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Are You Searching for a Portable Particle Counter?  Research, Review and Compare Major Manufacturers of Portable Particle Counters Below.

ParticleCounters.Org has assembled the best of the best in the particle counter industry to get together and review and compare the latest models of portable particle counters. Our team researches, reviews and compares particle counters, forming unbiased comparisons and comments. We do not push one type of portable particle counter.  ParticleCounters.Org has researched the best portable particle counter systems in the world and compile unbiased and honest opinions on the latest portable laser particle counters by Lighthouse, Climet, Met One, Fluke and IQAir.  The result is this easy to use comparison chart that lists unbiased factual information of each Portable Particle Counter.

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Portable Laser Particle Counter Comparisons...

Product Pros Cons Features Application MSRP
Lighthouse SOLAIR 1001 PLUS
Lighthouse SOLAIR portable particle counter

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.1-20.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable Printouts

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

Call for Price

Learn more about this Lighthouse portable laser particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 1100 PLUS
Lighthouse SOLAIR portable particle counter
Read an expert reviewers opinion of the Lighthouse Solair 1100 portable laser particle counter

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• EAC Laser more accurate, reliable, & requires less maintenance than conventional lasers

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.1-5.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 8 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

Price: $20,628.00 - U.S. Pricing.

Learn more about this Lighthouse portable laser particle counter.

Kanomax 3900 CE Kanomax 3900 CE
Read more product information for the Kanomax 3900

• Offers 6 channels of measurement

•Large Touch Screen


• Built-in Thermal Printer

• Smallest footprint in industry

• Stores up to 5000 Samples


• Options include measuring air velocity, temperature, relative humidity, and pressure differential

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.3-10.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• Location labels on display & printout

• 6.4" Color Touch Screen

• 5000 samples data storage

• Small Footprint

• Runs on Windows CE

• Removable Li-ion Battery

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$7,980.00

Read more about this portable airborne particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100
Lighthouse Solair 3100 portable particle counter
Read the product review for this Lighthouse Solair 3100 Portable Particle Counter

• Internal vacuum pump, optional external printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Printer not included - uses optional external printer

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.3-25.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 4-6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$6,790.00

Read more about this portable airborne particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100 PLUS
Lighthouse Solair 3100 plus portable particle counter with printer
Read our review of the Lighthouse Solair 3100 PLUS Portable Particle Counter

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.3-25.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$8,955.00

Research this portable air particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 3100 PLUS Black
Solair 3100 Black particle counter

• 5 Year Warranty

• 5 Year factory calibration

• Includes many essential accessories

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.3-25.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

Call for Price

Learn more about this portable laser particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 3200 PLUS
Lighhtouse solair portable 3200 plus

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.3-25.0 microns

• 2.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$9,865.00

Read more on this Lighthouse portable particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 5100
Ligthouse Solair 5100 portable

• Internal vacuum pump, optional external printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Printer not included - uses optional external printer

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.5-25.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 4-6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$6,485.00

Research more on this portable airborne particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 5100 PLUS
Solair 5100 Plus printer

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.5-25.0 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$8,645.00

Learn more on this portable air particle counter.

Lighthouse SOLAIR 5200 PLUS
Lighthouse Solair 5200 plus counter

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 0.5-25.0 microns

• 2.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable location labels

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Icon based interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Airborne contamination monitoring & testing.

Cleanrooms.

Facility certification.

FMS.

Filter testing.

SMIF enclosures.

Semiconductor.

Aerospace.

Hard drive manuf.

Pharm packaging & manuf.

Hospitals.

Food process.

Automotive paint spray booths.

$8,955.00

Read more on this portable air particle counter.

Lighthouse BOULDER COUNTER

Lighthouse Boulder Counter

• Internal vacuum pump, printer, data storage, & removable rechargeable battery make a complete standalone portable system

• Integrates into larger FMS systems

• constant real time particle counting

• Easy to read & use color, touch icon based interface

• Only supports 4 environmental sensors such as temperature / relative humidity probe, air velocity probe, differential pressure probe, filter scanning probe, etc

• Too heavy for easy handheld use - can be set on counter or shelf

• 5 - 100 microns

• 1.0 cfm

• 6 particle size channels

• 4 sensor inputs 4-20mA

• User definable printouts

• Internal alarm

• External alarm

• Easily configurable interface with zoom feature

• 3000 samples data storage w/rotating buffer

• Output to PC

• Stainless steel enclosure

Aerospace Flight and Space Hardware Manufacture

Aerospace Precision Engine Manufacture

Flat Panel Display Manufacturing

Medical Device Manufacturing

Automotove Precision Machining and Painting

Paint Spray Booths

LCD Industry

Automotive and Aerospace Painting and Finishing

Call for Price

Read more on this portable air particle counter.

