@oleskool830: 100% in agreement on that.
@Viva_Mexico: What kind of job do you have, and how do I get one?
Is that all glass?
When my old Oakton pH1 died, I refused to spend too much money on a tester. I bought this little rectangular POS for $11 (to my door) on Amazon. It lasted about 7 weeks. I bought another two of the same. This allowed me to double check against each other. When one of them died 6-8 weeks later, I decided to spend a bit more, about $18 delivered. This one had automatic temperature compensation (ATC) and semi-automatic calibration, with a backlight and auto off. I got fed up with it in about 2 weeks, because it was still trying to find a reading when it turned off automatically. The seller replaced it for free and the 2nd one broke in less that 3 weeks. I'm really frustrated by now and spend $32 delivered for one that also had ATC, backlighting, auto-off and had fully automatic calibration. This one also turned off before it had a stable reading, but you coild turnit back on and it picked up where it had been. 2 months later, it forgot how to calibrate correctly, it read every calibration solution as if it were 7.00.
I decided to spend a lot of time reading about every meter I found. I finally decided on the one below. It was $47, free shipping (ships from China, took about 10 days). It has ATC, auto-off (which can itself be disabled with a button press sequence), fully automatic calibration and no backlighting. It also has a replaceable sensor, which is 1/2 the regular price if needed. That was last August. A few weeks ago, I cracked the small, plastic over that screws over the electrode (the small glass bulb on the business end). I contacted the Tekcoplus (the Amazon seller) to order a new cap. They sent one out in about 2 days at no charge. I check it in calibration solution every other Monday, even though the readings are consistent because I am too anal not to. Only one of those times did it actually need it. The batteries went dead 2 days later. I changed the batteries and continued my checking process.
I spent more than $80 trying to save money on a tester when I could have bought a good one to start with. Just something to think about...