It gives a number. No guessing By Kevin on 2/19/2013
Kevin would recommend this product to a friend
Tester is very good. I like it because it gives me a number instead of the color chart that the other tests uses. Only problem with the tester is the green cap can be broken away from the base part. I'm not a very hard handed person but my cap broke off on the first use of opening it. Not sure, the cap could have already been broken. But i have still used my tester i just snap the cap back on.
Just plain awesome By Nicholas on 2/18/2013
Nicholas would recommend this product to a friend
This is the single best test equipment investment I've made thus far. My other phosphate kit was worthless compared to this.
The only thing I don't really like about this is the packets are a pain to empty into the test vial. why not just sell the reagent in a little container with a little spoon like others do?
Easy to use By Miles on 2/13/2013
Miles would recommend this product to a friend
This test is incredibly easy to use, but has a down side. Getting all of the reagent out of the pouch and into the vial can sometimes prove tricky. check out the video on the Hanna Checker website to learn how to do it right. The process is very simple, just not super intuitive. Other wise this product is great, I use this in conjunction with GFO to keep my system free of phosphate.
Awesome product By Jeremy on 2/11/2013
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
Much easier to use then trying to match colors on liquid tests, I deducted 1 star for the poor reagent package design, can be tricky to add if you rip the package open to much.
awesome By Gary on 2/3/2013
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
Best phosphate kit available, hands down.
There is a learning curve By SCUBAFreaky on 1/30/2013
SCUBAFreaky would recommend this product to a friend
This is by far the best test kit for measuring Phosphate, but there is a learning curve. As other posters have said there is an art to getting all of the powder in the curvette, but once you get the hang of it, it's no longer an issue. Also this thing will time out after 2 minutes during the phase when you are dissolving the powder. Once it times out, you pretty much have to start over due to the baseline scan. Also be aware that it only comes with 6 reagent packets...and you'll blow through those very quickly due to the learning curve. Unlike other posters, I'm having trouble getting consistent measurements, but all that said, the Hanna Checker is best phosphate checker I've used so far.
Works Great and Easy to use if you open the package on two sides By Charles on 1/24/2013
Charles would recommend this product to a friend
Just cut two sides off of the regents package and them trim the corner off at the tip, open and pours in with ease.
Do this before you put the water in the machine andit won't time out.
GREAT By Samuel on 1/3/2013
Samuel would recommend this product to a friend
I was using Salifert test kit and I could never get a accurate reading. Now with this Checker I have a way better idea as to what my phosphate levels are.
I gave it 4 stars because it is a little hard to get the powder in the vial the first time but after some practice its no biggie.
PHOS-tastic!! By shaungee on 12/28/2012
shaungee would recommend this product to a friend
Picked this up on a black Friday doorbuster deal, and couldn't be happier. There was a little learning to be done on how to use the device, but once that was done, I can quickly and confidently test my levels in my tank and make necessary adjustment. Also BRS came through on shipping with a 2 day turnaround, Amazing!
Consistent and accurate!! By Ryan on 12/22/2012
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Consistent and accurate!! If you are keeping corals you should get this. The test kit that I have been using always tests way lower than the hanna checker so I've always thought my phosphates were more in check than they were. Now that I know where my phosphates actually are. I have been able to get them more under control and have noticed an increase in coral growth already.
Thank goodness By Joseph on 12/22/2012
Joseph would recommend this product to a friend
Phosphates fianlly easy to check. I love all 4 that I use. Just waiting for the nitrae checker to come out or even better an all in one.
Awesome By Chad on 12/15/2012
Chad would recommend this product to a friend
Hanna Checkers are downright awesome. Accurate, digital, takes less than five minutes. They are the best meters I have every used.
Ok but be careful By Grant on 12/5/2012
Grant would recommend this product to a friend
In the instructions it says after adding the reagent to shake for 2 minutes. But the colorimeter turns off after 2 minutes. So I have wasted 2 of the reagent packets out of the few that come with it and have yet to accurately test my water.
Obviously a user error but just a tip.
definately worth the purchase By DANIEL on 12/1/2012
DANIEL would recommend this product to a friend
Love the precision of the digital readout. No more guessing color shades. 5 stars. Minor item(s) - only 6 tests provided with kit. Also, small amount of effort to learn how to pop off plastic lid cleanly.
