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LaMotte Insta-Link 5 Advanced SmartScan & Treatment Kit

2.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Description

Free Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Hardness, Cyanuric Acid With the Advanced SmartScanTM Kit, you get the complete package. Contained in this kit is a special 25-count bottle of Insta-LINK® 5-way strips, specifically formulated for maximum performance with the Insta-LINK® HOME application. Further, the kit contains a SmartScanTM card, and an activation PIN to unlock all of the advanced features of Insta-LINK® HOME, including personalized treatment recommendations for your pool or spa, test history, and more!

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.4 x 4.8 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 3.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 3.7 ounces
Manufacturer LaMotte
ASIN B007V4OTB4
Customer Reviews
2.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

2.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #72,097 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
#124 in Patio, Lawn & Garden > Pools, Hot Tubs & Supplies > Cleaning Tools & Chemicals > Chemicals & Water Testing Products > Test Strips

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Overall, I am pretty happy with this. It makes pool maintenance much easier. Two issues I feel should be pointed out. 1) The manufacturer suggest taking your reading within 45 seconds. Navigating the phone software takes a bit of time so have the software ready to snap the photo before dipping the test strip (testing within 45 seconds does provide very consistent results and 2) I have had a few instances when their website is having some problems so the sample could not be sent. The picture is not saved so this wastes a test strip. Again, having the application ready to take the picture before actually wetting the test strip will verify the site is up and running. As for the positives, this is really quick and easy once you get the hang of how they system wants the pictures taken, there control template does a good job at explaining this. Within 2-3 seconds I usually have very specific results in the form of "Alkalinity is high, Add => 1 qt 1 pt 13.46 oz Muriatic Acid" and the instruction on how to do this. It's pretty stupid proof. I am not 100% sure that the amounts are accurate in reality, but I think that is just an issue of refining my pool volume. Overall, this is a great concept, very much so worth the <$20 for the year subscription and 20 test strips. If you hate reading colors (like I do) or have some color blindness issues, or are just lazy when it comes to checking water, this is definitely the way to go for any home pool. The website and phone app also show you historical data as well as many other neat features (such as to ask questions). I am running this on a Droid Incredible 2 with no issues, I have not tried the iPhone app.
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These strips read free chlorine and alkalinity inaccurately. They continue to say my free chlorine is very high and my alkalinity as low even after I adjust the chemicals as suggested. I've very carefully read the instructions and followed every guideline about photograph lighting, properly positioning the stick on the card, dipping the stick for the appropriate amount of time, and photographing within 45 seconds. I've entered my liner type correctly and verified the volume of my pool; still the levels read inaccurately.

When my pool water is checked professionally the chlorine levels and alkalinity levels are fine.
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More often than not, the application fails to connect to the server. I've tried from multiple devices, and when it fails to connect, it fails to connect on all devices at the same time. When it can connect, it will connect on all devices. The problem is clearly on their server's end.
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I cant get the same reading twice. I scoop water out in a cup and use in indoors to get good results but still get different results every time. I think its me but still doesnt work. But the idea is great.
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This water test program is inaccurate and wasteful. You will blow thru the tests strips trying to get similar results (and you can only use strips purchased from insta link). One after another will provide different readings (on the ones that actually upload) and you only have 45 seconds to take the picture and wait for it to upload, then you need a new strip. When you finally get somewhat similar results, they will differ from your other home testing kits and the tests performed at your pool store, leaving you wandering which results to rely on.
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4/19/2014 Update: I used to love this product, worked great until about 6 months ago, then suddenly I could not get the test strips to upload, I keep getting an network error. Doesn't matter if I am on my network at home, or somewhere else, no connection, wasted test strip. Would be nice if you could resend he image but that is not even an option. This has become so unreliable that I am starting to wonder if the company is still in business. I have reloaded the software and tried everything I could think of to get this to work, all to no avail.

5/13 Just brought this home and tried it out for the first time. Here are a few ideas to get you started. 1) Since you only have 45 seconds after you wet the strip and you are not supposed to take the picture in direct sunlight just get a cup of pool water take it to where you are set up to scan the image and then dip the strip in your cup of pool water. 2) Hold your camera / phone above the test strip and card and it will automatically take the picture when it has the needed data. DO NOT push the photo button to take the picture or you will get an error message that the "corners were not found in the image". The software does not seem to be overly picky if the picture is in focus or not so don't stress if your picture is a little blurry, the software will capture the image when it has the needed data. The chemical recommendations are straight forward and easy to follow. I like that you put in the code for your pool supply store and they tell you exactly what chemicals to buy at the store, I may occasionally buy somewhere else based on price but if I just need to "get it done" I know exactly what i need.

One other nice thing with this software is that you can set up more then one pool in the program so if you need to track more then one pool they have that covered as well.
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This product, just like about every LaMotte product, is awesome. Dip the test strip in, place it on the credit card sized reference card and use the app to take a picture of it and wham bam you've got instant results that take ALL the guesswork out of the tests it measures. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is because the app is a little slow and you have to make sure your WiFi is off to it can connect via data plan.
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