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BKPR-2 - Palm Abbe Digital Honey Refractometer From Misco



From Hive to Table - MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer Provides a Sweet Solution for Measuring Honey Moisture Content.

Honey; How Sweet it is!

Although designed specifically for state and federal inspectors responsible for the measurement and grading of honey, the MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer is equally beneficial to professional beekeepers, honey producers, honey mixers, honey brokers, or anyone requiring the absolute most accurate, repeatable readings of moisture content and percent solids in honey.

The Palm Abbe Honey Refractometer currently defines the highest level of development in the field of honey measurement. It far exceeds the requirements for honey refractometers used in the grading and inspection of honey by the USFDA, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 

Simply place the a drop or two of honey in the stainless steel measuring well, close the cover to prevent the absorption of moisture, and then press the button to receive an instant, accurate reading of moisture content or dissolved solids content. 

The magic behind the precision of the MISCO Digital Honey Refractometer is a result of the Palm Abbe optical-engine. This optical-engine combines high-precision optics with a linear detector array containing 1,024 elements, more than seven times the elements of the leading competitor. This detector array allows the MISCO Honey Refractometer repeatably measure to better than +/-0.1% moisture or solids content.

Since honey is comprised of a mixture of mostly fructose, glucose, and water, readings on the MISCO Digitial Honey Refractometer are automatically temperature compensated using a special compensation specific to honey. This differs from other refractometers which use “sucrose” temperature compensation, instead of honey compensation. Refractometers using sucrose compensation will have a slight error at 25°C (77°F) and even more error as the temperature increases. Instruments without temperature compensation can be off by more than 3% (see our free guide for details).

The MISCO Honey Refractometer features a precision-machined stainless steel sample well with a cover that helps prevent further absorption of water. At the bottom of the sample well, a sapphire prism, the next hardest substance to diamond, provides a virtually uncratchable measurement surface.

The user-interface of the Digital Honey Refractometer consists of two buttons and is both intuitive and easy to learn. A large two-line 24-character LCD display provides the user with an indication of the unit of measure (percent moisture or percent dissolved solids) and the actual measurement value. Full text prompts, various menu options, and error messages are also displayed. 

If this were not enough, up to five scales of your choice may be programmed into the PA203 for a truly custom honey refractometer. Scales are available that read in Baume, moisture %, dissolved solids, honey specific gravity, and honey density.  You can even mix and match other scales for other applications, like Brix or Maple Syrup.

Although the Palm Abbe will calibrate to water alone, an optional calibration solution has been specifically prepared for the MISCO Honey Refractometer with a value of 18.6% Moisture, to help insure the most accurate calibration in the this critical area of the scale.

Digital Refractometer Features:

  • Beats the Competition Palms Down
    The Palm Abbe refractometer has a wider range and twice the accuracy of the Pal-1. Compare the Palm Abbe to refractometers costing more than $1,000.

  • Digital Accuracy
    Digital refractometers remove the subjectivity associated with reading traditional refractometers.

  • Auto Temp. Compensation
    The Palm Abbe features non-linear temperature compensation that accurately compensates for fluid temperatures regardless or temperature or concentration.

  • Built Tough
    The Palm Abbe is built from high-impact, chemically resistant plastic. It is very water-resistant and designed to operate in the most demanding industrial environments.

  • Choose Up to Five Scales
    The Palm Abbe PA203 may be custom programmed with up to five different scales. Select from hundreds of available scales. If you ever change your mind, send it back to us, and we can reprogram it for you. Whatever your application we have a scale that will measure the exact unit of measure you want or we’ll make it custom for you.

  • Quality You Can Measure
    The accuracy of your measurement is always dependent on the quality of your instrument.

Most Popular Refractometer Accessories:


Rugged Rubber Armor - Adding a Rubber Armor Jacket to a Palm Abbe refractometer increases its durability and provides a better grip. Made of high-grade silicone rubber, the Rubber Armor Jacket is custom fit and will help protect your Palm Abbe refractometer from bumps and scratches. Fits all MISCO Palm Abbes.

Available in Three Colors:

Virtually Indestructible Proof Case
Our rugged Proof Case is water-proof, crush-proof, dirt-proof, dust-proof, drop-proof, rain-proof, snow-proof, sink-proof, even goof-proof. The case has a fitted foam insert that cushions your refractometer in the event of rough handling. Two heavy-duty latches secure the lid and provide a waterproof seal.

Palm Abbe Digital Honey Refractometer p/n PA202X-324-325 Specs

Unit of Measure 
% Moisture 
% Solids 
13 to 25 % Moisture 
75 to 87 % Solids 
0.1 % Moisture 
0.1 % Solids 
+/- 0.1 % Moisture 
+/- 0.1 % Solids 
Well Material 
Stainless Steel 
Prism Material 
Temp. Comp. Range 
0 to 50'C (32 to 122'F) 
Temp. Comp. Basis 
Min. Sample Volume 
~0.3 ml 
Measuring Time 
~5 Seconds 
Power Supply 
2 X AAA 
Batttery Life 
4000+ Readings 
145 x 75 x 37 mm (5.7 x 2.95 x 1.46 in.) 
Net Weight 
250 grams (8.8 Oz.) 
Display Language 
English Only 
2 Line x 12 Characters 
Body Color 
Light Blue 

Additional Information:

Palm Abbe Product Brochure


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