RADEX RD1212 Advanced Radiation Detector / Geiger Counter with Online Software
Specifications for this item
|Brand Name||RADEX by Quarta-Rad|
|EAN||0745654336593 , 4260264282673 , 7322540667271 , 4627075990133|
|Included Components||Brief user manual, USB cable.|
|Item Weight||3.2 ounces|
|Lower Temperature Range||-1 degrees_fahrenheit|
|Manufacturer Series Number||RD1212|
|Material||Plastic casing with electronics and a metal sensor inside.|
|Maximum Temperature||113 degrees_fahrenheit|
|Measurement Accuracy||0.05~999.0 mcSv/hr|
|Number of Items||1|
|Power Source Type||battery-powered|
|Product Warranty||1 year manufacturer's warranty. Replacements only. Does not cover cracked screens or water damage.|
|Special Features||Portable , Light|
|Specific Uses For Product||Determines levels of ionized radiation indoors, outdoors as well as in objects|
|Specification Met||European Union CE certification|
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RADEX RD-1212 Advanced Radiation Detector for common use.
Radiation Detector is designed to evaluate background radioactivity levels of the environment around you as well as check radioactivity of materials and products.
Exceptionally calibrated, scientifically-tuned engineering equipment for common use.
Extremely accurate - USB connection to PC - Multi-lingual - Fast - Easy to use
RADEX RD ONE Geiger Counter / Radiation detector / Personal dosimeter + software
Advanced unit - Easy to use
- 3.8 x 1 x 2.7 inches
- 3.2 oz
- 0.05~999.0 uSv/hr
- up to 550 hrs on AAA
- USB cord
- PC / Mac software
- Easy to operate
- Languages (Eng, Fr, De, Rus, Jp)
1 year warranty replacements.
Simple To Use - It's just one button! Flip it on and let it measure. No calibration required.
Accurate - Radex knows their Geiger-Muller counters. Units have been tested in Japan.
Features - A flashlight, a USB - to PC connection, Map & Chart Software (download), vibrating alarm, Language options (5 languages).
Compact - RD1212 is the size of a smartphone: small, light, comfortable to handle.
Pre-calibrated and certified.
No additional calibration required for almost a decade (under normal conditions).
Manufacturer direct and factory-fresh.
ATTENTION Software and Warranty available only for units bought from Quarta-Rad, Inc.
RADEX RD1212 - Radiation Detector / Geiger counter is designed to evaluate background radioactivity levels of the environment around you as well as check radioactivity of materials and products.
– measures radioactivity
– stores measurement results in memory
– data transfer to PC or Mac
– With one click – Assign geographic Location to your data and share it
– Time and Date functions
– audible alarm
– vibration alarm
– integrated flashlight
– multilingual (Eng, De, Fr, Rus, Jp)
– One year Manufacturer's Warranty included (authorized resellers only).
CD is no longer included.
This is the newest geiger counter model from the Radex brand. Previous models RD1503 geiger coutner and RD1706 geiger counter became quick favorites due to their proven accuracy, friendly simplicity and how affordable they are.
And now: RD1212
The latest model - the best geiger counter in the series.
SIMPLE TO USE - It's just one button! Flip it on and let it measure. No calibration required.
ACCURATE - Radex knows their Geiger-Muller counters. Units have been tested in Japan and compared favorably to competition.
FEATURES - A flashlight, a USB - to PC/MAC connection, Map & Chart Software (download), vibrating alarm, Language options.
COMPACT - RD1212 is the size of a smartphone: small, light, comfortable to handle.
Manauals, Software and Support: www.quartarad.com
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Top Customer Reviews
Basically, it will measure up to 999 micro Siverts per hour. This is the same range as Inspector+ from SE International, or Rad Alert geiger counters. PRM-8000 range is slightly higher (about 2milliSv) while Monitor4 measures up to approximately 500 micro Sieverts per hour. The antique alarm clock or radium hands usually measure under 5 microSieverts per hour, well within the range of our most basic model. It is hard for me to imagine a consumer product that would measure over 1milliSieverts per hour.
Case in point: effective dose of inhalation of 1 mg of pure natural Uranium is mere 0.2 milli-Sieverts, which is well within the range of this Geiger.
The biggest issue is not just the range but also precision over the wide range of measurements. This is where RD-1212 impressed me the most and why I gave it 5 stars. Ever since I got it, I have been cautiously testing it in the field and around the plant where I know what the readings should be, and this little guy was accurate within mere 10% off our industrial equipment and often enough right on the spot. This is clearly a professional piece of equipment. Thank You guys!
