IQAir Particle Counter

IQAir Particle Counter

IQAir ParticleScan Pro particle counter is an advanced laser particulate monitor for the quick and accurate measurement of airborne particle concentrations in normal and polluted indoor and outdoor environments. Get particle counting statistics and create sampling reports with this particle analyzer for accurate determination of particle size. Particulate monitor reports by consumer experts are available.

Hand held IQAir ParticleScan Pro particle counters offer real-time particle measurement in a compact and lightweight unit that is easy to hold, and its electronic keypad simple to use. Particle detectors can help people learn important information about air quality, identify pollutant sources, or measure the effectiveness of a pollution control program.The LED display allows easy monitoring of the concentration of particles such as mold spores, dust mites, clothing and carpeting fibers, skin cells, asbestos and other particles measuring from 0.3 to 5 microns. Each particle counter offers high sensitivity, particle sizing into 6 size groups, and serial cables to download raw data into a PC or Palm OS computer with included software. The data can then be imported into excel spreadsheets. A soft carrying case allows for safe transport.

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IQAir Particle Counters are ideal for someone who?­

  • Wants to find important information about air quality in terms of particles - such as mold spores, dust mites or carpet fibers - pollutant sources, or would like to measure the effectiveness of pollution control measures
  • Would like to detect airborne particles from 0.3 up to 5 microns
  • Needs the option to monitor 6 particle sizes simultaneously
  • Would like software with particle data logging capabilities to a PC or Palm OS? computers into an excel spreadsheet
  • Wants to quickly create reports and graphs for clients

Features of IQAir Particle Counters

IQAir Particle Counter Features & Accessories

ParticleTrak Software offers real time data transfer to PC or Palm device

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ParticleScan Pro Kit with carry case; view diagram of contents

  • Audible Alarm Function: The instrument allows the user to set an individual particle concentration threshold for each individual size channel. An intermittent beeping sound alerts the user should the set threshold be exceeded.
  • Data logging to PC or Palm: Every ParticleScan is supplied with software and a transfer cable which allows data logging to PC or Palm OS computers. With the supplied ParticleTrak software it's easy to turn your ParticleScan into a continuous data logging device to monitor airborne particle concentrations over time. The software allows particle counts for all six size channels to be stored on your PC.
  • Real-Time Particle Measurement: ParticleScan instruments use laser technology to measure particle concentrations in ambient air. The instruments continuously detect and measure the concentration of airborne particles and display an updated reading every six seconds on the easy to read LED display. This enables the user to monitor particle concentration changes as they occur and allows individual pollution sources to be tracked down by using the ParticleScan as a "particle sniffer".
  • High Sensitivity: ParticleScan instruments can identify single particles, making them far more sensitive than photometers, which identify only particle clouds.
  • Particle Sizing: ParticleScan instruments not only count particles, they also categorize particles into six size groups ranging from 0.3 microns to 5 microns. This sizing information allows users to focus only on those particle sizes of interest, disregarding the rest.
  • Particle Counter applications:

    • Monitor indoor & outdoor particle concentrations
    • Log and report air pollution levels
    • Demonstrate & compare efficiency of air & vacuum cleaners
    • Track down particulate pollution sources
    • Evaluate effectiveness of pollution control measures
    • Inspect HVAC equipment & ducting
    • Spot-check particulate pollution levels at the workplace
    • Analyze logged data for remedial action
    • Store, organize, analyze & print data in spreadsheets
    • Graphically display & communicate air pollution levels

Technical Specifications of IQAir Particle Counters

IQAir Particle Counter Models

IQAir ParticleScan particle counter

Supplied Accessories

  • Protective carrying case for field use
  • Isokinetic probe for accurate sampling
  • Purge filter for cleaning & zero calibration
  • Mains power adaptor / NiMH battery charger (115V/60Hz or 230V/50Hz)
  • CD-ROM with ParticleTrak? software for data logging onto PC and Palm?
  • PC serial cable for data transfer to PC
  • Palm? serial adaptor for data transfer to Palm OS hand-held computers
  • Instruction manual
  • Calibration certificate

    System Requirements for Data Logging

  • PC: Microsoft? Windows 3.0/95/98/NT/Me/XP; CD-ROM drive; available 9 or 25 pin COM port, Microsoft? Excel 97 or later
  • Hand-held computers: Palm OS? 3.0 or later

    Flow rate

    0.025 cfm (0.7075 l/min)

    Flow rate
    0.025 cfm (0.7075 l/min)

    Air purifiers
    pollutant removal capability

    Air Purifiers
    Cleaning Capacity


    panel - Languages

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

    English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

    Exhaust air

    not filtered

    Minimum sensitivity

    0.3 ?m (microns)

    6 cumulative size channels

    0.3 / 0.5 / 0.7 / 1.0 / 3.0 / 5.0 ?m (user selectable)

    5 differential size channels

    0.3 - 0.5 / 0.5 - 0.7 / 0.7 - 1.0 / 1.0 -3.0 / 3.0 - 5.0 |m (user selectable)

    CADR ratings from AHAM

    Sample time

    6 seconds (continuous with no delay time)

    Readout volume units

    particles/cu.ft. or particles/litre (user-selectable)

    Laser source

    680 nm laser diode

    Count update

    every 6 seconds

    UV - Ultraviolet

    Air Purifiers
    Filter Materials

    NiMH rechargeable battery

    up to 5 hours operation

    of air purifiers


    Fan speeds
    of air purifiers

    Temperature of air purifiers

    Top External

    Power Consumption

    eleictric cost to run

    of Air Purifiers


    Audible alarm function

    programmable for each cumulative size channel

    Computer interface

    RS 232

    Dimensions (LxWxD)

    8 x 4 x 2.2 inches (205 x 103 x 57 mm)


    1.9 lbs. (850 g)

    Particle counter warranty

    1 year (parts and labor)

    Product reports by consumer experts on the IQAir
    HealthPro Series Air Purifiers


    Courtesy of Allergy Buyers The IQair hepa air purifier is a new entrant into the market place from Switzerland. It is a testament to precision Swiss engineering. The company behind this unit is in the hospital clean room business.


