Sidebar Sidebar Sidebar

Cigar Guide - Can You Recharge Your Boveda Packs

14th Jun 2021

Hi, and welcome to another episode of Mondays with Mardo’s. I'm Gerard, and today we're going to talk about if we can recharge our Boveda packs. Well, we contacted Boveda and they sent out an industry-wide email explaining what we should be doing. But before I get going, I need you to click on that subscribe button, click on the bell to be notified every single week of new episodes on Mondays with Mardo's.

All right, so one of the biggest questions we get about Boveda is actually two-fold. We are asked if we can, and how do we recharge Boveda packs? So Boveda sent out an industry-wide email, I'm going to read it word-for-word. "Can I recharge Boveda?" "If you're looking for optimal protection, we recommend you do not recharge exhausted Boveda. Why? Well, primarily because the Boveda will no longer be precise. Using a rehydrated Boveda means you run the risk of doing damage to your cigars with mold or extreme temperature fluctuations. Moreover, the plea that Boveda can, on occasion, contain sharp crystallized salt residue that can penetrate the pack's inner membrane and cause leaks once hydrated. If that were to happen, it would damage your collection. As fellow cigar enthusiast, we'd like to see you get the most out of the bounty stored within your humidor, so please do not reuse Boveda once it's done its job."

Well, what I say to that is let me do my own research, and I did just that. And as a matter of fact, I have come to admit I don't know what I'm doing. So I have here in front of me, three Boveda packs, all three of them are the four gram and 69% humidity. Here is one that has been depleted, it's hard as a rock, it's no longer of good use. So I took one and I rehydrated it by soaking it in water, and here it is. Fresh as new, right? Wrong. I'll tell you why. So when I picked this up, I was like, oh, the gel substance in there has been revived. It's nice, good to go. But I did look at it and I was like, you know what? It seems a little bit fluffier than usual.

So I went ahead and I opened up a brand new one, and when I compared it, this one does have the fluffy residue in it, but nowhere near as much as a recharged or a rehydrated done in my own garage. So therefore, whatever Boveda was saying is pretty much right on. Well, that basically proves my theory wrong because this is already saturated. I do not know their true percentage of this, admitting, so therefore I'm going to have to rely on brand new ones. Yes, I don't want to spend my money on Boveda packs all the time, but here's the catch. What if it ruins all of my cigars and I have to re-buy all those cigars, and what if they're very, very hard to get and rare finds? Where am I going to find replacements?

So let us know in the comments how you found this video useful or not useful, or if you have any opinions regarding this little experiment. But before I get going, I need you guys to follow us on Instagram, like us on Facebook, and remember to tell your friends to subscribe to our YouTube channel. I'll see you guys next week.