The ultimate handy solution for measuring conductivity!
The Bluelab ppm Pen is the latest innovation for hand held conductivity meters. It provides a compact, quick and handy way to manage the success of your crops.
The Bluelab ppm Pen simply tells you that your plants have the right amount of nutrient in your solution and lets you know if adjustments are needed.
Display options available in degrees Celsius, degrees Fahrenheit, EC, CF, ppm 500 and ppm 700.
Teamed with our Bluelab pH Pen, you have a handy, convenient and accurate system for ensuring optimum plant growth and health.
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Bluelab ppm Pen Questions & Answers
My nutrient readings are inaccurate - why?
What ppm scale should I use?
ppm measures parts per million.
ppm is known as dimensionless quantities; that is, they are pure numbers with no associated units of measurement. A mass concentration of 2mg/kg - 2 parts per million - 2ppm - 2 x 10-6.
There are many different scales used for different industries around the world and for many different reasons! Did you even know there are more than two scales? The most widely used scales in Hydroponics are the 500 scale, 650 scale and the 700 scale.
CF and EC are measures of electrically charged nutrient ions in a solution.
Pure water will not conduct electricity. Water usually conducts electricity because it is full of impurities, in our case, electrically charged nutrient ions. The two black dots on the end of Bluelab nutrient probes are called electrodes. When these are placed in a solution, an electrical current passes from one electrode, through the water to the other electrode and counts the number of electrically charged ions present. This represents the units measured - CF or EC.
What's the difference?
The ppm 700 scale is based on measuring the KCl or potassium chloride content of a solution. The ppm 500 is based on measuring the NaCl or sodium chloride content of a solution and is also referred to as TDS - total dissolved solids. Individual nutrient ions have different electrical effects! The true ppm of a solution can only be determined by a chemical analysis. ppm cannot be accurately measured by a CF or EC meter. They are present on Bluelab products as a conversion guide only. The conversion is as follows:
If you are reading from a book that says you should grow your crop at 1100ppm - how do you know which scale the writer is referring to? Is the scale on your ppm meter right for the job? If the book was written in the USA, it could be the 650 or 500 scale. If the book is written in the UK, it could be the 700 scale. If it was written in Australia, well it could be any of the three!
If you must grow using ppm, you will need to know the following: