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Portable Radiation Detector

Portable Radiation Detector (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)By Andrew Liszewski

Radiation is a fact of life. It exists everywhere and is pretty much inescapable. Unless of course you choose to live out your days in a lead box. Otherwise if you’re concerned about particularly high doses of radiation the Portable Radiation Detector could give you some peace of mind.

A sensitive microprocessor samples the air 32,768 times a second looking for the presence of gamma-ray, beta, fast-neutron and x-ray radiation. If levels rise above 75 milliRoentgens an hour (mR/hr) an LED will flash, and the detector will beep. Low levels will result in a long-long beep, medium levels in a long-short beep and high levels in a short-short beep. The unit will monitor for radiation 24/7 and will run for about 6 months on an included CR2032 lithium-ion battery which is replaceable.

The Portable Radiation Detector is now available from ThinkGeek for $99.

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  • Harri

    Surely if it’s giving you short-short beeps you’re already dead?

  • John

    I agree with this. It looks great

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  • John Bordynuik

    This unit is exceptionally useful in case you are exposed to an orphaned source. It’s directional reporting ability was designed to get you out.

  • Jeff S. Hancock

    This does not seem to be available on the thinkgeek site at all. I searched for it in the engine, but no results were found.