Makes checking SG easy By RDM on 2/20/2015
RDM would recommend this product to a friend
I've had one of these for a year and it has worked very well. I recently added a second tank and a water mixing station. The first one worked so well and carrying it back and forth between the house and my shop got old so getting a second one seemed like a good idea. This is easy to calibrate and use which makes it quick and easy to keep an eye on the SG for my tanks and new water mixes. Highly recommended!
Wow - exceeded expectations By Jeffrey on 2/15/2015
Jeffrey would recommend this product to a friend
The build quality of this unit is aces. Works like a dream... As a new to the hobby reef keeper, I have to say I have nowhere to go but down after using this refractometer. This is the top.. You deserve it, order one now, you won't be disappointed. Get the case too as this device is worthy of the love.
Spot on By Jason P. on 12/31/2014
Jason P. would recommend this product to a friend
I love technology, especially when it works. I use this refractometer as my primary tester. Extremely easy to use and calibrate.
Way too easy By Paul on 12/30/2014
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
Should of used this earlier, way easy to use and very accurate readings. you can use the available three readings with a touch of a button and no more trying to see the line between marks. You won't regret buying this. I have retired my handheld refractometer now. Just make sure you rinse your pipet in freshwater so you don't get salt build up and throw your readings off.
amazing By Arash on 12/19/2014
Arash would recommend this product to a friend
don't know why i didn't do this earlier - so much better than light refractometer and easier. much more accurate readings.
Easy to use and mostly accurate. By DivingTheWorld on 12/19/2014
DivingTheWorld would recommend this product to a friend
I have used this quite a bit now and I do find it to be accurate. I find that you can calibrate with either RODI or Distilled water and it doesn't make a difference with the results.
The reason I don't give it 5 stars is due to the 1 ppt offset. To get an accurate 35 ppt level in your aquarium, the Milwaukee will display 36 ppt. I have verified this with two different calibration fluids and comparing to a Pinpoint and a Tropic Marin High Precision Hydrometer.
But once you know the offset, the readings are accurate and it's simple to use.
Best refractometer! By Jim on 12/19/2014
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
Don't waste your money on any other product. Simple to use, always accurate, functional, easy to read, and more fun to use than other methods. Spend your money wisely and choose this product first vs sampling other testers only to get to this product after trial and error.
Great Product By Mike on 12/12/2014
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use and accurate.
A+ By adam on 12/10/2014
adam would recommend this product to a friend
easy to use highly recomend
Fantastic By Lsnyc on 12/10/2014
Lsnyc would recommend this product to a friend
Super easy and well worth the money. It is an elegant device that takes the guess work out of reading a refractometer or especially a hydrometer.
It's easy, and accurate. Well worth the money. By Andrew on 12/9/2014
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
It's easy, and accurate. Well worth the money.
Love it! By Izzy on 12/8/2014
Izzy would recommend this product to a friend
I love this product, it is really easy to use. Correct salinity levels are critical in this hobby. Worth to buy!
Wow By Nicholas on 11/22/2014
Nicholas would recommend this product to a friend
Wow I wish I would have bought this sooner. Takes all the guess work out of salinity. Simple to calibrate and use. Since water is the most important thing to get right in this hobby this is almost as important as my RODI.
slick By cheesehead on 9/3/2014
cheesehead would recommend this product to a friend
love it, works great.
yet again a quality product from BRS By Ivan on 8/26/2014
Ivan would recommend this product to a friend
this is my savior, i hate having to read an analog, refractometer.
it gets 4 stars because of price but to be able to read a digital readout is priceless.
Very pleased! By IdahoReefer on 8/18/2014
IdahoReefer would recommend this product to a friend
Incredibly easy to use!
Great Product By Woodrow on 7/22/2014
Woodrow would recommend this product to a friend
Exceedingly easy to use. The instructions could say 'just add water' and you'll pretty much be set. The temperature readout seems a bit off, but I'm not too worried about a couple of degrees on a refractometer.
verry pleased By babnika on 7/3/2014
babnika would recommend this product to a friend
Verry easy to use supper fast .| prefer over refractometer .
