Handheld VOC Gas Detector: Tiger

The Tiger handheld VOC gas detector is an innovative handheld, portable PID instrument for the fast and precise detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

ION’s handheld VOC gas detector is comprised of ION Science patented photoionization detection (PID) sensor technology combined with humidity resistance and anti-contamination design, which is known to prolong run time in the field.


The Tiger handheld VOC gas detector offers a dynamic detection range of 0 to 20,000 parts per million (ppm) with a reduced sensitivity of 0.001 ppm (1 ppb).

Compared with any other VOC detector on the market, the Tiger handheld delivers the most extensive measurement range possible. The rapid response time of just two seconds is the fastest on the market, and the clear down is just as quick.

Tiger has been developed with the safe replacement of batteries in hazardous environments in mind. Long-life rechargeable Li-ion batteries offer up to 24 hours of use. Rapid battery charging enables the instrument to reach a full charge in 6.5 hours, while just 1.5 hours of charge can provide 8 hours of use.

Other instruments in the Tiger range of handheld VOC gas detectors include the low-cost Tiger LT and the Tiger Select for total aromatic compounds, including benzene.

Tiger - Handheld gas detector

Video Credit: Ion Science

Ultimate Performance

  • Battery life offers up to 24 hours of continuous use
  • Detects VOCs from 0 up to 20,000 ppm
  • Detects over 480 VOCs and toxic compounds
  • Humidity resistant PID sensor for even the harshest environments
  • Rapid 2-second response time and quick clear down 

Ultimate Safety

  • Accurate results in all atmospheric conditions
  • Complies with ATEX, IECEx, UL and CSA standards
  • Torch and back-lit keypad suitable for low light conditions 

Ultimate Flexibility

  • Easy to access sensor, electrode stack and lamps
  • Easily upgradeable firmware via ION Science website
  • Large keypad and slim design enables one-handed operation
  • Wide variety of accessories available 

Technical Specification

Source: Ion Science

Specification Value
Minimum Resolution 10.6 eV: 0.001 ppm (1 ppb)***
11.7 eV: 0.6 ppm (600 ppb)***
Detectable Range** 10.6 eV: 1 ppb up to 20,000 ppm***
11.7 eV: 9,000 ppm***#
Response Time 10.6 eV: T90 < 2 seconds
11.7 eV: < 6 seconds
Accuracy*** 10.6 eV: ± 5% display reading ± 1 digit***
11.7 eV: ± 12% display reading***
Approvals II 1G Ex ia IIC T4 Ga
Tamb = – 15 °C ≤Ta ≤ +45 °C (with lithium ion battery pack)
Tamb = – 15 °C ≤Ta ≤ +45 °C (with alkaline battery pack)
IECEx ITS 10.0036X
3193491 conforms to UL Std. 913, 61010-1 & Certified to CAN/CSA Std. C22.2 No. 61010-1
Class 1 Division 1. Approval for Groups A, B, C & D, T4
Battery Life  Li-ion: life up to 24 hours, charge time 6.5 hours
Alkaline: 3 x AA, typically 8.5 hours life
Lamps 10.6 eV Krypton PID lamp (standard)
10.0 eV and 11.7 eV available
Data Logging* 120,000 points including date and stamp
Communication Direct USB 1.1 communication
Calibration 2 and 3 point calibration (via calibration kit accessory)
Alarm Flashing LEDs Amber (low alarm) Red (high alarm)
Sounder 95 dBA at 300 mm (12″)
Vibration on alarm
programmed TWA and STEL*
Flow Rate ≥220 ml/min (with blocked flow alarm)
Temperature Operating:
10.6 eV: -20 to 60 °C, -4 to 140 °F (non Intrinsically Safe)
11.7 eV: 0 to 60 °C
Humidity: 0-99% RH (non condensing)
Protection Designed to IP65 (heavy rain)
EMC tested to EN61326-1:2006, EN50270:2006 & CFR 47:2008 Class A
Weight & Dimensions Instrument (with probe)
Width: 340 x height 90 x depth 60 mm (13.4 x 3.6 x 2.4″)
Standard case: 367 x 89 x 90 mm (14.45 x 3.54 x 2.36″)
Instrument weight 0.72 kg (1.56 lb)
Packed weight: 5.5 kg (12 lb)

*Model and gas dependent.
**Maximum reading is achieved with certain analytes such as ethanol.
***Specifications are based on isobutylene calibrations at 20 °C and 1000 mBar. All specifications quoted are at calibration point and under the same ambient conditions.
****Based on continuous running.
#For indicative measurement only. Quoted accuracy achievable up to 2,000 ppm. For more accurate detection, calibration around concentration of interest is recommended. 

Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector Accessories and Replacement Parts

The Tiger handheld VOC gas detector, is compatible with a range of accessories and replacement parts. Please contact ION for further information or to make an order.

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