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    Default Refractometers

    I am thinking about buying a refractometer. Is the cheap (ebay $25.00 specials) ones good enough or do I need to get a more expensive one? Also, which ones do you recommend?

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    Default Re: Refractometers

    My preference is to buy quality tools. You'll have them and use them for a long time and get satisfying use.

    I purchased the Blue Sky BLU-2ATC last fall and it seems to be a quality refractometer and got good reviews on Beesource. It does automatic correction for temperature which is nice to have and is accurrate to 0.1%. 0.1% is more than needed but a quality product.

    Was $70 last year. Was shocked at the shipping cost to Canada of an additional $31.

    Had some uncapped frames last fall, so needed to test moisture. It is also very helpful to allow one to test and pull less than 80% capped frames in honey season.
    If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got!

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    Default Re: Refractometers

    Quote Originally Posted by mgolden View Post
    My preference is to buy quality tools. You'll have them and use them for a long time and get satisfying use.
    I agree with MGolden on this one, always buy the best quality you can afford. You won't bee sorry. However, I bought the same one on ebay for $25.00 about 6 years ago and I was impressed at the actual quality. It has served me well, only needing to be re-calibrated 1 time. I checked it against my friends expensive digital model, we got the same readings. So really it's up to you & I would consider how much actual use it will get.

    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Refractometers

    J only have 25 hives, so it won't get much use, but I do want one that is reliable and accurate.

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    Default Re: Refractometers

    If its not accurate its worthless. I've read buy one that's made for honey, not brix. & you need a resolution of less than .5%. If you get one that you can only read with an accuracy of 1% you won't know if the honey is wet or not.
    Some people on the forum have had good luck using the brix meters.
    Dan

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    Default Re: Refractometers

    An older thread on this subject, but still useful:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-refractometer
    Graham
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    Default Re: Refractometers

    i bought one of those cheap ebay ones but for my saltwater tank and it has worked for almost 8 years with only 2 calibrations, once when i got it and about a year ago i did it again but it was very close still.

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    Angry Re: Refractometers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill91143 View Post
    ... but I do want one that is reliable ... .
    If you want a reliable information from a refractometer you need a reliable test plate for the reliable calibration:

    http://www.bellinghamandstanley.com/...mat_solid.html

    http://www.refractometershop.com/sho...on=full&id=133

    Some people have had good luck with a much cheeper calibration block (18.6%).
    I am not sure about this value.

    Johann

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