I have a review and an excellent overview of maybe who would be interested in this brand new wine adore electric humidor; we pretty much need a new name at this point; we’ll go into that. This is from a company called Audew. And they’re relatively new.
- Temperature Range: 54-74 Degrees Fahrenheit (temperature stability) + Humidity regulation
- Small Size
- Cigars Held: 150 cigars (for instance, Toros Cigars)
- Very silent
There are a lot of these companies out there. Pretty much every type of wine, door, or electric humidor you’re going to find is made in China’s same places in Taiwan, rebranded over many different names. And this is simply one of the new players on the market with a brand new design. Now the first generations were indeed wine coolers, and that’s how the name came about. They modified them by removing the wire racks, putting them in wood racks, and calling it a Cigar Humidor or a wineador.
The first generation still used actual refrigeration units instead of thermoelectric cooling, so you had wild humidity swings. Those weren’t very good. The second-generation improved things, but they were still at their core four bottles of wine.
You saw evidence of that in the temperature ranges that they could maintain; they were typically a lot lower than you would ever want or need for storing cigars. Degrees are usually in Celsius. They weren’t explicitly produced for the US market. This one changes virtually everything, and as you can see, it is quite a different form factor.
The vast majority out there are the wider variety or at least a square, and this is a rectangle as a deep design. Now we’re going to go over the pros and cons. I’m going to tell you what you need to know.
- Cigars held: 150
- Temp. Range: 54°F – 74°F
- Voltage: 110 V
- Wattage: 50 watts
- Hygrometer: Analog
- Dimensions (inches): 10″L x 20″W x 18″H
- Moisture Container: included
- Material: Wood/ Metal/ Plastic/ Glass
- Power Source: Corded-Electric
- Display Style: Display Panel
- Certification: ETL Certification / CE Certification / RoHS Certification
- Special Features: Humidity regulation
- Included Components: Moisture Container
Pros & Cons of Audew Humidor
So you can decide for yourself if this is a unit that is going to work for you. First of all, the basics they call it 150 Cigar Humidor. That is only going to be true if you packed to the gills. I mean, Florida ceiling, maybe take up the shelves even and use it as long term storage, not even using a humidification device throw in some boveda packs and pack it, yeah you could get in 150 Toros or Repuestos something along there.
Still, realistically for you and I for people that are going in and getting cigars and adding new cigars and wanting to suit, we have you’re around 100 that’s your realistic amount for actually being able to pull up the shelves without everything falling like Fred Flintstone closet, no bowling balls on the feet by 100.
So, can we fit a box? Different boxes are going to fit. These, I believe, are Toros. These are six and five-eighths by 44. So, you know, not an unusual size or anything like that. And that is too big. So that’s about your box limit. We’re booster boxes, Corona boxes, five packs, bundles, no problem. You can Tetris all you like in the sky.
Refrigerator magnet seal
It’s got an excellent refrigerator magnet seal. Perfect. There doesn’t get any better. It has a nice handle built into the side. Instead of the older generation, I like that where you had to just kind of pry it apart with your fingers. This is nice; you grab it and open it up.
It’s heavy enough and has nice rubber feet that it doesn’t slide around when you do, so sometimes those magnet seals are so strong because, again, they’re made for bottles of wine, which are very heavy. And if you just put cigars in it, it’s not very heavy.
You end up sliding the whole unit, and you need two hands to open the door. Nope, this is a perfect one hand-designed with just enough magnet pole to seal it. That smells good.
Cedar shelving. It is black. I dig that I don’t care for silver units or have many silver and black accents. The black looks nice. One downside, but this is standard. The door does need to be open 180 degrees to pull out any shelving or drawer.
And as you can see, they are generously deep instead of wide compared to the box here. You can see it’s quite the right size does have a little stop. So if you want to put your scars on there, they won’t roll off the back. They tend to stick a little bit and What I found is when you’re putting them back in the slots, lift on it a little bit.
And they slide in and out, no problem. If you let it weigh itself down, especially the drawer down here, it can get jammed. Now we do have the typical useless analog gauge, just for decoration, don’t pay any attention to it whatsoever. It’s total garbage; everybody includes them doesn’t matter if you’re buying $1,000 human or you’re going to get your decorative bs gauge, use a digital, and you’re going to be just fine.
This is so small that you don’t need anything electric to forget cigar Oasis; you would take up such a massive percentage of the storage space. For the humidification. It’s total overkill; all you need in here, five or 680-gram boveda packs; Not even the full brick. If you’ve got this full of cigars, say at least 50 cigars, four or five boveda packs is all you need.
