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Reload this Page recharging Boveda packs?
shiek49er       Feb. 13, 2007 09:57 am
Stormin'       Feb. 13, 2007 10:14 am
suzukig       Feb. 13, 2007 11:40 am
Stormin'       Feb. 13, 2007 02:58 pm
suzukig       Feb. 13, 2007 04:05 pm
Miguel Maduro       Feb. 13, 2007 05:30 pm
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codeyf       Feb. 13, 2007 05:46 pm
Stormin'       Feb. 13, 2007 07:56 pm
Stormin'       Feb. 13, 2007 07:59 pm
Miguel Maduro       Feb. 13, 2007 10:12 pm
Stormin'       Feb. 14, 2007 10:03 am
QBear       Feb. 14, 2007 10:19 am
Stormin'       Feb. 14, 2007 10:35 am
t-swail       Feb. 14, 2007 11:39 am
Stormin'       Feb. 14, 2007 11:54 am
shiek49er       Feb. 14, 2007 12:19 pm
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Stormin'       Feb. 14, 2007 03:01 pm
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CHEFCARLITOS       Feb. 14, 2007 09:35 pm
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Default February 13, 2007, 09:57 AM

Seems like I read something in another thread about recharging Boveda packets, but I can't seem to find it. Has anyone ever done this before?
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Default February 13, 2007, 10:14 AM

Hook them up to 12 volts, current limited to 5 amps <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley02.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Just place them in a sealed container like a ziplock bag at a higher humidity (I saturate a humidifier and put it in the bag). They'll re-absorb the moisture.
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Default February 13, 2007, 11:40 AM

I have Boveda packs that I have used for about a year now and they're still good as new. When they start to dry out (feel grainy) stick them in an air tight container with a wet paper towel. (Don't let the paper towel touch the pack since it might damage the paper pack.) Sitting in nearly 100% RH the Boveda pack will absorb water from the air. In about a week the Boveda pack will be as good as new.<br><br>BTW I did a little test and purposely let a Boveda pack completely dry out. Did the above procedure (but left it for 2 weeks) and the pack works fine.<br><br>These things are basically a saturated salt solution in some kind of gel that keeps a constant RH. It releases moisture when the RH is below the "target" and absorbs moisture when the RH is above "target". A lot of research has been done on controlling RH mainly for museums that need to preserve paintings, etc. Saturated salt solutions was part of this research.
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Default February 13, 2007, 02:58 PM

IIRC, Tim Swail (from Humidipak) mentioned something about these packs not being as "accurate" once they dry out and are recharged. I assume that means the target RH changes. I'm not a chemist, so I don't know why this would occur.
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Default February 13, 2007, 04:05 PM

I checked with a hygrometer in a Ziplock bag. After a year of repeated rehydrating cycles the RH is still the same.<br><br>I also use these in the Philippines to reduce the humidity. When they get too saturated I dry them out by leaving them out in an air conditioned room.
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Default February 13, 2007, 05:30 PM

<i>IIRC, Tim Swail (from Humidipak) mentioned something about these packs not being as "accurate" once they dry out and are recharged.</i>

Do you believe everything salesmen tell you? <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley05.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Default February 13, 2007, 05:32 PM

Tim Swail (from Humidipak) would never give you misleading information, now would he?

He doesn't care if they sell fewer packs I guess...LOL
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Default February 13, 2007, 05:46 PM

Good info! I'm starting this with one tonight!
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Default February 13, 2007, 07:56 PM

I would trust <i>Tim Swail (from Humidipak)</i> before I trust a man who calls himself Hotboy <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley02.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Default February 13, 2007, 07:59 PM

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For some reason, that's oddly hypnotic. I think "Tim Swail (from Humidipak)" would be a great name for a band <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley01.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Default February 13, 2007, 10:12 PM

<i>I would trust Tim Swail (from Humidipak) before I trust a man who calls himself Hotboy</i>

Depends on whether he's selling boveda packs or saying, "It won't hurt <b>that</b> much." I'd not trust a sales rep's view on the former, or Hotboy's on the latter.
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Default February 14, 2007, 10:03 AM

Tim is not a sales rep, he's exec VP of Humidipak.
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To clarify what I was talking about earlier before the peanut gallery chimed in, you don't want the Humidipaks to <b>completely</b> dry out, and then recharge them. No one said you can't recharge them while they're still moist (I do that all the time). But if it's crispy and crunchy, it's time to toss it.
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If you let a cigar completely dry out, it loses its essential oils - you can re-humidify it, but it's not the same. If you completely drain a car battery and let it dry out, you can add water and charge it up, but it's not going to work very well. I guess I'd rather spend a few bucks on a new Boveda pack than trust all my cigars to a pack that has repeatedly dried up like beef jerky and then been recharged.
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Default February 14, 2007, 10:19 AM

"Village idiots", eh? Well, Stormin' certainly comes right out and expresses his opinion! <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley01.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Village idiot is a term of endearment for those guys.
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Default February 14, 2007, 11:39 AM

Stormin'....thanks for explaining this issue. You are exactly correct. Since the Humidipak technology is a 2-way system you can re-hydrate it while it's still pliable. The packets contain a guming agent within it to suspend the salt and water together evenly. This suspension is what gives the Humidipak the ability to have a stable RH over long periods of time and for portability. The guming agent is vital to the Humidipaks consistent RH. Once you have dried it out you have jeopardized it's integrity as you try to bring it back. Perhaps you'll bring it back, but not at it's original composition, thus getting inconsistent RH's in the future. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for clarifying, Tim. I believe you, even if no one else does <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley02.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Default February 14, 2007, 12:19 PM

"newbie", come on stormin... I think I lost that status awhile back.
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<i>Tim is not a sales rep, he's exec VP of Humidipak. </i>

My bad. The VP of Boveda would definately not have an interest in people buying Boveda pack Silly me. <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley05.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Sorry, but it's a newbie question, even if it's coming from an oldbie <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley01.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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<i>MM, I'll send you a bunch of dried up old humidipaks if you'll shut up </i>

LOL. Nah, you keep 'em. The guy at Boveda says they won't recharge. Haven't you heard?! <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley02.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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Default February 14, 2007, 09:35 PM

LOL@ MM ...that`s right MM you tell `em....
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Default February 14, 2007, 10:09 PM


Regardless of whether you can recharge them or not, they don't cost much and they are hastle free. If you are bothering to recharge them, then you are missing the point and risking damage to far more expensive cigars.
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Default February 15, 2007, 01:59 AM

"I'll take his word for it he has a vestid interest in the companies reputation. Besides the logic rings true.."<BR><BR>


Said one village idiot to the other. <IMG SRC='/cf4/images/smiley/smiley02.gif' BORDER=0 WIDTH=15 HEIGHT=15>
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