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On 5/14/2021 at 12:50 AM, Digi said:

Too cool!  Just ordered a 1500 sized custom end table from them.  Current delivery time...15 weeks😮

Please let us know how how you like it!

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On 5/13/2021 at 10:50 PM, Digi said:

Too cool!  Just ordered a 1500 sized custom end table from them.  Current delivery time...15 weeks😮

Hey did you get your end table yet? I’ve been looking at the same one and wanted to see what your thoughts are on it. 

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17 hours ago, Lfhard said:

Hey did you get your end table yet? I’ve been looking at the same one and wanted to see what your thoughts are on it. 

Ah you bet!  Have had the humidor for just about 4 months now.  I have a gallery for day of delivery here:

https://imgur.com/a/qKeg7tv

and one with it filled up:

https://imgur.com/a/5uwFOBQ

Overall, I'd say I'm satisfied but underwhelmed:

  • Because I ordered it with full climate control, a good bit of the back is taken up with fans and air circulation space.  I feel that it's too much - a quarter of the total depth of the humidor is just empty space behind the shelves.  I figure it's probably 4 to 10 boxes of space, depending on what you'd be stocking.  Definitely would not order with climate control in the future unless I was going for one of the really large vault style cabs.
  • The humidification unit's circulation fan doesn't blow into the large empty space in the back.  For some reason, the box is setup to blow directly on to the bottom of the lowest shelf - you can see that in the second gallery.
  • You'll notice in the first gallery that the center panel on the door popped out when unloading.  It was not well secured - using a few small pieces of the finishing trim and wee tiny carpentry nails.  Had to send the door back and they fixed it up with more beefy trim and screws instead of nails.  It probably should have been done this way the first time.
  • The humidification system is way, way, way off.  My calcs say at 65% the inboard system is -9% off and that caused some humidity problems upfront.  The system allows you to make permanent adjustments but I've noticed that the delta against actual moves depending on ambient humidity.  The higher the ambient humidity the larger the delta gets.  Yikes.  Temp sensor is bang on though.
  • The climate control system greatly increases the humidity when running.  At this point, I've disconnected the climate system because humidity would spike up 5 to 8% when running and it wouldn't come back down.  I think this might be a function of the humidor size, which firms up my opinion on not needing full climate control.  
  • While I've calibrated the sensors, I still need to set the humidity system to 59% to get an actual of 65% around the humidor.  Not sure why but this box really wants to sit at 70%.

The humidor cost $6,900, well over double the Aristocrat end table already in my office.  This was a custom job (sun burst stain and climate control) but still.  At that price, I should have sprung for a non-custom Vault style cab. Cigars coming out of the Vigilant are smoking like a dream, same as the Aristocrat.  While the Aristocrat has truly been set and forget, the Vigilant has needed pretty regular attention.  Am curious to see if that eases up over the first year of ownership.  My last comment is that Vigilant's communication when speci'ing out and building the humidor was not good.  I asked several times if the project manager thought I could get 40 boxes in and it does not.  Not even close.

So...all that to say...it is working great as a humidor.  If I was going to do it again, I would shy away from anything custom and go with one of their standard builds.  I'd also avoid climate control unless it was a very big cab.  Only thing I might add is an additional fan or two.  

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13 minutes ago, Digi said:

Ah you bet!  Have had the humidor for just about 4 months now.  I have a gallery for day of delivery here:

https://imgur.com/a/qKeg7tv

and one with it filled up:

https://imgur.com/a/5uwFOBQ

Overall, I'd say I'm satisfied but underwhelmed:

  • Because I ordered it with full climate control, a good bit of the back is taken up with fans and air circulation space.  I feel that it's too much - a quarter of the total depth of the humidor is just empty space behind the shelves.  I figure it's probably 4 to 10 boxes of space, depending on what you'd be stocking.  Definitely would not order with climate control in the future unless I was going for one of the really large vault style cabs.
  • The humidification unit's circulation fan doesn't blow into the large empty space in the back.  For some reason, the box is setup to blow directly on to the bottom of the lowest shelf - you can see that in the second gallery.
  • You'll notice in the first gallery that the center panel on the door popped out when unloading.  It was not well secured - using a few small pieces of the finishing trim and wee tiny carpentry nails.  Had to send the door back and they fixed it up with more beefy trim and screws instead of nails.  It probably should have been done this way the first time.
  • The humidification system is way, way, way off.  My calcs say at 65% the inboard system is -9% off and that caused some humidity problems upfront.  The system allows you to make permanent adjustments but I've noticed that the delta against actual moves depending on ambient humidity.  The higher the ambient humidity the larger the delta gets.  Yikes.  Temp sensor is bang on though.
  • The climate control system greatly increases the humidity when running.  At this point, I've disconnected the climate system because humidity would spike up 5 to 8% when running and it wouldn't come back down.  I think this might be a function of the humidor size, which firms up my opinion on not needing full climate control.  
  • While I've calibrated the sensors, I still need to set the humidity system to 59% to get an actual of 65% around the humidor.  Not sure why but this box really wants to sit at 70%.

