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Best moisture meter 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2018
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Brayden DiazMy name is Brayden Diaz. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. I spent 29 hours researching and testing 19 different types of moisture meter and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. You see I’m an average member of the public just like you and the main reason I decided to publish a review website on moisture meter is because I was looking for one not so long ago.

Best moisture meter of 2018

So, what exactly would anyone want to know about moisture meter? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best moisture meter. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best moisture meter to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. Customers need to be careful on how they spend their money on these products. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency).

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
5 points
4 points
Size
5 points
4 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
5 points
4 points
Value
4 points
4 points
5 points
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№1 – Dual Moisture Meter: LCD BACKLIT DISPLAY- Test Moisture Levels & Temperature in Wood

 
Dual Moisture Meter: LCD BACKLIT DISPLAY- Test Moisture Levels & Temperature in Wood

Pros
✔︎ PROFESSIONAL GRADE: Designed to test moisture & temperature levels in Wood, Concrete, Drywall & Other Building Materials. Easily detect Water Damage, Mold Risk, Leaks, Wet Building Materials & Seasoned Firewood.
✔︎ TEST OVER 100 MATERIALS: The 4 category group material settings (listed on Owner’s Manual) increases the accuracy of the measurement! For the most precise moisture & temperature readings of dozens of materials.
Cons
Nothing, except that I wasted too much time making my choice.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this moisture meter win the first place?

I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Size
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№2 – Dr.meter Digital Wood Moisture Meter

 
Dr.meter Digital Wood Moisture Meter

Pros
Wood Moisture Meter has a wide and precise measuring range of 5% – 40% and Accuracy: ±1%
2 spare integrated sensor pins for replacement to keep your Moisture detector a longer life.Powered by a 9V battery (Included).
Easy-to-read LCD display for quick and easy viewing,this Moisture Tester has an ergonomic size to fit in one hand.
Cons
Inconsistent results.
A little more expensive than comparable models.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this moisture meter come in second place?

I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Size
4

4star

Durability
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№3 – General Tools MMD4E Moisture Meter

 
General Tools MMD4E Moisture Meter

Pros
Moisture meter features an easy-to-read LCD display for quick and easy viewing; ergonomic size fits in one hand
Ideal for contractors and homeowners to measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall and subflooring; essential water damage tool
Moisture detector has a wide and precise measuring range; stick the stainless steel pins into the surface of what you are measuring in order to get a read-out
Cons
Some people don’t like this design.
The knob at the top is rather flimsy.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this moisture meter take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
4

4star

Durability
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

moisture meter Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy moisture meter, right? No!

Pin vs. Pinless Meters

Species and Temperature Correction Temperature and wood density affect the readings given by moisture meters.All meters are calibrated to read the MC of Douglas fir at about 6degrees F. (The Timber Check is the only exception; it is calibrated for red oak). That means if you’re using a meter on something other than Douglas fir and the temperature is above or below 6degrees F, you’ll need to make adjustments to the meter reading. Manufacturers include charts that adjust for species and temperature variations. More expensive meters have built-in species correction and a couple have built-in temperature correction as well (see chart below). Just set the meter to the desired species and the meter automatically corrects the readings.This is a huge benefit when you have a lot of wood to test. Pin meters are more sensitive to temperature variations than pinless meters. That’s why pin meters always come with temperature correction charts. Some manufacturers include corrections for pinless meters should you need a very precise reading. Pinless meters,on the other hand,are more sensitive to differences in density,or “specific gravity”of different species than pin meters. That’s why pin meters with built-in species correction can get away with grouping species into a handful of settings while pinless meters generally require you to set the specific gravity of each species into the meter.

Important Features

Pin Length A rule of thumb states that the average MC of a board can be found at a depth equal to 1/to 1/the thickness of the board. For example, 5/16-in. pins are long enough to get an average MC reading on a 1-1/2-in.-thick board and 1/2-in. pins will work for 2-in. stock. Remember,however, that this rule works only when the board has an even moisture gradient where the surface is drier than the core. It’s tempting to think that a pin meter measures the MC of the wood at the ends of the pins. In reality, the uninsulated pins measure the wettest layer of wood they come in contact with. Wood that’s been stored in a shed or shop can have a higher MC on the surface than the core. In this case, the reading only reflects the MC of the wetter outer surface, regardless of how deep the pins penetrate. To get an accurate core reading with uninsulated pins you can crosscut the board and take a reading of the core on the freshly exposed end grain. Insulated pins only measure the MC of the wood at the tips of the pins. They come with the external probe accessory that’s available with some meters.

Built-In Species and Temperature Correction We think that built-in species correction is a feature you can live without unless you typically need to take readings on a large quantity of wood.A chart can be a bit of a hassle,but it’s no big deal if you’re dealing with just a few boards. Even with built-in correction, you may have to use a chart to find the right setting.

