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BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series-

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BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series

The photo-ionization sensor detects volatile organic compounds or VOCs and can be added to a standard four gas configuration or combined with non-standard combinations of other sensors. Offers maximum versatility in a portable multi-gas detector that can be used almost anywhere. Five gases can be monitored and displayed at the same time. Lock your instruments settings allowing only authenticated personnel to change your settings.


BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series Offers

VOCs are characterized by their tendency to evaporate easily at room temperature and include substances such as solvents, paint thinners, benzene, butadiene, hexane, toluene, as well as vapors associated with fuels such as gasoline, diesel, heating oil, kerosene, and jet fuel. The GasAlertMicro 5 PID's integrated photoionization detector (PID) enables sensitive broad spectrum monitoring of volatile organic contaminants. Highly configurable to suit a range of applications, GasAlertMicro 5 PID comes as a diffusion or pumped instrument; with either alkaline or NiMH rechargeable hot-swappable battery pack and has optional datalogging capabilities.

Supported Gases

  • H2S - Hydrogen Sulfide
  • CO - Carbon Monoxide
  • O2 - Oxygen
  • SO2 - Sulfur Dioxide
  • PH3 - Phosphine
  • NH3 - Ammonia
  • NO2 - Nitrogen Dioxide
  • HCN - Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Cl2 - Chlorine
  • ClO2 - Chlorine Dioxide
  • O3 - Ozone
  • LEL Combustibles
  • PID - Photo Ionization

Features

  • Smaller and over 50% lighter than competitive instruments
  • Water-resistant design in an integral concussion-proof enclosure
  • Continuous LCD shows simultaneous gas concentrations for five gases
  • 0 - 1000 ppm measurement of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Integral motorized pump option for remote sampling
  • Two power options: AA alkaline or rechargeable hot-swappable battery pack
  • Provides 95 dB alarm tone and two bright wide-angled alarm bars
  • Equipped with internal vibrating alarm for high noise areas
  • Multi-language support in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Three backlight options: standard- activates in low light (auto), in alarm (auto) and reactivates on-demand; alarm only- activates in alarm conditions and reactivates on-demand; stealth mode
  • Four alarm levels: instantaneous Low and High Alarm for all gases; TWA (time-weighted average) and STEL (short-term exposure limit) for VOCs and toxic gases
  • Simple automatic calibration procedure; compatible with BW MicroDock II automatic test and calibration station
  • Records TWA, STEL, and maximum exposures to gas and displays readings on command
  • User selectable field options include: PID correction factor, language selection, confidence beep, span level, set TWA/STEL calculation choice, set calibration due date, pass code protection, latching alarm, 'SAFE' display function, stealth mode, and selectable ppm resolution for some gases (e.g. SO2 0.1 ppm)
  • Full function self-test of: sensor, battery and circuit integrity; and audible/visual alarms

Applications

  • Confined Space Entry
  • Hazmat / Homeland Security
  • Industrial Hygiene and Confined Space
  • Airlines (wing-tank entry)
  • Landfills
  • Oil and Gas
  • Chemical Plants

VOCs and PID

VOCs are organic compounds characterized by a tendency to evaporate easily at room temperature with the potential of forming a toxic gas concentration. While some volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are acutely toxic at low concentrations, the harmful effects of most VOCs are delayed. Negative effects may occur long after the primary exposure thus many people ignore the potential danger. Long-term effects can include leukemia, memory problems, loss of hand-eye coordination, cancer, and a range of other physiological affects. Many personnel throughout the world are unprotected from VOCs in their daily work either because they are unaware of the toxic hazards, or because they are without a detector that detects for these gas concentrations.

Most VOCs have surprisingly low occupational exposure limits. An increased awareness has resulted in several newly revised VOC exposure limits, including TLVs for diesel vapor, kerosene, and gasoline. Photoionization detectors (PIDs) are able to detect VOCs and large hydrocarbon molecules that are undetectable by catalytic and electrochemical sensors. PID equipped instruments are generally the best choice for measurement of VOCs at exposure limit concentrations. This table lists ten common VOCs, their lower explosive limit (LEL) concentration and their exposure limits per the UK OEL, NIOSH REL and ACGIH TLV. The table also identifies those contaminants (highlighted in dark gray) with toxic exposure limits lower than 5% LEL.

