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Backpack Lab Water Quality Educational Test Kit - HI3817BP

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Backpack Lab Water Quality Educational Test Kit - HI3817BP


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The HI3817BP is a Backpack Lab designed for educators and environmental science students, containing lessons, activities, and test kits that relate to important parameters in water quality. Backpack Lab is designed with all the necessary components in one place, reducing the chance of misplacing an item. Ideal for transporting, it’s easy to take this durable backpack to the fišeld for on-site measurements. This portable kit contains well-constructed lessons and activities, and will allow the teacher to get the most out of their classroom time.

The HI3817BP contains test kits for the determination of common parameters in water quality testing: acidity, alkalinity, carbon dioxide, dissolved oxygen, hardness, nitrate, and phosphate. The HI98129 Combo Tester is also included for measurement of pH, conductivity (EC), and total dissolved solids (TDS), as well as a secchi disk for monitoring turbidity.

Laminated field test procedures

Lab activity worksheets

Backpack carrying case for easy transport


The HI3817BP is a classroom in a backpack! The Backpack Lab Water Quality Educational Test Kit contains lessons, activities, and test kits to help students understand the importance of common water quality parameters. Using titration, colorimetry, and direct measurement, educators and students can easily measure parameters such as acidity, alkalinity, carbon dioxide, dissolved oxygen, hardness, pH, EC, TDS, and turbidity. The HI3817BP is supplied with all of the necessary reagents and equipment to perform each analysis, and all reagents and buffers are individually available as they run out. Hanna chemical test kits and pocket testers included in this Backpack Lab provide teachers with a valuable tool in helping students assess the water quality of streams, rivers, and lakes.

Features at-a-glance

  • Tests for ten important water quality parameters

    • Classrooms can gain an extensive understanding of water quality through measurement of these ten parameters:
      Acidity, alkalinity, carbon dioxide, dissolved oxygen, hardness, nitrate, phosphate, pH, EC, and TDS.

  • Complete testing setup

    • All required materials are included with the test kit, such as the pH tester, sample beaker, indicator and reagent bottles and packets, and glass bottle for dissolved oxygen.

  • High resolution

    • All tests provide a high resolution based on the expected range of measurement.

  • Replacement reagents available

    • There is no need to buy a new kit when reagents are exhausted. The reagents and buffers for each parameter can be ordered individually.

  • Comprehensive educational material

    • The lesson plan and components are tied together by a comprehensive teacher’s manual that includes information about each parameter, classroom activities designed to introduce students to each parameter, and detailed šfield-testing procedures.


pH Range 0.00 to 14.00
pH Resolution 0.01 pH
pH Accuracy ±0.05 pH
pH Calibration automatic, one or two-point with two sets of standard buffers (pH 4.01 / 7.01 / 10.01 or 4.01 / 6.86 / 9.18)


EC Range 0 to 3999 µS/cm
EC Resolution 1 μS/cm
EC Accuracy ±2% F.S.
EC Calibration automatic, one point at 1413 µS/cm
TDS Range 0 to 2000 mg/L
TDS Resolution 1 mg/L
TDS Accuracy ±2% F.S.
TDS Calibration automatic, one point at 1382 mg/L (ppm)

Oxygen, Dissolved

Oxygen, Dissolved Measurement Type titration
Oxygen, Dissolved Range 0.0 to 10.0 mg/L O₂
Oxygen, Dissolved Resolution 0.1 mg/L
Oxygen, Dissolved Method modified Winkler
Oxygen, Dissolved Number of Test 110

Meter Temperature

Temperature Range 0.0 to 60.0°C / 32.0 to 140.0°F
Temperature Resolution 0.1°C / 0.1°F
Temperature Accuracy ±0.5°C / 1°F


Acidity Measurement Type titration
Acidity Range 0 to 100 mg/L CaCO₃; 0 to 500 mg/L CaCO₃
Acidity Resolution 1 mg/L (0 to 100 mg/L range); 5 mg/L (0 to 500 mg/L range)
Acidity Method methyl orange / phenolphthalein
Acidity Number of Tests 110


Alkalinity Measurement Type titration
Alkalinity Range 0 to 100 mg/L CaCO₃; 0 to 300 mg/L CaCO₃
Alkalinity Resolution 1 mg/L (0 to 100 mg/L range); 3 mg/L (0 to 300 mg/L range)
Alkalinity Method phenolphthalein / bromophenol blue
Alkalinity Number of Test 110

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide Measurement Type titration
Carbon Dioxide Range 0.0 to 10.0 mg/L CO₂; 0.0 to 50.0 mg/L CO₂; 0 to 100 mg/L CO₂
Carbon Dioxide Resolution 0.1 mg/L (0.0 to 10.0 mg/L range); 0.5 mg/L (0.0 to 50.0 mg/L range); 1 mg/L (0 to 100 mg/L range)
Carbon Dioxide Method phenolphthalein
Carbon Dioxide Number of Tests 110

Hardness, Total

Hardness, Total Measurement Type titration
Hardness, Total Range 0.0 to 30.0 mg/L CaCO₃; 0 to 300 mg/L CaCO₃
Hardness, Total Resolution 0.3 mg/L (0.0 to 30.0 mg/L range); 3 mg/L (0 to 300 mg/L range)
Hardness, Total Method EDTA
Hardness, Total Number of Tests 100


Nitrate Measurement Type colorimetric
Nitrate Range 0 to 50 mg/L NO₃⁻-N
Nitrate Resolution 10 mg/L
Nitrate Method cadmium reduction
Nitrate Number of Tests 100


Phosphate Measurement Type colorimetric
Phosphate Range 0 to 5 mg/L PO₄³⁻
Phosphate Resolution 1 mg/L
Phosphate Method ascorbic acid
Phosphate Number of Test 50

General Meter

Ordering Information HI3817BP Backpack Lab includes HI98129 Combo pH/EC/TDS/temperature tester, acidity test kit, alkalinity test kit, carbon dioxide test kit, dissolved oxygen test kit, hardness test kit, nitrate test kit, phosphate test kit, set of 10 field test procedures, teacher's resource CD, teacher's guide and backpack.