It’s no surprise that we haven’t smoked a single spoiled cigar that came out of this fridge humidor. It’s good that it has a large storage capacity and can age many cigars well.
Type: Thermoelectric humidor;
Capacity: 250 cigars, depending on the vitola and packaging.
Key Features: Digital hygrometer. Secure lock. Two cedar shelves and one cedar drawer. Soft LED lighting. Digital temperature control from 52-74F. Adjustable legs.
Humidification: a container where you can put distilled water, humidification gel, or another humidity source;
Hygrometer: Yes, a digital hygrometer;
Water tank capacity: About 17 ounces;
Temperature control: Yes, temperature range from 52 to 74 0F;
Lighting: Yes, a soft LED;
Noise level: 35 dB;
Power supply: 110-120 Volt electricity.
The most crucial feature of this humidor is its refrigerator-like seal, which keeps all the moisture inside. It also ensures stable maintenance of your desired temperature.
The included humidification is a water container you can fill with any source of humidity – from distilled water to Boveda packs.
We recommend you purchase the NewAir 250 Count cooling and heating option. Temperature control is an essential feature of this humidor to be called a wineador. Without it, you will have to monitor the room temperature where your humidor is placed.
You can monitor the built-in hygrometer and temperature without opening the door. The control panel at the top of the door lets you set the desired temperature and turn the LED lights on and off. You can also switch from Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice versa.
The lock and key protect the sticks inside from unauthorized smokers or curious children.
You will receive a one-year warranty. This NewAir comes with a user manual and a pair of keys for the secured lock. Be careful to whom you give the second key. You do not want these stogies you have been aging for a year to disappear.
- Tight seal, similar to a refrigerator.
- The humidor maintains a constant temperature.
- Very well built.
- The LED lighting is great.
- Adjustable legs.
- The temperature keeps a little lower than the setting.
- It would have been good if there were more slots for the shelves.
- In some humidors of this model, the temperature remains slightly lower than the setting.
Packaging and shipping
The packaging is sufficient to keep the cigar humidor safe during the shipping process. There are Styrofoam sheets between the cardboard box and the product to prevent damage and dents.
Shipping is free and you have a 30-day return policy if you are not satisfied with the product.
The NewAir 250 Count is 13.6 inches wide, 19.3 inches deep and 18.5 inches tall. It’s larger than the stereotypical dimensions of a desktop humidor. Still, it’s not as big as a stand-alone cabinet humidor. And it would be difficult to use the lock if the humidor is placed on the floor.
We think that the best electric humidor has locks and keys. This feature ensures that your humidor is not opened too often, making it difficult to maintain the right temperature and humidity. Not to mention the risk of someone smoking your sticks. This humidor has such a secure lock and we like it very much.
The double-pane glass door lets you see your cigar collection all the time. The door has a stainless- steel frame with a strong rubber seal. When you open it, you can feel that it is sturdy and well-made.
A small useful option is the adjustable legs that allow you to align your wineador perfectly.
The humidor comes with two cedar shelves and one cedar drawer. You can arrange them the way you want. There are four slots where you can slide the shelves and drawer.
We like the lighting inside, but we would not put individual sticks on the top shelf, we would put cigar boxes or cigar boxes. And the built-in fan does a great job keeping all your cigars moist, so you do not have to open the humidor periodically to give the sticks some fresh air. Thanks to the fan, you do not have to rotate and move your cigars around. The humidor is not noisy; the noise level is around 35 dB.
The case of the humidor is made of plastic.
The NewAir 250 Count comes with a plastic container where you can put a humidifier of your choice.
Setup and Seasoning
You can do this with the Boveda seasoning packs or the old- fashioned way with distilled water. You can choose whichever method you like best.
We chose to use distilled water for our humidor setup. If you unpack your humidor and it smells like plastic inside, leave it open for a day. The smell should disappear. We filled the container about halfway with distilled water and placed it on the bottom of the humidor. Just as you would season a humidor made of wood.
