While a digital pH meter can be the most accurate instrument for measuring soil pH levels, it won’t be the case if you don’t calibrate it regularly. A vital step in getting highly accurate results on your pH meter is regular calibration. However, how do you know when calibration is necessary and when the readings are off track? We want to help you with your pH meter. That’s why we’ve compiled four practical tips to calibrate your pH meter and make sure that it’s accurate all the time.
Read the Manual
Every digital pH meter comes with a manual in its package. Calibration procedures tend to change based on which meter is being used. To best understand your specific pH meter, you must read the manual when you receive your pH meter. Click here to search for a product manual if yours didn’t come with one.
Make Sure You Have the Right Buffers
When calibrating your pH meter, you must have the appropriate buffers. For instance, if you want to measure something with a pH level of eight, and you only calibrate your pH meter with a pH five buffer, you may not get an accurate measurement. pH measurements tend to be most accurate when the calibration points bracket or are above and below the expected pH level. At the same time, check your buffers and determine their expiration dates as that will also be a factor towards the accuracy of your readings.
Calibrate Your pH Meter Regularly
For the best and most accurate measurements, we highly suggest that you calibrate your digital pH meter every time you start measuring a new set of samples. Regular calibration will also help spot problems with your electrode. It does this by comparing your electrode to known buffers and calculating the offset and slope.
Always Be Aware of Your Slope and Offset
Keep in mind that your offset and slope have a significant impact on the condition of your electrode. If you have an offset that’s outside of the standard range, it could mean that your probe requires cleaning or you have a clogged junction. Once this occurs, you should try soaking your probe in a cleaning solution. You can either buy one or make your own cleaning solution. Click this link to find out how.
These four tips will effectively help you calibrate your digital pH meter. That way, you can ensure that you’re getting accurate results on all of your readings every time you use your pH meter. For more tips and guide on using other scientific instruments, check out our blog page.