Cigar Oasis XL Humidifier Review
The Cigar Oasis XL humidifier is an electronic, automatic cigar humidifier that uses distilled water and can run on battery or AC power. This review describes the features of the humidifier, explains the benefits and disadvantages of the unit, and shows you where to find the best price.
What is a Cigar Humidifier?
Cigar Oasis electronic humidifiers help cigar enthusiasts keep their cigars fresh. By controlling the humidity, or amount of moisture in the air, these devices help the cigar retain its flavor until they are ready to be enjoyed. An electronic humidifier unit fits inside the cigar humidor in order to help maintain proper levels of humidity. A humidor is any storage case where cigars are kept. These can be small boxes that hold a dozen or so cigars or they may be large commercial display cases like the ones you see in your favorite cigar shop. Whatever the size of your storage container, it is important to regulate the proper humidity levels.
The Cigar Oasis XL unit comes with a low water and low battery indicator as well as an integral humidity indicator. It can humidify storage boxes up to ten cubic feet, which is generally at least 50 cigars. The power cord that comes fitted with the Cigar Oasis XL is flat and thin enough so that the lid can be closed tightly on the humidor without compromising the seal. The built-in hygrometer gives you full control of humidity levels at all times. The factory setting for relative humidity is 70%, but the level can be adjusted according to your own tastes. The easy-to-read digital display makes taking readings a snap. The unit also comes with a cartridge that is designed to hold distilled water. It is refillable and replaceable. The Cigar Oasis XL comes with a battery pack which makes the unit ideal for traveling.
With a weight of two pounds (which ships at three pounds) this unit is 2″ W x 3.5″ H x 6″ L. This makes the unit small enough to travel with, while still more than capable of handling a larger sized humidor. The small built-in fan runs smoothly and quietly so you’ll hardly notice the unit is there. Another model of humidifier manufactured by Cigar Oasis, is the Cigar Oasis XL Plus. This unit has 50% more distilled water holding capacity, so it can operate twice as long at the regular Cigar Oasis XL model. The XL Plus model is the same size as the XL, so the increased water capacity can only be used with the removal of the battery pack.
Although some customers were not impressed by the plastic housing of the Cigar Oasis XL unit, most Amazon customers agree the unit is a highly dependable electronic humidifier. Here are some of the things people had to say about the unit:
“I have used the original Cigar Oasis for almost 10 years. It kept my cigars properly humidified, and was easy to maintain. It was a little noisy, but that helped alert me when it ran out of water. The Oasis XL is much quieter, and the digital display makes adjustments easy. Unfortunately, it is about 1/4 inch taller than the original Oasis, and I cannot use the shelf in my humidor like I could before. Overall, one of the best humidifiers on the market for small to medium cigar storage.” — R. E. Cobb
“Though this is not the most well constructed product, it does exactly what I needed it to… consistently delivering humidity at between 75% – 80% every day with limited need to refill the reservoir.” — James Hale
“If you enjoy your cigars fresh as I do, this product is a must. I currently keep approximately 75 cigars in my humidor at a time. When I open the lid of the humidor, the smell of fresh cigars instantaneously wafts into the room, as if you were in your favorite cigar shop.” — Daniel Creange
The Cigar Oasis XL has a one year warranty for materials and workmanship except for the housing which is only covered for leaks caused by initial problems caused by materials and workmanship.
Where to Buy
The Cigar Oasis XL humidifier retails for about $100. A little internet research may yield an even better price. Amazon.com frequently has this model on sale with free Super Saver shipping.