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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
on April 4, 2011
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The Drymistat does its job exactly as it should. Other reviewers have more experience, so I defer to them for details of effectiveness. By the way, the thickness of the tube is ~the same as a cigar tube, and it is 5.5" in length. The instructions advise placing it in the center of the humidor.

There is perhaps some understandable confusion because the instructions could be written better, and that is why a few reviewers had problems with leaking: "Some evaporation may occur while sitting on the shelf. Remove wrapper. Add plain tap water to the Fill line. Put perforated cap on tube and wait for water to be absorbed. . . . A mixture of Propylene Glycol and water has been specially formulated and initially charged into the crystals."

When you receive the Drymistat, pop the cap and take out a crystal. You'll notice it is moist. This is the "initial charge" referred to, and the amount of moisture will depend upon, as the instructions say, how long the item has been sitting in inventory. The instructions mention that the tube has microscopic pores which permit moisture to pass thru; this is why there can be evaporation. All that's required is to add a small amount of water - if necessary - to the fill line and then leave the tube upright with the second perforated cap on, until that water is absorbed by the crystals, which is pretty quickly. Turn the tube upside down and gently shake it or very gently squeeze it, and any excess water will come out. Now place in humidor and there won't be any leaking. The crystals will shrink as the water transfers to your absorbent cigars or whatever. Refill when crystals shrink below the lower line on the tube. That's all there is to it.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2009
Great product. I've had four in my 100 cigar humidor for a few years now. I keep one in my portable humidor, and have one in a zip lock bag for those times when I end up with more cigars than my humidor holds. I have never had a dry or moldy cigar using this product.

The rule of thumb for one tube per 25 cigars seems like a good one.

I agree with another reviewer that on various vendor's websites, it looks like the purchase price is for a box of tubes instead of a single tube.

For the guy who said they simply didn't work, that seems strange to me, since my experience is they are very effective and simple to use.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2007
I purchased the product for my 50 stogie humidor. I was amazed when I put it in the humidor with cigars and checked it 6 hours later... humidity was regulated at 71%! I have a caliber III hygrometer so I know it is accurate. After 1 week of having the drymistat in the humidor, it constantly reads 70% humidity. I even checked the high and low humidity that is recorded on the caliber and it read 70%. Easy to use product... you just have to add tap water. Low maintenance as well... fill 1-3 months depending upon conditions. I paid 8$ at JR Cigar.. very inexpensive compared to other humidifying products.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2012
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I have a very small humidor (can hold maybe 10 cigars). The stock humidifier was unreliable, and I discovered the gel type products that come in a container. Unfortunately, they're too big for my humidor -- especially with cigars inside.

The Drymistat is ingenious. If you have room for one more cigar, you have room for this humidifier. After just a couple days in my box, the humidity was stabilized at 70 percent. You can even slip it into a three-finger carrier if you want and still have room for a couple sticks.

Word of warning, though. Mine came "pre-charged." In other words, the water was added at the factory and the crystals had absorbed their fill. I've seen video reviews where the unit looks only half full because the crystals are dehydrated. Since I had never used one before, I followed the instructions and poured distilled water (according to the mfr., you can use plain tap water) into the top but it quickly overflowed. So if yours comes and the crystals look more like chunks of gelatin, and they reach the fill line, you're good to go. Just be sure to tear off the cellophane seal and pull out the inner stopper so the tube can humidify.

Okay ... who wants to burn one with me?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2008
I purchased the Drymistat about 2 years ago and I'm very pleased with it. It's very easy to use and a must have for anyone who keeps more than 25 cigars, especially if your climate is dry. Here are a few tips for those who own a humidor with draws or trays: let the stock humidifier take care of the top drawer or tray and put a drymistat stick in each level. I have a 100ct humidor w/drawers and keep about 80-85 stogies. I keep my premos in the bottom drawer with 2 drymistats and they are aging very well at 64-68% relative humidity. Also, make sure to refill with distilled water. Tap water will leave a brown residue on the beads after a period of time.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
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I'm relatively new to cigars, I've been an on and off smoker for several years but I just recently got serious with it (my dad's been smoking cuban for 40 years so I've been around cigars all of my life).

I was surprised at how incredibly easy it is to maintain 70% RH with these things. I popped them into my humidor and I've been at 70.5% for the last week or so.

A couple of things are confusing.

First of all I read a lot of reviews saying people had to remove crystals when they got them cause they swelled when they filled them, etc. etc.

These come pre-filled, they should state so on the packet but they are ready to go as soon as you get them, no need to add water (generally speaking).

You have to have a properly seasoned humidor to make these work out of the box, that's a big deal. You also need a relatively accurate hygrometer, there are several here on Amazon (look for Caliber III +-1%RH; about $20).

Finally, they are a lot bigger than they look, think like 2 large test tubes put together. From the pics I thought they were a lot smaller.

Anyway, they are a great all round product and a great all round seller.

Best.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2008
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This gets the job done, keeps a pretty consistent humidity. But be prepared to use about 5 in a 100 cigar humidor. Use less than three and they need to be filled every few days to a week. I generally recommend them, but make sure you have enough if your not living the rain forest.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2009
Just a little warning about these. They work great, but be careful. Before I bought a travel humidor, I got in the habit of sticking a few cigars in a ziploc bag with one of these. That worked fine, until I left them in the car overnight. Some moisture condensed inside the bag, got the plastic tube wet on the outside, and osmosis drew the solution through the plastic and onto my cigars. Completely ruined. So don't do something stupid like that, and you should be fine.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2009
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I bought this product and have found it perfect. It allows you to leave your humidor alone without babying the humidifier with water and glycol for that perfect/mysterious/etheral/overly-scientific/alchemic level of humidity and actually retaining it.

I gave the product 5 out of 5 because it is such a great product but if I could rate the purchase I would rate it 1 out of 5 because the picture plainly depicts a packaged box full of these tubes which was what I thought I was buying ... not just ONE TUBE.

Fine product though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2010
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i use this in my travel humidor and i love it. all you do is add tap water to the fill line pop it in the humidor and it holds at 70% with no issues. my travel humidor is a plastic one so it takes very little to season it (leave the drymistat in there for an hour or 2) but in my nice large humidor at the house once it was properly seasoned i put 3 drymistat's in there (75 cigars) and it also holds right at 70%. i would not use any other humidity device.
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