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Best travel humidor 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated March 1, 2019
Best travel humidor of 2018
I must say I am quite a fan of travel humidor, so when the question “What are the best travel humidor available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable travel humidor. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. There is a wide range of products available on the market today, and below I have reviewed 3 of the very best options. However, after giving you the TOP list, I will also give you some of the benefits you stand to gains for using it.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this travel humidor win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch!
Why did this travel humidor come in second place?
I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery.
Why did this travel humidor take third place?
I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials.
travel humidor Buyer’s Guide
Most of these humidors are actually designed to be fashionable furniture. If you aren’t quite looking to purchase something this large, but would still like to hold more than 150 cigars, skip to the next section on cigar fridges.
Jar humidors are a very cool way of safely holding a small amount of cigars. They’re great for decoration and they’re very effective. As you can guess, all you need is an airtight jar and a humidifier. You can buy a jar meant for storing cigars, or you can just pick something up locally.
Keep in mind that cigars can easily be sun damaged through the glass. Make sure to keep your jar humidor in a place that won’t get any direct sunlight. It’s also a good idea to wipe the jar out with distilled water before placing cigars in it.
They’re insulated so it prevents your cigars from going through rapid temperature changes.
Cigar Humidor Accessories
Every cigar humidor needs a few accessories in order to function properly. As you probably know by now, you need a humidifier in order to create the humidity. You also need a hygrometer so that you can monitor what humidity your humidor is currently sitting at.
It’s easier than ever to find a great humidifier for any cigar humidor you’re using. They all come with their own sets of pros and cons, but I think after reading this buying guide you’ll know which one is right for you.
Pro Trip: If you bought a humidor and it came with one of those small black “puck” humidifiers make sure you throw it in the garbage. These are extremely prone to creating mold and that’s a road you don’t ever want to go down.
Electronic humidifiers are typically used for the large humidors that hold anywhere between 200 and 10,000 cigars.
They work by creating humidity from water inside the unit and dispersing that humidity using a built-in fan. Once the desired humidity level is reached, the humidifier shuts itself off.
Some electronic humidifiers even have wifi options so that you can monitor your humidors humidity level and temperature at all times and make adjustments to it anywhere you have an internet connection.
Typically electronic humidifiers need to be plugged into an electric outlet which would require running a power cord through your humidor. However, some units now have a rechargeable battery pack.
For obvious reasons most electronic humidifiers aren’t right for the casual cigar smoker. But if you ever do find yourself in the market for one, be sure to check out the products from Cigar Oasis.
A digital hygrometer is the only way to truly know what the current humidity is of your humidor. Most of them will also show you the current temperature.
But even digital hygrometers are inaccurate when you first purchase them. That’s why they need to be calibrated before using. Luckily Boveda provides a cheap and easy to use calibration kit. Your hygrometer should be recalibrated once every months for maximum safety.
The digital hygrometers we recommend are the Hygroset and the Caliber IV.
Seasoning Your Cigar Humidor
If your cigar has made it into the case undamaged, then getting it out again is exciting, especially if the case is long and your cigar short and fat. If you have pushed the cigar too far into the case, then you are going to create quite a performance at the table. There will be a great deal of shaking and banging, and it is not at all unheard of in this situation for a hearty shake to send the cigar case flying onto the neighbouring table. At a Habanos Festival some time ago we nearly split our sides laughing as a long-suffering user of cigar cases recounted how he once sat on the beach, trying in vain to extract his too thick cigar from his all too thin case. The only solution was to put the case out in the full sun and allow the cigar to dry out a little so that it reduced in diameter, then to shake it out of the case.
Wooden tubes are not exactly in fashion at the moment, but they are very attractive. They are usually made form briar wood, but turned tubes made from wenge, oak, mahogany and other woods are also available from dealers. Since wood absorbs moisture and the insides of the wooden tubes are not sealed, they should always be stored in a humidor, otherwise the dry wood quickly draws the moisture from the cigar wrapper, which loses elasticity, shrivels up and is no longer able to contain the densely packed filler. The result is, of course, a burst wrapper. For this reason a wooden tube should always be stored in a humidified environment and never allowed to dry out (which is also not good for the wood as it can cause it to split). The edge of a wooden case is not as sharp as that of a metal case, so there is no danger of damaging the cigar when inserting it into the tube. In all other respects the same applies as for metal tubes.
