Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum Electrodes

Patrick Cooney August 16, 2022

Clean electrodes are critical to a successful day of electrofishing.

Historically, electrodes fabricated from aluminum needed regular cleaning with sand paper and buffing pads to eliminate deposits and corrosion.

Recently, advancements in manufacturing at Smith-Root have allowed for electrodes to be fabricated from stainless steel, a more durable and less corrosive material.

This is great news because it allows you to have more consistent electrical outputs across time and minimizes the frequency with which you need to clean your electrodes.

All aluminum and stainless steel backpack electrofishing electrodes come with their own bolt and are compatible and interchangeable on our anode poles. Therefore, all you need is a 7/16 inch wrench to make the change.

What does this mean for you?

  • Clean your electrode less often
  • Greater durability that extends the life of your equipment
  • More consistent electrical outputs across time
  • Purchase electrodes less often

This kind of benefit is a great example of the positive changes we are making to improve your science, save you time, and save you money.