This post will be particularly relevant to any Aussie readers,
My TF-100 kit arrived yesterday, which I had ordered through Australia Post's "ShopMate" Freight Forwarding service. In terms of shipping it cost roughly $50 in total, ShopMate shipping costs depend on weight.
I ordered the TF-100 Kit + Speedstir + Taylor Salt Test
I had ordered it prior to Christmas, and with the various public holidays etc during this period it did take a while to get here, so I cant really comment on the actual speed, but it did have a fast turn around from the initial shipping, to the forwarding on.
Prior to ordering the TF-100 I had been using the Australian Company Clearchoicelabs full test kit, which has been working great and the earlier identified an issue with their pH test, they have rectified this and sent me a free one just this week.
Therefore I thought it would be interesting to compare the 2 kits , particularly for us Aussies who find it difficult to obtain reliable kits in Australia and usually have to incur huge shipping costs and get them shipped from overseas.
Test done using the same pool water sample
ClearChoiceLabs ---- TF-100
FC: 8 ---- 7.5
CC: <0.5---- <0.5
pH: 7.6---- 7.5
TA: 90---- 80
CH: 240---- 300
CYA: 50---- 50
Salt: 5800 (WaterMaid)---- 4600 (Taylor's)
As seen the tests are fairly comparable with the exception of the CH, Which I even retested on both and still got the same result, so I can't explain this one. The Taylor drop salt test would appear to be more reliable than the magicmaid hydrometer (both independent from CCL & TF anyway)
I think this could provide some reassurance to those who have used the CCL kit that it is a viable option for Aussies wanting to get a reliable kit quickly and without the extra shipping costs.