Easy to use, very accurate readings and great value. By Sakura2282 on 6/22/2013
Sakura2282 would recommend this product to a friend
Wonderful Product!!! a must have.
I'm so happy I bought this refractometer from BRS. It took me some time to final make the decision to buy it because. I was thinking it looked so complicated to use for a beginner like me, but I was so fas from the true and I'm happy I got it. The instructions are very easy to follow, but I did not calibrate mine to "0" as it says on note outside the box from BRS.
What I did instead was to read the instructions than came with the calibration fluid. I put some drops of the fluid on the lens and the reading went to 1.035. After that, I cleaned it with the soft cloth that comes with the refractometer and put some drops of the water inside my tank on it. The reading from my water was 1.030 ppm, so I added more salt to my tank and did all the process again until the reading was a perfect 1.035 ppm.
Thanks BRS another EXCELLENT PRODUCT I got from you.
Don't waste your time with anything else By Michael on 6/12/2013
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
When I moved from freshwater to reefing keeping the salinity in check was my biggest fear. I bought this refractometer from day one and am so glad I did! It is incredibly easy to use, easy to read, and lets me keep an eye on salinity in just a few seconds. It's so easy to use that I find myself checking my salinity frequently just as a sanity check. Don't even waste your time with a hydrometer when this is so cheap and easy.
Sucks! By Brandon on 6/7/2013
Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
This thing is a piece of crap! The calibration screw moves on it's own after you get it where you need it. You have to calibrate it to a 1.023, let go of the screwdriver and wait for the screw to move on it's own until it reads 1.026
Once you wash the calibration fluid off and put your drops of saltwater on this thing, who knows how far the screw has moved itself. There is no way to get an accurate reading with this thing as long as the calibration screw moves itself slowly back to it's original position.
Avoid this refractometer.
Perfect! By Greg on 6/4/2013
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
Love this refractometer. Really easy to use, easy to read...can't go wrong with this one--especially at this price.
Refractometer By Karen on 5/29/2013
Karen would recommend this product to a friend
I learned my $10 plastic hydrometer is surprisingly
still fairly accurate after 4 years. But I now have peace
of mind that my tank IS the salinity I want it to be. I felt
like I was just winging it before I got this.
High quality By AZWREEFER on 5/29/2013
AZWREEFER would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first refractometer and its great. It's heavy and sturdy and easy to calibrate. The protective case is good to and the calibration fluid is easy to use.
Much better By Sentra02boy on 5/28/2013
Sentra02boy would recommend this product to a friend
Much better than my hydrometer and now I'm not going to LFS getting my salinity double checked.
Accurate and easy to use By Tammy on 5/28/2013
Tammy would recommend this product to a friend
This was the first refractometer I have used and I must say it is a great and accurate product. I really liked that it came with calibration fluid and a case. The instrument is east to use and very high quality. I always know my readings are going to be accurate with this. Would highly recommend this product!
Great value, precision instrument By Reefrobster on 5/21/2013
Reefrobster would recommend this product to a friend
This has been my first experience using a refractometer. I was using the plastic hydrometer before and I felt like I wasn't getting accurate reads on my salinity so I opted to spend a little money and get a refractometer. I shopped around and found this one from BRS at a reasonable price. It has been a great purchase. Instrument feels solid and is very easy to calibrate. I like that they include the calibration fluid and the instrument comes in a nice protective case. I now feel assured that I can get a good read on my reef tanks salinity using this precision instrument. Well worth the money.
Best Option Unless You Spend $100+ By Jeff on 5/18/2013
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
My impression is that other places used to have good refractometers at $40 - nowadays it is much harder to find one of this quality that comes with a holding case and calibration fluid included.
High Quality By JORGE on 5/12/2013
JORGE would recommend this product to a friend
It's high quality and also comes in a kit with everything you need, even the calibration solutions that helps us make sure the readings are the right ones.
great product By Jason on 5/10/2013
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
great product, much better then the hydrometers i have used. highly recommend
GREAT!!! By Moneymarkj on 5/4/2013
Moneymarkj would recommend this product to a friend
I never wanted to buy one of these, but my hydrometer gave up the ghost and started to give me faulty readings. This hydrometer is spot on and is easy to read. the instructions that came with it had some mispelled words, but besides that, it's good!
Quality equipment By Joel on 5/3/2013
Joel would recommend this product to a friend
This refractometer is great. It just needs a really bright light to get a clear reading. The hinge hasn't rusted yet (as it did with a former unit). Appreciated the inclusion of calibration fluid. Solid piece of equipment no reefer can afford to be without.
Easy to Use & Accurate By Starrme on 4/29/2013
Starrme would recommend this product to a friend
I love this refractometer.
- comes pre-calibrated
- easy to clean, just wipe off after use
- includes a cleaning cloth
- can be pointed at any bright light (works great with lamps in the evening)
- Instructions are a little vague
- Don't calibrate to 0
- Turning the eye piece focuses the line for easier reading
Works Great By Mike on 4/22/2013
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
Works great. Much better than hydrometer.
Simple and accurate By Kelley on 4/17/2013
Kelley would recommend this product to a friend
This refractometer is easy to read, easy to calibrate, and exceptionally accurate. I highly recommend.
Great!!!! By Javier on 4/16/2013
Javier would recommend this product to a friend
Super fast shipping. Very easy to use. I will never go back to use a hydrometer.
no more hydrometers By John on 4/13/2013
John would recommend this product to a friend
Tired of inaccurate hydrometers. The brs refractometer is for you. It holds calibration well. The lense is nice and clear.
done with Russian roulette By donewitplastic junk on 4/13/2013
donewitplastic junk would recommend this product to a friend
I have been using a swing arm hydrometer for about two years. I would check it with my LFS refractometer and it always stayed .001 off. Would wash it out with warm water after every use. But this refractometer i purchased is so easy and spot on I really could of kicked myself if something went wrong because of ole' swing arm malfunctioning. At times I wondered because the arm would get stuckor bubbles in the mechanism. Now there is no question and know that this lil tool is just insurance to help protect the investment of my beloved reef. Thank you BRS for making this product affordable.
Easy to use By Chavinpat on 4/8/2013
Chavinpat would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to use and calibrate.
Great By Jed on 4/6/2013
Jed would recommend this product to a friend
Good price! Super fast shiping!! Way better then using a Hydrometer!!!! A+ in my book!!!!.
Good product By Roger on 4/4/2013
Roger would recommend this product to a friend
I like the refactometer very much, but I just can not for the life of me, see through that tiny eyepiece, I was going to return it, but my wife said "Keep it, I can see just fine" so I'm writing a review based on whatshe said Lol
A must have! By Brad on 4/2/2013
Brad would recommend this product to a friend
I have been Reefing for over 15 years and have been using the old fashion hydrometers. After using a Refractometer I would never go back. Readings are so fast and there is no need to shut off mixing pumps to get a good reading. .