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Old 09-20-20, 03:35 PM
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Electronic Water Testers

I've been testing my water for years with a Taylor K2005 text kit. Works fine. I noticed that there is an electronic meter that measures pH, Chlorine, and something else. I don't have the ad in front of me. It is a lot less Dolars than all the reagents for the test kit.
Has anyone experience on electronic meters for testing and their reliability and durability?
 
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Old 09-20-20, 04:01 PM
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No. I've seen them. Never tried them.
I've been using the reagents and the dip tubes for +45 years.
 
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I use this for my spa, they have a small disposable strip you dip in the water, works great!


 
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Old 09-21-20, 04:40 AM
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I recently purchased an inexpensive conductivity and PH meter and they work well but you still need to calibrate them often as you would do for the same meters in a lab setting.
The company that supplies the meter(s) should have the calibration chemicals.
 
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I use a digital pH meter but it was more expensive than a test kit and it is extra work as I calibrate it occasionally. I would stick with the liquid chemical test kit. It's been proven reliable and inexpensive for decades.
 
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So you buy the meter then buy the fluids to calibrate it or just buy more reagents for the test kit. Guess I'll continue as I have been. It's a lot easier to keep the water good than it is to get it fixed if it gets off. I've been doing well for four years and not a speck of algae.
 
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I use an electronic pH tester solely because it is more accurate for me. With liquid testing the difference between the colors can get downright subjective while a digital meter is pretty clear cut. pH and TDS are the only things I really measure digitally mainly because I'm tracking my spa water and the water for all my different (and fussy) tropical plants. For measuring sanitizer level in the water I still use the liquid test kits. If I read the color a bit wrong it's not the end of the world as you simply seeing a decent yellow color and bit clear is about good enough.
 
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I've been testing my water for years with a Taylor K2005 text kit. Works fine.
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Is this a pool or spa? If pool, you might want to add the FAS-DPD test which will upgrade your kit to equivalent of the K2006. The FAS-DPD test is more accurate for free & combined chlorine readings and reads higher than the chlorine test in your K2005 in case your chlorine gets high by accident or on purpose.
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