Super accurate if you follow directions By Old Salt on 12/1/2014
Old Salt would recommend this product to a friend
Testing for calcium is not as easy as testing for alkalinity or phosphates with the Hanna checker. But it's not brain surgery either. The keys are to get the right amount of the first reagent (1 mil) and the right amount of tank water (a minuscule .1 mil--maybe two drops or so from the syringe). It also helps to cut the packet of the second reagent down two sides and form a funnel (as shown in the Hanna video about the checker) so that it goes easily into the curvette. I find this process MUCH easier than counting drops and trying to read the the level of the syringe on my Salifert kit. You do need RODI water, but most of us have that around in one form or another. From what I can tell by cross-checking with Salifert, the Hanna test is spot on and far easier to read. Just take your time and follow the directions.
Inconsistent readings By Motti on 11/23/2014
Motti wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Bought this test kit about a month ago, used is several times and assumed the readings were correct. Last night I tested again for the week and had 100ppm more than what I had a week ago. Nothing was added to the system in the meantime. So I went ahead and did two more tests on the same sample water, and which one gave me different reading.
It's possible that I am doing something wrong, but I found out I am not the only one who had that issue with the meter.
Great purchase if you take the time to use correctly. By Corey on 10/24/2014
Corey would recommend this product to a friend
Like others have said, you need to be precise when measuring the reagent and tank water to get accurate results. Because a colorimeter compares the amount of light that passes through the sample to the amount of light that passes through the blank (the cuvette with RODI water and first reagent) to calculate concentration, the cuvette needs to be free of fingerprints and smudges; using a soft, lint-free cloth works great. Also, the cuvette should be placed in the instrument with the same orientation every time to negate inconsistencies with the cuvette and give accurate results. I always have the 10 mL label facing the front, consistency is key. With proper use, this instrument can be a valuable tool.
Waste of Money By RSeahorse on 10/24/2014
RSeahorse wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It's readings are all over the board. I don't trust it and have gone back to my Salifert test kit.
Accurate but a serious PITA By Greg on 9/22/2014
Greg wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I found the results accurate assuming you took maximum time and effort into running the test. Quite frankly its just too much of a PITA to do regularly. I find the Red Sea test just as accurate and takes such a shorter time to perform. If they simplified the reagent process it might be fine but having to collect multiple water sources as well as the packets of reagent being a pain just put me in the negative column for this one.
Excellent By reefer dog on 9/9/2014
reefer dog would recommend this product to a friend
After reading through the many reviews of this product, I was a bit afraid of trying this product due to the reviews saying it was not accurate.
I disagreed totally. You just need to take your time and be accurate with your measurements.
From the very first time I have use this Checker, its readings are within a few numbers of my Red Sea system I was using previously.
Only used a few times By David on 7/30/2014
David would recommend this product to a friend
I just got this checker and so far I've only used it a few times. it was easy to use (no more counting drops) with a little practice it should become second nature to do it. the first few times it takes time just cause you aren't used to it (but that goes with anything else you do). I am a little concerned as to how many test I can get out of the reagents that came with the kit but for now I am good so that bridge will get crossed when it reached.
JUNK By Adam TJ on 7/17/2014
Adam TJ wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This is the WORST tester I have ever used. It's sad they put Hanna name on it. It reads 540+ when my calcium was under 300 (because I kept turning my dosing pump down then off). The instructions are clear and easy to read use RODI, reagent, and tank water in said order; bla bla bla.
I wish some one would give me $20 bucks for it only used it 3 time now I use Red Sea and love it. Salifert is ok too.
Varied results also By stream on 7/10/2014
stream wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Same issue here with the varied results.. Not sure I can know its accurate.
Accurate results with patience. By Chris on 5/9/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using this tester along with my salifert test kit and the results are spot on if you are precise with the way you do the test. Any deviation from sample and regent measurements and this test will be thrown off into left field. I have compared the results of this tester with the salifert test kit and it is very accurate. I recommend this product to anyone who takes there time testing, if you like to fly through your tests then do not purchase this product. Also you need to use RODI water for your calibration, so with that being said if your RO system has depleted carbon blocks and filters then forget it. Great product!!!!
East testing By Charles on 4/26/2014
Charles would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using the Hanna checker for 3 months now. I don't think I could ever go back to any other type of test kits. I love the repeat illite of the test results. This is the second of 3 testers I have bought.
Not accurate By Zach on 4/6/2014
Zach wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I tried this one for some time. Never had accurate or consistent readings. A little surprising because the phosphate checker and alk checker work great and are highly recommended. I use those weekly with great results. They need to go back to work and improve the cal checker.