Tubes with a Humidification System
Nowadays you can also find tubes or cases which have a built in humidification system. This usually consists of either a piece of sponge or a piece of florist’s oasis located at the end of the tube and separated from the cigar by a perforated disc. So it is up to you to decide whether you want a soggy foot or a squishy head – this construction is frankly nonsensical, because the cigar is only ever hydrated at one end, and that with no form of regulation. Don’t even think about buying a product of this type.
A little common sense helps, too. Exposing a humidor to temperature extremes such as in direct sunlight or on top of an air conditioner or radiator is bad for the humidor — and your cigars.
SELECTING YOUR HUMIDOR
Investing in a humidor is a big decision. Good humidors aren’t cheap, but there’s no point in having a bad humidor. A humidor that does not maintain a constant desired level of humidity, no matter how pretty it is, is a waste of money and cigars. Consider how wine lovers store their wine. They’re protecting an investment. Your cigars are equally valuable, and deserve a similar level of care.
The first step is to decide what size humidor you want. A good guide is to buy a humidor that’s a little bigger than what you think you need. At the same time, you might want to investigate whether your local cigar retailer or cigar club has rental facilities that will let you store the bulk of your stock, so that you’ll only need room for a few days’ reserve at home or at work.
Just as if you were buying a new car, you’ll want to look carefully at the construction and performance features of a humidor, as well as at its finish. If the seams aren’t perfect, or if the corners aren’t square, skip that humidor.
Pay particular attention to the rim and the lid, and how they fit together. The lid should shut tightly. For the record, a humidor lid should not “seal” completely; it should allow a minute amount of air to circulate in and out of the box. But any visible warping will mean that too much air gets in and too much moisture gets out, even if there’s a “lip” that fits inside the lid.
A heavy lid is generally an advantage. Many humidors, even those with locks, rely on the weight of the lid to keep them tightly shut. This, however, creates a challenge. A humidor should be designed to be in balance, whether open or shut. If the lid opens too far, its weight can cause the humidor to flip up or fall over. If the lid doesn’t open far enough to stay balanced in a upright position, it might come crashing back down on your fingers.
Locks aren’t a bad idea. Consider the value — both emotional and financial — of the collection that you are going to keep in the humidor. Then consider the damage that could be done by curious prying fingers, by pilfering or even by vandalism (we could tell you stories…). You are likely to want a lock. Just be sure to have a duplicate key tucked away in a safe place. Nothing is more heartbreaking than to have to tamper with the perfectly fitted and carefully finished edges of a finely crafted box.
The first thing to notice on the inside of a humidor is the humidification device. Most humidification devices are simple — little more than a sponge material or a bottle that slowly emits moisture. (Simple as they are, these devices are still light-years ahead of one old-fashioned humidification device: apple cores.) The biggest variable in proper humidification, after good construction, is not the type of humidification system you have, but whether or not you remember to add the needed water or chemicals at regular intervals.
Humidor trays make it easy for you to organize, and occasionally rotate, your collection. The inside of a humidor has variations in humidity, despite the various slots that promote internal air circulation and reduce the likelihood that the base woods and the veneer will warp or separate. Within this microclimate, you should introduce your driest cigars as far away as possible from the humidification device so that they re-attain proper hydration as slowly and evenly as possible.
Finding a humidor with good construction and features isn’t as hard as it sounds. Better humidor manufacturers are fanatical about quality control. Moreover, reputable tobacconists will reject humidors with even tiny functional defects.
Once you have decided on all of the basics and accessories, you might as well let yourself be dazzled by the designs and finishes. Admire the gleaming rare wood surfaces, catch the highlights dancing in a deep rich lacquer finish, or study the intricate marquetry picture. Marvel at some of the more curved and sculptural shapes. You are buying a work of art. Be sure you love it: it’s likely to be an important part of your home or office for many years to come.
SEASONING A HUMIDOR
It takes time, patience and a little know-how to get a new humidor ready to hold cigars. You’re trying to recreate the tropical environments where most cigars are made, and you can’t rush the process. Putting cigars into a dry humidor can ruin good smokes.
