Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Products We Love: Bluelab pH and ppm pens

Since we first started carrying their products over ten years ago, we've known Bluelab to be the "Cadillac" of metering brands. They are top quality and easy to use so we recommend them whenever we can. Most serious growers know about their Truncheon, the EC/PPM/CF measuring stick that has a five year warranty and never needs calibration (and also conveniently doubles as a nutrient solution stirrer). A few years back they released the pH Truncheon, which, due to probe-issues, was quickly taken off of the market. Since then they've come out with their Combo Meter, a handheld meter that measures ppm/EC/CF, pH and water temperature (and the Guardian, a continuous-monitoring meter that measures the same things), but we've had SO MANY requests for them to make a stand-alone pH pen to use in conjunction with the Truncheon. We've also gotten requests for a stand-alone ppm pen by those growers who are either on a budget and don't want to buy a Truncheon or who are trying to get a more precise reading (the Truncheon measures in increments of 100 ppm).

About 3 months ago we received our first shipment of Bluelab's independent pH and ppm pens. So far the response has been excellent, absolutely no complaints from the people who have bought them and we personally like them a lot. We've had no returns yet which is a really good sign, especially since other brands' (cough-Oakton-cough) pH pens have been coming back more often than ever. Both pens feature (from the Bluelab website):

  • Measures conductivity/pH (respectively) and temperature
  • Selectable units for conductivity (on the ppm pen) and temperature (˚C & ˚F)
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Calibration optional (ppm pen)
  • Successful calibration indicator
  • Hold function
  • Low battery warning
  • Fully waterproof
  • Auto off function
  • Automatic temperature compensation

Also, last month at the Long Beach Maximum Yield trade show we caught up with Chris from Bluelab and just last week we had a visit from Cindy...some big Bluelab / The Grow Room news is on the horizon. Check back here some time in the middle of January for the announcement! We still have some Bluelab lanyards that we took back with us from the show (good for hanging your meters in your rooms or for wearing them while working so your hands are free...or just for your keys!) so if you want one just ask. They're free!

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