I purchased a small geiger counter test sample of uranium ore, as well as a small vial of ore pieces from United Nuclear, and the unit responded properly, with the readings increasing to 3-5 microSv/h (from a background of approx. 0.1). Over the setpoint, factory set at 30 microSv/h, the alarm sounds (assuming that you have the settings correctly set for this), and the clicking starts; this all automatically stops once the readings fall back below the setpoint, which is great. UPDATE: I bought a small container of Morton salt substitute today (based on potassium, rather than sodium); potassium-40 gives off a 1.46 MeV gamma ray, and this brought the reading from the normal background reading of approx. 0.1 to one of 0.18; I was unable to repeat this experiment and get any higher than 0.15, but there was clearly an increase. This energy is outside of specs for the detection of gamma rays, but within specs for the detection of x-rays. They are really the same thing, only the energies tend to be different, since one is produced by changes in state of orbiting electrons, and the other from the atomic nucleus itself. Just an additional tidbit of information for you.
The "flashlight" does not really seem all that useful, except maybe in a real emergency, and the computer logging software, which I have not used, does not seem that useful for my needs (although I am happy that the option is there), but for checking background radiation (as well as cleaning up the vial of uranium ore that I dropped on the floor and broke), the unit itself was very useful.
It will be interesting to see what improvements will be made to the line in the future, but for now, I am very pleased with the Radex 1212. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter their level of experience in dealing with radiation. The company also stands solidly behind their products, and if you pose a question, you will receive a prompt, thoughtful, and polite response. Very nice!
WHY I CHOSE THIS MODEL:
The Radex RD1212 had good Amazon reviews and apparently 2 were engineers. I checked to see if they reviewed other products and determined they were "real" persons not merely plants entered by the manufacturer.
You don't have to take batteries out first when connecting to a PC, as was necessary on a competitor's model.
The unit gives you the ability to take and record multiple readings then transfer the data to a PC.
I was able to download and see the RadexRead software (available at quatrarad dot com) without making a purchase. I could see what other users were doing all over the world.
The Radex RD1212 units are made in Russia not China or Korea. They are not among the lower quality units that have recently flooded the market.
The price seemed like a good value. The Radex 1212 unit has the same accuracy as units priced well over three times as much.
Pre-support questions were well answered. The support person was well informed and honest and more than answered any questions.
Quatra has a pretty good manufacturer's website. There is lots of good information about the product there.
The price seemed like a good value.
The Amazon guarantee is one of the best on the web.
Support continued to very good and helpful.
The battery life in the unit is surprisingly long!
The manual is a good quick start guide, but I think they should have a more detailed one on the website - but this is a very minor issue. The site provides a good video on how to upload information into a global app used by other Radex users and the email support is excellent.
The unit works in below freezing weather. No damage to screen or unit when left over night in 5 degree weather.
The unit will let you record you readings in the following intervals -1 min, 5 min, 10 min, 30 min. 1, hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours. You can take up to 180 readings and transfer the data to a PC.
When using the RadexRead app you can plot the readings on the map so the network of other users can see them and/or save the readings to a text or csv file on your PC - great feature.
The background lite is handy in dark areas or outside at night and turns off rather quickly to save battery loss. It also turns back on at the tap of a button.
If you are purchasing a radiation detector, do not confuse this with High frequency EMF meter or even a Low frequency meter. This device is not intended for getting reads on microwaves, cell phones, etc. You will not get any readings on those. With that said the unit functions as it is intended to do.
You must also realize that the radiation levels are constantly fluctuating. These fluctuations and even spikes can be caused by the natural minerals in the area, building materials, and even cosmic activity such as solar flares or moun showers which will give a sudden short spike that is significantly larger than ordinary fluctuations.
I have compared my readings with that of other Radex RD1212 users and readings taken worldwide from off the RadexRead app and from safecast.org as well. It is in line with what is to be expected.
I tested my unit thoroughly taking multiple readings 3 different locations taking as many as 180 reads in some tests. Each location had its own range and one location (location #3) showed what could be considered noticeably wider fluctuations and spikes. However, I could not reproduce those spikes or as wide a range in the other areas. Nor could I reproduce the smaller levels or ranges of locations 1 & 2 at location 3. This shows the device is consistent and only spikes for a good reason, known or unknown. After testing and taking over 2000 total readings from 3 different locations, I have concluded the device is stable. I emailed my readings to a much more advanced user who owns about 5 different radiation detection devices and he agreed with my conclusion.
I would not be concerned about dropping it on the carpet or grass, but it looks like it may be damaged or crack if it fell on cement, a hard wood floor, or asphalt. If someone shows me a video showing otherwise I will change this line. This too is a minor issue, as one should not be dropping scientific instruments in the first place.
If you use it in high humidity like at a beach, in snowy weather or during a mist, you would be wise to put it in a zip lock baggie to protect it from moisture. I would suggest this with almost any unit you purchase. I have used the unit in snow and mist with no issues by using a zip lock baggie. Use a zip lock baggie not a folding baggie.
The unit also has as small flash light, which at first I though was silly, but when I dropped my keys one night in a dark parking area, I actually used that feature.
Once again you can easily pay $800 and much more for a unit that is no more accurate than this one.