Worth getting?

Discussion in 'Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers' started by dallasg, 5 Jan 2009.

  1. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I can across a electronic desktop meter that measures PH, temp. ORP and TDS for about R2900 incl VAT

    anything in particular i have to look for? its lab quality
     
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    Do you have a link to this? it may help to judge the piece of kit.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    it also measure salinity
    Bench Top Meter

    if its good i can get it tomorrow, it even has a printer
     
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    Seems a bit cheep for what you getting, sure that price is right?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yip, and got 10% discount
     
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    C the ORP probe is sold seperate, any idea on the cost?
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    waiting for them to reply, in the region of R400 i think
    will update in the morning....

    think its worth the buy, ph, temp, orp, tds and salinity instantly with print outs as rs232
     
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    Need to find out life expectency on the probes.

    And really talking, probably wouldn't use the Temp. So, for say R3500 (inc ORP probe) you get pH, ORP, TDS and SG, Probably worth it if its good quality!
     
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    Very interesting keep us informed ;-)
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Sounds great Dallas! If you can - I would say "go for it"! You can always later on replace the probes with better quality probes.... if need be....
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    That looks like an interesting piece of equipment, please keep us updated on it.
     
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    Just gave them a call, quoted me R2995+VAt for the unit, and R1261+Vat for the ORP probe.:(
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i get 10% discount, trade
    is the ORP probe really needed?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Damn, for under R2000.00 you can get a complete ORP controller including a probe (SAGA) if im not mistaken
     
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    Don't think so, unless you running ozone, but stand to be corrected.
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    from the supplier
     
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    dallasg Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    would this be a good buy now? or should i wait
     
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    Wait till you start running a calcium reactor, then you want something that you can check the pH really easy and as often as you want.

    At present you not going have much that will be consuming Calcium or Alk and in turn effecting your pH. Keep it simple and get the wicked kit later

    IMO
     
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    Yup, this sounds like a pretty good buy - desktop meters are usually much more pricey.

    Just make sure that you get the probes required for the tests - I see that the ORP probe is optional extra, but what about the conductivity, TDS, Temperature and salt metering probes?

    One thing that they are not truthful with, though, is the statement that the pH probe could last for years. these probes are filled with chemicals which react with the solution the probe is testing, and in so doing creates a small current flow, like a battery. Even if you do not do any testing, the chemical reactions in the probe still continues, and the chemicals are depleted. When used, this is made worse by the chemicals inside the probe actually leaching out into the solution being tested. To my knowledge, the best "gel" type industrial probes could last about 18 months to two years, but normal "lab-grade" probes rarely last for more than a year.

    If the probe is not sealed water tight, then I would not recommend that you use it permanently mounted in the tank/sump, as salt creep WIL find it's way into the electrical connection and ruin the probe.

    If you do, a pH CONTROLLER will be a much more useful instrument than a mere meter.

    Hennie
     
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    Hennie, I'm busy building a pH controller to run my CaRX, The probes that you get from the LPS, are the worth buying?
     
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