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HI96801 Digital Refractometer for Brix Analysis in Foods

HI96801 Digital Refractometer for Brix Analysis in Foods

The HI96801 is a rugged, portable digital refractometer for food products is designed to report the sugar content of aqueous solutions as % Brix. The HI96801 report the results with an accuracy of ±0.2% Brix. The operation of the meter is simplified with only two buttons: one button is to calibrate with distilled or deionized water and the other to take a measurement. All readings are automatically compensated for temperature variations according to the ICUMSA Methods Book standard and displayed with a 1.5 second response time. The sealed flint glass prism and stainless steel well are easy to clean. Just wipe with a soft cloth in preparation for the next sample.

The HI96801 is a rugged, portable digital refractometer for food products is designed to report the sugar content of aqueous solutions as % Brix. The HI96801 report the results with an accuracy of ±0.2% Brix. The operation of the meter is simplified with only two buttons: one button is to calibrate with distilled or deionized water and the other to take a measurement. All readings are automatically compensated for temperature variations according to the ICUMSA Methods Book standard and displayed with a 1.5 second response time. The sealed flint glass prism and stainless steel well are easy to clean. Just wipe with a soft cloth in preparation for the next sample.

Sample size as small as 2 metric drops (100 μl)

Sample size as small as 2 metric drops (100 μl)

 

 

 

 

Sealed stainless steel well with high grade optical prism made of flint glass

Sealed stainless steel well with high grade optical prism made of flint glass

 

 

 

Fast 1.5 second response time for temperature compensated reading

Fast 1.5 second response time for temperature compensated readings

 

 

 

 

Details

The HI96801 portable refractometer converts the refractive index of a food sample to % Brix. This conversion is based on the tables found in the ICUMSA Methods Book (International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis) that documents the changes in refractive index with temperature for a percent by weight sucrose solution. The HI96801 is ideal for the analysis of fruits, energy drinks, puddings, soy milk, juices, jam, marmalade, honey, soups, jelly, tofu and condiments. The HI96801 is an easy to use tool for measuring sugar in food samples in the field or in the lab.

  • Designed for food sugar analysis
  • Temperature Compensation algorithms based on sucrose solution
  • 0 to 85% Brix range with an accuracy of ± 0.2%

Making a Standard % Brix Solution

To make a Brix Solution, follow the procedure below:

    • Place container (such as a glass vial or dropper bottle that has a cover) on an analytical balance.
    • Tare the balance.
    • To make an X BRIX solution weigh out X grams of high purity Sucrose (CAS #: 57-50-1) directly into the container.
    • Add distilled or deionized water to the container so the total weight of the solution is 100g.
    • Note: Solutions above 60% Brix need to be vigorously stirred or shaken and heated in a water bath. Remove solution from bath when sucrose has dissolved. The total quantity can be scaled proportionally for smaller containers but accuracy may be sacrificed.

Example with 25% Brix:

% Brix (g/100g) Sucrose (g) Water (g) Total (g)
25 25.000 75.000 100.000

Features at-a-glance:

One-point calibration

  • Calibrate with distilled or deionized water

Small sample size

  • Sample size can be as small as 2 metric drops (100 μl)

Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC)

  • Samples automatically compensated for temperature variations

Quick, accurate results

  • Readings are displayed in approximately 1.5 seconds

Dual-level LCD

  • The dual-level LCD displays % Brix and temperature readings simultaneously

 

Dual-level LCD

  • The dual-level LCD displays % Brix and temperature readings simultaneously

Battery indicators

  • Battery percent level remaining at startup and low battery indicator

Automatic shut-off

  • To conserve battery life the meter shuts off automatically after three minutes of non-use

Stainless steel sample well

  • Easy to clean and corrosion-resistant

IP65 water resistant protection

  • Water resistant ABS plastic casing designed to perform under laboratory and field conditions.

Specifications

Specifications 
Sugar Content Range0 to 85% Brix
Sugar Content Resolution0.1% Brix
Sugar Content Accuracy (@25C/77F)0.2% Brix
Temperature Range0 to 80C (32 to 176F)
Temperature Resolution0.1C (0.1F)
Temperature Accuracy0.3 C (0.5 F)
Temperature Compensationautomatic between 10 and 40C (50 to 104F)
Measurement Timeapproximately 1.5 seconds
Minimum Sample Volume100 μL (to cover prism totally)
Light Sourceyellow LED
Sample Cellstainless steel ring and flint glass prism
Auto-offafter three minutes of inactivity
Enclosure RatingIP65
Battery Type / Life9V / approximately 5000 readings
Dimensions / Weight192 x 102 x 67 mm (7.6 x 4.01 x 2.6”) / 420 g (14.8 oz.)
Ordering InformationHI96801 is supplied with battery and instruction manual