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Hygrometer calibration

Hi guys, new to all of this so if this sounds stupid please forgive me. I have been trying to calibrate 2 new and 2 old hygrometers and get different readings every time. Doing the salt test and watching the hygros after an hour the reading is about 80%. After 3 hours the reading comes down to about 73%. Is that normal for it to go up and down in the plastic bag? Thanks for any replies


  • flowbeeflowbee Posts: 1,203 ✭✭✭
    If I remember correctly, it takes 8 hours to get a complete reading.
  • RainRain Posts: 8,958 ✭✭✭
    Some people do 24 hours. It's important to get right, so I let mine sit in the closet for three days.
  • New_BootsNew_Boots Posts: 2,651 ✭✭
    I do no less than 24hrs before my first adjustment....then 24hrs after each adjustment from then on. Ive taken 5 days to get one set just right.
  • Gray4linesGray4lines Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I always check it at least 12- 24 hours later. You will see fluctuations before that. If it stays too high everytime, you may have too much water in there.
    LLA - Lancero Lovers of America
  • jd50aejd50ae Posts: 7,900 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Anyway....welcome to the forum, and beware...not all is as it seems.
  • JcalJcal Posts: 5
    Thanks for the info. The new hygrometers are xikar digital and the instructions said wait 4 hrs. It was just odd that the reading was 80 at 1hr and then 73 at 3 hrs. I wasn't sure if I added too much water or not enough. Just trying to keep my sticks from drying out. The old hygros were reading about 59% and I was afraid they were going bad. But we have had some really cold weather lately
  • New_BootsNew_Boots Posts: 2,651 ✭✭
    Weather can play a big part. The Xikar are great, just give them time.
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