The humidor cost $6,900, well over double the Aristocrat end table already in my office.  This was a custom job (sun burst stain and climate control) but still.  At that price, I should have sprung for a non-custom Vault style cab. Cigars coming out of the Vigilant are smoking like a dream, same as the Aristocrat.  While the Aristocrat has truly been set and forget, the Vigilant has needed pretty regular attention.  Am curious to see if that eases up over the first year of ownership.  My last comment is that Vigilant's communication when speci'ing out and building the humidor was not good.  I asked several times if the project manager thought I could get 40 boxes in and it does not.  Not even close.

So...all that to say...it is working great as a humidor.  If I was going to do it again, I would shy away from anything custom and go with one of their standard builds.  I'd also avoid climate control unless it was a very big cab.  Only thing I might add is an additional fan or two.  

This was spot on. All the info I was looking for to help me with my decision was answered. Thank you very much for your input and review. I really wanted the climate control because I live in Colorado and the summers can get hot. My wife doesn’t like a cold house she loves the heat so sometimes she turns the AC off and I don’t want my cigars to suffer. The cons seem to outweigh the pros though on the climate control. I’ll have to think about that some more. I was hoping it would hold more than 40 boxes though. From the pics it looks like it should. I guess the empty space in the back from the fan really takes up more room than it should. Thank you again for your review and response. 

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On 12/3/2021 at 7:46 AM, Digi said:

Ah you bet!  Have had the humidor for just about 4 months now.  I have a gallery for day of delivery here:

https://imgur.com/a/qKeg7tv

and one with it filled up:

https://imgur.com/a/5uwFOBQ

Overall, I'd say I'm satisfied but underwhelmed:

  • Because I ordered it with full climate control, a good bit of the back is taken up with fans and air circulation space.  I feel that it's too much - a quarter of the total depth of the humidor is just empty space behind the shelves.  I figure it's probably 4 to 10 boxes of space, depending on what you'd be stocking.  Definitely would not order with climate control in the future unless I was going for one of the really large vault style cabs.
  • The humidification unit's circulation fan doesn't blow into the large empty space in the back.  For some reason, the box is setup to blow directly on to the bottom of the lowest shelf - you can see that in the second gallery.
  • You'll notice in the first gallery that the center panel on the door popped out when unloading.  It was not well secured - using a few small pieces of the finishing trim and wee tiny carpentry nails.  Had to send the door back and they fixed it up with more beefy trim and screws instead of nails.  It probably should have been done this way the first time.
  • The humidification system is way, way, way off.  My calcs say at 65% the inboard system is -9% off and that caused some humidity problems upfront.  The system allows you to make permanent adjustments but I've noticed that the delta against actual moves depending on ambient humidity.  The higher the ambient humidity the larger the delta gets.  Yikes.  Temp sensor is bang on though.
  • The climate control system greatly increases the humidity when running.  At this point, I've disconnected the climate system because humidity would spike up 5 to 8% when running and it wouldn't come back down.  I think this might be a function of the humidor size, which firms up my opinion on not needing full climate control.  
  • While I've calibrated the sensors, I still need to set the humidity system to 59% to get an actual of 65% around the humidor.  Not sure why but this box really wants to sit at 70%.

The humidor cost $6,900, well over double the Aristocrat end table already in my office.  This was a custom job (sun burst stain and climate control) but still.  At that price, I should have sprung for a non-custom Vault style cab. Cigars coming out of the Vigilant are smoking like a dream, same as the Aristocrat.  While the Aristocrat has truly been set and forget, the Vigilant has needed pretty regular attention.  Am curious to see if that eases up over the first year of ownership.  My last comment is that Vigilant's communication when speci'ing out and building the humidor was not good.  I asked several times if the project manager thought I could get 40 boxes in and it does not.  Not even close.

So...all that to say...it is working great as a humidor.  If I was going to do it again, I would shy away from anything custom and go with one of their standard builds.  I'd also avoid climate control unless it was a very big cab.  Only thing I might add is an additional fan or two.  

Man! To spend $6900 is tough, there product is so expensive. I think that is more then double then bob's unit. I tell you Bob could be making so many more. Its a shame someone couldn't replace him. I am very happy with the unit I just purchased tho. Humidity is holding very well(running bob's unit) 66 bottom to 64 top. Steady and all day long 

 

also the other thing I don't like with their humidors, solid wood shelves. No air flow in between. 

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That price hike is no joke. 
 

FWIW — I have not noticed any I’ll effects to my cigars from increased temps in the summer time. I have the Vigilant Armoire 2000. I just pull the humidification unit out in the summer and use large Boveda packs to keep the humidity down. (No AC in the home) Northwestern Michigan 

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Thanks for sharing Digi.  Looks nice, and very interesting to see the climate control.  Is that a thermoelectric unit?  From the back of your humidor, what is that black box at the bottom of the humidor?

Are you saying that it's spot on in temps but not needed?  I plan to age my cigars but I've heard 62'ish degs and 65% RH is the approx range to be in.  I wonder in Vigilant sells just the climate control part?

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