The HI96706 Phosphorus Photometer combines accuracy and ease of use in an ergonomic, portable design. Using the HI93706-01 ready-made reagents a user can accurately determine the concentration of phosphorus within a 0.0 to 15.0 mg/L (ppm) range. The HI96706 offers many advanced features including the exclusive CAL Check™ function used for performance verification and calibration of the meter.
The HI96706 portable photometer is for the measurement of phosphorus. Hanna’s portable photometers feature an advanced optical system; the combination of a special tungsten lamp, a narrow band interference filter, and silicon photodetector ensure accurate photometric readings every time. The Hanna exclusive CAL Check™ feature utilizes ready-made, NIST traceable standards to verify both meter validation and calibration. The exclusive cuvette locking system ensures that the cuvette is inserted into the measurement cell in the same position every time to maintain a consistent path length.
CAL Check™ – Allows for performance verification and calibration of the meter using NIST traceable standards.
GLP – Review of the last calibration date.
Auto-shut off – Automatic shut off after 10 minutes of non-use when the meter is in measurement mode. Prevents wastage of batteries in the event the meter is accidentally left on.
Battery status indicator – Indicates the amount of battery life left.
Built-in timer – Display of time remaining before a measurement is taken. Ensures that all readings are taken at the appropriate reaction intervals for the test being performed.
Error messages – Messages on display alerting to problems including no cap, high zero, and standard too low.
Cooling lamp indicator – To maintain the desirable wavelength to be used for absorbance, it is necessary to ensure components are not overheated from the heat generated by the tungsten lamp. Each photometer is designed to allow a minimal amount of time for components to cool. The cooling lamp indicator is displayed prior to a reading being taken.
Units of measure – Appropriate unit of measure is displayed along with reading.
Common in natural systems, such as lakes, oceans, and soil, phosphorus is an essential element for plant and animal growth. However, when present in large concentrations, phosphorus can cause excessive microorganism and algae growth. For hobbyists with saltwater aquaria, a high amount of phosphorus can problematic to fish and coral. The main source of phosphorus in reef aquaria is through food that is introduced on a daily basis, but it is also produced through the breakdown of plant material and excretion from fish. Replacement water can also be a source of phosphorus in aquaria, where tap water or reverse osmosis water is used to replace evaporated water and control the salt concentration in tanks. Both forms of water contain phosphorus, albeit in varying concentrations, and will have negative effects if the accumulating levels are not controlled. Phosphorus is also responsible for corrosion for corrosion of piping systems if present in high enough amounts.
The HI96706 uses an adaptation of the Standard Method for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, Amino Acid method to measure phosphorus concentrations of less than 15.0 mg/L (ppm). When the reagent is added to samples containing phosphorus, the sample will turn a blue hue; the greater the concentration, the deeper the color. The associated color change is then colorimetrically analyzed according to the Beer-Lambert Law. This principle states that light is absorbed by a complementary color, and the emitted radiation is dependent upon concentration. For phosphorus determination, a narrow band interference filter at 525 nm (blue-green) allows only blue-green light to be detected by the silicon photodetector and omits all other visible light emitted from the tungsten lamp. As the change in color of the reacted sample increases, absorbance of the specific wavelength of light also increases, while transmittance decreases.
The HI96706 is available as a kit which includes:
- Portable Photometer
- Sample cuvettes (2)
- CAL Check™ standards with certificate
- Cuvette cleaning cloth
- Rugged carrying case
- Carrying case has thermoformed insert for meter and accessories
*Reagents ordered separately
CAL Check™ standards with certificate
The HI96706-11 CAL Check™ standards are used for calibration and performance verification of photometers with the CAL Check™ function.
Supplied with Certificate of Analysis
- Lot number
- Expiration date
- Standard value @ 25 °C
- Reference meter NIST traceable
Provided storage containers
- Light tight
- Protects from accidental breakage