Fast & Accurate Location of Damp Areas

There are a variety of probes available from standard and universal to more product specific probes. If you need to measure moisture levels within a wall you may want to consider ‘Deep Wall Probes’. These allow you to measure moisture at depth within walls and other structures.

Pinless Moisture Meters

These operate on the principle of capacitance, which is a fancy way of saying that these devices compare the relationship of the wood’s electrical properties and the water (moisture content) that wood contains.  Capacitance simply refers to the ability of a given object to hold an electrical charge.  Earlier, we said that wood was generally not very good at this (low capacitance) while water is very good at it.

Pinless meters have a couple of significant drawbacks to be aware of, however.  The big one is that they cannot tell the difference between core moisture, that is, moisture toward the center of the given piece of wood, and shell or surface moisture.  This can be problematic if you’re burning wood for fuel, but is much better suited for wood planks and other, thinner pieces that woodworkers would likely make use of.  The Pinless Wood Moisture Meter is also excellent at determining the average level of moisture in a large, three-dimensional space, so again, it mostly depends on what you need it for.  Woodworkers will likely gravitate toward this type, while people who burn wood for fuel wouldn’t find it terribly useful.

I have one of these.

Unless you are an inspector, this is the best moisture meter for simply determining DRY.

That’s all it tells you and that’s all you need to know when: – you need to determine whether or not a slab has a moisture barrier underneath it. – the in floor radiant heat system has cured the gypcrete in which it was laid. – the self-leveling compound you poured has dried.

Dry is dry. IF WHATEVER YOU ARE MEASURING IS NOT DRY, THEN THERE’S NO GREEN LIGHT TO PROCEED WITH THE PROJECT.

For drywall, etc…

If the soil foams or bubbles then your soil is alkaline. If the soil does nothing, then test it for acidity.

Testing soil for Acidity! Take a new sample and clean the glass container before beginning this test.

Take a sample from 5-inches below ground in the place where you want to plant something. If your garden is small you can test your soil in all garden by mixing soil from different spots.

Remove from soil anything but the soil. Break up all large clumps.

Why training with power meters is essential

Power meters help you measure your fitness by telling you how much power you’re putting out, regardless of temperature, wind, weight and bike type. If you’re training, they’ll help you know if you’re training effectively if you’re increasing your wattage over time. A speedometer can’t do this, neither can a heart rate monitor.

A good power meter therefore needs to give consistently accurate and precise data. If you’re measuring small changes in your fitness, then you need to know your numbers within a few watts. Those numbers need to be repeatable if you change power meters, otherwise you won’t be sure whether it’s your training giving you amazing numbers or a wonky factory calibration.

Key features of a power meter

ANT+ is a wireless data communication protocol that’s used to send data to a recording device, such as a Garmin or some smartphones. Most power meters use ANT+, while some also use ANT or Bluetooth (for sending to smartphones). ANT and ANT+ are owned by Dynastream Innovations, a subsidiary of Garmin.

Zero offset

Most power meters require you to perform a zero offset before each ride, so they know to report zero when no torque is being applied to the pedals. It’s not strictly a calibration – despite what Garmin head units say – it’s more like taring a set of scales.

Temperature drift

Because a power meter’s sensitive strain gauges are incorporated into components (cranks, spiders, hubs, pedals), which can heat or cool during a ride, it’s vital that the power meter can adjust to this on the fly. Otherwise the readings will drift with changing temperatures, resulting in a loss of accuracy.

Ron Smith

So how can you gauge a wood moisture meter’s accuracy? By understanding the technology and test methods of determining “accuracy” in wood moisture meters. Over the past 1years, Wagner Meters has commissioned four separate independent studies that compared a variety of moisture meter types to determine this matter of accuracy. And the results of those studies are as valid today as they were when first commissioned. Let’s examine why.

Pin Meters vs. Pinless Meters

When comparing two products, it’s always good to know if you’re comparing apples to apples. But with pin-style and pinless meters, the reality is that you’re comparing two different types of apples. Both measure moisture content, but there are two significantly different technologies underlying the two types of meters.

Resistance Technology

Pin-style meters use electrical resistance to make their measure content readings in wood. After the two probes, or “pins”, are inserted into the wood, a small electrical current is passed between the points, and the amount of resistance is correlated into a moisture content reading. Because moisture is a good electrical conductor, the “wetter” the wood, the less resistance there would be to the current, and vice versa. Because of the type of technology used, pin meter accuracy is affected by variances in the naturally-occurring chemical composition of wood species, but not as impacted by density variability from one piece of wood to the other.

