Is the MiniRAE 3000 still the best VOC detector?

Published: 25th August 2011
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The MiniRAE 3000 has long been recognised as the most advanced hand-held Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) detector, but is it really the only option out there for high performing VOC detectors? The detection and quantification of VOCs is clearly an essential safety process in any industrial application, so it is important to use the most effective and suitable detector available.

The MiniRAE 3000 surpassed the technical capabilities of its predecessor, the MiniRAE 2000, with a larger photoionisation detector (PID) range (0-15,000 ppm compared to the previous 0-10,000 ppm). The MiniRAE 3000 also has inbuilt wireless transmission capabilities, whereas the MiniRAE 2000 can only be made wireless with the aid of RAELink2. The MiniRAE offers other indispensable innovations such as humidity compensation with inbuilt humidity and temperature sensors and PC compatibility. Due to the advanced PID range, the MiniRAE 3000 is recommended for a wider range of industrial applications than the MiniRAE 2000, from hygiene practices to leak detection.

Another related RAE Systems product, the MiniRAE Lite, has an even smaller PID range, of 0-5,000 ppm. The MiniRAE Lite is designed for portability and reliability and doesn't include the advanced features of the MiniRAE 3000, such as wireless real-time transmission.

Other VOC detector models offer features that come close to the MiniRAE 3000 but still do not reach the level of sophistication typified by the MiniRAE 3000. The 2020PRO Photoionization Monitor has a PID range of only 0.1 to 2000 ppm without an additional dilution probe that extends the range up to 20,000 ppm. Although the monitor boasts many similar features, the 3 second response time and extensive RAE systems compounds correction list remain unparalleled features of the MiniRAE 3000. The MiniRAE 3000 allows accurate measuring of a greater amount of ionisable chemicals than any other PID, using a compound corrections library containing 350 compounds that automatically loads the alarm points of a particular compound as soon as it is detected.

The Eagle 2 Single Gas Monitor is designed for versatility but does not use the proven photoionisation technology employed by the MiniRAE 3000. While the Eagle 2 monitor offers new detection combinations, it is only able to measure up to 6 gases, compared to the extensive range of the MiniRAE 3000.

The MiniRAE 3000 continues to be the best choice amongst hand-held VOC detectors. The MiniRAE 3000 combines durable construction and dependability, with fine-tuned detection over a greater PID range than any other hand-held VOC detector.

Active Environment Solutions provide rental service for long lasting photoionisation detectors like MiniRAE 3000 and hand held gas detectors. Active Environmental Solutions also deals in air sampling equipments and dust monitoring products.

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