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    Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Sorry if this has been answered several times already. I tried a search, but couldn't seem to find the right search terms to find an answer.

    What is the expected shelf life of a TF-100 kit? I live in a northern climate, and we can only use the pool in the summer months. Can a kit purchased now still be used next year? Or is it better to purchase a new test kit when opening the pool next Spring?

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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    I'm sure Dave will be along shortly to give the definitive answer, but if I recall, stored indoors in a cool place, they'll last two years.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    The TF-100 has a full 18 month warranty on the freshness of the chemistry from date of purchase.

    Stored in a controlled environment, 2 years is plausible....3 years is a BIG stretch......plus I have two kids in college and depend on the refill business for their lunch money.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Store them in a cool dark place at all times and they will last at least 2 years ... I have one that is over 3 years that still seems to be working fine (I do also have a newer one) ... although I see Dave may disagree with me
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    3 replies in 6 minutes.

    I love this forum.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smykowski
    3 replies in 6 minutes.
    I love this forum.
    Agreed! Thanks everyone for the super-quick responses.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    And 5 replies before the first ...

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    ... we should all be ashamed!!!!
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Don't some of the reagents have a longer life than others?
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by techguy
    Don't some of the reagents have a longer life than others?
    Certainly. Like the CYA reagent which is inert. Some of the die-based reagents I think are the first to go bad and the Extended Test Instructions sticky describes what to look for.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Hey Dave,
    Question kind of related to the test kit but not exactly. My magnet stirring thing went wacky on me after only a couple of uses. Is there a secret to get it back working? I had one prior to this one that I left with the house when I moved and this was it's replacement. I want my old one back
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by htownjeeper
    Hey Dave,
    Question kind of related to the test kit but not exactly. My magnet stirring thing went wacky on me after only a couple of uses. Is there a secret to get it back working? I had one prior to this one that I left with the house when I moved and this was it's replacement. I want my old one back
    Define "wacky".
    I found that my pill would jump around a bit and after trying new batteries, it stopped.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Light just blinks rapidly and will not turn off. The "pill" never spins automatically.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Try new batteries first and then if it is still not functioning properly, PM me.
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    Re: Shelf-life of TF-100 kit?

    Quote Originally Posted by htownjeeper
    Light just blinks rapidly and will not turn off. The "pill" never spins automatically.
    That's dying batteries. I just had the same thing happen to me.
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