10 Common VOCs
Contaminant LEL (Vol%) OSHA PEL NIOSH REL TLV 5% LEL in ppm
Acetone 2.5 1,000 ppm TWA 250 ppm TWA 500 ppm TWA 750 ppm STEL" 1250 ppm
Diesel (No. 2) vapor 0.6 None Listed None Listed 15 ppm 300 ppm
Ethanol 3.3 1,000 ppm TWA 1000 ppm TWA 1000 ppm TWA 1,650 ppm
Gasoline 1.3 None Listed None Listed 300 ppm TWA 500 ppm STEL 650 ppm
Hexane 1.1 500 ppm TWA 50 ppm TWA 50 ppm TWA 550 ppm
Isopropyl alcohol 2 400 ppm TWA 400 ppm TWA 500 ppm STEL 200 ppm TWA 400 ppm STEL 1000 ppm
Kerosene/Jet Fuels 0.7 None Listed 100 mg/M3 TWA (approx. 14.4 ppm 200 mg/M3 TWA (approx. 29 ppm) 350 ppm
MEK 1.4 200 ppm TWA 200 ppm TWA 300 ppm STEL 200 ppm TWA 300 ppm STEL 700 ppm
Turpentine 0.8 100 ppm TWA 100 ppm TWA 20 ppm TWA 400 ppm
Xylenes (o, m and p isomers) 0.9-1.1 100 ppm TWA 100 ppm TWA 150 ppm STEL 100 ppm TWA 150 ppm STEL 450~550 ppm

BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series Specifications

Gas Measuring range Resolution TWA STEL LOW HIGH
PID (VOCs) 0-1000 ppm 1 ppm 50 100 50 100
O2 0-30.0% 0.1 N/A N/A 19.5 22.5
CO 0-999 ppm 1 35 200 35 200
H2S 0-100 ppm 1 10 15 10 15
NH3 0-100 ppm 1 25 35 25 50
LEL 0-100% LEL
0-5% v/v
1% N/A N/A 10% 20%
General Specifications
Size 5.7 x 2.9 x 1.5 in. / 14.5 x 7.4 x 3.8 cm
Weight 13.1 oz. / 370 g
Temperature -4 to +122°F / -20 to +50°C
14 to +104°F / -10 to +40°C (PID)
Alarms Visual, vibrating, audible (95 dB)
Low, High, STEL, TWA, OL (over limit)
Tests Sensor integrity, circuitry, battery and audible/visual alarms on activation, battery (continuous)
Pump Optional; Sample from up to 66 ft. / 20 m
Ratings EMI/RFI: Complies with EMC Directive 89/336/EEC IP 65/66
Substance Ionization Energy Detectable by
carbon monoxide 14.01 electrochemical sensor
hydrogen cyanide 13.6 electrochemical sensor
methane 12.98 combustible sensor
sulfur dioxide 12.32 electrochemical sensor
oxygen 12.08 O2 sensor
chlorine 11.48 electrochemical sensor
chlorine dioxide 10.57 electrochemical sensor
hydrogen sulfide 10.46 electrochemical sensor
n-hexane 10.18 electrochemical sensor
ammonia 10.16 electrochemical sensor
phosphine 9.87 electrochemical sensor
nitrogen dioxide 9.75 electrochemical sensor
acetone 9.69
MEK 9.51
butadiene 9.07
toluene 8.82
Click here for complete specifications on the BW M5PID

How to Select the Right Gas Detection Solution

by Don Galman

There are many gas detection products on the market that might appear to be the same, but a closer inspection of specification, functionality and features reveals major differences in what products can do and the potential value they can offer. Similarly, individual applications are also unique in their respective designs, needs and processes undertaken.

