Equipment review: 7Pros pH meter

I tried this one at Windy Point Soap Making Supplies in 2017, and it was still calibrated in 2018! I can’t remember what we did out of the box, to be honest, but I think the instructions said to soak it for 2 to 3 hours in distilled water. This machine comes with three calibration…...

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Equipment review: Dr Meter pH 100 pH meter

I bought this one by accident! I put a few different meters into my Amazon cart, and figured I’d hit “save for later” before checking out, but I didn’t, and it soon ended up at my house.  This one has a glass electrode and measures pH and temperature. It measures pH 0.1 to 14, +/- 0.02…...

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Equipment review: Jenco VisionPlus pH630 pH meter

This was the first meter I ever owned, a lovely Christmas present from my husband and mom in 2010, and it served me well for seven long years.  This meter has a glass sensor and reference tube, and the electrode can be easily replaced. It measures temperature – -9.9˚C to 99˚C or 14˚F to 212˚F, the…...

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Equipment review: Jenco pH610B pH meter

This one works with your smart phone using a free or paid app, and it has no screen! This one has a gel filled, single junction glass electrode, like most others. It can measure a pH range of 0 to 14, It measures temperature from 0˚C to 50˚C, +/- 0.5˚C, but it doesn’t note that it has…...

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Equipment review: HM Digital pH 200 pH meter

I bought this pH meter the summer of 2017 from Amazon.ca when my Jenco pH630 needed a new electrode and I needed a meter fast! The first one didn’t work, so the company replaced it with a new one very quickly, which was impressive. The HM Digital pH 200 is a pen type pH meter…...

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Equipment review: Apera pH 20 pH meter

This one has a cute feature: When you reach the pH measurement you want or when it’s done measuring, it gives you a little smiley face.  This pH meter has a glass electrode. It measures temperature – 0˚C to 50˚C, +/- 0.5˚C – and has automatic temperature compensation (ATC). It measures pH 0 to 14, but…...

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Acids, bases, and pH – oh my! Part five: What to look for in a meter

In part one of this series, we took a look at the chemistry of acids and bases. In part two, we took a look at how pH strips work. In part three, we reviewed some of the pH strips I’ve played with in my workshop. In part four, we looked at how to use a…...

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Equipment review: High shear mixers – Chefman 300W Soft-Touch Rubberized Ice Crushing Immersion Blender

Thanks to your monthly subscriptions, I can buy equipment and share my thoughts and experiences with you! I’ve been collecting quite a few different things – scales, thermometers, mixers, pH meters, and more – and using them in my classes, at home, with my youth programs, and everywhere else I can, and I hope my…...

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Get a bloody thermometer already! Equipment review

As I’ve been as wandering around the ‘net over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed people aren’t bothering to measure the temperature of their products any more. A popular blogger makes lotions by telling you to put the heated water phase and heated oil phase in a double boiler, then tells you to remove it…...

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If you wanted to get a formulator a present: Things for measuring

I know it’s hard to buy presents for crafters as it’s hard to know what specific and awesome ingredients we want, so I thought I’d share a few ideas then ask you for your suggestions to make life easier for those who might be buying us gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays. This post…...

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