It was a nice surprise that we did not have to wait long for the RH to reach a level above 70%. For one week, the RH reached 74%. And we expected to wait about ten days because we had not wiped down the cedar shelves and drawer with a damp sponge or cloth. Sometimes it is difficult to estimate how much the sponge or cloth is soaked with distilled water. As a result, there is a great risk of warping the cedar parts.
After reaching 74% RH, it’s time to put in our cigars.
It was easy to reach the desired temperature, even in early summer. We simply set the thermostat to 70 degrees and after one day, we had 70 degrees in the humidor. The graph is almost straight lines.
The name of this humidor is descriptive enough for its capacity. You can store 250 cigars; the number depends on their vitola and packaging. For such a storage capacity, the humidor is compact in size. This makes it perfect for use at home or in a small lounge where you do not have much space.
The NewAir 250 Count electric cigar humidor has a wonderfully tight seal, like a refrigerator. Lately, wineadors like this have become very popular because you can control every aspect of the atmosphere in which you store your sticks. The tight seal ensures stable maintenance of the desired properties, regardless of the temperature and humidity outside.
You get a clear plastic container that you can fill with distilled water, humidifying gel, or even Boveda packs. If you prefer the latter, it is good to place a Boveda on each level. And if you place an enormous number of cigars in it, place as many Boveda packs as necessary, depending on the number of cigars.
This model of the NewAir wineador comes with a digital hygrometer placed on the cedar drawer. Earlier models of NewAir were equipped with analog hygrometers. The analog hygrometer is more beautiful, but the digital one is easier to read and monitor humidity fluctuations.
The NewAir hygrometer came pre-calibrated and ready to use. It read 50% RH before it was seasoned.
Yes, there is a thermometer! It is a digital one. Actually, a digital display shows you the selected temperature. If you want a different temperature, you can change it using the arrows next to the display. The temperature range is from 52 to 74 0F.The good news is that there is no distinctive difference between the value of 70 0F we set for this NewAir 250-count humidor review and the reading from our SMARTRO control device.
Yes, as we have already mentioned, you can control the temperature in the humidor. Thank you to this feature, you can use the NewAir 250 count in any state and in any season. And it does its job very well. During our test, there were no significant fluctuations in temperature on days when we did not open the door.
The three La Flor Dominicana El Jocko cigars were 68% RH when we placed them in the humidor. After the initial setup, we poured propylene glycol solution into the container.
During the test month, the humidity ran almost straight and there were no significant differences between the readings of the built-in hygrometer and the control SMARTRO hygrometer.
The situation of temperature measurements was analogous to that of humidity. After we placed the test cigars in the humidor, the temperature increased for about an hour. As well as a decrease in humidity. But this is insignificant compared to the readings for the whole day.
When it was time to smoke the La Flor Dominicana El Jocko, we stored them for a month for this NewAir 250-count humidor review, and stogies came out with 70% RH. The smoking session was a delightful experience.
Comparison and Alternatives
If the NewAir 250 count is not the right humidor for you, then you should look at some other humidors. Perhaps the Case Elegance Renzo is right for you. Especially if you are a novice cigar smoker and have a small cigar collection. With the Renzo, you also get an easier to maintain humidification system. The size of this alternative makes it easier to fit in almost any home or office.
And if you are not a novice smoker and need a humidor for a larger collection than 250 cigars, then the Redford Lite might be the humidor for you. You can store up to 1250 cigars in this cigar cabinet. The Redford offers a wider range of temperature control. And if you are looking for a humidor where you can enjoy the beauty of your cigars at all times, the Redford Lite offers better lighting. These storage capacities and features come at a higher price.
The Deauville Leaf Inlay could be your humidor if you do not have a lot of space and your sticks are more than 50. This humidor holds up to 125 cigars and measures only 13.5/9.5/6.25 inches. The Deauville is easier to place and you can be sure that no light will spoil your cigars while they are in the humidor.
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Remove the container from the humidor when using humidifying gel or distilled water. Leave the door open for a few hours until the RH level has dropped as low as you want it to go. Put the container back in with less humidifying liquid/gel.
You can season it with Boveda seasoning packs or with distilled water, as you would with any other wooden humidor.
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