Wasn’t meant to belittle you or take away from your experience
I wish the $50 soil meter you bought and tried had worked for you.
It works fine for me. Guess you got a defective one.
The $10 probe I bought and used in the beginning didn’t work for me at the time for soil Ph readings as I didn’t understand how to properly use it. Now that I have both and checked them against each other the $10 one works too just not as accurate as the more expensive one.
I primarily use that one for quick moisture readings deeper into the soil. I use the other one for my soil Ph measurements. It isn’t as fast to get the readings from a liquid Ph meter from run off but given the 5 - 10 minutes the final reading is accurate in my experience.
Unfortunately I find some here post things based on hearsay because others posted that they don’t work and carry on that as fact when it is not always the case. I don’t post for gain or any other reason than to help people make their own informed decisions based on my actual experience using the item. Unfortunately those $10 meters do not come with adequate instruction for best practice using them and that’s why people tend to give up on them and come to their own conclusions rightfully so that they don’t work.
If your not watering to run off growing and want to monitor Ph using a quality soil Ph probe is the way you can monitor it.
I should have worded things differently in my post replying to yours but I can’t change that now. It’s frustrating to read over and over that they don’t work when they do and those growing using certain methods could benefit from using a quality soil Ph meter.