Can I use a “regular” magnetic stirrer? *pic included*

kb109

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Dec 24, 2018
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Columbus, OH
I know TFP always mentions and recommends the Taylor Speedstir but I found a functional magnetic stirrer in my basement. It looks like a smaller version of one you’d see in a chemistry lab. Please don’t ask me why this is down there because I truly have no clue. I haven’t bought the Speedstir because I just can’t justify spending $45 plus shipping on it. Can I just use this darn thing and call it a day? LOL. See pic below. Thanks in advance!!


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Jcvader99

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Feb 8, 2018
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I'd like to see that one running... it might spin the whole bottle around the surface instead of just the "pill". :)

If it doesn't work, ebay it for $50 and use the funds on the speedstir. It's worth more than $45 in my opinion after using it for a year.
 
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wireform

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Aug 15, 2017
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Spring Valley, NY
I know TFP always mentions and recommends the Taylor Speedstir but I found a functional magnetic stirrer in my basement. It looks like a smaller version of one you’d see in a chemistry lab. Please don’t ask me why this is down there because I truly have no clue. I haven’t bought the Speedstir because I just can’t justify spending $45 plus shipping on it. Can I just use this darn thing and call it a day? LOL. See pic below. Thanks in advance!!


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New that was a good $45 😉
 
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mguzzy

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Jul 8, 2015
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OV, CA
Ooh.. those are nice.. you can control the stir rate too! .. So if you have a laboratory grade magnetic stirrer in your basement I would like to make your acquaintance, I sir, have a Geiger counter in my garage, just 'cause.. ;) :mrgreen:
 
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kb109

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Dec 24, 2018
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Columbus, OH
Wow I’m amazed by these responses lol! I almost threw it in the trash hahaha. Thank you all for your feedback. It does not have the little white “pill” lookin thing lol. I’m not due to test anything but I’m gonna try it out for TA just for fun and I’ll report back. I see I brought out the chem geeks on this one! I’m definitely not one so either my husband has been doing some Breaking Bad activities behind my back (kidding!!!) or I accidentally took it from my parents house when I moved 10+ years ago. Who knows. But glad to know I found a free “speedstir” knock-off! ;) I’ll report back soon!!
 

kimkats

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You do need the bean as it is what mixes the water by turning around very fast. Look down at my siggy. Call the phone number on the website for the TF-100 test kit. She sells the beans. I am not sure how much she will charge to ship a bean or two. It is worth asking her.
 
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kb109

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Dec 24, 2018
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You do need the bean as it is what mixes the water by turning around very fast. Look down at my siggy. Call the phone number on the website for the TF-100 test kit. She sells the beans. I am not sure how much she will charge to ship a bean or two. It is worth asking her.
I found beans for cheap on amazon. Are they the same? Which size should I choose?
 

Katodude

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Aug 22, 2017
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I bought 4 of them on eBay a while back for something like $10. If you found them cheap on Amazon go for it. Do yourself a favor and get more than one. 25mm x 8mm is the standard size. Make sure you get enough so you have one for each test and then at least one or two extra for when you lose one down a drain. (Trust me it happens).
 

jlt19

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Aug 20, 2019
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St. Louis, Missouri
Oooh, this just gave me a great idea! One of our closest couple friends are chemists. Duh me. He's a professor and she's in pharmaceuticals. Surely they have an extra something lying around I could borrow in exchange for unlimited pool time (which they basically already have anyway!).
 
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mguzzy

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Jul 8, 2015
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Oooh, this just gave me a great idea! One of our closest couple friends are chemists. Duh me. He's a professor and she's in pharmaceuticals. Surely they have an extra something lying around I could borrow in exchange for unlimited pool time (which they basically already have anyway!).
ooh... yeah, flasks, beakers, real titration columns... see if they have an old mass spectrometer laying around and we can send all our samples to you for detailed analysis... you could be the envy of the pool chem world! ;) :D
 
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