Drawer or Shelves?
Now the drawer down here is pretty cool, handy. I like drawers in these cases a lot better than shelves. Because when you’re putting your cigars in, it gives you control. Now, the shelves all have that little bump stuff on the back. But with the drawer, you can toss your stuff in any way you like, and you’re good to go.
With the shelves, they’re going to roll. Sure, you can put them two, maybe three deep. But they certainly slide around. Indeed, with Cielo, nothing is holding them together, nothing holding them in there.
So the shelves, you know, you may want to turn them the other way. So they catch in the little grooves, but then you’re going to be taking your shelves pretty much all the way out to get to what’s in the back. So it takes a little thought to how you’re going to store them. And, of course, they’re all optional.
If you want, you can take everything out and use this as Tupper door storage; keep the lids off. If you have boxes that you want to store on their ends, however, you want to pack it fairly, too, you know, this is to think of it as a small air-conditioned room.
That’s all it’s meant to do is give you a little microenvironment of the air conditioning period. And as far as the range, these are not a heavy-duty air conditioner. They’re not meant to use extreme heat like it’s 92 degrees out here right now. And that’s really about the limit of what these are meant for if you have a room in your house that gets hotter than the rest of your house, but you still use air conditioning, maybe gets up into the 80s.
Or maybe you have, you know, an upstairs that you’re keeping at a higher temperature than the downstairs or whatever the case may be. But it’s still a semi-controlled environment.
These are perfect for that because they’re not going to fluctuate with whatever that room is doing up into a certain point but any direct sun, any kind of extreme 90 plus heat like a garage or outside on a deck or anything like that. Not. These are not meant for that whatsoever.
You’re going to get about 1520 at the most degree swing from your ambient, your room temp to what this can do. Now the range is pretty nice. As I said, this is not a converted wine unit. It’s made for cigars designed for cigars and only shows Fahrenheit displays. It shows you the current temperature the current interior temperature right now. So it’s only 81 out. It’s humid seems hotter than that. But that is what it is right now.
The lowest temps setting was at 54. And it goes up to 74. These are just light touch buttons; you don’t have to press them, they’re very nice.
And this is a little LED light. It doesn’t do a whole lot, especially if you have anything up on the top shelf. It’s just a little tiny led right up there. But the nice little effect doesn’t hurt anything. You could wire into it if you wanted to do LED strips on the door, for example, and use those instead of the dome. That’s a fun little easy project to do.
If you unplug it, it defaults to 64 degrees, which is fine for a cigar. So you don’t have to worry about that, again on older units. And they might default to like 50 degrees. So you had to have some power backup solution. If you have, you know, an unsteady grid, don’t have to worry about that with this.
Which temperature should I set up?
Now, this does not heat. This is a strictly cool device, again, which is perfectly fine because it’s always going to default to 64 degrees. And if you’re below that, well, you just got to heat the room. But a lot of people think that 70 degrees and 70 rH are the rules for cigars widespread newbie myth, not the case at all, what are you need depends on your environment, you may need 60 you may need 72 you may need anything in between you have to trial and error, smoke your cigars. If you end up having to dry box them ahead of time to get through the burn.
Well, that means you’re storing too high. Drop a few degrees, it’s trial and error, but you’ll figure it out. This doesn’t do anything for Rh, okay, it’s just temperature, you still have to put in your boveda packs, your humidity beads, whatever you’re using, don’t use floors, foam or floor gel, or anything like that, that constantly gives off humidity.
So who’s this for? It’s for people that need some temperature control. Many people are in that situation where your house, maybe you live with your parents or roommate and for whatever reason, the room is kept at 80 degrees, which is very unsafe for cigars, and you need that down into the 60s or 70s.
Whether or not this unit or another unit like it as far as size well goes to your collection size more than anything. There’s not too much else to say. They are basic units. They are usually pretty bulletproof. There are very few parts. We have an electronics board with a cooling, Peltier cooling unit, a heatsink, and a fan.
That’s all there is to fail on these. And the companies have been excellent about sending out replacement parts when and if that happens. I don’t have any experience with it, Audew.
As I said, they’re relatively new, but I don’t have any reason to believe they would be any different as far as that goes from anyone else. It is nearly silent. You will only hear this cooling fan if the room is truly silent. Suppose you have anything going on, an air conditioner, crickets traffic, anything. You’re not going to hear it and put your ear to it and barely notice it.
It’s just a nice quiet fan in the back, and there’s also a washable filter for that fan, just like a CPU case. There’s your fan, plastic grate. The sides and the top are metal, and everything else is aluminum and plastic, and glass.