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Handheld Refractometers HR-Models

Handheld refractometers HR-Models

Mobile in use and proven a thousand times over

Handheld refractometers are barely bigger than a torch and can be used anywhere in mobile applications. They are especially easy to use, very robust and require no batteries. The devices differ mainly in the selectable scales, e.g. for the determination of the salt content, water content in honey, serum protein content, Oechsle, Brix and potential alcohol content as well as ethylene- and propylene glycol content. No manual conversion is required thanks to the scales and application errors are ruled out.

  • Small size for mobile use
  • Automatic temperature compensation
  • High resolution of the scale areas
  • Robust and compact design
  • Easy calibration and adjustment

Typical applications

The handheld refractometers HR series are the ideal solution for the petrochemical, automotive, aviation, metal processing and food industries.

  • Identity test and concentration determination
  • Outgoing goods inspection
  • Stability test
  • Quality and purity control of raw materials and end products
  • Determination of the sugar concentration
  • Determination of water content in honey
  • Examination of urine samples

For a comprehensive overview of typical applications visit our campus review Refractometer applications.

Model specifications

Handheld refractometer Scale Measurement range Measurement accuracy Application
HRB10-T BriBrix 0–10 %Brix ±0.1 %Brix Determination of sugar content in fruit, grapes, juices, vegetables, foods and cooling liquids
HRB18-T Brix 0–18 %Brix ±0.1 %Brix Determination of sugar content in fruit, grapes, juices, vegetables, foods and cooling liquids
HRB32-T Brix 0–32 %Brix ±0.2 %Brix Determination of sugar content in fruit, grapes, juices, vegetables, foods and cooling liquids
HRB62-T Brix 28–62 %Brix ±0.2 %Brix Analysis of chemical and technical fluids, e.g. oils, greases, radiator fluids and lubricants
HRB82-T Brix 45–82 % Brix ±0.2 %Brix Analysis of highly concentrated sugar solutions as well as chemical and technical liquids, e.g. oils, fats, radiator fluids and lubricants
HRB92-T Brix 
Baumé 
Water content in honey
58–92 %Brix 
38–43 °Bé 
12–27 % Water content in honey
±0.5 %Brix 
±0.5 °Bé 
±0.5 % Water content in honey
Examination of highly concentrated sugar solutions as well as analysis of fats, lubricants and food. 
Examination of honey to the water content (according to guidelines of the German Beekeepers’ Association).
Determination of the relative density with respect to the Baumé scale.
HRB90 Brix (with thermometer 6–36 °C) 0–90 %Brix ±0.2 %Brix Universal handheld refractometer for determining the sugar content of fruit, grapes, juices, vegetables, foods, oils, fats, coolants, lubricants and other sugary substances
HRH30-T Water content in honey 12–30 % Water content in honey ±0.1 % Water content in honey Examination of honey to the water content (according to guidelines of the German Beekeepers’ Association).
HRND Refractive index 1.3330–1.5170 ±0.0005 Universal handheld refractometer for refractive indices. 
Measuring range covers the most frequent substances of the pharmacy requirement.
HRS10-T Salinity (NaCI)
Specific gravity
0–10 % 
1.000–1.070
±0.1% 
±0.001
Salt content determination (NaCl) in liquids, such as in seawater, in drinks and preservatives of food. 
Determination of the specific density of liquids at 20 °C with respect to water.
HRS28-T Salinity (NaCI) 0–28 % ±0.2 % Salt content determination (NaCl) in liquids, such as in seawater, in drinks and preservatives of food.
HRM18-T Refractive index 
Serum protein 
Specific gravity of urine (UG)
1.3330–1.3600 
0–12 g/dl 
1.000–1.050 UG
±0.0005 
±0.2 g/dl 
±0.002 UG
Examination of urine samples for refractive index, protein content and specific gravity.
HRO32-T Brix 
Oechsle 
Potential alcohol content
0–32 %Brix 
30–130 °Oe 
4.4–19 % Alcohol
±0.2 %Brix 
±1 °Oe 
±0.1 % Alcolhol
Examination of grape must and alcoholic beverages.
HRKFZ-T Ethylene and propylene glycol (antifreeze) 
Battery acid
-50–0 °C 
1.10–1.30 g/cm³
±5 °C 
±0.01 g/cm³
Determination of acid concentration in batteries and measurement of glycol content in coolants.

Digital refractometers with peltier temperature control

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