Know your site risks

Before beginning to consider gas detection equipment, a risk assessment needs to be conducted. Any company employing staff has the obligation to conduct risk assessments to identify potential hazards and these can include potential gas, vapor or Oxygen deficiency risks. If gas hazards are identified, gas detection is applicable as a risk reduction method.

Identifying the prime objective

Depending on the processes being undertaken and the gases being detected, remote or off-site alarm notification plus event data logging/reporting may also be required for Health and Safety management records. Another factor impacting on the need for enhanced reporting functions might be regulatory compliance or a condition of insurance.

Ask the right questions

Having identified the primary objective, the suitable equipment is selected by asking a number of key questions. These fall into three broad categories:

  • The gases to be detected and where they may come from
  • The location and environmental conditions where detection is to take place
  • The ease of use for operators and routine servicing personnel
Identify the gases to be detected and where they may come from

The gases to be detected should be identified by the risk assessment, however experienced gas detection equipment manufacturers and their approved distributors are often able to help in this process, based on their experience of similar applications. However, it is important to remember that it is the end-user’s responsibility to identify all potential hazards. It is also essential to identify the potential source of a gas release as this helps determine the number and location of detectors required for a fixed gas detection system.

Consider the environmental conditions

The performance, accuracy and reliability of any gas detection equipment will be affected by the environmental conditions it is subjected to. Temperature, humidity and pressure levels at the location all have a direct bearing on the type of equipment that should be selected. Additional factors such as potential variations resulting from a production process itself, diurnal/nocturnal fluctuations and seasonal changes may also affect the type of device which is suitable.

Understand product functionality

The next area of consideration relates to additional product functionality. Aspects like wiring configuration are important, especially when retro-fitting into an existing application. If the apparatus is being integrated into a separate safety system, certain communication protocols may also be required such as HART®, Lonworks or Modbus®. Consideration will also need to be given regarding the requirement for local displays on transmitter units and local configuration of the unit and gas displays may also be a useful addition.

Measure the ease of use for operators and routine servicing personnel

Routine maintenance is another important consideration. Some gases and vapors can be detected with a number of different sensing technologies, e.g. Hydrocarbon gases with catalytic beads or Non-dispersive Infrared NDIR. Catalytic beads do not provide fail-to-safety operation and therefore can require a high frequency of routine maintenance, however NDIR based solutions tend to have a higher initial purchase price, but may require less routine maintenance. In-house resource to undertake such routine maintenance needs to be identified and in the absence of such a resource, budgeting for third party maintenance is an important factor in selecting the right equipment.


Need Help Selecting the Right Solution?

If you have questions about any of our gas detection products or services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Whether you need a hand finding a new product or need help with your current system, just ask our team of Factory Trained Experts.


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What's included with the BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series

  • Batteries: three replaceable alkaline cells or one rechargeable battery pack with the GasAlertMicro 5 Battery Charger (also provided with the GasAlertMicro 5 PID and the GasAlertMicro 5 IR).
  • Sensors: O2, combustible (LEL), toxic, H2S/CO (TwinTox sensor), PID, or CO2
  • Calibration cap and hose
  • Single gas calibration cap
  • Screwdriver
  • Quick reference guide
  • Fleet Manager CD (if applicable)
  • Manual and training CD-ROM

GasAlert Micro5 series (M5) Expert Product Review:

The Good:

Provides protection from 1-5 different kinds of atmospheric hazards, making it useful in a wide array of applications. It is available either as a standard toxic gas unit, a PID model for detection of VOCs or as an IR model for CO2 detection. It has both alkaline and rechargeable battery pack options, which are field-changeable, providing ease of use. You can also switch from diffusion mode to the optional built-in pump right in the field.


The Bad:

It is pricey, and the huge variety of sensor options, pump and battery options make choosing the right unit configuration a bit confusing for those not familiar with them. I recommend calling us at our toll free number (1.877.766.5412) for assistance in getting the right one.


