Guide: How to salt test / calibrate your hygrometer

Discussion in 'Humidor Forum' started by Rod, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Rod

    Rod Administrator Staff Member

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  2. Bu11dog

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    Great I was just going to look into testing my cheapo ones and see how they were.
     
  3. Napa_Smokes

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    It needs more pictures!!! How about one of you putting water on the salt or soaking the water up with the paper towel. :p

    I was going to test mine tonight so this helps save me time searching. Thanks for putting this up Rod.
     
  4. smokinfish

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    Does it matter where you put it. I'm doing mine now an put it back in the humi. Is this bad?

    Danny
     
  5. Fishin345

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    great post thanks for the info
     
  6. Rod

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    Sorry for the delay, I just now saw this message now. Assuming your humidor is of the desktop persuasion, it's best to stick it to the underside of the lid. I always try to put the hygrometer somewhere in the middle of the humidor. Hope this helps...
     
  7. Goldie

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    Good info Rod. Thank you
     
  8. xikar

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    I just got a ton of emails about this lately so I thought I'd share some info (in addition to the already great info supplied on the topic header) here:

    Instructions for calibrating a XIKAR hygrometer with salt test:
    http://www.xikar.com/files/salt_test_instructions.pdf
     
  9. morcerf

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    Perfect timing as I just ordered one of these. It's also nice to see a manufacturer who has no qualms w/their hygro undergoing a salt test.
     
  10. ncast2523

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  11. Bu11dog

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    Here's my test today...
    Just put in the bag...

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    4 hours of being in bag....

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    The black box is an eight cigar holder with built in hygrometer and such, from cigarsolutions I believe.
     
  12. Kevin, that it a great idea. I'm yanking out all of my hygrometers and checking them together...including the travel humi's like you have there. Should have thought of that myself. :thumbs:
     
  13. Rod

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    Leave them in the bag for 24 hours for a more accurate test.
     
  14. Bu11dog

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    Thanks Rod, just finished that, wife took off with the camera so here's the results written.

    The travel hygrometer was most accurate at 76%

    The white one was next at 72%

    No. 1 black was 67%

    No. 2 black was 69%

    No. 3 black was 66%

    No. 4 black was 71%

    Now maybe I can get the clock'idor better regulated! Thanks for the tutorial!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. RyJ Smoker

    RyJ Smoker Official Opus & Padron whore

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    I'm doing this now right now!!!


    Jeffrey L.
     
  16. DirtyDave

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    Any questions just let me know. I've done it a few times. I followed the instructions here and it went great.
     
  17. RyJ Smoker

    RyJ Smoker Official Opus & Padron whore

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    Thanks, Dave! I woke up this morning and was a little disappointed to see that it's only reading 46%. I put my hygrometer in the bag about 10 hrs. ago and at that time it was reading 39%. What does this tell me? Do I need a new hygrometer?


    Jeffrey L.
     
  18. DirtyDave

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    Is it digital?

    If so, when were the batteries last changed?

    How was the seal on the bag?
     
  19. RyJ Smoker

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    Yeah, it is digital. As far as the battery, I'm getting a new one today and then re-testing it.

    On a different note, I tested that new Xikar I got at TTR yesterday, it's been in the bag (double lock Ziploc) for 12 hours and it's reading 54%. Should I adjust it from there, or leave it in longer?


    Jeffrey L.
     
  20. rmoreno@xikar

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    Salt Test Calibration Instructions:
    The rectangular digital hygrometer can be calibrated using the salt test calibration. To calibrate fill a plastic soda cap with plain table salt. Add just enough water to make the salt wet, but not so much that water stands on top of the salt. Place a zip lock bag flat on a flat surface. Place the salt filled cap inside the bag with the hygrometer. Seal the bag and wait 4 hours. After 4 hours have passed, push and hold the calibrate button until the hygrometer resets itself to 75%. Once the hygrometer has reset, remove it from the zip lock bag. The hygrometer is now calibrated!

    BobXIKAR
     

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