What is it?
VaporBeads were originally designed to maintain the appropriate relative humidity inside of your humidor using water vapor. Whether you’re using it for tobacco or cannabis, VaporBeads will maintain the integrity of your collection, ensuring your humidor is not too moist or too dry.
What’s it made of?
The beads are made of amorphous silica impregnated with a salt-based solution, which acts as both a desiccant and a humidifier when introduced to water. When the beads are introduced to water, they will wick off moisture at a slower rate compared to other humidifying agents like sponges or fabrics. The beads are kept inside of a plastic case that allows for water to saturate the beads and moisture to evaporate through the slots.
What’s the benefit?
- Maintains tobacco tannins, which means a more robust flavor when combusted
- Prevents cigar canoeing
- Prevents dried out cigars
- Revives died cigars
- Maintains cannabis terpenes, which translates to a robust flavor when vaped
- Revives dried bud
How does it work?
Dip a third to one half of the bead case in distilled or reverse osmosis (RO) water, then pull out and shake off excess water. Dry the outside and place in your humidor. The relative humidity (RH) will spike inside of the humidor for several days and then level off. The RH should remain consistent for several weeks before slowly falling at which point you will notice the beads will begin to turn white. This is when you will need re-hydrate the VaporBeads and repeat the process.
The Case for Silica Gel Beads
Silica Gel beads hold more moisture per its weight, thereby yielding better performance for relative humidity control. This makes it easier for the user to control the humidity over time using less beads, as indicated by the study above conducted by Dissicare, Inc.
How long will it last?
VaporBeads will last up to 4 years after continual use. You may notice over time that in order to maintain the desired relative humidity, it will require re-hydrating a greater proportion of the beads and more often.