The Bottom Line:

The GasAlertMicro 5 is highly configurable, which makes it suitable for the widest range of industries and applications. An example of some applications are Wastewater Plants, Pulp and Paper, Airlines, Landfills, Oil and Gas, Food and Beverage, Chemical Plants, Hazmat/Homeland Security and many more! It has many of the same user friendly features as the other units in the BW product line, so it is simple and easy to operate in the field and is a decently small size for its capabilities.


Full Review:

The extensive selection of sensors and user-settable field options in the GasAlertMicro 5 make it one of the most versatile units out there. The new pump design has a visible integrated filter window that allows the user to easily inspect the filter for dirt and debris. This also makes changing the pump filters quick and easy and still provides superior water resistance. AA alkaline batteries or the hot-swappable rechargeable battery pack options allow for fast, safe, and easy battery installation right in the field.

Regular maintenance is required on this model in the form of frequent Calibrations and battery replacement or charging. Bump Tests can also be performed on the unit depending on personal preference or when site safety regulations require it.

Built for rugged environments, the built-in concussion proof boot provides excellent protection against accidental bumps, scratches and damage; and it is water-proof, with an IP rating of 67 it can be submerged in water up to 1 m deep for 30 minutes. The real-time gas concentration is displayed continuously on the LCD so you will always know the current levels, even when the unit is not in alarm. The unit has a built in Datalogging feature, enabling you to retrieve a detailed and accurate history of conditions and unit maintenance if needed.

Calibrating the unit is required every 180 days by factory default but is quick and easy to perform; the procedure can be done in the field and only takes about 2 minutes to perform, and all you will require is a cylinder of calibration gas and a regulator. It is also compatible with the BW MicroDock II calibration and bump test station for those who wish to use a more hands-free, automated, calibration and bump test procedure.

How to: Calibrate a BW Gas Detector

How to: Bump Test a BW Gas Detector

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BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Sensors

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SR-Q07 BW SR-Q07 Replacement volatile organic compounds (VOC) PID sensor, 10.6 eV Learn More
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SR-X2V BW SR-X2V Replacement oxygen (O2) sensor Learn More

Click on a category to view a selection of compatible accessories with the BW GasAlertMicro 5 PID Multi-Gas Detector Series.

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BW PS-RC10 Replacement Chlorine (Cl2) Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5 PS-RC10
Replacement chlorine (Cl2) sensor for the BW GasAlert Extreme and the BS GasAlertMicro 5. This sensor includes a 1 year warranty.




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BW SR-W04-UF Replacement Combustible Sensor for GasAlertMicro 5, LEL SR-W04-UF
Replacement combustible (LEL) sensor without heavy duty silicone filter for the GasAlertMicro 5 series of BW gas detectors. Detectors are equipped on a standard basis with SR-W04 combustible sensors. This sensor includes a heavy duty silicone filter that make it ideal for use in environments that have known sources of silicone or vapors containing silicon. The SR-W04 silicone filter equipped sensor should not be used when monitoring diesel, kerosene, jet fuel or other heavy hydrocarbon vapors with flashpoint temperatures above 38°C (100°F).
Note: This sensor includes a 2 year warranty from BW Technologies.




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BW SR-M04-SC Replacement Carbon Monoxide Sensor for GasAlertQuattro, CO SR-M04-SC
Replacement carbon monoxide (CO) sensors make gas detector maintenance easy. All you need is a small phillips screwdriver to install this replacement sensor in your BW GasAlert Quattro detector.




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BW D4-RHM04 Replacement TwinTox Sensor, CO, H2S D4-RHM04
Replacement TwinTox sensor for the Micro 5 of BW gas detectors. The TwinTox sensor detects both carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and is what gives the Micro 5 it's fifth gas.




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BW SR-X2V Replacement Oxygen Sensor for BW Multiple Gas Detectors, O2 SR-X2V
Replacement oxygen (O2) sensor for BW Gas Detectors.




