Xikar Travel Humidor

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Name: Xikar 30-50 Count Travel Humidor
Made by: Xikar
MSRP: $77.99

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure or just herfing with your buddies, no trip is complete without a stash of your favorite cigars along for the ride.  Problem is properly caring for those cigars in the process.

Form

The  Xikar travel humidor is made of hard black plastic, that provides an excellent defense against any banging around.  Two sturdy latches create a water tight seal when the box is closed.  There is also a valve on the side of the box that allows for the flow of air to either decrease humidity when levels get too high or decrease pressure after a long cross country flight.  Inside the humidor there are three foam trays with cylindrical molds to hold each cigar securely.  The inside box is also lined with the foam with a section cut out for the provided humidification device.  This humidor is also available in 5, 10, 15, 18-24 and 50-80 capacity models.

Dual latches ensure tight seal and valve helps regulate interior humidity.

Dual latches ensure tight seal and valve helps regulate interior humidity.

Humidification device on the lids interior.
Humidification device on the lids interior.

 

Function

Since I got this humidor about 6 months ago I’ve  used it every chance I could; multiple herfs, a trip to Florida and taking cigars to and from work.  I even took the time to personalize it, which is something I’d like to cover in a future article.  During the past 6 moths the humidor has experienced drastic weather changes and has performed well through it all.  I’ve left cigars in the humidor for as long as a month without any noticeable decrease in the overall quality of the cigar.  I’ve dropped this humidor in parking lots and spilt drinks on it, still no damage to the cigars.  Cigars with a large ring gauge sometimes make staking the shelves difficult, but I generally alternate their position from one level to another to minimize its effect.

A single foam shelf can hold a variety of vitolas.

A single foam shelf can hold a variety of vitolas.

 

The abundance of foam minimizes damage.

The abundance of foam minimizes damage.

 

Final Thoughts

Overall this Xikar travel humidor is worth the price.  No longer will I risk putting a handful of cigars in a plastic bag, or being limited to only a three or five finger case.  If you travel a lot or maybe just enjoy herfing now and then I would suggest picking up a humidor like this, I don’t expect you will be disappointed.

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Comments

nice review. I’ve been trying to fing a travel box for sometime now. Everytime I think I have one in mind I end up spending the money on cigars.

It’s nice to read that big temperature changes do not seem to have bad influence on the cigars. I’m planning on using a travel humidor this summer in a sunny environment (Italy, not rainy Holland) and do not want my stogies to dry out…

I’ve got a few small travel humidors including; 15 Count (Otterbox), 10 Count (Otterbox), and a 5 Count (Xikar). All three perform well. I’ve used the larger of the two in box passes without any issue at all.

I’m in the market for something bigger. When I go away for a weekend I like to bring lots of smokes, even though I’ll only smoke a small percentage of them, so that I have a variety. The Xikar box sounds like something I should check out when its time to make a purchase.

-Walt

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Good stuff! I just started looking around to find reviews on travel humidors that are out there, so this is perfect timing. With warmer weather right around the corner I would like to pick something up for those weekend trips and social gatherings with friends.

Fantastic review as always…please keep the posts coming!

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Beezer

Any downside to using this as your primary humidor? Will cigars be o.k. if kept inside of case for extended period of time with proper humidification?

Thanks!

As long as you maintain the proper humidity, your cigars will be fine using this travel humidor. The only downside I see is running out of room, but you may have more self-control then I do when it comes to buying cigars. HA!

I like what you did with the bands on the lid. How did you apply those and did you put anything over the top to protect them from damage or peeling up?

David,

I actually used a device my wife uses for scrapbooking to apply the bands to the case, I cant think of the brand off hand. I ran them through the device, which turned them into stickers. I stuck them on in random order and then sprayed a few coats of clear sealer on them. However this did not work too well, and I am currently looking for a better solution. Once I find that solution I’ll create a post about the hole process.

FYI What I ended up doing was cutting a piece of construction paper to fit the top section. Then I glue the labels to the paper. I plan on putting labels in all the indented areas, which is the reason I used the construction paper. I figure its easier to work with on the rounded edges. Then I used a heavy duty adhesive to mount the paper to the lid. After that I used Mod Podge to seal that to the lid. After about 15 coats of Mod Podge it looks pretty good, hopefully it holds up.

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