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The events that took place in Chernobyl back in 1986, and the recent radioactive leaks from the nuclear power plants in Japan in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami that hit the country, have caused radioactive pollution in the soil, the water and the air not only in areas neighboring with the affected places, but at distanced of hundreds or even thousands of kilometers.
Reckless business men, corrupted officials or politicians, have already contributed in the past to spread consumption of contaminated foods, as it happened back in the 80’s with Chernobyl grain. Therefore, it is certainly not impossible that this will happen again in the future!
Against any dirty business practices that industry giants may apply, the common people have really not much protection, but that “not much” can make a difference: for example, by equipping themselves with a small radiation detector, which can be used to constantly monitor the presence of any radiation I the environment around us (food, objects, open spaces and so on).
By using this handheld nuclear radiation detector you will be able to detect and measure alpha, beta, gamma radiation as well as X-rays. Its numeric display will show the result as a total per minute (CPM, Count Per Minute), or mR/hr, or as a cumulative total. As soon as a radiation is detected, at a level higher than an attention threshold that can be manually set by the user, the red LED light would light, and a sound alert would immediately go off.
Device type: Geiger Muller halogen extinct tube, with mica window. Density of mica in the window 1.5-2.0 mg/cm2. The actual window diameter is 0.360 inches
Display: liquid crystal 4-digit display with mode indicator. Value is updated every 60 seconds
Meter: the red LED light will glow every time that a radiation is detected
Audio alert: every time that a radiation is detected, a sound would go off (sound can be disabled for silent operation)
Alert: the pulse beeper will sound the alarm. Three separate adjustable alert levels can be set for mR/hr, CPM, µSv/hr and total
Outputs: the dual output is used to send meter levels to CMOS-compatible devices, including computers, air quality meters and data collection systems for education purposes. The Sub-mini output plug is used to send audio output to a telephone receiver, an amplifier, or an external recorder (tape or digital)
Operating range: mR/hr - .001 (1µR) a 100 mR/hr | µSv/hr - .01 - 1000 | CPM - 0 - 350.000 | Cps - 0 - 5000 | Timer capacity from 1 to 9.999.000 events
Sensitivity range: 1000 CPM/mR/hr on Cs-1 37
Accuracy level: standard ±10% (NIST), in average ±15% of meter reading values
Anti-Saturation: reading can take place even in areas with high radiation fields, with a level of up to 100 times the maximum meter level
Power Supply:9V alkaline battery
Battery Life: the average battery life is generally approximately 2000 hours, with an average level of radiation
Operating temperature: between -10° and +50°C (between 14° and 122° F)
Weight: 117 grams (battery not included)
Size: 150 x 80 x 30 mm (5.9 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches)