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!
NEVER GOING BACK! By Ryan on 3/1/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
I like most used the hydrometers, never again after getting this. Just a few drops and all done, and with the calibration fluid you know it's spot on.
Excellent product By Jesse on 2/27/2014
Jesse would recommend this product to a friend
Quick and easy to use. I dont know why I waited this long to get one.
Love It!! By Beerbody on 2/27/2014
Beerbody would recommend this product to a friend
This is great for the price. Checked my salinity with this and saw that it was way off what my hydrometer said. So glad I got this and for a great price!
AMAZING!!!! By CountryR33fs88 on 2/27/2014
CountryR33fs88 would recommend this product to a friend
MUST HAVE very accurate and easy to read throw away your plastic hydrometers and pick up one of these ASAP
just buy it By Brandon on 2/26/2014
Brandon would recommend this product to a friend
Previously used a hydrometer until i had my water tested and the lfs and they used a refractometer and gave me a completely different reading. This is accurate and too important of a tool to skimp on
Keeping the salinity in check o my 215G reef By Burnie on 2/20/2014
Burnie would recommend this product to a friend
I used hydrometers for years and finally bought this refractometer. I immediately found my salinity was at 1.030 when the hydrometer had it at 1.026. Its accurate and dependable and considering its cheaper to buy than any decent coral its well worth the investment.
Excellent purchase By Surfishjoe on 2/12/2014
Surfishjoe would recommend this product to a friend
Always used hydrometers with no problems. Finally bit the bullet for the real deal. This is a nice piece of equipment. I am impressed and its well worth the piece of mind. Bonus they include calibration fluid!
Works great By Booth2010 on 2/11/2014
Booth2010 would recommend this product to a friend
Work great, easy to configure. My hydrometer read the same though so I feel like it's not 100% needed as long as you have good upkeep of hydrometers
EXCELLENT METER By Claude on 2/6/2014
Claude would recommend this product to a friend
The meter is easy to use calibration is quick and easy grid is large and easy to read. Manufacturer instructions say to calibrate to 1.000 with distilled water same as my other meter so I am not sold on using the calibration fluid sent with it. Not by the manufacturer.
easy to use By Michael on 2/1/2014
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this product to use in my 90 gal setup. The cal fluid works as its supposed to. It Is easy to read even for me with glasses. It takes some of the guess work out of my salinity.
Great pruduct By Will on 2/1/2014
Will would recommend this product to a friend
Im a beginner to reefing but this refractometer paired with a good tutorial video on youtube any you will have precise reading of your salinity levels. Necessary for success
Extremely accurate By Martin on 1/30/2014
Martin would recommend this product to a friend
Once calibrated this refractometer gives a perfect measure. Greatly improved the variability in my salintity.
very accurate By jimbo on 1/29/2014
jimbo would recommend this product to a friend
Been using the plastic ones but now using this one always spot on.Very fast and easy to use.
Great Accuracy By Richard on 1/20/2014
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
I made the mistake of using a hydrometer until my corals melted from high salinity. I switched to using this afterwards and my salinity has been perfect ever since. The calibration is simple and it did take a few minor adjustments but since it settled in it is dead on when I check every week before checking my salt water.
Great Product By Bradon on 1/16/2014
Bradon would recommend this product to a friend
I was a little hesitant at first seeing as it is more expensive then the hydrometer option, however I a glad I purchased this product as it is high quality, easy to use, and gives clear readings.
Get ,one! By James on 1/9/2014
James would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is so accurate, tested it against LFS refractometer, I don't know why I didn't get one sooner. A must have with any saltwater tank!!!!!
Excellent product, excellent price! By WindeyD on 1/8/2014
WindeyD would recommend this product to a friend
A refractometer is a must for any reefer; this one here is a very high quality product at a price that can't be beat. Easy to use and as accurate as all get out. Soup to nuts it has been a home run aquisition!
Buy this... Better than and of the cheap plastic hydrometers. By George on 12/30/2013
George would recommend this product to a friend
Well built and for the price, unbeatable. I managed to get this on sale for under 20 here at BRS during their sale. Even at full price, this is a lot better and more accurate than using a hydrometer and the price difference isn't even that great. Save yourselves the trouble and use this.
accurate and easy By erick on 12/29/2013
erick would recommend this product to a friend
this makes reef keeping simple and easy. so much more reliable than the old school hydrometers.
Excellent price By Corey on 12/28/2013
Corey would recommend this product to a friend
Been using a hydrometer for the past 5 years and finally decided to purchase one of these. Very well built and included case makes for easy and safe storage. Only problem I have is the calibration fluid was not included in my package, but for the price, still a great purchase.
Awesome product and great price By Tattoolew on 12/23/2013
Tattoolew would recommend this product to a friend
This Refractometer is well built and includes calibration fluid so you know you are right where you want to be. Much better than a hydrometer and easier to use. Three small drops on the lense and look thru the tube towards light.
Product was wonderful but uber slow shipping By Lovage on 12/16/2013
Lovage would recommend this product to a friend
Everything is as advertised and very very high quality. My only complaint is it was delivered 3 days after the predicted delivery date.
Absolute Must Have! By Blair on 12/16/2013
Blair would recommend this product to a friend
I just started in the salt water hobby at the beginning of October and since then I had used the swing arm hydrometer figuring it had to be close enough. Well I picked up this refractometer during BRS's doorbuster sale and all I have to say is why didnt I get one of these to begin with? Super easy to calibrate and use and it gives a peace of mind that no hydromter can ever give. If you are just starting out, or have been in the hobby for years and never got one, I recommend that you do yourself the favor and pick this up and never play the swing arm guessing game again
Sweet little tool for the arsenal By Brian on 12/15/2013
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
I'm a firm believer that the person who buys quality cries only once. And with a price like this the tears were at a real minimum. I tested against my plastic hydrometer and found a .005 difference in results. I don’t really have a way to confirm which tester was the inaccurate one, but I’m going to assume for now that it’s the cheap, uncalibratable, mass produced, plastic one.