PH Testers

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PH Testers

Post by pounsfos » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:00 am

so for some random reason, PH tester strips are ridiculously expensive down here in Invercargill, NZ

But if we go to our local hardware store we can pick up a PH tester (for your garden or soil) for cheap as chips.

does anyone know if you can use these?
this isn't the one I'm after but this gives you an Idea of what I'm after if I'm not clear enough in describing it to you

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-in-1-P ... 06721.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

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Re: PH Testers

Post by heartcut » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:26 am

I don't think that soil tester will do what you want it to, look for one intended for water. You should be able to find a decent glass bulb type pH tester for $50 - $100, but keep in mind you have to keep pH buffer to calibrate before use. Every pH meter I've been around was a high maintenance item if you wanted it accurate. Make sure that the bulb is replaceable or that it's cheap enough to replace occasionally and keep the bulb wet when it's not in use. Good luck.
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Re: PH Testers

Post by likkerluvver » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:26 am

I'd be concerned about the metal that probe/tip is made from. I have one like that for my soil, but I have one like this for my fermentations:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Digital-pH-Mete ... 5d34a6f736" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

Works great and not TOO expensive when they break. How do I know :?: :oops: :oops: :oops:


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Re: PH Testers

Post by F6Hawk » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:50 am

While I personally have never used a soil meter in water, I have read over many years that they are the same, and just as accurate (which sometimes isn't very). Check out some google searches, you'll find forums where folks have bought a soil one, used it in water, and it gave the same results as a drop kit.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032W ... 00_details" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid= ... &_from=R40" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

I'm sure a China supplier will ship to you, though it may be a tad slow.

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Re: PH Testers

Post by pounsfos » Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:21 am

thank you for your replies :)

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Post by stxhunter » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:54 pm

this what i use gives PH and temp.

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Re: PH Testers

Post by bearriver » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:29 am

stxhunter wrote:this what i use gives PH and temp.
Ive owned two of those Hanna meters. Made in Honduras junk IMO... They loose calibration quickly and the diodes need replaced frequently. :thumbdown: Nothing but bad experiences with them...

Bluelab is made in New Zealand and makes some badass equipment. Ive got a guardian and two pens. The reason I love them is because mine are well over a year old, I use them everyday, and they every bit as accurate as when I bought them. It also has a thermometer to automatically adjust the PH readings accordingly. :thumbup:


You will also need a ph probe care kit and KCI storage solution. You seriously wont regret it. 75$ for a pen, and another $25 to keep it clean and calibrated.

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Post by moosemilk » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:36 pm

bearriver wrote:
stxhunter wrote:this what i use gives PH and temp.
Ive owned two of those Hanna meters. Made in Honduras junk IMO... They loose calibration quickly and the diodes need replaced frequently. :thumbdown: Nothing but bad experiences with them...

Bluelab is made in New Zealand and makes some badass equipment. Ive got a guardian and two pens. The reason I love them is because mine are well over a year old, I use them everyday, and they every bit as accurate as when I bought them. It also has a thermometer to automatically adjust the PH readings accordingly. :thumbup:


You will also need a ph probe care kit and KCI storage solution. You seriously wont regret it. 75$ for a pen, and another $25 to keep it clean and calibrated.

Do you happen to have a link to buy from? Looking for one with good reviews myself
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Re: PH Testers

Post by Keigan » Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:28 am

I've been using a Bluelab Pen for the past few weeks - it is so much easier than test strips that all look like the same shade of orange. No regrets.

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Post by bearriver » Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:39 am

moosemilk wrote: Do you happen to have a link to buy from? Looking for one with good reviews myself
Thanks!
Search Amazon for:

-Bluelab Ph Pen
-Bluelab Ph probe Care Kit
-KCI Storage solution

There is also an official video on YouTube from Bluelab to show how to properly care for your equipment, and what things to avoid.

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Re: PH Testers

Post by T-Pee » Wed Oct 08, 2014 12:41 pm

Invercargill, NZ? Isn't that Burt Munro's hometown?
Probably my favorite underdog story!

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Re: PH Testers

Post by Andy Capp » Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:37 pm

T-Pee wrote:Invercargill, NZ? Isn't that Burt Munro's hometown?
Probably my favorite underdog story!

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