Don't know how others do without it. By Amanda on 6/30/2014
Amanda would recommend this product to a friend
I love this product, It takes the guess work out of measuring the salinity of my water. It is really easy to use and takes next to no calibration. Perfect for me since I am not tech savvy.
Should have gotten it sooner. By Jon on 6/1/2014
Jon would recommend this product to a friend
This tester is so easy and convenient. Sets next to my mixing barrel, hit on, 2 drops of water, read... BAM it's done. It's real fast. No more holding a tester up to the light and focusing in. The despair is easy to read and tests in 3 separate setting. I've hesitated getting this tester ever since it came out because of the price. I just wish I would have gotten it a long time ago.
Easy to use By David on 6/1/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
This is so easy to use. It's accurate fast and simple. Compared it with my handheld refractometer and the readings were exactly the same. Easy to calibrate and easy to clean what else can you ask for.
Like the refractometer part of it By Norman on 5/19/2014
Norman would recommend this product to a friend
It will give you a reading higher or lower if salinity reading is between two numbers.
Temperature reading inaccurate!. Tried it with my own machine and a friends.
Great By Bradley on 4/30/2014
Bradley would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to calibrate and easy to test. Couldn't be any simpler. It is not messy to use and eliminates any uncertainty in the result.
Quick and accurate By Scott on 4/20/2014
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to set up and use . It's nice how it sits on a table top and allows for testing. After having multiple hydrometers and a refractometer it is nice to have a digital tool. I also feel it should of came with the case.
Very easy to use By Dean on 4/1/2014
Dean would recommend this product to a friend
This meter is fast and very easy to use.
Best By David on 3/25/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
This is so easy to use. I cant imagine having to use manual Refractometer
Awesome By Duck on 3/7/2014
Duck would recommend this product to a friend
This is a fantastic piece of equipment would buy it 10x over easy to use even easier to read
Great product, boughta 2nd for my girl By Philip on 3/4/2014
Philip would recommend this product to a friend
I've always liked a hydrometer for it's simplicity of use because I hate squinting into a refractometer, but hydrometers quickly drift and aren't very accurate. This product is the best of both worlds, dead easy to use and read. My girlfriend liked it so much she even asked me to get her one of her own to use on the road as she maintains tanks and is ditching her old refractometer.
Fantastic time saver for heavy users By Fins and Critters on 2/6/2014
Fins and Critters would recommend this product to a friend
We use this refractometer in a reef shop where salinity gets measured many times a day. Our old Milwaukee visual refrac got dropped couple years or so ago, and since then we've gone though a series of visual refracs- all inaccurate and/or crappy quality and/or need multiple daily recalibrations. This is our first digital model, and I'm blown away by its ease of use and accuracy. Couple drops of water, push 1 button, and in less than a second you have a reading. It does say to calibrate daily, but I've been checking it for a couple weeks now, and it's held true with no need for recalibration. The only thing I can't speak to is longevity, we've had it less than a month. But so far it's easily the best refractometer I've ever used, and I've used many.
Love it By HM on 1/31/2014
HM would recommend this product to a friend
Really easy to use and calibrate. I use it for all my tanks and even to keep the salinity in my pool in check.
easy to use By Jon on 1/15/2014
Jon would recommend this product to a friend
good product! easy to use. glad that I got it but I think for that kind of money the case should be included.
Worth every penny!! By Tim on 1/9/2014
Tim would recommend this product to a friend
So happy with this device. I got this on the Black Friday sale and at $79 I don't think it can be beat. Super simple to use. I'm testing with confidence!!
Super easy By Funny718 on 12/16/2013
Funny718 would recommend this product to a friend
Super easy to use, calibrate in second and dead accurate, only con I had was the battery compartment was a super tight fit almost didn't make it I'm sacred what's gonna happen when it comes time to change it out.
So easy to use! By RChrisLee on 12/13/2013
RChrisLee would recommend this product to a friend
This device was a great purchase and so easy to use daily. I got a great deal from you all on this during the black Friday deals.
negitive By Bill on 9/21/2013
Bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Always reads 1.018 even after Calibration with distilled water and 35 ppm calibration fluid.I removed battery and put back in and it read 1.026 which is correct but it only worked one time and it's right back to 1.018 again.Called company and was given run around so waste of money for me anyway.
easy,accurate and worthy By MVP on 8/11/2013
MVP would recommend this product to a friend
this stuff is really fun to use even a old person can do that.. the accurate is very impressive not like my old hydrometer read at 1.022 then when i use this test machine its surprise me that it read 1.026. for a 4 months that i used this plastic hydrometer it gives me false reading.. good thing i buy this one, expensive but its worth every penny..
