5TE Soil Moisture, Temperature and EC Sensor

Soil moisture, temperature, and electrical conductivity

The 5TE monitors bulk electrical conductivity (EC), in addition to volumetric water content (VWC) and soil temperature.

Monitor salt levels

The 5TE enables users to measure the EC response to salts and fertilizers in the soil. EC Measurements require good contact between the stainless steel electrodes on the sensor, and the soil. In potting soil and soilless medias, we recommend using the GS3 to maintian good soil contact and compensate for air gaps in the substrate.

Engineered for accuracy

The 5TE determines VWC by measuring the dielectric constant of the media using capacitance/frequency domain technology. The sensor uses a 70 MHz frequency, which minimizes salinity and textural effects, making the 5TE accurate in most soils. The 5TE measures temperature with an onboard thermistor and electrical conductivity using a stainless steel electrode array. VWC in mineral soils is calculated using the Topp equation; other calibrations are provided on request. Temperature and electrical conductivity are factory calibrated for all soil types.

Easy installation

The 5TE's small size makes it easy to install in the field and the greenhouse. This robust sensor should be pushed directly into undisturbed soil to ensure good accuracy.

Easy integration

Each 5TE comes standard with serial and SDI-12 communication options, meaning easy integration with systems manufactured by other companies.

Advantages of the 5TE

  • Measures VWC, EC and temperature
  • Monitoring salts
  • SDI-12 compatible

Accuracy Apparent dielectric Permittivity (Ea): ±1Ea (unitless) from 1-40 (soil range), ±15% from 40-80
VWC: Using Topp equation: ±0.03m3/m3 (±3% VWC) typical in mineral soils that have solution electrical conductivity <10 dS/mUsing medium specific calibration, ±0.01-0.02m3/m3 (±1-2% VWC) in any porous medium
Resolution Ea: 0.1Ea (unitless) from 1-20, <0.75Ea (unitless) from 20-80
VWC: 0.0008m3/m3 (0.08% VWC) from 0 to 50% VWC
EC: 0.01 dS/m from 0 to 7 dS/m, 0.05 dS/m from 7 to 23.1 dS/m
Temperature: 0.1°C
Range Ea: 1 (air) to 80 (water)
EC: 0-23 dS/m (bulk)
Temperature: -40°C - 50°C
Measurement Speed 150ms
Sensor Type VWC: Frequency domain
EC: Two probe design
Temperature: Thermistor
Output RS232 or SDI-12
Operating Environment -40°C to 50°C
Power 3.6-15 VDC, 0.3mA quiescent, 10mA during 150ms measurement
Cable Length 5m, custom cable lengths available upon request
Cable Connector Types 3.5mm stereo jack plug or stripped and tinned lead wires (3)
Sensor Dimensions 10 x 3.2 x 0.7cm
Data Logger Compatibility (not exclusive) METER: ZL6 & ProCheck
Campbell Scientific: CR200X - series, CR800/CR850, CR1000, CR3000, CR9000X
Other: Any data acquisition system capable of 3.6-15V excitation and serial or SDI-12 communication
Warranty One year, parts and labour

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5TE Volume



  • Three measurements in one
  • Plug and play capability
  • Use with the ZL6 Data-logger to collect data remotely
  • Easy installation
  • 70 MHz frequency minimizes salinity and textural effects
  • Measures VWC, EC, and temperature
  • Salt-monitoring capabilities
  • SDI-12 compatible

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Soil Sensors Quick Start Guide
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