know that Boveda is working extra hard to keep that environment stable. The solution is to verify that your humidor doesn’t need to be re-seasoned, or to add more Boveda packs.

Short list of Tobacco FAQs

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What Boveda RH do I need for tobacco?
    Watch this video to further understand what RH level is right for your humidor.     All Boveda are accurate to +/- 1% of the RH printed on the pack in an airtight environment. Because cigar humidor quality and surrounding environment vary, the actual RH of your humidor will stabilize at up to 5% lower than the Boveda RH you’re using. But that’s fine—relative humidity for cigars can range from 60%-72% depending on your cigar inventory. 65% – For Cuban cigars because Cuban cigars tend to mold at a higher RH level. We recommend this RH for long-term storage of oily tobacco commonly found in Puro cigars from one territory. 69% – For airtight humidors, including but not exclusively for Boveda humidor bags, Boveda acrylic humidors, polymer travel humidors. Also best for high-end humidors, including but not exclusively Elie Bleu and Daniel Marshall. 72% – For most wood humidors. Since wood humidors exchange moisture, it’s not uncommon to see a decrease of 2–5%RH. The 72% accommodates and even compensates for the moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a sought-after high 60s RH level. 75% – For drafty humidors and extreme environments, the 75% accommodates a high amount of moisture loss allowing the humidor to maintain a high 60s RH level. Also recommended for humidors housed at high altitudes and in desert-like conditions. 84% – ONLY for seasoning a wood humidor WITHOUT cigars in it. This formula is specifically designed to provide moisture directly to the cellular structure of the wood humidor during the seasoning process. Once you’ve seasoned with Boveda, your humidor is primed for your most treasured cigars.  
Can I recharge Boveda?
If you’re looking for optimal protection, then Boveda recommends you don’t recharge exhausted packs. Why? Well, primarily, because Boveda will no longer reach exact precision. Using a rehydrated Boveda means you run the risk of doing damage to the products you’re trying to protect with mold or extreme humidity fluctuations. Moreover, depleted packs can, on occasion, contain sharp crystallized salt residue that can penetrate the pack’s inner membrane and cause leaks once hydrated. If that were to happen, it would damage your products. We’d like to see you get the most out of your passion, so please do not reuse Boveda once it’s done it’s job. After all, there’s another Boveda waiting in line to take its place. Tip: To avoid running out of Boveda, subscribe to the Autoship program to have future orders automatically delivered to you. Next time you place a Boveda order, select your product, then choose subscribe as the frequency. You can even tell us how often you want to receive your Boveda. Learn more about Boveda’s Autoship program here.
How many Boveda do I need for my cigar humidor?
It’s the capacity of the cigar humidor that determines how many Boveda you use. (In other words, how many cigars the manufacturer said your humidor can hold.) Here’s a chart to use as a guide. Remember, Boveda will never over-humidify beyond the stated percentage on its respective pack. Using more packs or a larger Boveda than is recommended on the chart is totally fine. Your Boveda will last longer that way.   Humidor Capacity and Quantity of Boveda
How do I store Boveda that I’m not using?
If you bought an individual Boveda pack, it is sealed inside a clear, protective overwrap. Don’t remove the overwrap until you’re ready to use the pack. If you ordered a multi-pack of Boveda, these unwrapped Boveda were shipped in a resealable bag. Every time you remove a Boveda pack, carefully reclose, then reseal the bag. Boveda has a two-year shelf life in its original packaging. If you already discarded the original packaging, no worries. Simply store your Boveda in an airtight container that has a strong moisture seal, like a Tupperware®  Ziploc® container. Everyone’s got some of those.  
How do I calibrate my hygrometer?
You’re looking to monitor your moisture. Good move. Maintaining appropriate RH levels is fundamental to caring for and preserving a cigar collection. Watch the step-by-step video below to learn how to calibrate your hygrometer. Here are the directions, so you can follow along:
  1. Using the Boveda One-Step Hygrometer Calibration Kit, place your hygrometer inside the bag and close the seal.
  2. Let the hygrometer sit in the Calibration Kit for at least 24 hours at room temperature (65 to 75°F/19.5 to 23.5°C).
  3. Your hygrometer should read the same RH% level stated on the kit (either 32% or 75%). It’s possible that there’s a slight difference—just note it for future readings. If your hygrometer is adjustable, make the adjustment. Reusing the kit, recalibrate the hygrometer to make sure this new reading is accurate.
Happy calibrating!    
When do I replace my Boveda?
We recommend, writing the date you put your Boveda in the container on the Boveda, that way in a 2-4 months time when you open it back up, you can remember it is time to switch it out. If you wait until Boveda gets hard to the touch, you might start to lose those precious terps. Please note, though, that hardening of the corners is normal and part of the usage process, and you can expect a 2-6 months usage life depending on your container and surrounding environment. Be sure you do not try to re-activate your Boveda by submerging it in water or distilled water. Doing this will destroy the Boveda pack’s ability to provide precise humidity and may expose your cannabis/hemp to unhealthy humidity levels.