You can leave cigars in a herfador from 2 weeks up to 3 months, it’s dependent on the product quality and environment. However, if the herf-a-dor is exposed to high temperatures the cigars can still dry out.
A Herf-a-Dor, an alternative to a humidor, is a fantastic solution for cigar lovers that travel a lot. Read on to learn more about these special travel cigar boxes and how to use them.
What Is a Herf-a-Dor?
A Herf-a-Dor is essentially a travel humidor. It protects cigars from damage and drying out and comes in a compact travel size.
These cases have padding on the inside to cushion the cigars and a hard casing on the outside to protect against bumps and scratches. Most designs are also waterproof and airtight.
Depending on the model, a herf-a-dor may or may not have a space for a humidifier. If it does, you can use a herf-a-dore to store your cigars for longer periods of time, too.
Herf-a-Dors come in many different sizes, anywhere from 5 cigars to 50. This means that cigar afficionados can easily bring back cigars from a holiday abroad.
Herf-a-Dor vs Humidor
A herf-a-dor and a humidor are very similar objects. The main difference is that herf-a-dors are designed to be portable enough for travel while the average humidor is much larger for home use.
The travel-size herf-a-dor is also much less maintenance than a traditional humidor. A proper wood humidor must be seasoned before it can be used to store cigars.
Another difference is the price with proper humidors being the more expensive option. That is why some people choose to store their cigars long-term in a herf-a-dor instead of a humidor.
Herf-a-Dor vs Other Travel Humidors
Herf-a-dor is not the only travel size humidor available on the market. Herf-a-Dor belongs to the Humi Care brand but there are many other brands that also sell their own version of a travel humidor.
How Long Will Cigars Last in a Herf-a-Dor?
There is some debate on whether cigars stay fresh when left in a herf-a-dor for a long period of time. Some recommend storing cigars in a herf-a-dor for no longer than 2 weeks while others claim that cigars can last for as long as 3 months in these travel boxes.
It all depends on how the herf-a-dor is prepared before the cigars are put in and whether it is exposed to high temperatures or not. Cigars will become too wet if the humidity is off or dry out if left in the sun for too long.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How Long Will a Cigar Last in a Ziplock Bag?
A cigar will stay fresh in a ziplock bag for 2 – 3 days. If you would like to store cigar for longer it is best to move it to an airtight container with a humidity regulating device.
The best low-cost option for storing a cigar is placing it inside a resealable airtight tupperware box with a humidity control pack like Boveda (click here to learn how to recharge your boveda packs). This should keep the cigar fresh for several months depending on how often the box is opened.
Should I Leave My Cigars Wrapped in My Humidor?
Do not place a wrapped cigar inside a humidor. The cellophane wrapping of a cigar protects it from humidity which means that the humidity levels inside the humidor will have limited effected on a wrapped cigar.
Similarly, cigar tubes should also be removed before placing them inside a humidor, regardless of the material of the tube. This is for the same reasons that you remove the cellophane.
Can You Stack Cigars in a Humidor?
Stacking cigars inside a humidor is generally safe. However, when mixing milder and stronger flavored cigars it is possible that the flavor profiles start to affect each other.
The mixing of flavor profiles only starts after being stored in a humidor for a long period of time, though. So, stacking cigars for short periods of time won’t affect the cigars.
There is still some debate on how long cigars can be stored inside a herf-a-dor. This specific kind of travel humidor by Humi Care is a very popular product among cigar lovers but they can’t agree on whether the herf-a-dor is appropriate as a long term storage device.
The recommended time to keep cigars inside a herf-a-dor ranges between 2 weeks to 3 months. This is because external environmental factors like temperature will affect the freshness of the cigars – unlike the best humidors, a herf-a-dor does not have a temperature regulating system.
To keep your cigars safe, follow the instructions on how to prepare the herf-a-dor before placing your cigars inside. This will keep them from becoming wet or too dry and safe from damage during travel.