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Neutron Probe Smart503

The 503 ELITE Hydroprobe is a subsurface, accurate neutron probe designed to measure soil moisture. The Hydroprobe is an industry standard in soil management. It is the ultimate aid in irrigation scheduling, agronomic research and environmental monitoring.

  • Backlit 4 X 20 LCD display with 9mm characters for maximum visibility
  • Multi-language options – English, Spanish, French and German
  • New, long-lasting lithium-ion batteries
  • Upgraded, redesigned electronics make the 503 Elite more user-friendly
  • Data transfer to PC via USB Drive or data cable
  • Internal SD card provides storage for over 10,000 test readings
  • Storage and recall of 32 linear calibrations w/multiple tubing types and varying soil conditions
  • Software updates will be available through the USB port
  • Options allow operator to select: time of test, units of measurement and logging format
  • Lightweight and water resistant
Specifications
STANDARDS: Meets and exceeds ASTM D5220 requirements
MEASUREMENT RANGE: 0.0 to 6.0 in/ft (0.0 to 0.50 gcc)
PRECISION AT 1 MIN.: ±0.024 in/ft (±0.002 gcc) at 2.88 in /ft. (0.24 gcc)
COUNTING TIME: 15, 30 or 60 second intervals OR user selectable
OPERATING TEMPERATURE: 32º to 140ºF (0ºto 60ºC)
POWER: Lithium-ion 8.4V, 4A-H battery pack (Rechargeable)
WEIGHT: Gauge Weight: 14 lbs. (6.35 kg) Shipping Weight: 33 lbs. (15 kg)
DISPLAY: Large 4 Line by 20 character LCD display with backlight
UNITS: Operator selectable: counts, count ratio, gcc, pcf, ipf, cpc, % moisture
MEMORY STORAGE: Minimum 2GB internal storage for calibrations and data storage
DATA INTERFACE: Upload data to PC via USB port or cable
CALIBRATION: 32 operator selectable calibrations
NEUTRON SOURCE: Max 50 mCi (1.85 GBq) Americium-241/Be
ENCAPSULATION: Double-sealed capsule

The 503 ELITE Hydroprobe is a subsurface, accurate neutron probe designed to measure soil moisture. The Hyrdoprobe is an industry standard in soil management. It is the ultimate aid in irrigation scheduling, agronomic research and environmental monitoring.

The new probe offers a rugged and lightweight design easier than ever to operate. It has a large 40 character LCD screen and 12 button layout to navigate through the innovative software features. The software now allows labelling products and making notes on specific jobs with the alpha numeric keypad. Project data can now be downloaded to a USB Flash Drive or downloaded straight to the computer using a USB download cable. The internal SD storage card gives you the ability to save up to 10,000 tests and store 32 calibrations.

The updated design replaces the old heavy alkaline batteries with new a lithium-ion battery pack that gives give hundreds of hours of field operation between charges and takes only 4 hours to fully charge the probe.

Van Leeuwen, C., Tregoat, O., Chone, X., Bois, B., Pernet, D., & Gaudillere, J. P. (2009). Vine Water Status is a Key Factor in Grape Ripening and Vintage Quality for Red Bordeaux Wine. How can it be assessed for vineyard management purposes? Journal of International Science Vigne Vin, 121-134. PDF

Van Leeuwen, C., Tregoat, O., Chone, X., Gaudillere, J. P., & Pernet, D. (2008). Different environmental conditions, different results: the role of controlled environmental stress on grape quality potential and the way to monitor it. Proceedings of the 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 39-46. PDF