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BW SR-B04 Replacement Carbon Dioxide IR Sensor for GasAlertMicro 5 IR, CO2 SR-B04
Replacement carbon dioxide (CO2) IR sensor. This sensor is specifically for the BW GasAlertMicro 5 IR series of gas detectors.




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BW SR-Q07 Replacement Volatile Organic Compounds PID Sensor for GasAlertMicro 5 PID, VOC, 10.6 eV SR-Q07
Replacement volatile organic compounds (VOC) photoionization sensor for the BW Micro 5 PID series of gas detectors. 10.6 eV.




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BW PS-RH04S Replacement Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5 PS-RH04S
The H2S low methanol sensor is now the standard sensor in all portable instruments that use an H2S sensor. This does not apply to COSH sensors. The H2S low methanol sensors feature a reduced cross sensitivity to methanol. Environments with background levels of alcohols or organic vapors will not affect hydrogen sulfide readings.




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BW SR-V04 Replacement Chlorine Dioxide Sensor GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5, ClO2 SR-V04
Replacement chlorine dioxide (ClO2) sensor. Features a 1 year warranty.




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BW SR-G04 Replacement Ozone Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5, O3 SR-G04
Replacement ozone (O3) sensor for the GasAlert Extreme series of BW gas detectors.
Note: This sensor includes a 1 year warranty from BW Technologies.




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BW SR-W04 Replacement Combustible Sensor with Heavy Duty Silicone Filter for GasAlertMicro 5, LEL SR-W04
Replacement combustible (LEL) sensor for the GasAlertMicro 5 series of BW gas detectors. Detectors are equipped on a standard basis with SR-W04 combustible sensors. This sensor includes a heavy duty silicone filter that make it ideal for use in environments that have known sources of silicone or vapors containing silicon. The SR-W04 silicone filter equipped sensor should not be used when monitoring diesel, kerosene, jet fuel or other heavy hydrocarbon vapors with flashpoint temperatures above 38°C (100°F).
Note: This sensor includes a 2 year warranty from BW Technologies.




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BW SR-P04 Replacement Phosphine Sensor for GasAlert Extreme, PH3 SR-P04
Replacement phosphine (PH3) sensor for use inside the GasAlert Extreme detector series from BW Technologies.




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BW SR-A04 Replacement Ammonia Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5, NH3 SR-A04
Replacement ammonia (NH3) sensor for the BW GasAlert Micro 5 and BW GasAlert Extreme. Installation only requires a screwdriver.
Note: This sensor includes 1 year warranty from BW Technologies.




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BW PS-RZ10 Replacement Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5 PS-RZ10
Replacement hydrogen cyanide (HCN) sensor for the BW GasAlert Micro 5 and BW GasAlert Extreme. Installation only requires a screwdriver.




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BW PS-RS04 Replacement Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5 PS-RS04
Replacement sulfur dioxide (SO2) sensor for the BW GasAlert Micro 5 and BW GasAlert Extreme. Installation only requires a screwdriver.




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BW PS-RD04 Replacement Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) Sensor for GasAlert Extrem & GasAlertMicro 5 PS-RD04
Replacement nitrogen dioxide (NO2) sensor for the BW GasAlert Extreme and the BS GasAlertMicro 5 gas detectors. Installation only requires a screwdriver.




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BW PS-RM04H Replacement Carbon Monoxide (CO) Sensor for GasAlert Extreme & GasAlertMicro 5, H2 Resistant PS-RM04H
Replacement carbon monoxide (CO) sensor for the GasAlertMicro 5 and BW GasAlert Extreme. This sensor is H2 resistant to prevent the CO detector from degrading under exposure to H2.




Review the BW Technologies M5PID

" data-description="The photo-ionization sensor detects volatile organic compounds or VOCs and can be added to a standard four gas configuration or combined with non-standard combinations of other sensors. Offers maximum versatility in a portable multi-gas detector that can be used almost anywhere. Five gases can be monitored and displayed at the same time. Lock your instruments settings allowing only authenticated personnel to change your settings.">

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