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    Anyone used the eXactmicro 8?

    I met with the owners of the company recently and wondered if anyone has actually tested the equipment.
    Only asking as I have some customers who would like an easy to read unit now their eyesight is failing a bit.

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    Re: Anyone used the eXactmicro 8?

    Quote Originally Posted by teapot
    I met with the owners of the company recently and wondered if anyone has actually tested the equipment.
    Only asking as I have some customers who would like an easy to read unit now their eyesight is failing a bit.
    I have no experience with the eXact Micro 7 / 8 test meters or kits but after studying the manual I'm ready to buy! Just the thought of being able to use a single $300 (US) device to obtain test results for 28+ different chemicals in my pool results in a loss of appetite, rapid breathing and a strong impulse to reach for my checkbook - before the last of them are sold out!

    That said, I found the procedural end of things a bit tricky with all of that counting and stirring and having to remember to press the right button at certain times. I’m not sure anyone’s eyesight will be saved by using one – some of the tests require the user to read a code from the meter and perform table look-ups in the manual in order to learn the outcome. To obtain the level of salt in the pool, the user is instructed to dilute the sample 40:1 (no joke) and once the test is complete use the display code to retrieve the amount of sodium chloride from the chart: TR=76.3 turns out to be 3300 ppm. I suspected as much.

    (Source: http://www.filterwater.com/asp/docs/its ... Manual.pdf)

    Even without the complicated setups, it is, after all, a test strip reader. It’s my understanding that this technology has been limited, not only by the initial expense but by problems associated with ensuring reliability of test results. Perhaps this has changed. The Testing Made Easy website claims that The future of test strips has arrived now! and Taylor is following the market with an expansion into this business.

    I’d like to see an evaluation by a 3rd party testing organization (Consumers Union in the US or equivalent), a comparison of the eXact Micro tests with other widely distributed systems, including strips & strip readers from other companies, test pillows and tablets by Hach and LaMotte, titration and similar wet chemistry methods (Taylor, et al.)

    It seems inevitable that at some point we’ll all be using meters (and possibly test strips) for precise results. As a believer in technology, I want to be a part of this.

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    Re: Anyone used the eXactmicro 8?

    Quote Originally Posted by polyvue
    it is, after all, a test strip reader.
    Well not exactly, the reagents are released from the strips into the sample. The strip is removed from the sample prior to taking the reading.

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    Re: Anyone used the eXactmicro 8?

    Quote Originally Posted by polyvue
    Quote Originally Posted by teapot
    I met with the owners of the company recently and wondered if anyone has actually tested the equipment.
    Only asking as I have some customers who would like an easy to read unit now their eyesight is failing a bit.
    I have no experience with the eXact Micro 7 / 8 test meters or kits but after studying the manual I'm ready to buy! Just the thought of being able to use a single $300 (US) device to obtain test results for 28+ different chemicals in my pool results in a loss of appetite, rapid breathing and a strong impulse to reach for my checkbook - before the last of them are sold out!

    That said, I found the procedural end of things a bit tricky with all of that counting and stirring and having to remember to press the right button at certain times.
    The model I was shown actually did the counting down for you, so that may be a plus for you polyvue. I would also like to see an independent review of all of these units. I read the forum posts on the la motte colorpro 7, and some liked it whilst others again found it inaccurate.

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    Re: Anyone used the eXactmicro 8?

    I have yet to see anything that can give a precise CYA reading, despite some manufacturers claims saying that they can. The eXact Micro 8 claims to read out CYA levels from 5 to 90 by steps of 1. But I couldn't find anything saying what the actual precision is. The ColorQ measures CYA levels over about the same range by steps of 1, but the result is actually about +-30, which makes the readout in steps of 1 kind of ridiculous.

    The price is attractive for what it does, but it is high enough that home owners are not likely to consider it.
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