Hey everyone, Nate from Growers House here and today we are going over two products because one is an industry standard the Boveda humidity control packs and the Integra Boost humidity control packs. People are wondering “which one should I use? What are the benefits, what are the drawbacks? How are they different?” So we decided we’d pull the Boveda humidity pack and Integra humidity pack and do some of our own testing and let you know the results of our humidity pack review.
Boveda & Integra Humidity Packs Overview
So if you guys are not familiar with Boveda humidity packs what they are known as are two-way humidity stabilizers. You put these in any closed environment and if the humidity is too high, let's say this one is actually a 62% relative humidity (RH), if your plant material is 70% or if your plant material is 50% it'll bring it up to 62%. So it has the ability to both raise and lower relative humidity in the environment--the closed environment that you put it in. Now primarily people use these humidity packs for plant material. As you can see here, I actually have both the Boveda humidity control pack on this side and this is the Integra Boost humidity control pack on the other side from Desiccare, and I put them in with a little plant material and I also put some humidistats in there so you could see what the relative humidity is.
What I've been doing for over the last week is I put some plant material in each one of these jars and I monitored what happened to the relative humidity daily. Initially what happened was the relative humidity spiked right when it was in there just as we had higher relative humidity, new plant material in there, and then they both slowly brought the humidity down. And I'll tell you some of the results of that here in a second. But first let me just touch base on both of these humidity control packs.
So here is the Boveda 62% pack--it's a little packet has liquid in it. And here is the Integra Boost 62% pack. You’ll notice it’s a little larger this is about a 60 gram this is about 67 gram. And you'll notice when you feel the Integra Boost humidity pack it's like a gel, where the Boveda humidity pack is a liquid. The Integra Boost pack comes with a little indicator card, which is unique and new. The Integra indicator card is a red dot right now, and what you do is you put this in with the Integra Boost pack and you're able to see if the humidity is staying consistent with what you want even if you don't have the humidistat. The Integra red dot turns blue when it's time to change the pack out, and the packs done and unable to keep the relative humidity where you want it.
Boveda vs. Integra Comparison Test Results
When the Boveda humidity pack cannot produce or stabilize humidity anymore, the liquid turns into a solid. The Boveda pack turns solid you know to switch it out. So now that you know a little bit about these products I am going to get back to what I was telling you earlier about our comparison review testing. The first day the relative humidity for both the Boveda and Integra Boost was hovering around 80% and then it slowly dropped down. It took about 2 to 3 days for the Boveda pack to get the relative humidity to 62% and it took the Integra Boost pack about one day longer.
But now they’re both there, you’ll see that this one is 61% and the other is 62%. They're staying within one percent of each other. I mean sometimes I walk up and this one’s at 61% this one's at 62% or 63% but it's all hovering for the last 3 or 4 days between 63% and 61%, so I would say that both of these are very accurate at keeping the relative humidity at their designed percentages. And just as an FYI, I put 300 grams of plant material in each and weighed it out just to make sure that everything is on an even playground as far as comparing them against each other.
Differences Between Boveda vs. Integra Packs
Some customers have asked about the differences between these two humidity control packs. I took a look at it, you know I've used Boveda packs in the past I just started using the Integra packs so it's still pretty new as it's a new product on the market. I really like the Boveda packs. I've always thought it was a great product. What Integra claims is they said they know that their unit takes a little bit longer to get to the relative humidity but they say that their Integra packs lasts slightly longer than the Boveda packs. Now I want to test that and see if it's true but that is going to take them a long time.
So what I’m doing with these two guys is letting them keep going I’m going to burp them a few times over the next couple months, I bet you it will take me a couple months to figure it out, but as soon as I have the details on that I'll post them as a link at the bottom under the description of this video, or on the Growershouse.com website.
Now other than that I think one benefit Integra Boost said they have over the Boveda is that some people don't like the taste or smell that the plants or plant material have after using the Boveda packs for a long time. They said it kind of take the smell away from the plant unless you break it up again after that. So I started using the Integra, I kind of understand what people are saying when they say this, but I don't think it is that big of a noticeable difference. I think some people may be a little more attuned to this. But I couldn't notice that much of a difference.
With the Integra packs, I've only been using it for about 3 weeks. I didn't notice any difference in smell of the plant material. So that May be a benefit for the Integra Boost humidity packs. These two packs cost pretty similar to each other although the Integra packs are coming in at a lower price right now. It's about 20% cheaper to go with the Integra packs over the Boveda packs. So they are relatively close in price but I guess if you are buying these in bulk, commercial or large quantities you could see quite a bit of difference in the Integra packs over the Boveda packs.
I think one of the last things that people have been asking us lately is what humidity should I buy for my plants that I’m curing. A lot of people are saying that 62% is the right humidity but now a lot of people are saying 55% is actually a better humidity for curing your plants. I'm not actually sure which one is better but I would recommend staying in that range, these companies do make other humidity levels from 84% to 50%, somewhere in that range. But stay in that 62% to 55% humidity packs and you should be fine. Other than that just always make sure to always have any plant material you store in a cool, dark place. When it gets too hot you run into issues with decarboxylation which just means that your plants essential oils get prematurely activated and you don't want that to happen.
These are two cool products. I'm really glad these came out they make life so much easier. So if you are looking to buy either the Boveda packs or the Integra packs in the 62% or the 55% relative humidity packs. You can get them at Growershouse.com we have bulk discounts, you know all the good stuff, price beat guarantee. Other than that if there are any information or questions you have please call growershouse.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Growing.