Recently Newair reached out and asked if I wanted to review their new humidor the Model CC-100H. They explained that it was similar to others units they sell, however, this one is unique because it not only provides cooling but heating as well. The unit was packaged and shipped securely and arrived in a box weighing approximately 31 pounds. When I took it out of the box I was surprised at the size as it was larger than expected given the size of the packing box. Set up was quick and easy and did not require the reading of the enclosed instruction booklet.
The unit is 19”High x 14”Wide x14”Deep and features two (2) Spanish cedar shelves and a single Spanish cedar drawer. The unit heated to my desired temperature of 70 degrees within the first two hours. The ambient air was approximately fifty (50) degrees. The attached hygrometer appeared to struggle to move above sixty percent (60%). At this point, I decided to check the accuracy of the temperature and humidity with a calibrated digital hygrometer that I use in another humidor. As suspected, the hygrometer was inaccurate. Not only was it inaccurate, it was inconsistently inaccurate. At times it was off by 10% and other times less. I also found that the temperature reading was incorrect. I used two additional thermometers and found that the temperature was reading low by three (3) or four (4) degrees. The good thing was that this inaccuracy was consistent. This can be easily overcome by adjusting the temperature to compensate.
Now on to the good part. The unit holds a ton of cigars (advertised capacity is 250 cigars). Rearranging the shelves allows the user to store a good number of cigars in a variety of box sizes. During my test, I easily packed in 150 cigars with room to spare. I would have preferred to be able to move the drawer to the bottom position. However, when doing this, the drawer does not function properly when placed above the drawer. A slight modification of the drawer or the shelf could easily fix this issue. Due to the depth of the unit, I was able to use several different mini milk crates and dollar storage solutions. The unit holds the temperature quite well. Once the desired temperature was reached, the heating/cooling rarely comes on to adjust the temperature.
One final benefit is that the Newair CC-100H comes with a lock that allows you to lock and secure your precious cigar cargo. So, all in all, I think this humidor is a win. If you are looking to upgrade from a smaller desktop humidor or live in a cooler or warmer climate, the Newair CC-100H is a solution that may work for you.
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