The new RAD8 reimagines scientific-quality electronic radon monitors with complete top-to-bottom upgrades in comparison to the venerable RAD7, the instrument which for years has been the industry standard for a variety of applications including air quality testing, health physics, geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, oceanography, environmental remediation, metrology, and more. With its cutting-edge features and optimizations for outdoor use, RAD8 revolutionizes radon/thoron monitoring in the field and the lab.
Splashing water? Driving rain? Blowing sand? No problem! An environment-proof, super portable design with long battery life and IP67 water/dust resistance even when the lid is open means you can use RAD8 conveniently and worry-free whether you work near water, on rugged terrain, in a dusty mine, or in the gentle confines of a lab.
New patent-pending technology boosts sensitivity 70% higher than RAD7, significantly reducing data uncertainty. In keeping with the transparent data approach pioneered by RAD7, there is no mystery to how RAD8 measurements are calculated - it’s the opposite of a “black box”. RAD8 provides unparalleled access to spectrometry data (including raw sensor counts) so users can analyze and verify measurements in detail without doubting or questioning "what’s going on inside?"
RAD8’s high-resolution alpha spectrometry precisely measures alpha particle energies, enabling it to clearly identify the characteristic alpha energy peaks from the radon and thoron decay chains. This event-by-event species discrimination provides accuracy superior to other technologies such as pulsed ionization chambers and Lucas cells. Thus, radon and thoron are measured independently and simultaneously, without interference – background from the buildup of long-lived decay products that plagues other products is rejected from RAD8’s radon/thoron measurements. This means that no matter how long you own your RAD8, background will never interfere with your measurements. In addition, RAD8 can recover from high radon concentrations in minutes, rather than hours, to dramatically save time, money, and boost productivity.
The easily navigated, high-visibility color touchscreen and pushbutton controls let you operate the RAD8 in any conditions, even with gloves on, perfect for measuring Radon in air, water and soil, in homes and buildings, mines and deserts, on the ocean and volcanoes. While the touchscreen provides control over instrument and measurement settings, the RAD8 is delivered with pre-programmed testing protocols to get you up and running quickly. The IATA-compliant rechargeable battery keeps RAD8 running continuously for three days and built-in wireless networking makes data download easier than ever.
RAD8 together with CAPTURE graphing/analysis software provides our customers the ultimate solution for detecting and analyzing their data.
Precision and Performance
- Up to 4X higher sensitivity than competing units - 70% higher than RAD7
- Alpha spectrometry provides higher accuracy than pulsed ionization chambers and Lucas cells
- Recovers from high Radon concentrations in minutes - not hours
- Fastest response and recovery times of any continuous Radon monitor/sniffer on the market
- Immunity to background for the life of the instrument without expensive chamber replacements
Convenience and Ease of Use
- The only radon monitor in the market that is waterproof with the lid open or closed (IP67)
- Rechargeable lithium ion battery provides 3 days continuous operation
- Compact, light, and rugged - 30% smaller, 20% lighter than RAD7
- Color touchscreen and pushbutton controls let you configure, run and display test results
- Create and save frequently-used protocols
Security and Flexibility
- Tamper-proof key-lock command secures your RAD8 and assures uninterrupted testing
- Indestructible MIL-SPEC certified case
- Displays, prints, and downloads radon data in your choice of units
- Secure cloud storage of data files with CAPTURE software
Expandability and Value
- Available with a wide range of accessories for measuring radon in air, water and soil
- Versatile connectivity with built-in WiFi and USB
- Companion CAPTURE software for data retrieval and analysis
- 2-year limited warranty
|Modes of Operation||RAPID mode calculates radon concentration from counts of the polonium-218 alpha peak in the A Window|
PRECISE mode calculates radon concentration from counts of polonium-218 and polonium-214 in the A and C windows to achieve higher statistical precision.
AUTOMATIC mode switches from Rapid to Precise mode after three hours of continuous measurement to combine the benefits of rapid response and statistical precision.
RAD H2O modes work with the Durridge RAD H2O water accessory kit to measure radon concentrations in aerated water samples of specific volumes.
|Preset Test Protocols||SNIFF protocol applies the Rapid analysis mode to continuously pumped air samples for spot readings.|
1-day and 2-day protocols apply the Automatic analysis mode to air samples pumped with a Standard 40% duty cycle for 24-hr or 48-hr, respectively.
Continuous protocol applies the Automatic analysis mode to air samples pumped indefinitely with a Standard 40% duty cycle.
Grab protocol applies the Rapid analysis mode for 20-min to air samples that are briefly pumped into the chamber.
H2O 40-ml and 250-ml protocols apply the Rapid analysis mode for 20-min to air samples that are briefly pumped into the chamber from Durridge water accessories.
|Data Storage||16 GB holds millions of records, each with full sensor and spectrum data|
|Sample Pumping||Built-in 0.6 L/min air sample pump with bypass option for external pumping|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 2 USB ports, COM port, Accessory port|
|Audio Output||Multiple audio output options for real-time communication of detection events|
|Tamper Resistance||Password-protected lock screen secures RAD8 against tampering; RAD8 case securable with padlocks|
|Principle of Operation||Electrostatic collection with silicon detector and alpha spectrometry|
|Built-In Air Pump||Nominal 0.6-L/min flow rate|
Inlet and outlet ports sealed when not in use
|Measurement Accuracy||+/-5% absolute accuracy, 0% - 100% RH|
|Nominal Sensitivity||Rapid mode, 0.40-cpm/(pCi/L), 0.011-cpm/(Bq/m3)|
Precise mode, 0.82-cpm/(pCi/L), 0.022-cpm/(Bq/m3)
|Radon Concentration Range||0 - 270,000-pCi/L (0 - 10-MBq/m3)|
|Intrinsic Background||0.0015 ± 0.0004 pCi/L (0.06 ± 0.02 Bq/m3), for the life of the instrument|
|Recovery Time||Residual activity in Sniff mode drops by factor of 1,000 in 30 minutes|
|Operating Ranges||Temperature: 32° - 122°F (0° - 50° C)|
Humidity: 0% - 100%, non-condensing
|Cycle Range||User controllable number of Cycles, from 1 to unlimited, per Test|
User controllable Cycle Time, from 5 minutes to 24 hours
|CAPTURE Software||Graphs radon, thoron, temperature, humidity, and barometric data over time|
Statistical analysis tools track concentration averages and uncertainties
Automatic correction for humidity and other factors
Automatic RAD8 connection, data download, and real-time status monitoring
Control RAD8 operations from computer via direct or remote connection
Browse RAD8 data stored on Capture Cloud
Compatible with all major versions of Windows and macOS
|Dimensions||12.5” x 10.1” x 6” (31.8 x 25.7 x 15.2 cm)|
|Weight||7.4 pounds (3.35 kg)|
|Touchscreen||IPS 480 x 272 full color touchscreen, sunlight readable, wide viewing angle|
|Case Material||MIL-SPEC certified, IP67 rated|
|Battery||Rechargeable IATA-compliant 99-Wh lithium ion|
|Power Supply||11-15V DC (12V nominal) @ 2.5A, center pin positive|
|Battery Longevity||24 hours in Rapid Analysis Mode; 72 hours in Precise Analysis Mode|