Excellent! By Paul on 8/8/2013
Paul would recommend this product to a friend
This should have been one of my first purchases. This is super easy to use and so much better and using the little plastic guys. There is the initial cost, but it is totally worth it. Definitely recommend this item!
The best By Keith on 7/30/2013
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
This is the easiest and most accurate way to get 3 readings and temp AT ONCE...easy to calibrate with distilled water...why would you buy anything else ?
easy to use By markie on 6/19/2013
markie would recommend this product to a friend
i've been using hydrometer for 6 months and always read 1.022 then i decided to try this product when i calibrated it easy, when i test my S.G its surprised me 1.026.. i never used anymore my junk hydrometer.. really easy and accurate product..
EASY!!!! By Steven on 4/5/2013
Steven would recommend this product to a friend
It's a no brainer, if your looking for simplicity look no further. It does not get any easier. Worth every penny!
This is a must buy for everyone By Seth on 3/30/2013
Seth would recommend this product to a friend
This has been by far the best purchase I have made. This little thing has made my life so so so so much easier. I calibrate it once out of the box and haven't calibrated it once since then. I know it says you should calibrate it, but I haven't seen any change when I do. I assume that it's dead on. I treat all my fish with hypo salinity and I measure it out to 1.007. I haven't lost one fish yet from hypo so I know that this thing is dead on.
Durable, user friendly & accurate By Brian0515 on 2/25/2013
Brian0515 would recommend this product to a friend
This product is extremely easy to use! Worth every penny I paid. If your undecided on what to get or unsure if you want to spend the extra cash...do it, you won't regret having simplicity and convenience.
Love it! By James on 1/13/2013
James would recommend this product to a friend
Great , Easy to use and accurate.
Get one ASAP By Joseph on 12/27/2012
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
Makes testing easy. Turn it on, add water and hit read. Spend the cash up front for this product so you dont have multiple other refractometers collecting dust, broken, or just poor quality sitting around.
Good Product/Bad Service By Bryan on 12/17/2012
Bryan would recommend this product to a friend
The refractometer itself is a brain dead easy device to use, however when I first attempted to calibrate it, it was giving me a calibration range error code on every attempt (according to the manual). I had used RO/DI water according to the manual specifications.
When I called Milwaukee Customer support I greeted by a very unfriendly customer support agent. He told me that I HAD to use distilled water, which is a bit surprising since RO/DI should be pretty much as pure as you can get. He insisted that nothing was wrong with the Unit and that it was my water.
Just to be sure I went to a LFS and used their RO/DI water before and had the same error. When I used distilled water I still got the same error so I KNEW it wasn't an issue with my water.
Thankfully BRS has far more competent and helpful service then Milwaukee and I was able to get a replacement easily which thankfully now works as it should.
Use it everyday !! By Chris on 11/27/2012
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I was using a regular refractometer and decided to go digital, I never looked back !! This works great, mine was getting inaccurate temp readings so I contacted Milwaukee and they sent me a brand new unit at no charge AND said keep your old unit !!! This is the exact same unit sold by F&S at $199. Bulk Reef Supply is does it again !
awesome! By Israel on 10/17/2012
Israel would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use.
Tested my tank last night, garabage swing arm hydrometer was reading 1.023,
Milwaukee Seawater Digital Refractometer 1.026
I can see again... By Rich on 9/24/2012
Rich would recommend this product to a friend
I’ve been in the hobby for over 15 years. As a reefer who is also legally blind reading my standard refractometer has become nearly impossible as I’ve gotten older and eyes have gotten worse. This is an invaluable tool!
It did take a little getting use to, mostly to prevent contamination of the sample and grossly throw off the readings. But with a little practice and using DISTILLED WATER as a standard I got the hang of it in about a week and now get consistent, repeatable results.