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    Inline or Handheld TDS Meter?

    What do you prefer? Obviously an inline meter gives you a reading all the time, but I have heard people say they would only use a handheld because it allows you to keep the probes clean and calibrated etc.. I don't know much about this, so I am curious as too which I should be looking at..

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    Well I know myself that I love my inline TDS. I got real clumsy (Spelling) hands so something that I could drop and break is no good for me. Can't go wrong with the inline. I didn't even know that you could calibrate a TDS meter. Alot less chance of loosing it as well. I think it's all in what you need. Both have there benefits and downfalls.

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    My in-line TDS hasn't failed me and always gives accurate readings in and out.

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    There's nothing wrong with a hand-held.
    I prefer the hand-held TDS meter. Two reasons: 1. it's cheaper, 2. you can play with it you can take it everywhere and measure the water (I was bored).

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    i have a inline TDS that comes with my RO unit. I like it, can see the input&product water 's TDS on the fly.
    Hardwares: 50G reef tank, 30G sump & ~55lb Indo/Fiji LR. Finnex 36"x4 T5 lights, Coralife Superskimmer 220g, Mag9.5 return and SEIO820+MJ600 PH.
    Corals: zoosss, mushrooms, hammer, torch, fogsprawn, blasto, crocea clam, RBTA
    Fish: Percular clown PJ cardinal, royal gramma, yellow watchman goby, 3x chromis.

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    For the price difference, go in line.

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    I have tried both... inline is my choice aswell.

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    I have an inline as well and like it very much. The only drawback is you can't take it with you.

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    Has inline, that work perfectly for me, but would like to have handheld as well to be able to test the water in my FW tanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by colesy
    ... I have heard people say they would only use a handheld because it allows you to keep the probes clean and calibrated etc.. I don't know much about this....
    Oh and another point, you can calibrate the inline TDS meter as well, not that you need to. If you open up the casing of the inline TDS meter, on the circuit board there's a little screw knob that you can adjust.
    Hardwares: 50G reef tank, 30G sump & ~55lb Indo/Fiji LR. Finnex 36"x4 T5 lights, Coralife Superskimmer 220g, Mag9.5 return and SEIO820+MJ600 PH.
    Corals: zoosss, mushrooms, hammer, torch, fogsprawn, blasto, crocea clam, RBTA
    Fish: Percular clown PJ cardinal, royal gramma, yellow watchman goby, 3x chromis.

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