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    Salt tester

    Has anyone use the electronic salt tester? I see it is expensive but will pay for itself in time if that is all you need. I see they use it at commercial pool suppliers to sample the salt level.

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    Re: Salt tester

    Since you only need to test your salt occasionally, I can't see how it would "pay for itself". In what way do you think it is advantageous?
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    Re: Salt tester

    I test my water once a week when I do maintenance on my pool. I live in Southern California so my pool is used almost all year around and with the cost of the salt strips, 10 for $14.00, I figure it will pay for itself over time. I see that most of the pool suppliers and pool techs are starting to use the electronic tester instead of the strips. I found online that the tester cost shipped will be $125.00.
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    Re: Salt tester

    Do you actually see so much change in the salt levels week-to-week that weekly testing is necessary? If you were testing monthly, the breakeven point would be about 7.5 years; I'd be skeptical that the tester will last that long. Pool professionals are presumably doing such tests on SOMEBODY'S water multiple times a day, so their experience doesn't really translate to someone caring for a single pool.

    Of course, if you really need the weekly tests then the payoff time is under two years and it makes more sense.
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    Re: Salt tester

    I was told by pool supplier to test my salt weekly. Can I get away with testing it once a month?
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    Re: Salt tester

    Unless you have a huge amount of rain, or replace a lot of water, you can usually get by testing salt about twice a year.

    The electronic salt meters drift, so you need to calibrate them frequently.
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    Re: Salt tester

    I wonder - is the pool supplier selling the strips? If so, he has a rather obvious incentive to get you to test as often as he can, as opposed to as often as you really need to.
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