Unlike most of our other test strips, this strip can not be used as a standalone product. It requires use of other products that are not provided, therefore please read this description in full before ordering. Also make sure to wear appropriate protective gear when handling the chemicals and dispose of all liquids properly.
The Fluoride test strip detects Fluoride at 0, 10, 25, 50, and 100ppm. This test strip is used for monitoring fluoride levels in drinking water supplied by city or townships. Too much fluoride present is harmful to humans and animals. The solution to be tested must be at a pH of 0.5 in order for this test to be accurate. This pH measure can be accomplished using concentrated Hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) to acidify the test solution, and measured using our acidity test roll. You can buy Hydrochloric acid online, at a local hardware or pool/spa store, as well as at any chemical distributors. We do not sell Hydrochloric acid and it will not come with these test strips.
NOTE: The test strip result must be adjusted to compensate for the dilution used during the acidification process.
The solution to be tested is acidified with hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid). The resultant pH must be at or below pH 0.5.
Dip the test strip into the pH adjusted solution for 1 second.
Remove and wait 10 seconds before comparing against the color chart.
The result must be adjusted to compensate for the dilution used during the acidification process.
The reaction of the Fluoride test strip is very dependent upon the acidity level of the solution to be tested. Before testing, the solution has to be acidified to a pH ≤ 0.5. For acidification, we recommend hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), preferably concentrated (1-2-3 M) depending on the rough presumption of the fluoride concentration in the test sample because in the process of acidification, the solution is always more or less diluted with added HCl (dilution has to be noted and the result is then multiplied with the dilution factor).
For example, 1M HCl has pH about 0.1
0.1M HCl has pH about 1.09
If a high concentration of fluoride is predicted in the sample to be tested, then 1M HCl can be used for acidification, added to the sample in the ratio, 2 parts of 1M HCl and 1 part sample, meaning the sample is 3 times diluted and the result must be multiplied by 3. For example, if the result is read by comparing the test pad with the color chart at about 10ppm, then the actual result is 10 x 3 = 30ppm.
If a lower concentration of fluoride is predicted in the sample to be tested, then more concentrated HCl should be used to avoid a higher dilution than necessary. The final pH of the sample before testing should be between 0 and 0.5. After acidifying the solution, the test strips are easy to use. Simply dip the strip into the pH adjusted solution for one second, remove, and compare the strip to the included color chart after 10 seconds.