While many companies have moved away from single parameter water testing meters and now produce meters that can test for a number of parameters instead of just one, Hanna recently released its new Hanna Checker HC Photometer for Free Chlorine which tests exclusively for free chlorine using EPA Approved DPD-1 as its reagent.
Specifications for the Hanna Checker HC Photometer for Free Chlorine:
- Detection Range: 0.00 to 2.50 ppm (mg/L)
- Resolution: 0.01 ppm (mg/L)
- Precision: ±0.03 ppm (mg/L) @ 25°C
- Power Source: (1) 1.5 Volt AAA Battery
- Light Source: 525 nm LED
- Sample Size: 10mL
- Applicable Testing Method: Adaptation of the EPA approved DPD method Standard Method 4500-ClG
Does the Hanna Checker HC Photometer for Free Chlorine use DPD?
We already answered this one, but yes, it does. The Hanna Checker HC Photometer for Free Chlorine uses an adaptation of the EPA approved DPD method Standard Method 4500-ClG. Given that the test uses a standard 10mL sample, we would guess that the meter can use any standard DPD reagents for a 10mL sample size.
Our opinion of the meter?
- Many of us here at Water Testing Blog have large hands with clumsy fingers so meters like this one that still use cuvettes, and GLASS cuvettes at that, kind of scare us. On top of that, most pool areas prohibit the use of glass in the pool area and many food processing facilities do as well.
- The meter appears to use pouches of powder which get ripped open prior to use… and we see people accidentally spilling the DPD powder and/or having trouble pouring the powder into the little cuvette — especially if testing outdoors in a breezy climate like one might find poolside.
- Having said all that, we DO, however, think that Hanna hit a nice price point w/ this meter; not too expensive and not too inexpensive.
- Hanna MISSED the mark w/ its pricing for the DPD-1 reagents. Each test will cost nearly $0.40 to run… when other testing methods use DPD-1 reagents (i.e. DPD tablets) that cost less than $0.10 per test.