Climet CI-200
Climet portable particle counter ci 200
• Smallest and lightest particle counter in its class
• Built-in printer
• Large, easy to read LED display
• Monochromatic display
• No battery support
• 0.2µm sensitivity
• Portable, AC powered
• 1 cfm flow rate
Medical Devices


Indoor air quality testing

Cleanroom Testing
$Price not listed

See more info about this particle counter

Climet MicroPro 400
Climet MicroPro 400 particle counter
• Smallest and lightest particle counter in its class
• Portable
• Seemingly outdated led display
• Not battery operative
• 1 cfm flow rate
• NIST traceable calibration
Cleanroom verification

Paintspray booths
$Unlisted price

Read more about this air monitor
Climet MicroPro 500
Climet MicroPro 500 particle counter
• Portable w/ built-in battery charger
• Built-in thermal printer
•Monochromatic Liquid Crystal Display
• This unit is rather bulky, weighing in at 23.5 lbs.
• Automated mass flow controller
• Optional built-in disk drive
• Onboard 209E calculations
Cleanroom verification/testing

Aerospace

Indoor Air Quality monitoring
$Price not shown

Learn more about the Climet MicroPro 500 laser particle counter

SOLAIR 3350
SOLAIR 3350 Airborne Particle Counters
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• 0.3-25.0Ám Size Range
• Extreme Life Laser Diode Technology
• 100 Liters per Minute or 3.53 CFM Flow Rate
• Closed-loop Controlled Clean Pump Technology
• Designed to Enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
• Built-in Thermal Printer
• 304 Stainless Steel Construction
• Four 4-20mA Analog Inputs
• Multiple Communication Interfaces - RS-485, Ethernet, USB and USB Flash Drive
• 5.7-inch (14.47 cm) Color Touch Screen
• Designed for ISO 21501-4 Compliance: Unit-to-Unit Accuracy & Repeatability Assured
Cleanroom Monitoring

Cleanroom Certification for EU GMP or ISO 14644

Facility Monitoring

Cleanroom Performance Verification

Trend Analysis

Routine Cleanroom Testing

Cleanroom Packaging

Filter Testing
$Price not shown

Learn more about the SOLAIR 3350 Airborne particle counter

SOLAIR 3350Rx
SOLAIR 3350Rx Airborne Particle Counters
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• 0.3-25.0Ám Size Range
• Extreme Life Laser Diode Technology
• 100 Liters per Minute or 3.53 CFM Flow Rate
• Closed-loop Controlled Clean Pump Technology
• Designed to Enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
• Built-in Thermal Printer
• 316L Stainless Steel Construction
• Multiple Communication Interfaces - RS-485, Ethernet, USB and USB Flash Drive
• 5.7-inch (14.47 cm) Color Touch Screen
• Designed for ISO 21501-4 Compliance: Unit-to-Unit Accuracy & Repeatability Assured
Cleanroom Monitoring

Cleanroom Certification for EU GMP or ISO 14644

Facility Monitoring

Cleanroom Performance Verifi cation

Trend Analysis

Routine Cleanroom Testing

Cleanroom Packaging

Filter Testing
$Price not shown

Learn more about the SOLAIR 3350Rx Airborne particle counter

SOLAIR 5350
SOLAIR 5350 Airborne Particle Counters
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• 0.5-25.0Ám Size Range
• Extreme Life Laser Diode Technology
• 100 Liters per Minute or 3.53 CFM Flow Rate
• Closed-loop Controlled Clean Pump Technology
• Designed to Enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
• Built-in Thermal Printer
• 304 Stainless Steel Construction
• Four 4-20mA Analog Inputs
• Multiple Communication Interfaces - RS-485, Ethernet, USB and USB Flash Drive
• 5.7-inch (14.47 cm) Color Touch Screen
• Designed for ISO 21501-4 Compliance: Unit-to-Unit Accuracy & Repeatability Assured
Cleanroom Monitoring

Cleanroom Certification for EU GMP or ISO 14644

Facility Monitoring

Cleanroom Performance Verification

Trend Analysis

Routine Cleanroom Testing

Cleanroom Packaging

Filter Testing
$Price not shown

Learn more about the SOLAIR 5350 Airborne particle counter

SOLAIR 5350Rx
SOLAIR 5350Rx Airborne Particle Counters
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• n/a
• n/a
• 0.5-25.0Ám Size Range
• Extreme Life Laser Diode Technology
• 100 Liters per Minute or 3.53 CFM Flow Rate
• Closed-loop Controlled Clean Pump Technology
• Designed to Enable 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance
• Built-in Thermal Printer
• 316L Stainless Steel Construction
• Multiple Communication Interfaces - RS-485, Ethernet, USB and USB Flash Drive
• 5.7-inch (14.47 cm) Color Touch Screen
• Designed for ISO 21501-4 Compliance: Unit-to-Unit Accuracy & Repeatability Assured
Cleanroom Monitoring

Cleanroom Certification for EU GMP or ISO 14644

Facility Monitoring

Cleanroom Performance Verifi cation

Trend Analysis

Routine Cleanroom Testing

Cleanroom Packaging

Filter Testing
$Price not shown

Learn more about the SOLAIR 5350Rx Airborne particle counter

Portable Particle Counter Advice...

Portable particle counters have an entire fully functioning air monitoring system built into one compact unit.  Extremely versatile, mobile and with a high airflow sample rate, they can be used cost effectively for contamination control via cleanroom certification or monitoring. These counters generally have built in printers, displays, alarms, and input output ports such as serial, RJ-45 or USB for computer connectivity.

Some portable particle counters also have other features such as Temperature, Relative Humidity, Pressure differential and air velocity. Data from these sensors can be downloaded into a computer as well.  Most portable particle counters from different manufacturers have been made to do the same job, but come in a variety of packages.  What sets one brand apart from others are human factors like usability & convenience, plus computing technology. Often it is easy to tell which instrument has the latest advancements based on a few physical characteristics.  Check the display, does it look like a calculator or a computer screen?  More contemporary input and display means easier to use.  Also look at the casing.  If the outside has not changed in the last 30 years, you may be dealing with other outdated features and technology.  Modern conveniences of portable electronics can save time and make each day more productive.

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