What @mknauss said. I ordered the kit that came with the speedstir and I use it every time I test my water....I also ordered extra magnets but don't tend to use them.I see two different packages on the market right now. And some reviews are not so positive about the quality and some devices stopped working after a season. Does anyone know which package is the new one. Taylor website could be misleading a bit in that matter. Sometimes a tiny improvement is made and I would prefer to order the latest version.
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There are two versions of the Speed Stir. One is battery powered and the other is powered by a wall wart. Obviously the one pictured on the left is the battery powered one but not sure about the one on the right as I cannot see the part number to compare with the left picture.
I'm going with the grain. Specifically the grains of R-0870 powder. With the SpeedStir, the powder dissolves instantly, much faster, easier, and more consistently than hand swirling. I never waste my time with the OTO test and do the FAS-DPD test every couple of days. Plus when I do TA & CH with 2 extra vials & magnets, testing goes faster.I'm going to go a little against the grain. I got my TF-100 last year. I got the Speedstir a few weeks ago. It's definitely cool and fun, but definitely unnecessary. I do the OTO and PH test almost every day. I do the FAS-DPD, TA, CYA and CH once a week.
I was wondering the same thing. I dump the solution out into my hand and catch the pill.i love the speedstir...it has made my test results so much more consistent. i only use it once a week when i do my full water test suite, but it's still worth it. my CH and salt numbers dropped by a ton when i started using the speed stir...it's just not possible to get that even complete mixture when swirling by hand IMO.
also, not sure how everyone is getting the magnet out of the vial when done with the tests, but i also picked up one of these to avoid having to touch the test water and keep it in my TF-100 box. i use it to grab the bar and drop it onto a paper towel to clean it off, then i can dump the vial into a red solo cup to go down the drain when i'm finished with all of my tests. i have the cup labeled to make sure nobody picks it up and tries to use it for drinking.
yeah, it's only three tests a week but still worth it IMO. that's what i was getting at.I was wondering the same thing. I dump the solution out into my hand and catch the pill.
Also, my pill got black stains the first time I did the FAS-DPD test. Is that normal?
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy using the Speedstir. But, like I said, it's only three tests a week.
I do almost the exact same process. Each test has its separate vials and stirrers as well. Thanks @Rocket J SquirrelI'm going with the grain. Specifically the grains of R-0870 powder. With the SpeedStir, the powder dissolves instantly, much faster, easier, and more consistently than hand swirling. I never waste my time with the OTO test and do the FAS-DPD test every couple of days. Plus when I do TA & CH with 2 extra vials & magnets, testing goes faster.