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What Do Users Look for in a pH Meter?

Find out our readers’ ten most desired features and more from our latest survey results.

by Ryan Ackerman

The expanded features in today’s pH meters reflect the broad use of this technology. Researchers use pH meters in a wide range of research fields—including biological and chemical, agricultural and environmental, and virtually all kinds of manufacturing.

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a pH Meter

  1. What type of connector does the meter use?
    • Is it a BNC or DIN?
    • Is it proprietary or can other manufacturers’ probes be used with it?
  2. What is the replacement cost for a pH electrode?
  3. What accessories are included with the meter?
    • What is the complete cost of all accessories needed to operate the meter?
  4. What type of after sales support is offered?
    • If something goes wrong with the meter, can it be fixed locally?
    • What is the general turnaround time for repair?
  5. What makes the company different from other companies that manufacture similar products?
  6. What additional types of features are offered? (GLP data, PC connectivity (USB vs RS 232), calibration timeout, number of calibration points, ISE concentration readout, incremental methods for ISE and mv readout of concentration during calibration process).

Types of pH meter(s) used by survey respondents:

Benchtop - pH only 59%
Benchtop - multi parameter 44%
Portable - pH only 27%
Portable - multi parameter 20%
In-line - pH only 3%
In-line - multi parameter 3%
Other 1%

Methods used to measure pH as reported by survey respondents:

Glass-electrode method 67%
Hydrogen-electrode method 11%
Indicator methods 9%
Metal-electrode methods 8%
Quinhydron-electrode method 1%
Other 2%

Nearly 55% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new pH meter. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab
First time purchase

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a pH meter:

Ease of use 77%
Resolution and accuracy of the meter 75%
Low Maintenance / Easy-to-clean 72%
Autocalibration with temperature compensation 66%
Availability of supplies and accessories 46%
Heavy-duty and waterproof 42%
Detachable Electrode Probe 42%
Longer-lived refillable electrode type 40%
Warranty 39%
Service and support 38%

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See results from previous pH meter surveys: