Why All The Different RH Levels, Boveda?
Boveda recently distributed a great article explaining, well simply, the ideal application of their product and how it actually differs from others on the market.
Right from the horses mouth, read below:
"Many weren’t initially coached on how fundamentally different Boveda is from refillable humidifiers on the market. Boveda is not a flavor of PG solution or silica, and it actually regulates to within +/- 1% of the RH level printed on the pack. All other products are simply humidifiers, while Boveda is the only product on the market that will control the humidity.
To help everyone with a baseline understanding, we’ve developed this quick and easy guide to our RH levels below. We hope it’ll help to clear up any potential gaps in knowledge and allow everyone to make a more informed buying decision for themselves and recommendations for your customers.
Why we have the different RH levels:
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.
While Boveda is working to give off 75% humidity, after all the leaking out of the humidor is said and done, you will probably be right about 69% RH.
Boveda will release or absorb moisture until the air in the container is a perfect 69% relative humidity, which is only small changes in a 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.
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, come cigar smokers like a drier smoke or again live in a humid climate. "
*source: Boveda Inc.