The Best of the Best - Top YSI Blog Posts of 2017

The Best of the Best: 2017's Top Content from the YSI Water Blogged blog

Now that we're wrapping up the first week of 2018, let's take a look at the top blog content of 2017. It was a great year for the blog in terms of feedback, visits, shares, and requests for specific posts.

I've carefully looked over the data and have compiled it into the top 10 posts visited in 2017. And, I do hope that you will subscribe to our blog while you're here. This blog has been a vision, labor of love, and way fun for me and I'd love to have you join us. (I'm making that little heart thing with my hands together right now. It's weird because people see me doing it to my computer but they know I'm strange already.)


Grab a coffee, or a beer, and crank up some tunes and join me as we read through what you decided was simply the most visited, the best of the best, the blog slams of 2017.

The Top 10 Visited Posts in 2017 According to Google Analytics

1. pH Meter Calibration Problems? Check Out These 12 Tips! - by Lyndsey McDermand and Tech Support (now inlcudes 16 tips!!!)

You want good pH data. Who doesn’t? You deserve good data, but for good pH data you need to calibrate. You need to calibrate well and calibrate often. For more precise pH measurement, you should calibrate before each measurement, but a good rule of thumb to follow is to calibrate your pH meter at the beginning of...

2. pH Measurement Methods - Advantages and Disadvantages - by Patrick Higgins

There are potentiometric and optical methods for determining the pH value. The potentiometric methods relate to the measurement of electrical voltages on pH-sensitive electrodes. Optical methods involve the visual and photometric analysis of pH-dependent color changes...

3. Why is the pH Scale Logarithmic? - by Chris Cushman

The pH scale is logarithmic, essentially meaning the difference in 1 pH unit is a difference of 10 times! pH is an incredibly important parameter that is measured in nearly every water quality application. It plays a role in...

4. Is pH the Measurement of Hydrogen Ion Concentration or Ion Activity? - by Chris Cushman

Whether an aqueous solution reacts as an acid or a base depends on its hydrogen ion (H+) content. Even chemically pure, neutral water contains hydrogen ions due to the auto dissociation of water. In this process...

5. Anatomy of a pH Electrode | Glass pH Probes, Part 1 of 4 - by Chris Cushman

A distinction is made between hydrogen, metal (e.g. antimony), and glass electrodes, with the glass electrode being the most commonly used pH sensor. The glass pH sensor is an example of an ion selective electrode (ISE).  This measuring system basically consists of the ISE reacting on a special ion type, in this case the...

6. Turbidity Measurements: Tips and Precautions - by Lyndsey McDermand and Tech Support

Turbidity is a common water quality parameter measured to provide a sense of the clarity of a body of water. Oftentimes the turbidity of the water can lend information in regards to the health or well-being of the water body. It is important to note that the appearance of high turbidity does not necessarily mean the water body is...

7. Measuring ORP: Top Tips for the Best Data - by Lyndsey McDermand and Tech Support

ORP (oxidation reduction potential or redox) is typically measured to determine the oxidizing or reducing potential of a water sample. It indicates possible contamination, especially by industrial wastewater. ORP can be a...

8. Anatomy of a pH Electrode | Glass pH Probes, Part 4 of 4 - by Chris Cushman

The reference junction, also known as a diaphragm, creates electrical contact between the reference system and the solution. Much like the reference electrolyte, the reference junction must possess certain qualities...

9. Dissolved Oxygen Meters Q&A | The Ultimate List - by Patrick Higgins

Whether you're interested in buying a dissolved oxygen meter or are just curious about how a dissolved oxygen meter works, we have some answers for you. Based on some frequently asked questions we've put together this list on DO calibration, cleaning, maintenance and how to get the best measurements...

10. What is Affecting Your Dissolved Oxygen Measurements? Part 1 of 4 - by Patrick Higgins

First, due to the increase or decrease in molecular activity, diffusion of oxygen through the membrane of an electrochemical probe or sensing element of an optical probe changes with temperature...

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