Take a new sponge — make sure it is unscented and free of soap — and wet it with a liberal dose of distilled water. Wipe down all the exposed wood, including any trays and dividers, and the interior lid. Avoid using a paper towel or a fraying cloth; these will literally leave a paper trail on the wood. After you’ve wiped down the wood, squirt the sponge with more distilled water, then place it inside the humidor on a plastic bag — to avoid direct contact with the wood — and close the lid.
Next, prepare your humidification device according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Unless the manufacturer specifically states that you can use tap water, use only distilled water. Tap water contains minerals that will destroy most humidification systems by leaving deposits that will clog the humidor element. Once the humidification element is filled, be sure to wipe it down to remove all the excess water. Rest it on a hand towel for approximately 30 minutes.
Close the humidor with its humidifying element and the damp sponge, and leave it overnight. The next day, refresh the humidification device (it may not need it) and check the sponge. If it is fairly dry, add more distilled water. If it is very damp, leave it alone.
Let the humidor sit another night, and then remove the sponge and plastic bag. The walls of the humidor have now absorbed all the water they need, and now you can safely store your cigars.
THINGS NOT TO DO
Most of the time, if you let cigars dry out, you have to write off your investment as a learning experience, albeit sometimes an expensive one. In some cases, cigars can be reconditioned through weeks in a good humidor, but it’s a tricky business, and best left to someone with great patience and experience. If you insist on trying to do it yourself, proceed slowly. Over a period of several weeks, gradually move the cigars from the outer corners into the center of your humidor.
Here are some of the odder suggestions we’ve heard. Don’t try them. EVER. * Put your cigars in the bathroom and run the shower until the hot water gives out. * Steam them in the upper rack of a dishwasher. * Sneak them into the steam room at the health club.
HOW TO CARRY CIGARS
When you take cigars with you on your travels, you need to protect them from physical damage, as well as from drying. Travel humidors are an ideal solution. Many are compact enough to easily slip into your briefcase or the small bag you take onboard aircraft (not that it’s likely that you’ll be allowed to smoke there).
When buying a travel humidor, first make sure that it will accommodate cigars of the size and shape you prefer. Then check it for durability. No matter how careful you are, your travel humidor will get jostled quite a bit. Make sure that it has a hinge that will stand up to a bit of abuse and repeated openings. (If you’re a frequent international flyer, you’ll find yourself constantly opening the case for customs inspectors who are hunting for Cuban cigars.) One long “piano” hinge that runs the length of the humidor is generally better than two or more hinges. Also, check to be sure that the humidification unit will stay in place as you sprint for a taxi or jam your bag into an overhead compartment.
Even if you don’t travel a lot, you may still want a travel humidor. They are extremely convenient for setting up a temporary depot of cigars in another part of your home. They are also perfect for keeping a few cigars humidified during the transition from a store’s humidor to your own.
Sometimes, however, even a travel humidor is too much. Then you may want to rely on tubos and cigar cases. Tubos — cigars that come packed in tubes, which help them stay properly humidified after they are taken out of a humidor — are a good one-at-a-time solution.
Often the answer is to carry an elegant leather cigar case, loaded with the cigars you hope to smoke that day, and return any that you don’t smoke that day to the humidor each evening. If you always smoke the same kind of cigar, you can get a case that fits your cigars exactly — with “fingers” of the right diameter, and with the ability to telescope, if you favor long cigars. Fingered cases offer the best protection because even a single cigar is held firmly in place and does not roll and bounce around within. If you smoke a varied selection, however, you will probably want to get an “open” case — one without dividers or molded fingers — which will accommodate a variety of sizes.
When you buy a cigar case, wear the coat or jacket that has the smallest pockets of all the garments in your wardrobe. Make sure that the case fits, and that you can live with the resulting bulge. Conversely, next time you go to have a suit, jacket or coat fitted, be sure to bring your cigar case. A good tailor will be able to adapt the garment so you can carry the case without looking as if you’re packing a pistol.
Also, when shopping for a case bring several cigars. (Or use the occasion as an excuse to buy a few.) The first test of any case is how well it fits your cigars. Load the case and see if the you can slip the cigars in and out with reasonable ease. Close the case, to make sure that it is not too short for your cigars.
You’ll want the case to be lined, so your cigars won’t take on a leathery taste, and to prevent the tragedy of a fine cigar’s wrapper snagging on rough, less-finished leather. The thickness of the leather is a matter of personal preference. The thicker the leather, the greater the protection. But thicker leather also adds weight and bulk.
