Review: TDS & amp; EC Meter: Test for Hard Water

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Hey everyone, Rose here with another product review. I have the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) & EC (Electric conductivity) Meter by HealthWiser. I am betting you are looking and wondering ‘what in the world is that thing’? Let me tell you, I was a little puzzled myself, and I still am.

The TDS & EC Meter By HealthyWise Tests for Hard Water

I wasn’t sure what the TDS & EC Meter was used for when I agreed to review it.  So, why did I agree to the review? Great question! I love tech stuff, plus I do sort of know one of the two things this is used for. The TDS or Total dissolved solids tells you how soft or hard your water is. I’ve known I live in a house with very hard water, but I didn’t know how hard it is.  I recently started using a water filter in hopes it would help with the taste and it did. Did it really help the quality?

This is what I found:

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This was water directly from my bathroom . . . you know like when I brush my teeth. I put the HealthyWise meter in it and got a reading of 345 ppm (parts per million). I know you are thinking there is another zero so it can’t be too bad, right?  Well, according to the instruction book it does fall in the range of average tap water . . . BUT it also states 300ppm is marginally acceptable.

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Okay, now to use the HealthyWise meter in my filtered water. It shows under 200ppm, which is still slightly hard water according to HeathyWise, they say begins at 170ppm. So, the filter did remove a good portion of dissolved solids, but the water is still hard. I guess that makes sense since it is just a filter and not a softener.  You see, the meter also reads temperature up to 122 Fahrenheit. I like how the meter comes with a nice little storage case to keep it protected when not in use.

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So what is Electric Conductivity?

That is a good question that I am still scratching my head over. We all know we are told electricity and water don’t mix. Well, it seems that is not always the case. Distilled water can actually be an insulator from electricity. Who knew? I didn’t till recently. So, I guess there are some applications where it is a good or bad thing and this can tell you exactly how well your water will or will not carry a charge. It is not a function I will be using very often, if at all.

Was it worth it? Just out of curiosity is the HealthyWise meter  handy for the average person, maybe.  What do you think?

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