TEROS 10 Soil Moisture Sensor

If you think big, you'll love this nearly bulletproof sensor.

Large sensor networks have always made a substantial hole in the research budget, especially because many soil moisture sensors have issues with reliability. Not only that, traditional sensors force researchers to choose between accuracy and affordability. Not anymore. The new, ultra-robust TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor delivers scientific accuracy and reliability at a price that makes large sensor networks economically practical.

Everything you need. Nothing you don't.

The TEROS 10 is a ruggedized version of our basic, no-frills soil moisture sensor. Its 70-MHz frequency minimizes salinity and textural effects, making it accurate in most soil or soilless media. With a tough, epoxy body the TEROS 10 is designed to withstand some of the harshest field conditions, which means problem-free measurements over the longevity of your research. The TEROS 10 sensor lets you characterize your site with sensors at multiple depths and locations, even on a tight budget.

Long-lasting precision that's short on cost

The TEROS 10 is built to last longer in the field under harsh conditions. No more worrying about surprise data gaps due to failed sensors. It's one of our toughest soil moisture sensors, and its body withstands difficult environments and water intrusion for up to 10 years. Ideal for large sensing networks, it is sensitive to small VWC changes across the entire range of soil and substrate water content, and can be installed in anything from dry desert soils to very wet peat. Not only that, the TEROS 10 has very low power consumption and a high resolution.

Banish data uncertainty

More than just a sensor, the new TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor treats the whole accuracy problem, rather than just one part of it, by eliminating common problems that cause uncertainty in the data-like air gaps, or preferential flow. How? The TEROS 10 is compatible with the TEROS Borehole Installation Tool, which mistake-proofs installation. Because of its mechanical advantage, the tool delivers consistent, flawless installation into any soil type (even hard clay) while minimizing site disturbance. Sensors are installed straight in and perpendicular with uniform pressure then gently released to prevent air gaps and preferential flow. This means the TEROS 10 is able to deliver more accuracy with less uncertainty than similar sensors on the market.

Easy integration. Easy installation. Easy everything.

With improved high-quality, sharpened and securely fastened stainless steel needles, the TEROS 10 glides into any soil. Then, simply plug it into any METER data logger and start collecting data. It's that easy. No wiring. No programming. And the analog signal from the TEROS 10 sensor ensures that it can easily be integrated into a wide variety of non-METER systems.

Get your data faster

Easy and reliable data collection is part of the TEROS 10 experience. Combine the TEROS 10 with the ZL6 Data-logger, where all data is connected and delivered through the cloud. Collect data in near real time, from the comfort of your office. So all you have to do is sit back and let the data flow.

Monitor more, spend less

If you are planning a large sensor network and want more measurements for less investment, without compromising accuracy or reliability, then plan to use the easy, affordable and ruggedized TEROS 10 soil moisture sensor.

Measurement Time Typical: 50ms
Range Mineral soil calibration: 0.00-0.64 m3/m3
Soilless media calibration: 0.0-0.7 m3/m3
Apparent dielectric permittivity (?a): 1 (air) to 80 (water)
NOTE: The VWC range is dependent on the media the sensor is calibrated to. A custom calibration will accommodate the necessary ranges for most substrates.
Resoultion 0.001 m3/m3
Accuracy Generic calibration: ±0.03 m3/m3 (±3.00% VWC) typical in mineral soils that have solution EC <8 dS/m
Medium specific calibration: ±0.01-0.02 m3/m3 (±1-2% VWC) in any porous medium
Apparent dielectric permittivity (?a): 1-40 (soil range), ±1 ?a (unitless) 40-80, 15% of measurement
Power Requirements
3.0 VDC to 15 VDC (absolute maximum) @ 15 mA
Output: 1,000 to 2,500 mV
Operating Enivornment Temperature -40 to 50°C
Physical Properties Dimensions Length: 5.1 cm (2.02 in)
Width: 2.4 cm (0.95 in)
Height: 7.5 cm (2.95 in)
3.5 mm "stereo" plug or stripped and tinned wires (3)
Datalogger Compatibility
(not exclusive)
METER: ZL6 & ProCheck
Campbell Scientific: CR10X, 21X, 23X, CR1000, CR3000, etc.
Other: Any data acquisition system capable of switched 2.5 to 3.6 V excitation and single ended voltage measurement at 12 bit or better resolution.
Cable Length: 5.1 cm (2.02 in)
Width: 2.4 cm (0.95 in)
Height: 7.5 cm (2.95 in)
Warranty: One year, parts and labour

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TEROS 10 Volume

Volume of influence, click to enlarge.


  • Low-cost, ruggedized soil moisture sensor
  • Ideal for large sensor networks
  • Sharpened stainless steel needles are securely fastened and reduce breakage
  • Measure VWC in a harsh environment
  • Robust epoxy body means it lasts for 10+ years in the field
  • 430 mL volume of influence
  • Plug and play with METER data loggers
  • Ferrite core eliminates cable noise
  • Easy integration with third-party systems
  • Inexpensive, ruggedized soil moisture sensor
  • Measure VWC in a harsh environment
  • Large volume of influence

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TEROS 10 Manual
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TEROS 10 Quick-start Guide
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METER Soil Moisture
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