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How to Use the Solar Meter Model 6.5R (Reptile UV Index Meter)

Handheld Digital UV Index Radiometer with Integral Sensor

Ensuring proper UV dosage will help reptiles thrive and live long and healthy lives. The Solar Meter 6.5R is an excellent tool to help you do just that!

Specifically designed for reptile husbandry applications, this is ideal for determining proper UV dosage for your reptile habitats. Let's get started!

  1. The sensor window is located on the top panel of the meter, as shown above.
  2. Aim the sensor directly at the UV source.
  3. Push and hold the push-button switch on the face of the meter.
  4. Note the reading on the LCD display.
  5. Compare reading to the zone chart on front. This provides an accurate and instant readout.
  6. For ensuring repeatable results, take note of the distance the reading was taken from the UV source.

The chart below provides the proper zones and suggested UVB for many common herp species.

Notes on Usage

  • Protective eyewear is recommended when checking UV lamps (glasses that provide wrap-around protection are ideal).
  • Allow lamps to warm up 15 minutes or longer before taking a reading.

Features of the Solar Meter

  • Small in size, this meter is handheld, compact, and easily portable, measuring 4.2"" long, 2.4"" wide, and 0.9"" deep.
  • Lightweight at only 4.5 ounces, including the 9V battery.
  • Under typical service load, the battery will last around two years, and works down to 6.5V before requiring replacement. Once the battery becomes lower than than this, the numbers on the LCD screen will begn to dim, indicating the need for replacement.

Extensive scientific research and development into proper reptile care has been performed with the Solar Meter over a number of years by leading experts. UV wavelengths are important for the synthesis of Vitamin D3 in reptiles.

Links of Interest

Reptiles Magazine article written by one of the Solar Meter researchers -

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