4 out of 5 By Daniel on 5/4/2014
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
The refractometer itself is sturdy and reliable. If your upgrading to better test equipment this the best tool to measure salinity/spec. gravity there is. The only reason I didn't give it a fifth star is because of the case. The inside of the case is solid and protects the refractometer well, BUT the latch on the outside of the case broke when I first opened it and the case doesn't shut. All in all I definately recommend getting this...just don't be rough with the latch on the case.
One of my better investments By Gps on 4/28/2014
Gps would recommend this product to a friend
Probably the best forty dollars I've spent in this hobby thus far. After using a hydrometer I had for beer making for a couple months I put the refractometer in with an order of other supplies and it's made checking my salinity far easier and without my having to worry about the hydrometer giving an accurate reading. Also with the hydrometer it required me to take out 3/4 of a cup of water to do one reading with the Brs refractometer all it takes is a few drops.
easy to use. By Curtis on 4/26/2014
Curtis would recommend this product to a friend
I like the simple way this works. Easy and quick with no electronics to mess up.
Definitely a must have! By dale on 4/21/2014
dale would recommend this product to a friend
I love this thing!
I have been burned so many times by the float units.
This is definitely the way to go, and this device is high quality!
Easy to read By John on 4/21/2014
John would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use and read only takes seconds to determine your salinity.
Good Refractometer, Case Ok By Ben on 4/17/2014
Ben would recommend this product to a friend
This Refractometer is good to me. It may not be a high end Refractometer but it does it's job. As long as you calibrate it before each use your good. The case for it feels cheap though. As far as the Refractometer itself, it's easy to read & to calibrate. Would recommend to anyone looking to buy one for either their first time or buying another for a spare.
All around great value By Matt on 4/17/2014
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
Unless you plan on rinsing your "fill up hydrometer" with RO every time you use it, I recommend picking up one of these. Easy to use with accurate results. I will never reef without one again
A must have for any reef keeper. By Matt on 4/16/2014
Matt would recommend this product to a friend
Very good quality, easy to calibrate and use.
I can't be more happy with the accurate readings it gives every time.
Better than Digital By Brian B on 4/15/2014
Brian B would recommend this product to a friend
As the owner of a large aquarium service company (Advanced Aquarium) i have owned and destroyed 4 of the Green digital refracts. What Ive found is that about 12 months they start drifting even immediately after calibration and become inaccurate. I much the old school refracts the have better longevity and are 1/4 the price.
Don't Even Bother With a Hydrometer By Jordan on 4/13/2014
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
For those who are newer to the reefing experience and try to save a few bucks by getting a hydrometer instead of a refractometer (such as I had once thought), your wrong. This is much more accurate and reliable. You don't have to make sure that the air bubbles arent stuck to the bottom of the float lever that mess up the readings and then having the lever get stuck in position after using. You save money in the long run by having more accurate salinity readings and saving livestock than by purchasing cheap equipment. Plus you feel like an astronomer when looking through the lens (this part should be included in the product description).
Works Great By Benjamin on 4/10/2014
Benjamin would recommend this product to a friend
I check to see if it needs calibration every few times i use it, and haven't had to in the few months I've been using it.
Never Use a Hydrometer Again! By Brittany on 4/9/2014
Brittany would recommend this product to a friend
I think pretty much anyone who is starting out in this hobby has at one point used a swing arm hydrometer not even knowing something like this exists. I tested my salinity with this and wasn't really surprised that it was off by .02. Do yourself and your tank a favor and get one of these and never look back.
Very easy By Ryan on 4/7/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
I am new to the saltwater game and never used a refractometer before but it couldn't be simpler and at about $25 less than my LFS which didn't have the calibration fluid.
No Problems.. By Reck on 4/2/2014
Reck would recommend this product to a friend
Great, Easy to Use, Comes with a case, screwdriver, dropper and a Big bottle of Calibration solution.
Works great. By nyfishman87 on 3/30/2014
nyfishman87 would recommend this product to a friend
Great product, great price, great customer service. Enough said.
a reef must By jlopez on 3/28/2014
jlopez would recommend this product to a friend
I recently had a misshap with a fish, he passed away due to high salinity, I was trusting my hydrometer was advice at my LFS to purchase one o f this they had them in stock but at $90 it was a bit out of my budget. Bought this one form BRS and is a great instrument the quality can be felt by just holding it, compared to the one at the LFS its smaller in size same quality but less than half the price and it cokes with calibration fluid. If you have a saltwter or reef aquarium get one period. Happy reefing
Works By Jason on 3/27/2014
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
Calibrates in seconds and easy to read.
Nice By Jabaar on 3/19/2014
Jabaar would recommend this product to a friend
With all the time consuming testers out there, It's really nice to have a tester that is fast. the time it takes for you to put water on it, you have your reading. If you're just starting in this hobby, skip the tester you put in the tank, to this one. Just more consistence readings
Excellent Salinity Guage By Gunsnroses on 3/16/2014
Gunsnroses would recommend this product to a friend
Used this about 10 times so far and it has been dead on each time. Calibration is a breeze and it is very easy to read.
Excellent product. By Joeking on 3/16/2014
Joeking would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use. The calibration fluid is nice to have. Must have for any serious aquarium enthusiast.
Smart buy By Jake on 3/13/2014
Jake would recommend this product to a friend
After many annoying failed attempts to get good readings using other devices, I decided to spend a little extra and get this tool. Have never regretted it for a second! Gives a precise reading every time and you no longer have to worry about correct levels or annoying bubbles that often plague hydrometers. Buy this product!!
Fast and Easy By Stick on 3/10/2014
Stick would recommend this product to a friend
I've had the product about a week now for my 180g reef. It is simple, fast and accurate. Much better than the needle float style I was using.
exactly as advertised By Tyler on 3/10/2014
Tyler would recommend this product to a friend
This us exactly what it says it is. No gimmicks appears to be made very well. It was actually calibrated properly right out of the box. I have no clue how reefers out there can actually use the old swing arm method.
Awesome product By Rob on 3/2/2014
Rob would recommend this product to a friend
I had never owned a refractometer or even used one for that matter, I had always relied on those cheap hydrometers. I am so glad that I purchased this product. I found out that my salinity was way lower than what I thought I had it at. I tested my friends and familys tanks and needless to say, they are all picking up some of these refractometers. Very easy to use and calibrate. Highly recommended!