Much better with improved reagents By Matt on 10/5/13
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
I'd been getting variable results, but I found a post that said they had reformulated the reagents to improve the precision. I contacted Hanna and they sent me replacement reagents (and noted that they had recalled the old ones from retailers).
So, I'm getting much better readings now than I was before and if you've written it off, you may want to try it again with new reagents.
Good idea, bad instructions!! By Jason on 4/18/13
Jason wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I love the idea of a digital cal. checker.
However, after following the instructions in detail I could not get a good reading.
Had to go to the internet to find out what the problem was.
YOU MUST USE DISTILLED WATER WITH THIS TESTER TO MAKE IT WORK!!!!!!
Checker is inaccurate due to being overly complex and requiring absolutely pure RO/DI By Adam on 4/16/13
Adam wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I have had this checker for close to a year now and have finally completely given up on it. It was a waste not only on the checker itself but also on the $20 reagent packs. I have never gotten the same value twice from it. Using the same RO/DI water and sample water. I follow the exact same test procedure every time. My Hanna alk checker gives the same number on repeat tests and is invaluable. But the Ca checker seems to just randomly choose a number. This i believe is due to the 1/10 ratio being used. Perhaps the checker would operate correctly if i used lab grade RO/DI but i am unwilling at this point to spend another cent on it.
Great Product By Mark on 3/9/13
Mark would recommend this product to a friend
Anything that makes testing easier is for me. I would absolutely recommend this product. I am not good at titration and can never tell when the end color is reached. This is a must for testing.
Complicated to use, but provides good accuracy By Miles on 2/13/13
Miles would recommend this product to a friend
This test took some practicing to get right. There are several steps involved in this test involving 2 separate reagents, RO water, and the sample. Ensure that the RO water you use in the first step is indeed at 0 TDS or you can very easily end up with an out of range reading (over 600). I was never good a titration in chemistry class, so this test while complicated gets rid of the frustration factor that comes with titration.
better than the alternatives, not as good as other hanna checkers By Gary on 2/3/13
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
You must have di water available, there are a lot of steps. Still better than the alternatives though.
I like Hanna Checkers, but the accuracy on this one doesn't seem up to par. By Chad on 12/15/12
Chad wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I am a fan of Hanna Checkers, but my Calcium checker doesn't seem all that accurate. It is ~25-100 off from other test kits and I follow the directions meticulously.
Workd great for me By Dawn on 11/30/12
Dawn would recommend this product to a friend
I think it is a great tester!!! Mr saltwater tank recomends them tooo!!!!
Very handy By Aaron on 11/19/12
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
I was hesitant about getting this tester as I have read some questionable reviews, but using it for almost six months now I love it. It is consistent, as long as it is used correctly with DI water. It is nice to read a number rather than judge a color.
seems to work By brad on 11/6/12
brad would recommend this product to a friend
i am happy with this checker went step by step and tested my water and showed 533ppm
Super easy By Rob on 10/3/12
Rob would recommend this product to a friend
Out of all the test I like this because u don't have to count drop by drop, super easy
Accurate if use good water By Edward on 9/29/12
Edward would recommend this product to a friend
So I knocked off a star because this should come with its own DI water (or BRS should sell the Hanna water). If you use the lab grade water, this thing is very accurate and easy to use. I can't say it is any better than Salifert, but having the digital readout is a plus. The one other thing I wish it came with was a little cloth to wipe the glass before putting it in the checker. I have one to clean glasses that I use and I think it would be easy to include that since the clarity makes a difference (same as all other Hanna Checkers).
Worked for me By MATTHEW on 9/24/12
MATTHEW would recommend this product to a friend
I found that I was getting accurate results if the directions were followed precisely. Not as easy to use as the alk tester.
Test Results way too high By Bob on 9/12/12
Bob wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I've used this Ca Checker for several weeks now and can only conclude that it consistently measures the Ca concentration at least 100 ppm too high. I was really hopeful for this instrument but very disappointed. Going back to my Salifert kit that I can believe and trust.
Works for me By Christopher on 9/1/12
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
I just got this the other night and although I will agree it is a bit hard to measure out some of the steps, it does work and the reading was up to par with my other test kit. Only time will tell.
Highly recommend. By BRIAN on 8/30/12
BRIAN would recommend this product to a friend
The Hanna calcium checker has worked great for me. I always get consistent results. It's simple to use with just a few steps to follow. No more trying to guess colors. Just make sure you have some fresh RO water on hand to use with the test.
Do Not Buy By Robert on 7/21/12
Robert wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I cannot believe Bulk Reef Supplies sells this product. It is horribly inaccurate. I bought this tester and wish I did a search on the internet before I did. Like myself, many others find this tester to be a total waste of money. It simply does not give accurate measurements of your tanks Ca levels.
Not That Great.... By Derrick on 7/7/12
Derrick wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
So I have the phosphate and alkalinity checker from hanna and both are wonderful. Easy to use and accurate. The Calcium checker on the other hand is VERY difficult to use and usually the numbers are not even close. I think you need to have lab grade RO water and a specific instrument to measure the .1 ml of water. Hanna needs to make this easier to use somehow. My salifert and red sea test kits are so easy to use I would recommend those over this unit.
Terrible product By Francisco on 7/6/12
Francisco wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Be smart, due diligence and read the reviews posted here. In its present state, this tester is not reliable enough to rely on. Distilled water?? Powder?? .1 ml ?? Go Salifert or Elos and be done with it.
Not so precise! By Benjamin on 6/18/12
Benjamin wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Every time i test and retest using the same water sample I obtain different results.
Meh By Ben on 5/30/12
Ben wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It's innaccurate. It works, but it's innaccurate. And I've done research in genetic labs, its NOT the user on this one...
Test kit By robert on 5/14/12
robert would recommend this product to a friend
With API test kit I got 420 with this 442 for the cost diffrence I would have stayed with the API kit,
Good kit, but very time consuming By Laura on 5/3/12
Laura would recommend this product to a friend
I found tat the API calcium test was less time consuming, and pretty effective. I won't reach for this kit as often as I thought I would.
Great tester, but testing is time consuming. By Laura on 5/3/12
Laura would recommend this product to a friend
I found that I prefer the API calcium test kit because it had less steps, and was reliable.