Lecturer in Physical Geography
University of Newcastle
Choosing equipment that you have complete trust in to record the data you need, and, importantly, technical backup when challenges arise, were fundamental requirements for us. When you are running out of time (and daylight) in a remote banana field it was reassuring that someone at Delta-T was responding so quickly to our technical questions.
The Delta-T devices kit has been first class – it has not missed a beat since we installed the equipment. We now plan to leave the SM150T sensors in-situ after the project to continue developing our understanding of the soil-water fluxes under banana crops." Prof Jerry Knox
Cranfield Water Science Institute,
Cranfield University, UK
Bern University of Applied Sciences
York University, Toronto
- Stable and accurate (± 3%)
- Robust and buriable with 5 year warranty*
- Accurate substrate moisture monitoring
- Ideal for precision irrigation
The SM150T is an affordable soil moisture and temperature sensor that is ideal for system integrators
SM150 Sensor – a versatile sensor for growers and system integrators
The SM150T is the perfect sensor for a wide range of applications in horticulture and agriculture. It can be used in both soils and substrates and is buriable. In addition, the SM150T offers excellent salinity and temperature stability.
The SM150T is a reliable and cost-effective solution for system integrators, who appreciate its ease of installation and simple interface (0 – 1 V DC output).
SM150 Kit – for instant readings
The SM150 Kit combines the SM150T Sensor with a handy readout meter, providing growers with a low cost, portable, and easy to use tool for obtaining instant accurate moisture measurements. Find out more about the SM150 Kit.
NB: When used in portable mode the SM150T Sensor does not provide temperature indication. To record temperature the sensor must be fully buried and connected to a suitable data logger.
The SM150T’s sharp pins minimise soil disturbance, preserving the original soil structure around the measurement rods, and making the probe easy to insert and install. For burial at depth the cylindrical shape facilitates installation in augered holes. Optional extension tubes assist with placement and removal (50 cm and 100 cm lengths, connectable).
Horticulture – In kit form (see SM150 Kit) the SM150T Sensor comes with calibrations for mineral, peat mix, coir, mineral wool and perlite (plus also provides raw voltage output) – providing a simple, effective, rugged solution to checking the uniformity of growing conditions for many types of growing media.
Precision Irrigation – Accuracy and ease of use make SM150T Soil Moisture Sensors well suited to precision irrigation applications. The SM150T’s compact size (143mm total length – rods 51mm long) allows it to be easily installed in plant pots or grow bags. Readings can be used to optimise irrigation scheduling, or the SM150T can be installed as part of an automatic irrigation system.
System integration – The SM150Ts accurate and stable measurement (± 3% for 0-70% VWC** range), simple 0-1 V output (moisture), and low power (18 mA for 1 second) makes it the ideal sensor for system integrators.
Patented sensor electronics produce research-grade accuracy performance alongside exceptional salinity and temperature stability – an essential combination for critical control and precision irrigation decisions.
Industrial rated, UV resistant cable fitted with a waterproof IP68 connector allows the sensor to be buried indefinitely, whilst still permitting easy cable exchange or extension if necessary.
More information is available in the SM150T System Integrator Data Sheet.
The SM150T is compatible with all Delta-T Devices Data Loggers and its 0 to 1 V DC output can be handled by most other types of data logger. Temperature measurement (10 K thermistor) requires burial of the probe.
The new SM150T replaces both the SM300 and SM150 Sensors, combining their strengths and offering great value.
* Extended 5 year warranty requires online registration.
**Volumetric water content
|Measurement||Volumetric water content and soil temperature|
|Accuracy||± 0.03 m3.m-3 (3%) |
With soil-specific calibration
|± 0.5°C (0 to 40°C for temp sensor)|
± 0.75°C (-20 to +60°C for temp sensor)
|Soil moisture measurement range||Full accuracy over:|
0 to 0.7 m3.m-3
|Full range : 0 to 1.0 m3.m-3|
|Salinity range||50 to 500 mS.m-1|
|Salinity errors < 0.035 m3.m-3 from 0.05 to 0.4 m3.m-3. Can be calibrated up to 2000 mS.m-1|
|Temperature range||Full accuracy over: 0 to 40°C|
|Output||0 to 1.0 V differential|
Corresponding to 0 to ~0.6 m3.m-3
|Resistance 5.8Ω to 28Ω for temp sensor|
|Power requirement||5-14 V, ~18 mA for 1s|
|Minimum 5 V with 100 m cable|
|Environmental||IP68 (-40 to +70°C)|
|Sample volume||~55 x 70 mm diameter|
|Sample volume is weighted towards soil immediately surrounding the rods|
|Dimensions and weight||Overall: 143 x 40 mm diameter |
Rods: 51 mm x 2.5 mm diameter
Weight: 0.1 kg (exc. cable)
|Sensor calibrations||Individual sensors are interchangeable|
Recalibration advised every 3 years (depending on use)
|Soil calibrations||Generalised Mineral and Organic soil calibrations are supplied|