How To Read pH Meter And Use pH Meter
What does pH actually mean?
The pH of any substance indicates an indication of how many hydrogen ions it forms to a certain volume of water. There is no clear indication of what pH stands for. Most people define it as something such as the power of hydrogen or potential of hydrogen.
People who have no knowledge of math may get confused. The exact definition of pH is it is minus the logarithm of the hydrogen ion activity remaining in a solution. What does it mean?
The matter is very simple. Suppose you have some liquid sloshing in your aquarium. You like to know if it is secured to keep angelfish. Take your pH meter and enter it into the water.
If it is acidic, there will be lots of hydrogen ions and few hydroxide ions. When water is alkaline, the reading will be opposite. You have a thimble full of water it holds pH of one.
There remain one million times more hydrogen ions if water is neutral having pH of seven. It is for pH of 1 means 101, and pH of 7 means 107.
Dividing two ensures us 106. There remain ten million hydrogen ions if water is extremely alkaline with a pH of 14. You may start to see now from where the pH number comes from.
Suppose we think to make a scale of acidity and begin it off so acidic and call it one. Some neutral may have far fewer; something alkaline will be fewer. To deal with millions, billions and trillions may be confusing and draft.
We have selected few logarithms of various hydrogen ions and indicated the power of 10 we obtain in each. On the contrary, the pH means, looking at the hydrogen ions, taking power ten and eliminate the minus sign.
It ensures us a pH of one for very acidic, pH seven for neutral and pH fourteen for very alkaline. Extremely alkaline means unbelievable weakly acidic.
How to use a pH meter
When you are a home gardener or an environmentalist or a chemist, you have to measure the alkalinity or acidity of a particular liquid. The super way is to use the pH meter. It is easy and accurate.
The pH meter requires being calibrated before every use. Here you will get a simple procedure using and calibrating a pH meter.
Preparing for Calibration
Start or switch on the pH meter. Before start calibrating and using the pH meter, you have to turn it on and ensure adequate time to make it warm up.
It can take up to thirty minutes. You can see the meter’s operating manual to know the exact time.
Remove dirt from your electrode. Then take the electrode out of its place and wash it with distilled water in an empty waste beaker. If rinsed, blot dry with Shurwipes or Kimwipes.
- Wash the electrode in a wastebasket which is different from the breaker; you can be calibrated in.
- Do not rub the electrode since it holds a sensitive membrane around it.
Prepare the buffers. You have to use more than one buffer to calibrate a pH meter. The first may be a neutral buffer with having pH of seven; the second one must be the same pH, may be pH of four or 9.21.
To measure bases buffer with higher pH are the best, and to measure acidic sample butter with low pH are the best.
If you chose the buffer, let it reach the similar temperature, since pH reading is dependent on temperature. To calibrate, pour the buffer to individual beakers.
- Notice your pH meter manufacturer, or professional institutions or current educational about gaining pH buffer solutions.
- Buffers must be preserved in a beaker for no longer than 2 hours.
- Do not pour applied buffer to its original container.
- If you see the electrode is dirty consult with the operating manual to get the cleaning solution.
Calibrating Your pH Meter
Keep your electrode in the buffer by a pH value of seven and start reading. Press calibrates or measure button to start reading the pH it the electrode is set in the buffer.
Permit the pH to stabilize prior adjusting by letting it rest for about one to two minutes.
Adjust pH a level. If you get a stable reading, adjust the pH meter to evaluate buffer’s pH by pressing the measure button a second time. Setting the pH meter once again will ensure more tuned and accurate readings.
- Though it is not a must, shake the buffer before measuring to shake the other buffers and samples to the similar way.
Wash the electrode with distilled water. Wash and pat dry with a lint-free tissue or Shurwipes or Kimwipes in between buffers.
Keep your electrode with a pH value of the buffer of four and start reading. Pressure the measure button to start reading the pH once as the electrode is kept in the buffer.
- As you do not like to use a buffer having pH value of four for calibration, apply the buffer having pH value of 9.21.
Adjust the pH for the second time. If you have stabilized, adjust the pH meter to evaluate the thickness of buffer’s pH by switching the measure button.
Clean your electrode. You may use distilled water to clean the electrode. Apply a lint-free tissue like Shurwipes and Kimwipes between butter to make the electrode dry.
Using your pH Meter
Keep your electrode in your sample and start reading. If your electrode is adjusted in your sample press the measuring button and keep the electrode in your sample for about one to two minutes.
Adjust the pH level. If the reading has stabilized, switch the measure button. It is the sample of your pH level.
Rinse your electrode after every using. You can use distilled water to wash your electrode and bolt or dab dry with lint-free tissue. After washing or drying you may store your pH meter.
- Consult with the operation manual to storage practice for the precise pH meter.