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I have a cheap amazon pH meter (I think the link is the one I have but I am not sure). It is one of those that comes with 3 calibrations packets each at a different pH. I have calibrated it but the powder in the packet seems to never fully dissolve. I have been looking at getting the hanna pH checker plus to get something more accurate, but I was curious if anyone has ever compared a nicer pH test/meter to one of these cheap ones I have.

Anyone else have experience with the cheap pH meters like this?

 
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I have a cheap amazon pH meter (I think the link is the one I have but I am not sure). It is one of those that comes with 3 calibrations packets each at a different pH. I have calibrated it but the powder in the packet seems to never fully dissolve. I have been looking at getting the hanna pH checker plus to get something more accurate, but I was curious if anyone has ever compared a nicer pH test/meter to one of these cheap ones I have.

Anyone else have experience with the cheap pH meters like this?

I don’t have a pH meter — although thinking about getting one. The specs on the Amazon one seems to be about the same as the Hanna. Obviosuly just one point but are you getting 7.0 from RODI?

As to getting packets to dissolve I’d use 75-80F water in a glass jar and shake it like crazy.
 

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I use an absolute garbage PH stick (bought it and a TDS meter on Amazon for like 15 bucks). It's usually a couple hits off....usually +/- .2 than a more accurate test, but I use it just to spot check stability etc. My tank on the PH stick is usually 8 - 8.1 during the day, a more reliable test usually hits around 8.2/8.3. So it's "close enough" for what I'm using it for. If it's calibrated correctly, it can tell you what you need to know.
 

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I’d say depends on what you want it for. You generally get what you pay for in this hobby. If you’re really trying to hit a particular ph number this might not be accurate enough. If you want to track stability and know if you’re way off it probably will do that. Keep testing it with control liquids to know it’s reading correctly. So I guess I’m with banjo up there.
 
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A simple test would be to compare the results of a traditional pH test using a reagent in a water sample against what the readings on the device are.

With Amazon, it is easy enough to return if you don't like the performance.
 

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I bought one of the cheap pH meters off Amazon for $15-20 before I got an Apex. It works fairly well when it's calibrated and my only complaint is that it's pretty slow to stabilize on a reading. It's usually +/-.1 from the Apex probe.
 
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I want one that has an error range less than +/-0.2 since thats a pretty significant difference in my opinion. However, I am not going to spend over a hundred.

I was considering the pinpoint pH meter, but I am not sure if it is more accurate than a $40 probe kit with the same appearance (I don't know much about these)
 

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I spent 30 on a Milwaukee ph600 thinking it would be better than the Amazon stuff. It’s terrible. I have to calibrate it nearly every use. The Milwaukee single use packets go fast like that. So I bought a liter of 7.0 solution off of Amazon. I have a mason jar that the meter fits in. I poured just enough calibration fluid in to keep the probe tips moist. I store it in the jar with the lid closed. But once I’m out of fluid I’ll probably spend more money on a better unit.
 

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