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. .
Great weight/easy to use By Travis on 4/1/2013
Travis would recommend this product to a friend
Only "complaint" is that it is much easier to read pointed at a bright light, so doing evening maintenance requires some squinting.
works for me By Dustin on 3/31/2013
Dustin would recommend this product to a friend
works great when u figure it out. I thought the instruction were terrible.might just be me though make sure u hold up to a bright light to see the blue line.
Get it now! By Don on 3/27/2013
Don would recommend this product to a friend
After years of messing around with those crappy hydrometers I finally went with this refractometer. I don't know why i was waiting. This thing is so much easier to use while being way more accurate. Incredible quality for the price. Get it today.
Great Product By Max on 3/20/2013
Max would recommend this product to a friend
Great product and mine was calibrated out of the box.
Easy to Use and Accurate By Gary on 3/19/2013
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
I Love this. The Fluid makes it easy to calibrate and using it is easy and fast.
Awesome price for a good tool By Joe on 3/17/2013
Joe would recommend this product to a friend
I picked one of these up recently, and was surprised with the quality of the Refractometer for the price! It arrived quicker than I expected, came with a sturdy hard plastic case that everything fits into perfectly. This being my first purchase from BRS I'm very impressed and will be shopping here more in the future!
Perfect By Ray on 3/15/2013
Ray would recommend this product to a friend
Everyone with a saltwater tank needs one of these. It's so easy to use and works perfectly
Refractometer By Dave on 3/13/2013
Dave would recommend this product to a friend
I've been using an float type hydrometer but purchases a refractometer with calibration fluid and love it. BRS had it and other supplies here in three days!
Works great By Jack on 3/12/2013
Jack would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this after getting conflicting numbers from my IO hydrometer. This is easy to use and calibrate. I use it often as I'm starting a tank and have yet to even calibrate it. Takes a few seconds to measure and then a quick rinse w/ RODI and I'm done!
Great tool By christopher on 3/11/2013
christopher would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use and calibrate and accurate results. Used to use a swing arm hydrometer but after I started investing in corals I wanted something I could trust a little more and for the price the BRS refractometer can not be beat! I have had it now for at least 8 months with no issues. The most it was ever off was .001 which was fixed with recalibrating with the including recalibration fluid
A must have for any reefer!!!!!! By JASON on 3/11/2013
JASON would recommend this product to a friend
save time and frustration,forget the floating swing arm type hydrometer,get this ithe first time!!!!!
Great Product By Bradley on 3/9/2013
Bradley would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great tool for the home aquarium. Was using a small needle type meter and found it was a solid 3 to 4 points off. Tested my tank with this little beauty and I was right at 1.026. Glad I didn't add more salt. This tool os so easy to use my wife is willing to check the salinity as it only takes a second.
simple and accurate By Nick on 3/8/2013
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
Simple to calibrate , easy to use and accurate.
Must have By Todd on 3/5/2013
Todd would recommend this product to a friend
Hydrometers are far from accurate and this is a must have for any reefer.
great By Michael on 3/4/2013
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Simply put great refractometer easy to use easy to read. comes with everything u need for a great price
Hydrometer was way off By Anita on 3/2/2013
Anita would recommend this product to a friend
I just received my refractometer and calibrated to the fluid. Tested my aquarium and about fell over! The salinity was reading 1.015! According to my swing-arm hydrometer, it was 1.023. I only have one coral -a very forgiving star polyp - and my fish have been fine. So I obviously need to bring that salinity up. That POS hydrometer is going in the garbage!
Easy to calibrate and easy to read. By Devin on 3/1/2013
Devin would recommend this product to a friend
Great product, if you want the most accurate salinity results this is the thing to use.
Simple to use - just follow the instructions By Grant on 2/26/2013
Grant would recommend this product to a friend
Well constructed and simple to use. Just make sure you calibrate with the provided solution - there is a large reminder sticker on the box. So far, appears to work exactly as intended.
A MUST PURCHASE By Chris on 2/26/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I've been reefing for 4 years and always used a cheap plastic hydrometer. I haven't seen great growth in any livestock. Decided to dive into this refractometer. Glad I did. My plastic meter read 1.025. Tried the refractometer and it read 1.030! Made the adjustment and everything is thriving. A must purchase for little cost!
Inexpensive and accurate By Jared on 1/27/2013
Jared would recommend this product to a friend
You can't beat the price and the accuracy of this refractometer. The calibration fluid that is included is an added bonus. The lines are large and easy to read.
Not sure By Testor on 1/24/2013
Testor wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Printed instructions with ATC unit say to calibrate with RO/DI water. When I do so, the readings on the ATC match the readings I get on a digital Hanna refractometer. However when I test the calibration fluid that came with this unit, it's reading is 1.028.
So do I assume the calibration fluid is off, or trust it, and recalibrate the optical ATC unit, and assume the digital Hanna is off.
I know BRS site says to use calibration fluid to calibrate.
SCIENCE By Kerry on 1/24/2013
Kerry would recommend this product to a friend
Forget your little floaty tool. This couldn't be easier to use or more exact. Every reefer needs one of these!
Great price on sale for Christmas By Jerry on 1/23/2013
Jerry would recommend this product to a friend
Great product and super cheap at Christmas, bought 2.
Just buy it and save ur money on Hydrometers By Aquaman75 on 12/19/2012
Aquaman75 would recommend this product to a friend
I brought a Hydrometer from BFS and it worked great for about two months and then it started to give me reading i just know was off. I did a little research and got the refractometer. the best buy for reading the salinity for my water will never look back.
Simple, Soild, Reliable By Bryan on 12/18/2012
Bryan would recommend this product to a friend
This is probably one of the best values for a refractometer. It's a rock solid unit with a professional case and dead on accuracy.
The included calibration fluid worked and I can confirm it registers the same parameter on an electronic refractometer. This should be the first item any saltwater aquarium owner should buy.
Solid as can be By Frederick on 12/16/2012
Frederick would recommend this product to a friend
This refractometer does what it's supposed to do. It feels like a quality build and reads accurately. Just remember to use the calibration solution and do not calibrate to 0.00 or using ro/di water.
Calibration solution is great By Randal on 12/16/2012
Randal would recommend this product to a friend
This tool is great and consistent. Comes well packaged and feels well worth the money. The reason why I am not giving it a five star review is because the lines can sometimes be hard to read.
easy to use By preston on 12/9/2012
preston would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to read compared to my plastic hydrometer . It does what it claims
Cheap insurance By Nick on 12/7/2012
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to use. Easy to calibrate. Much more accurate then swing arm type hydrometer. Wish the eyepiece was a little bigger, but stil a great product.
Amazing By John on 12/4/2012
John would recommend this product to a friend
Way more accurate than the silly plastic hydrometer I was using! Perfect results every time!