New to borates, What borate test strip is best?


LifeTime Supporter
Jun 1, 2012
Paris, Kentucky
Today jumped off the deep end and added 70lbs boric acid powder from that Duda Energy guy (yes I realize granules better, but I stupidly ordered powder and got my workout stirring in with a whale tale) added to my 35k gall pool per PoolMath instructions to get to 42. Below are my beautiful pool test results before the addition. Then, I realized I had no way to test for the new borates in the pool. (Can I use a double hammering head emoji for this?) So which test strip do people find to be reliable? And is it available through TFP test kits site?

TC 6.0
CC 0
pH 7.6
TA 70
CYA 65-70
salt 3200


Bronze Supporter
Jul 6, 2017
Kinston, NC
Post #104

The borate test strips are hard to read as the color differences are subtle.


Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
These work fine for me. Exact amount of borates does not make much of a difference.