Model EC-5 - Soil Moisture, Small Area Of Influence

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Our lowest-cost soil moisture sensor. Measures Volumetric Water Content only. Just 5 cm long with a 0.3 L measurement volume, this handy little sensor is easy to install in the field and can also be used in nursery pots.

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Lowest Cost Individual Sensors for Large Sensor Networks

Looking for a basic, no-frills soil moisture sensor? Use the EC-5 to accurately measure water content in any soil or soil-less media with minimal salinity and textural effects.

The EC-5 delivers research-grade accuracy at a price that makes large sensor networks economically practical. You can adequately characterize your site with sensors at multiple depths and locations, even if you're on a tight budget.

Engineered for Accuracy

The EC-5 determines volumetric water content (VWC ) by measuring the dielectric constant of the media using capacitance/frequency domain technology. The sensor uses a 70 MHz frequency, which minimizes salinity and textural effects, making the EC-5 accurate in almost any soil or soil-less media. Factory calibrations are included for mineral soils, potting soils, rockwool, and perlite.

Easy Installation

The EC5’s small size makes it easy to install--handy in field installations and good for nursery pots. The EC-5's robust design makes it easy to push directly into undisturbed soil to ensure good accuracy.

Integrate with CSI Data Loggers

The EC-5's analog signal means no-hassle integration with systems run by other data loggers (like CSI).

Reasons to pick the EC-5:

  • If volumetric water content is the only measurement you need.
  • If you have a tight budget
  • If you just want a simple, all-purpose sensor with excellent accuracy.
  • If you are interested in a small volume of influence (eg., field spatial variability, lab column studies, or greenhouse research).

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Auger Kit

For use with deep installation of the ECH2O probes. Includes a regular and sand auger (2.75' [7 cm] diameter), two 2' (0.6 m) extension rods, a standard rubber handle, and a ratchet handle.

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Cable Armor

Give your cables a higher level of protection from the elements and rodents. Also organizes your cables as you run them to your datalogger.

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Splice Kit

Repair damaged cables in the field with few tools and less time.

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