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4 Moisture Meter Components You Must Know About

Whether you're a wood craftsman or the building & construction trade, you lay floors, you produce food, you sell firewood or a thousand other industries or operations, and you should put a new moisture meter in your toolbox.

Why's that? Getting a fast and accurate moisture content reading rather than relying on educated guesswork alone saves time, improves quality, reveals troublesome secrets, protects brands and reputations, dodges failures, prevents mould, bolsters record-keeping, saves money - and lifts profits.


If it sounds like a no-brainer to start browsing for the most suitable moisture meter for your organization or application, you'd be right. Before going shopping, though, you have a few things to get your head around, including whether to get a pin-type meter or the other moisture meter option - pinless. The simplest option is pin-type, with two pins producing a low electrical current pushed into the material surface. Depending on the moisture saturation, the flow of current between the probes and through the material will be higher (more moisture) or lower (less moisture).


The more modern moisture meter type is fully pinless, with a sensor plate producing an electromagnetic field replacing the probes so that multiple, fast and non-destructive readings can be taken on a wider and more diverse range of material qualities.


In this piece, we're going to take a closer look at the average, fully affordable moisture meter that you could easily buy today and start using for your moisture-sensitive tasks tomorrow.


1. Pins or plate


Let's start with the most important component - the part that does moisture sensing. With a pin-type meter, the pins - robust enough to penetrate the material surface - sit parallel to one another and are often insulated at the tip. As for the pinless meter type, the sensor plate is not at the top of the device as with the pin type, but on the back of the unit so that you press it against the material and easily read the measurement at the front.


2. Display


While analogue meters with a scale and needle still exist, much more common these days is a fully digital moisture meter. Technological progress means it can display much more than the moisture saturation percentage, but pictorial representations including graphs.


3. Buttons


Today's most basic configurations comprise several user interface buttons, including power, hold and mode - with the latter enabling the user to switch between materials and other key functions. The precise buttons and layouts, though, are specific to the manufacturers and models, so always pay close attention to the user manuals.


4. Extras


Depending on the meter type, certain features or extra components may be present in your particular product. These may include spare, longer, or more robust pins, penetration-assistance attachments, pin caps, straps, and other features.


Are you ready to select the perfect moisture meter for your industry, setting, or task? There's plenty to think about, including the required accuracy, price-point, specific materials and operating conditions, measuring depths, ease of use, durability, pin-plus-pinless functionality, and more. Always allow your selection to be guided by proper research and expert assistance if possible - and all the very best for a productive future with your brand new moisture meter!


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