· Measures soil matric potential
· Maintenance-free, wide range dielectric tensiometer -50 to -500 kPa
· Maintenance-free dielectric tensiometer
· Wide range -50 to -500 kPa
· Simple data logger connection
· No frost damage
The EQ2 Equitensiometer is an innovative sensor for measuring soil water potential (soil matric potential).
Based on the ML2x ThetaProbe Soil Sensor, the EQ2 avoids the familiar problems of water-filled tensiometers. The ThetaProbe pins are embedded into a specially formulated porous matric material. Being maintenance free, (i.e. no refilling, degassing or topping up required) and low power, the EQ2 Equitensiometer can be conveniently used at remote sites. It is not harmed by frost, nor by long term burial.
The EQ2 Equitensiometer's full range is 0 to -1000 kPa but best accuracy is achieved between -100 and -500 kPa. This makes it well suited to plant water stress studies - even in very dry soils. However, the EQ2 should not be seen as a rapid response, high accuracy device covering the full range of matric potentials, as such a sensor does not yet exist. EQ2 equilibration time is typically several days. Extension Tubes can be used to position EQ2s at depth.
The EQ2 Equitensiometer is compatible with the Delta-T Devices DL2e Data Logger and with other loggers able to handle powered sensors with a millvolt output. In applications where it is acceptable to measure only the unconverted millivolt output from the EQ2, a DL6 Data Logger can be used for continuous recording, or an HH2 moisture meter used for spot readings.
The EQ2 requires a DC power supply of 5 to 15V at 20mA (typical) and produces a DC output (150 to 550mV for 0 to -1000 kPa, non-linear).
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