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    Which is best salt test METER?

    I'd like to ask which salt test meter is considered the best and why? I know that there are a few different brands like the Hayward and LaMotte, etc. But which one is considered the best as far as accuracy, durability, and cost of ownership?

    I did a search on salt test meters and when forum users asked about testing meters for salt other testing methods like the Taylor K-1766 test kit and the Aqua Chek test strips are mentioned. But I'm curious on others opinions on meters only. Which METER is best and why?

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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Hi,
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    The question is why use a meter anyhow? They are expensive and very prone to inaccuracies, so the answer is actually that none of them are best for use on a pool.


    Quote Originally Posted by oceanrider View Post
    I'd like to ask which salt test meter is considered the best and why? I know that there are a few different brands like the Hayward and LaMotte, etc. But which one is considered the best as far as accuracy, durability, and cost of ownership?

    I did a search on salt test meters and when forum users asked about testing meters for salt other testing methods like the Taylor K-1766 test kit and the Aqua Chek test strips are mentioned. But I'm curious on others opinions on meters only. Which METER is best and why?
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Sorry, I know nothing about salt meters. Are you servicing pools as your business? I could possibly see a salt meter for that purpose.

    As a pool owner it's not something I plan on checking on a regular basis. The salt doesn't get "used up" making chlorine or evaporate. The only way the salinity will come down normally is if you flush out your sand filter with pool water and then add tap back in to refill the pool. I guess a pool leak would reduce salinity but that would be the least of your worries. I plan on checking salt levels about twice a year. For that I compare the strips agains the level shown on the SWG.
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    http://www.myronl.com/products/ultrapen_pt1.htm

    If you want one, this company makes some of the best hand held instrumentation money can buy. If you don't mind spending $160 on a hand held meter, you can't go wrong with one of these. This entire line of "pens" is somewhat new for MyronL, but they are getting rave reviews in the water treatment industry. I've carried a version of the 6P ultrameter for about 14 years, and can't do without one.
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Most "salt" measuring instruments are actually TDS meters. Don't actually read the amount of salt, read the amount of TDS. Other chemicals in the pool water also affect the TDS reading, for example CH, TA etc.
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Quote Originally Posted by dschlic1 View Post
    Most "salt" measuring instruments are actually TDS meters. Don't actually read the amount of salt, read the amount of TDS. Other chemicals in the pool water also affect the TDS reading, for example CH, TA etc.
    This one has a factor it calculates for salinity. Its based on an algorithm and it has one for three measurements. TDS, Conductivity, and Salinity.

    It can be done using the differing calculation factors. Pretty common stuff in good meters.
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    http://www.myronl.com/products/ultrapen_pt1.htm

    If you want one, this company makes some of the best hand held instrumentation money can buy. If you don't mind spending $160 on a hand held meter, you can't go wrong with one of these. This entire line of "pens" is somewhat new for MyronL, but they are getting rave reviews in the water treatment industry. I've carried a version of the 6P ultrameter for about 14 years, and can't do without one.
    Thanks for the suggestion Patrick.

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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Isn't it just as easy to use the K-1766?
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wandersen View Post
    Isn't it just as easy to use the K-1766?
    To me it is, especially with a SpeedStir. Cheaper, no need to worry about calibration and maintenance, accurate enough for pool needs ...
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    Re: Which is best salt test METER?

    I agree, a Chloride test is more than adequate.

    But no, it isn't just as easy to use a salt test kit.

    You take the pen, submerge the end of it in liquid, and push a button for your reading. Its just a question if it's worth the money...
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