There is no shortage of “life hacks” making their rounds on the internet promising to help you save time and/or money. For cigar smokers, this can manifest in many suspect suggestions, such as forgoing a humidor and storing your sticks in the freezer (don’t do this). One of the most persistent claims is that you can “recharge” a humidification packet after it dries out. Let’s take a look at why this is a bad idea.
When Boveda makes their Humidipaks, they are not simply dunking a sponge in water and shipping it out to consumers. Each packet is perfectly calibrated to maintain the percentage of humidity that is displayed on the pack. When you rehydrate a depleted Humidipak, you have no way of knowing if the amount of water used is accurate. The result? Drastic temperature fluctuations in your humidor and possible mold on your cigars. Makes buying a new Humidipak seem reasonable, doesn’t it?
Depleted Boveda Humidipaks contain a hard, crystallized salt substance. In some cases, these salt crystals can be sharp and jagged. If one of these crystals puncture the pack’s inner membrane, it can cause a leak that’s only exacerbated by rehydration. Use a Humidipak with one of these leaks in your humidor, and you can expect your entire collection to face damage!
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is one corner you just shouldn’t try to cut—especially if you have pricey cigars in your humidor. The good news is Best Cigar Prices has Boveda Humidipaks available at outstanding prices.