Selecting the right cigar case can take a bit of time; there are more variables than you would expect. Cigar cases are made with the same craftsmanship as fine footwear, and they come in almost as many styles. Choose carefully. A fine cigar case is not only extremely functional, it is also an accessory that will distinguish you as a person of taste.
Take your pick!
Commissioned by Arnold Schwarzenegger to design and craft a limited series of humidors and jewelry boxes to commemorate the completion of Arnold’s movie, End of Days.
These 3humidors and 1jewelry boxes were given by Arnold to many interesting people.
Launched a new cigar shape called the DM Perfecto, a figurado-shaped cigar with a Connecticut shade wrapper.
Designed and introduced the DM Series 199cigar humidor in Vavona Burl, specially designed for the sophisticated smoker complete with all the extras.
Designed a collection of humidors with a military theme incorporating authentic parts from aircraft, ships, tanks and armament into the design.
Created a internationally-recognized brand name known to represent quality.
Created a logo that is known and identified with our name that symbolizes quality.
Developed and created DM brand extension of cigars that have achieved consistently high ratings.
Created for and became the exclusive supplier of Dunhill humidors for all Dunhill USA Stores for over 1years.
Obtained product placement of humidors in various films such as: Shattered, Double Cross and Meet Joe Black.
Whynter CHC Stainless Steel Cigar Cooler Humidor
The Whynter CHC Stainless Steel Cigar Cooler Humidor is the Rolls-Royce of cigar humidors. It combines modern thermoelectric cooling with an old-fashioned humidity tray to keep your cigars at both the perfect humidity level and the perfect temperature at all times.
If you love to smoke flawless cigars and don’t want to make any sacrifices when it comes to safe cigar storage, this is the humidifier for you. It comes in two sizes: a 1.cubic foot version built to hold 250 cigars, and a 2.cubic foot version built to hold upwards of 400 cigars at any time.
From the outside, this humidor looks like a bar fridge. It has an LED temperature display at the top of the door, with thermostat controls to adjust the interior temperature. There’s also a simple on/off switch for the light so that you can illuminate your cigar collection.
The adjustable thermostat has a range from 5to 66°F, making it easy to dial in the right heat level for your cigars. Although there’s no “perfect” temperature for cigars, most users will want the temperature to stay in the 60° range.
All in all, this is the perfect humidor for enthusiasts with the passion (and budget) to build a 400+ cigar collection over the years. If you have an extensive collection and want the perfect humidor to keep it safe and secure, the Whynter CHC series is the product range you’re looking for.
In the early Americas, tobacco was considered so valuable, it served as currency, was smoked as a peace offering and used by native medicine men for shamanic ceremonies. The United States’ founding fathers created a tradition of cigar culture in private salons—early cigar lounges that housed the fragrant smokes. Since the Cuban embargo imposed by President Kennedy in 1962, a resilient industry by Cuban exiles—who survived their revolution and prospered despite invasive federal regulation—has succeeded through several decades.
Selecting the perfect smoke can seem daunting, especially to a novice. Thankfully, we’ve got some tips to allow you to boldly go where you may not have gone before. “Selecting a cigar is by trial and error, similar to wine tasting or trying out new brews,” Hennegan said.
In a cigar, the outermost wrapper determines much of the cigar’s character and flavor, while the filler—wrapped up bunches of leaves inside the wrapper, held together by binders—makes up the majority of the cigar. The size and shape of the cigar, together are known as the vitola, is measured by length and ring gauge. Also key in choosing a smoke is strength, which should not be confused with flavor. Strength is similar to coffee—strong, mild, etc.—while flavor evolves or deepens on the palate as tobacco is drawn upon, often resembling fruit, spices, flowers or even leather.
Padilla Signature 1932
The Padilla Signature 193is a limited production produced by Ernesto Padilla to honor the birth year of his father, Heberto Padilla. Handmade in Don Pepin Garcia’s El Rey de los Habanos Factory, this starts out mild and creamy, eventually becoming full.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your travel humidor wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of travel humidor
- №1 — Boveda Humidor Bag -Small Travel Humidor
- №2 — Jifeng Portable Travel cigar humidor
- №3 — Cigar Caddy 3400 Waterproof Travel Cigar Humidor for 5 Cigars