Settings

Moisture meter features vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and in order to assess accuracy, it is also essential that the meter being tested be set to the manufacturer’s specifications. All meters require species adjustment tables or the user-entry of the correct species setting (for programmable meters). Additionally, pin meters require that readings be compensated up or down depending on the temperature of the wood if the wood is substantially hotter or colder than approximately 70 degrees F. Each meter must be used in accordance with its design to give a reading that supplies assessable data.

True Accuracy is Timeless

With the number of variables that must be taken into account for any moisture meter technology, the underlying reality is that the technology used to assess moisture content has not changed significantly over the last two decades. While there have been some improvements in the “field features” – the features that make MC data easier to collect and use in the field – the basic science of moisture meter technology remains the same.

And because the technology is still fundamentally the same, the results of accuracy studies also will predictably be the same. And in the four independent studies commissioned by Wagner Meters (see links below), the end result was that their pinless wood moisture meters were consistently more reliable for accuracy in assessing wood moisture content than any of the meters they were tested against.

So when comparing wood moisture meters for features, it is important to know your use and your specific needs for measuring moisture content in wood. But when comparing wood moisture meters for accuracy, make sure you understand which apple you’ve placed in your cart. Wagner Meters have been proven to be the most accurate moisture meters available today.

Moisture Meter Studies

We rated the pH Soil Meter, 3-in-Soil Tester Kit 5.0 out of stars, and is an excellent moisture meter, light, and pH acidity tester. Its responsive probe senses soil changes and displays accurate values to the user. No electricity or batteries are used by this product, making it environmentally friendly. Moisture is measured by inserting the probe completely into the soil to reach the root level. The correct moisture level will be displayed, and the user simply needs to refer to the included chart to find out watering needs.

Light is measured by holding the meter next to a plant and facing a light source (don’t touch the sensing element which is located underneath the gauge!). Check light level and refer to the included chart for correct light requirements. To test soil pH, insert the probe into the soil. A pH reading that’s less than is acidic, and readings greater than indicate an alkaline soil.

This quality dual soil pH and moisture meter is rated 4.out of stars (by us), and provides simple, accurate checking of soil moisture level and pH balance (alkalinity and acidity). Its extra long probe allows users to measure significantly below a plant’s root zone. This meter is perfect for commercial use (orchards, vineyards, lawn maintenance, and field production) and home use (planters, lawn maintenance, and gardens).

This product includes moisture and soil pH meter and instruction manual. It works as advertised, gives accurate pH level readings, and is good for either commercial or home use.

This 4-in-instrument is a light and temperature sensor (measures sunlight intensity and temperature using an in. (200mm) probe), and also tests moisture and pH balance. Readings are clearly displayed on a large LCD screen. This product also features an automatic power-off function and a low battery indicator.

What we provide

To obtain regressions for your moisture meter, contact your dealer.

Moisture calculators

Moisture content calculator for grains. Use the Moisture content calculator for moisture conversion (calculator was created by using information directly from the moisture conversion tables for grains).

Moisture content calculator for high moisture grain. Use when the moisture content of the grain is higher than those listed on our moisture conversion tables.

What are the different ways of testing soil pH

There are few different ways gardeners can perform soil pH test.

Here is a good video that shows how to property measure the soil pH.

Things to consider when looking for the best soil pH tester for you.

Additional features: Always look for an additional features in your soil pH tester. Most of the products available in the market usually features different sensors to measure soil parameters such as, soil moisture, pH level, temperature and lighting level. These gadgets are very cheap and spending few dollars more on these additional features is always a wise option considering the future.

Cost: never spend more than 1dollars for an analog soil pH meter and 30 dollars for a digital soil pH tester.

Accuracy: pH soil testers are quick and efficient way for testing soil pH. However, they have metallic electrodes that limits its ability to measure an average reading which is more preferred over a localized one. To solve this you either can repeat the reading at few different places or use soil pH test kit with solution indicators or test stripes.

Brand: There are few established brands in this market. You will see few major brand names will come up frequently when looking for best soil pH testers. It’s always recommend to go for a good brand because they provide better documentation and help if something goes wrong.

Product features

Help you to control Ph level in soil, acidic or alkaline is suitable for your plants You will never plant your lovely flowers into high-acid or Extreme alkalinity soil. Help you to determine if plant getting adequate light. Let you know when to water. Dry and needs water or wet and could use a day to dry out. You will never over/under water your plants again. This Soil Meter helps you to know your soil more clearly.

Product details

The Gardman Combination Ph and Moisture Meter features a dual function meter that measures the Ph level and moisture level of soil. An ideal gardening tool, the Gardman Combination Ph and Moisture Meter is equipped with a guide that lists the optimum Ph and moisture levels.

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How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the moisture meter by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your moisture meter wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of moisture meter

 

 

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