Outstanding Item By Keith on 1/9/2012
Keith would recommend this product to a friend
This item is outstanding. It has made the test so much easier and accurate than with the old hydrometer that I was using.Why I didn't purchased one years ago is beyond me. I recommend this item to every hobbist.
Great, unless you need warranty from Milwaukee By David on 11/15/2011
David wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
After about five uses, my brand new unit began giving erratic readings all over the place. Condensation could clearly be seen behind the refracto glass and LED, an indication that water from the sample well is leaking into the unit.
My mistake was figuring that I'll go directly to Milwaukee for warranty service. The Milwaukee technical support staff made it a hassle to ship the DOA unit back to them at my expense. They then took several days after receiving my defective unit to ship another unit back to me. Even after I provided proof of purchase, my argument that I shouldn't have to jump through hoops to return a DOA unit fell on deaf ears at Milwaukee. It was insinuated that a "hobbyist" couldn't understand how to properly use a laboratory instrument, and I did not once receive an apology for having received a defective unit.
The digital refracto is fantastic when it comes to quick readings. I got it because I know making testing easier will motivate me to test more frequently, and my analog refractometer was requiring calibration before every use (it would often show different readings even with two samples of the same water taken in quick succession). This Milwaukee unit is precise and accurate enough for my needs, and calibration with RO/DI means no more worrying about 35ppt solution going out of calibration. I just wish another company with better support (perhaps BRS?) is the manufacturer. =p
Way too easy and fun By Juan on 10/31/2011
Juan would recommend this product to a friend
Fast and easy to use. Nothing to really set up. Way too fun I find my self checking my salinity a lot more including my friends. Couple of things, wish it where made of better plastic, casing feels a little week and also wish they would have included some kind of water for the price.
Quick Easy Readings By Warren on 8/28/2011
Warren would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first time owning a digital refractometer so I was a little skeptical about accuracy at first. I was relieved to find out it measured values very close to my analog refractometer. The unit automatically compensates for temperature which is great and can also be calibrated using just RO/DI water.
The great thing about this unit is that I no longer have to look like I am gazing at some distant planet, staring into a bright light source to get a salinity / SG reading for water and counting lines between number markers to get an accurate reading. It's taken the tedium out of measuring SG.
A++++ By Neil on 7/14/2011
Neil would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is GREAT. I went a long time without one and now you can't take it from me. Thanks again for another GREAT ITEM.
great product By bill c on 5/16/2011
bill c would recommend this product to a friend
this thing is seriously accurate. i had some major issues going on with my tank and i knew something was off. well i checked this against my tank and my salinity was seriously low. so much that when i adjusted it i had to readjust all my livestock. i wouldnt run 35ppt exactly as this thing will have it dead on and surely what you were using isnt this accurate.
now my tank is on its way to recovery.