It’s Stog o’Clock – well, kind of. We can’t exactly smoke it, but today, we review a super unique accessory – the CigarMedics HumidiMeter.
CigarMedics made the HumidiMeter to find the relative humidity level within a cigar. Hygrometers have long been around to judge relative humidity inside a humidor, but we’ve never had a way to figure out the humidity level within a stogie. It retails for $29.99.
Enter: HumidiMeter. At first glance, this thing looks almost like a taser. Its compact design fits in a pocket easily. To us it, the cap is removed revealing two metal prongs. The device is turned on, prongs inserted into either end of a cigar, and then, it gives a reading after 5-10 seconds.
The CigarMedics HumidiMeter basis its readings off of a 70 degree environment. As many know, relative humidity is…well…relative. Temperature dramatically affects humidity which is why it’s so important to maintain a consistent temperature in a humidor.
You can see a few tests I did in my video review above, though I did do some additional testing off camera. I left a number of cigars in different air-tight travel humidors for different amounts of time all with the same Boveda packs inside.
During testing, many cigars had not been left in the humidors long enough to truly acclimate to the relative humidity level within. A number of cigars had lower levels in the foot with higher readings through the head.
Cigars stored longest in these humidors were the most consistent and stable. With 69% Boveda packs, readings ranged from around 58%-67% with the longest test running about a month. My house is kept around 65-68 degrees, so I expected them to be a little lower from the get go.
I even tested a few extremely dried out cigars and left them for a couple weeks in the humidor. Those cigars showed the lowest readings as expected floating in the high 50s.
Judging from these tests, most cigars should probably be left in a humidor over a month to acclimate and hit equilibrium. The more stable a cigar, the better it will burn, and the more consistent flavors will be. I’ve always let cigars rest at minimum 3-4 weeks before smoking. This indicates that should be an even longer timeline in most cases.
The CigarMedics HumidiMeter is a really cool tool. It’s one of a kind and is a fun gadget to have on hand. If you’re a reviewer or simply a cigar smoker looking to assure a cigar is ready to be smoked, the Humidimeter is right up your alley.
It’s seemingly accurate judging from my non-scientific testing, and it should at least give you a general idea of humidity level in your cigars. Price isn’t too steep, either. I recommend picking one of these up if you’re a serious cigar smoker.