    • Surpasses HEPA filtration: The IQair has a hepa filter and then some. Its hyper hepa has a micro particle retention rate up to 100 times higher than regular hepa. The amount of hepa and other filter media in the IQair hepa air purifier is simply larger than almost any other machine we have tested.
    • Powerful fan that's moderately quiet: The IQair hepa air purifier has at its core a 700 cfm, 2950 rpm rated fan. That is twice as powerful as any other fan in any other air purifier on our site. Each fan is individually balanced and uses steel ball bearings. In July 2003, improvements to the fan increased air flow and made the air purifiers sound 20 - 30% quieter overall. The most popular fan speeds - 2, 3, 4, and 5 - benefit with increased air delivery and lower noise level. View the press release for more information.
    • Lower than average noise level, quiet and almost silent on lower fan speeds: Because of its exceptionally large fan, centered in the middle of the machine the IQair is quieter than most[but not all] hepa air purifiers we have tested. On the first two fan speeds you have a hard time hearing the air filter. On the third speed it is a pleasant quiet background hum. Like all hepa air purifiers, it is fairly noisy on the higher speeds (4-6) so you probably want to use it on high speed when you are not in the room.
    • Control options and settings: One of the big pluses of the IQair hepa air purifier is its control options. While we did not see the need for the remote control, we were impressed with the ability to set the machine to go on and off at certain pre-designated times (Set it on high as you are coming home from work or just before your employees come to work.)
    • Certified performance: We were not quite sure whether this was a marketing gimmick, but given the variation in performance of some other air purifiers we have tested, it was reassuring that each IQair hepa air purifier has a certificate of performance in air delivery, filter leakage and particle filtration efficiency.
    • Pre-filter increases longevity of hepa and gas filter life: Another big plus in our opinion is that the IQair has both a pre-filter and a gas filter (in the plus model). Having a pre-filter means that your gas and your hepa filter will last longer. The pre-filter lasts 7 to 14 months; the gas filter 10-21 months; the hepa filter 17-35 months. This is based on running the unit at medium speed 3, 12 to 24 hours a day. Your actual filter life will vary based on the speed you run it at. If you run it above speed 3 the filter life will be shorter while running it below speed 3 will result in a longer filter life. It will also vary depending on the level of recontamination. For instance in a very heavily polluted urban area the filter life will be shorter.
    • Filter change needed indicator light: What our consumer panel loved about this hepa air purifier is the IQair lets you know when any of the filters need changing. This is an enormous plus in our eyes. Most people are using hepa filters that have out lived their useful life. Why wait as one manufacturer recommends, for the air to "smell bad"- change the filter when it needs to be changed. Please keep in mind, when the orange light comes on you will still have 20% of the filter life remaining.
    • Low cost to run: The IQair for all its power is not expensive to run. It is one of the most efficient hepa air purifiers from the energy consumption point of view [figure the same as one or two light bulbs].
    • Environmentally safe construction: The IQair hepa air purifier is constructed of non off-gassing materials.
    • Easy to change filters: One of the biggest pluses we saw, was the ease with which you could change filters. This was truly an impressive piece of engineering. Filters can be changed without a screwdriver in a matter of about 3 minutes. All the filters stack up modular fashion like "Chinese dim sum baskets". They just can be swapped in and out. The IQair hepa air purifier is upgradeable to the gas model at a later date with a moderate amount of effort. This is really quite an ingenious piece of design.
    • Helpful owner's manual: The IQair air purifier comes with an excellent manual [believe it or not, some manufacturers just don't bother to provide one].


    • Comparatively speaking the IQair hepa air purifier is large, standing near waist height. It is nicely styled but it does take up room.
    • If quiet is the paramount feature you are looking for above all else, IQAirs are not our quietest air purifiers, although they are far from the noisiest. And now with a new improved fan for July 2003, they sound 20-30% quieter.

    Originally sold by the manufacturer at twice the price, you are now getting a whole lot of hepa air purifier for your money. This is a very powerful and sophisticated air purifier. We were impressed that someone really thought deeply and tried to address a great number of thorny design issues. We spoke to the manufacturer at length and we were also impressed that they did not exaggerate their air purifier specifications and were quick to point out that on lower fan speeds the air purifier coverage will be smaller. They also alerted us that a number of manufacturers overstate the "real" cfm rating of their fans by quoting the cfm rating of the fan "free standing" before it goes through housing and a number of filters. The HealthPro Plus is the choice of those who need to rid their work or home environments of gaseous contaminants or viruses.--

    More Information about IQAir Air Purifiers

    • IQAir July 2003 Press Release on Fan Improvements
    • Learn How to Reset the Filter Lights on your IQAir Air Purifier

    Best Information About Air Purifiers

    Warranty: 1 year (parts and labor)

    Availability: Usually ships the next business day

    Note: This item may only be exchanged. Please read our before purchasing.

    IQ Air ParticleScan Pro Particle Counter


    IQAir ParticleScan Pro is an advanced laser particulate monitor. Hand held and portable, this counter offers a quick and accurate measurement of airborne particle concentrations in normal and polluted indoor and outdoor environments.