So I have a little obsession with gadgets and probably need help, but is it really that big of a crime?
Anyone whose priced digital probe meters knows they're expensive but so many like those by Hanna, Vital Sine and American Marine have excellent reputations for pin point accuracy.
I especially like Hanna because they manufacture every component themselves, they don't source out a single component. This probably is why their reputation is unsurpassed as they remain in complete control of the manufacturing process from start too finish.
Personally I don't own any of their high end digital products, with the exception of their digital thermometer which I've had for about 5 years - and it's a great device.
The probe is stainless steel and very sharp so you could use it to check the internal temperature of oranges and grapefruit if you were so inclined.
I find the best use for it to be checking water temperature during the fun and always welcome ordeal of water changes.
There's a plastic cover that snaps on over the probe which you'll want to make sure is attached when you submerge the probe - which you need do only about an inch or so to get the reading.
The unit meets the compliance with USA food regulations, so no worries about the material being unsafe for your fish.
The meter has self check function which with a simple press of a button the device will check itself and make sure it's properly calibrated.
Checktemp has a range of -58.0 to 302.0 degrees - and I have found it to be continuously spot on accurate.
The meter also operates on one single 1.5V AAA battery, which should provide a whopping three thousand hours of continuous use.
It's small enough to fit in your pocket so if you have tanks in different rooms or use different taps to fill buckets as is the case for me, it's a really handy gadget to have.
Easy to operate, you just slide a little switch over and the meter does a quick calibration and then it's ready to go.
The only con I have about it is that it's not an instant read - it can take up too 20 seconds to get
your final reading, which shows up nice and clear on the LED screen.
20 seconds doesn't sound like much, but when you're hunched over a bathtub or sink it sure does.
Especially when waiting for those infernal and dangerous mercury thermometers to level off.
You'll get a final reading faster at times but not by much.
It comes with the following
* Stainless Steel Probe
* Protective Sleeve
* One 1.5 V AAA Battery
* Instruction Manual
Priced around $25 it's an excellent value - provides accurate readings and makes water changes easier by eliminating guess work.
Without hesitation I would recommend the Hanna Checktemp to most anyone.