Check it, mate By Old Salt on 11/30/2012
Old Salt would recommend this product to a friend
Well worth the investment and once you get the hang of dumping in the powder--can be dicey at first--it's very easy to use. You do have to keep buying the reagent, but I use my checker sparingly, mainly to check up on an API kit that I use 2-3 times a week. The combination allows me to keep a close eye on phosphates.
Great Product By william on 11/28/2012
william would recommend this product to a friend
I currently have the Calcium, ALK, and Phosphate checkers, and they make testing the water amazingly easy. I was using ELOS kits before hand and these take 1/2 the time the others do. I still test with elos bi-monthly to ensure the Hanna's are still reading correctly. Wish they had more regents with the initial purchase.
OK but hard to use properly By Andy on 11/28/2012
Andy would recommend this product to a friend
I only recommend this because the alternatives are horrible or a lot more money. It is very hard to get all of the powder reagent out of the package, and opening the package properly and actually getting the powder in the vial is an art unto itself. This part will take you a few minutes alone. Then the joy begins when you try to get the powder to actually dissolve, and then stop bubbles on the cuvette. If you don't get it dissolved or free from bubbles, the results will be wildly off. I tested the same water with bubbles on the glass and without. With bubbles it was saying the phosphate was 5ppm! Without bubbles, 0.01ppm.
Great Product By Charles on 11/27/2012
Charles would recommend this product to a friend
Great product that is easy to use. Reliable phosphate tester and you wont have to guess have you phosphate really is.
Not Bad By Justin on 11/17/2012
Justin would recommend this product to a friend
I found it difficult to use when I first started. Once you get the hang of it, it will give you an accurate reading.
No more guesswork By Subodh on 11/13/2012
Subodh would recommend this product to a friend
ok, I'm assuming everyone did their homework and the numbers shown by this thing are perfect and tested.
Just kidding, I cross-checked with the Red Sea kit. Hanna showed me 0.13 and red Sea Phosphate check came up between 0 and .25 Close enough for me.
I did take the one star off because - how the heck is one supposed to get all the darn powder from that pouch into the vial with that tiny a hole? I'll tell you how but not before I had to rack my brains. Get a clean sheet of A4 size paper, tear open the sachet, drop everything onto the paper, now lift it up and make a cone shape, drop the powder into the vial.
I almost took off another point for packing just 6 sachets. But well, it works well, instructions are clear and concise and no more asking the wife to read the damn colors. I guess I'll try the other Hannah checkers as well.
might work might not By brad on 11/6/2012
brad wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
hell i just got my hanna hi 713 today all excited to test phosphate.
so i open it and go step by step testing my water waiting on this high reading to show up because i have algae growing every where. well is shows 0.00 on test one I think well that cant be right so i test it again same deal 0.00 ok so i text my tap water 0.03
so there is 3 of my 6 test wasted imo, I know the tank has po4 i got this with a gof reactor to test weekly to me it dont seem to work
Easy enough By Edward on 9/28/2012
Edward would recommend this product to a friend
There are two reasons I gave 4 stars instead of 5. First is that the syringe that is used to get the reagent does not always attach firmly to the tip supplied. As such, it can drip out and you have to push the tip on again. The second reason is that at the levels of phosphate I run (reef), I wish BFS carried the ULR phosphorous Hanna Checker. Even though it is not phosphate, you can calculate that by multiplying by about 3. That unit has more accuracy and can read a little lower. But I suppose the phosphate one cannot be faulted as it does what it is supposed to and is easy to use other than the tip on the syringe.
Simply easy to use By Ray on 9/27/2012
Ray would recommend this product to a friend
i love this product. it is very accurate and if you are running GFO it is a must. Make sure you add a few extra reagent packets to your order!
Simply the best By Rich on 9/24/2012
Rich would recommend this product to a friend
The Hanna Checker is simply the fastest and easiest way to check my reefs phosphate. I’ve been in the hobby for over 15 years. As a reefer who is also legally blind reading test kits and colors has always been hard… This actually made my reef keeping life simple again!