Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pocket CO Detector Review

Never Go to Work Without It

I've used a lot of gas detectors in my life, including both fixed and portable. And don't get me wrong, there are some fine portable units are there. At Ideal Detectors we represent a few of these, just so you'll know there's not a bias. We handle GFG, MSA, Industrial Scientific, Biosystems and a fine, innovative company called KWJ Engineering.

KWJ is unique among gas detection companies, not only because it was founded by the man many of us consider the founder of the gas detection industry- the legendary Ken Johnson- but because of the innovative marketing direction and leadership of Oliver Seth.

Take a look at the picture on the left to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Hazardous gas detectors you can actually use without feeling like you've been weighted down by a lead balloon! I've been asked many times by many safety directors the question "What's the best portable gas detector out there?" My answer is always, "The one you wear." Think about it before you laugh. It doesn't matter what gas detector you buys if you don't wear it. These detectors are not only first class gas detectors, but you and your employees will actuall wear them.

Can they record data and store them in their little memories? You bet they can. They're the right size, the right quality and they take care of business by recording your data. I actually clip the pocket CO detecot to my collar and forget it's there.

In our laboratory, we've reviewed the response time of these little CO detectors and they are as quick or quicker than anything the industry has out there. And their recovery time is just as quick.

And they hold their calibration a long, long time. If you're interested in the specs, go to

The pocket CO detector is another product I liked so much, I decided to distribute it.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Chameleon- A Brilliant New Product

The Chameleon

You know that commercial where the guy says, "I liked the product so much I bought the company?" Well I don't have that kind of money, but when I came across the Chameleon product line, I decided to represent it.
It's one of those ideas that I wished I had come up with myself.
After years of clipping badges to my lapel or whatever else I could get them to hang on to, I finally found a colorimetric badge system that I could just insert into a holder that could be wrapped around my forearm or ankle and then Velcro snugged into place.
I'm not going to turn this blog into a forum for evaluating products that we sell at our company. In the main, I will be evaluating a wide range of safety products for use by the safety professional. But there are three that I will tell you about to get things that I sell out of the way- the Chameleon badge detection system, the 460 GFG gas detector, and the Pocket Detector series which currently covers CO and hydrogen. So let's start with the Chameleon.
Here's how the Morphix Technologies describes this product: "The Chameleon®, a field-configurable chemical detection unit, is the most innovative hazardous chemical detection device on the market today. It provides a low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution for first responders, military and industrial personnel. Each disposable cassette detects a different toxic gas, enabling the user to configure the reusable Chameleon armband for the needs of his or her specific mission on a daily basis."
What I love about this product is that it compliments standard electronic gas detectors for first responders. We can't carry ever electronic gizmo under the sun when we go into the field. Even the most versatile detector- the PID (photoionization)- is not component specific. The Chameleon remedies this product by providing a field configurable battery of chemical cassettes that can be chosen by the user based on their anticipated exposure.
It's worth a serious look. I rate it Four Stars.