From: "Frazier, Alicia S" <Alicia.S.Frazier**At_Symbol_Here**TSOCORP.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Photoionization Detector Shopping Question
Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:51:31 +0000
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As long as it is only you and a couple of other user and  the instrument meets the tech specs it becomes a matter of personal preference. 

If it is an instrument for a large group of users, I recommend going for something that is more intuitive to use (and sturdy, more users-more frequent oops moments)   

The downside for Raes & Hnus (Have used both) is that they require much training and retraining for many users.  Common problems seem to be remembering the sequence of buttons to push and calibrating /bump testing manually.   MSA, Draeger & Industrial Scientific  instruments are (to me) more intuitive to operate and have docking stations available for calibration/bump testing and datalogging.  And just as an aside, when auditors show up, the calibration records from the docking station  are nice to have.


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Wawzyniecki Jr, Stefan
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Photoionization Detector Shopping Question


I have both the miniRae & the Tiger from Ion Science.    Both performed well from analytical standpoint.  miniRae's battery (older model)  did not last-  maybe they have made improvements.  Lamp replacement was easy.

The Tiger is easy to use and has some good options-  only downside is its sampling port- if the user is not  careful, the slender screw-in port can be snapped off if accidently hit.


Stefan Wawzyniecki, CIH CHMM


University of Connecticut


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Harry J. Elston
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Photoionization Detector Shopping Question


Also consider PID Analyzers ( - they are a great instrument and supporters of the Division of Chemical Health & Safety.




On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Mary Ellen A Scott <mas35**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

Try the ppbRAE 3000 !


On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 3:40 PM, Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


I'm in the market for a new portable PID volatile organic compound monitor.  At present, I like the MiniRae Lite and the Ion Science Tiger LT models.  Does anyone have any experience with either, or care to recommend another?  Primary uses are indoor air quality investigations and screening surveys for solvent exposures, occasional soil headspace testing and leak detection.

Many thanks,


Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA


Mary Ellen Scott, PhD.
Safety Specialist II
Case Western Reserve University
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