What You Need to Know Before
Buying Your Particle Counter is in This Easy-to-Read, Categorized Guide
ParticleCounters.Org has put together
this informative comparison chart of all of the leading particle
counters on the market today. Our Industry experts have collected
information by reviewing the major manufactures like
comparison chart covers all the particle counter
Handheld particle counters to
counters. Our Industry experts reviewed all these particle
counters and compare them for you right here with honest
observations and unbiased reviews.
Do You Need to Purchase the
Are you overwhelmed by your choices?
We can make it
easy for you. Our team of experts who represent nearly all major
particle counter brands will set you up with the right
equipment... for the best price.
All Particle Counter Categories - Learn the Basics Here...
Here is a breakdown of the particle counter categories.
All particle counters use optical
technology, either laser, glancing light, white light, scanning
optics or conventional microscope lenses and detect particles from
either the air, a liquid or a
surface. Cleanroom and
generally use airborne and surface particle counters. Airborne
laser particle counters can be divided into how they are used:
handheld, portable or remote (dedicated).
You can walk around with a handheld and
take samples just about anywhere. A portable laser particle
counter is bigger and heavier with more features, can be carried to
a location and set on a cart or table to take samples. A
remote particle counter is permanently installed at a location where
it can continuously monitor and send information back to a control
terminal. Most airborne laser particle counters come with an array
of options expanding their capabilities catering to industry
Trying to compare particle counters
throughout a list of all particle counters may be challenging since
it includes such a large number of instruments. Use these
tables to narrow down to a category what you wish to compare.
There are always specialized instruments used in very unique
situations that do not fit in any major category, but these are what
we consider the most widely used types of particle counters.
Counters / Optical Particle Counters
All particle counters
use optical technology to count particles from a sample. The simplest is a
microscope for the user to manually count particles on a surface. Others use a light
source and optical circuitry that detects the size and number of
particles based on the behavior of light when it reacts with the
Laser Particle Counters / Air
Most laser particle counters are also air particle counters.
They sample the air and use a laser with counting optics to measure
airborne particle contamination. They
are utilized in cleanrooms, minienvironments, FDA regulated critical
areas and by indoor air quality specialists.
> Cleanroom Particle Counter
Cleanroom particle counters are NIST traceable and configured to
read out particle size channels for common standards such as ISO,
Federal Standard 209E, EU GGMP, and British Standard 5295.
Cleanroom particle counters include the categories below.
>Handheld Particle Counters You can walk around with a handheld particle counter, using it
to find a location with high particle concentration - very useful in
filter testing, mold remediation and cleanroom troubleshooting and
clean room verification.
• Met One Aerocet GT-531 Aerosol
>Portable Particle Counters Faster and with more capacities than a handheld, the portable
particle counters can be used to certify cleanrooms, take quick
tests or continuous monitoring.
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 1100 PLUS
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100 PLUS
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100 PLUS Black
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 3200 PLUS
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 5100
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 5100 PLUS
• Lighthouse SOLAIR 5200 PLUS
• Climet CI-200
• Climet MicroPro 400
• Climet MicroPro 500
Particle Counters Also known as dedicated particle counters, remote units monitor
continuously with other sensors in a facility monitoring system or
• Lighthouse Remote 1100
• Lighthouse Remote 1104
• Lighthouse Remote 2010
• Lighthouse Remote 2012
• Lighthouse Remote 2014
• Lighthouse Remote 2014-P
• Lighthouse Remote 3010
• Lighthouse Remote 3010-Black
• Lighthouse Remote 3012
• Lighthouse Remote 3014
• Lighthouse Remote 3014-P
• Lighthouse Remote 3102
• Lighthouse Remote 3104
• Lighthouse Remote 5010
• Lighthouse Remote 5012
• Lighthouse Remote 5014
• Lighthouse Remote 5014-P
• Lighthouse Remote 5100
• Lighthouse Remote 5102
• Lighthouse Remote 5104
• Aerocet 9012 Ambient Aerosol
• Particulate Profiler
• Lighthouse Universal Manifold System
• Lighthouse MiniManifold
>Liquid Particle Counters We have included syringe sampling and remote style liquid
particle counters for continuous
sampling. Particle counters for inline chemical applications
and portable oil particle counters may be coming soon.
Surface Particle Counters
Mainly used in cleanrooms or microchip industry, surface particle counters verify housekeeping, cleaning and
contamination levels during
We have also included in this category in-process wafer pod particle
counter for FOUPs and SMIFs.
a rack mount or portable package, nanoparticle counters are
used to minimize health risks of inhaling nanoparticles during
manufacturing, aerosol research, combustion research, diesel
emissions, filter testing, atmospheric and climatic research plus others. A nanometer is equal to
0.001 microns. Nanotechnology industry does not yet have
common standards for nano particle
Laser particle counters in the chart
above include the entire list of all particle counters on ParticleCounters.org. If you are looking for a particular
instrument that is not here, call us at 1-877-688-2703, we may be able to point you in the right