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A Guide to TDS Meters The use of TDS meters for determining the purity of fresh water has become widespread over the recent years. Many aquarists use them to determine if tap water purification systems such as reverse osmosis (RO) or reverse osmosis/deionization (RO/DI) are in optimal working condition, or if deionizing resins need to be replaced. Using these devices, however, does not come with complications. Contrary to what the name might imply, the devices do not measure all the dissolved solids. This article describes how these devices work, what they detect and don’t detect. It also offers some tips on how to best use the TDS meters. The Operation Mechanism of the TDS Meters TDS meters are, in reality, conductivity meters. TDS meters work by utilizing a voltage between two or more electrodes. Ions that are positively charged will move towards the negatively charged electrode while the positively charged electrode will attract negatively charged ions. These ions have an electric current because they are charged and are moving. The work of the meter here is to monitor how much current is passing between the electrodes as a gauge of how many ions are in the solution.
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TDS meters only detect mobile charged ions and will not detect any neutral compounds such as alcohol, sugar, and unionized forms of silica, ammonia and carbon dioxide. These meters do not also detect macroscopic particles as they are too large to go in the electric fields applied.
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Tips for Using TDS Meters It as advisable that you rinse the usable end of the TDS meters before and after using it with clean, fresh water. Salt Build up on the operational tip will interfere with proper operation and any transfer of salts from one solution to the other can skew the readings.The buildup of salts is likely to interfere with proper operation and carrying over salts from one solution to another can distort the readings. Ensure that the electrodes are cleaned whenever necessary by dipping the tip in acid like vinegar or diluted hydrochloric acid and then rinsing it well in water. In case it is heavily covered with organic material, it is appropriate that you soak the tip in alcohol or bleach. If you are using the TDS meter to monitor the performance of an RO membrane, then the measured value should drop by at least a factor of 10 from the starting tap water. For example, if the tap water reads 231ppm, the RO water should be less than 23ppm. Less of a drop than a factor of 10 shows that there is a problem with the RO membrane. If the meter is being used to monitor the performance of an RO/DI system, the measured value should drop to near zero. Higher values are an indication that something is amiss or that the DI resin is saturated and needs replacement. Do not agonize over a 1ppm reading from pure water since the air has some elements of carbon dioxide which get in the water and ionizes it causing a higher meter reading.