Is this a good thermometer/hydrometer

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  1. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have experience with this thermometer; I have used this one http://www.walmart.com/ip/AcuRite-D...fault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n with good success--but if you are using this thermometer in an incubator, always use an additional accurate analog thermometer along with the digital in case of battery failure. I used 2 of these http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aquaculture-Glass-Aquarium-Thermometer/45081765 in my incubator, along with the digital. Always calibrate any new thermometer with one you know to be accurate :)
     
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not familiar with this particular brand. What I will say is one should not trust any thermometer or hygrometer until you calibrate them.

    I use a digital medical thermometer to check (calibrate) the temps. A salt test to calibrate the RH (% relative humidity).

    The fact that after any unit is calibrated it's as good as the next unit as long as precision is the same, to decimal precision rather than whole degree, means it doesn't matter what you use. Many people pick up inexpensive Accurite devices at Walmart then calibrate.

    You can Google a salt test or read on for the quick and easy of how I do it:

    Fill milk or juice cap with table salt then add drops of water until saturated. Pour off standing water.

    Put cap and hygrometer into a zip seal bag, sandwich or quart works. I allow small pillow of air.

    After 4 hours take the RH reading and subtract it from 75 for your calibration #.

    Write calibration # on piece of tape and stick to incubator as a reminder.

    Ex: Your reading is 82% in a salt environment (which is 75% +/- a few decimals). 75-82= -7.
    You'll always subtract 7 from your reading for true RH.

    Battery strength will effect readings. I do a salt test at start of each hatching season for calibration.
     
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  4. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a question. Did the digital thermomter withstand the heat?
     
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    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The heat of the incubator.
     
  6. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it did! The thermometer goes up to 120 degrees I think. I had a successful hatch with it.
     
  7. adroit14

    adroit14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought it. It seems to be acurate. I cant wait to hatxh eggs!
     
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