Q. Is Pocket CO just a “toy” or a “gadget”?
Don’t be misled by its small size and low cost! Pocket CO is a top of the line instrument. The electrochemical CO sensor inside is professional grade, and inside its tiny case is an advanced computer processor that ensures reliable measurements.
Q. How does Pocket CO compare to a common plug-in CO detector?
Plug-in CO detectors should be your first defense against CO at home, and we recommend having one or more of them in your house. They are available at most hardware and drug stores.
Pocket CO is every bit as effective and sensitive as these detectors, but has these added advantages:
- Pocket CO is small, and can be taken anywhere you need protection.
- Pocket CO responds and alarms quickly to elevated CO levels. Plug-in detectors must comply with UL standards, which state that they can alarm only after minutes to hours of continuous CO exposure (for example, 10-50 minutes at 150ppm). These standards are designed to avoid false alarms.
- Pocket CO is ideal for monitoring low-levels of CO in your breathing space, perfect for individuals who may be exposed to CO in their line of work, or who are very sensitive to CO.
- Pocket CO collects and reports dosimetry information over a period as long as 12 hours. This helps employers and employees monitor average, maximum, and total CO exposure throughout the day. It’s also useful for those who think CO may be leaking into their home at a certain time of day, and want to know when.
- Pocket CO’s ability to detect low-levels of CO makes it easy to test using a source of CO, such as a blown-out paper match, or CO bump kit. Most plug-in detectors have a “Push to Test” button, but this only tests the audible alarm, and not the CO sensing element (which can expire after a few years).
Q. How often should I calibrate my Pocket CO?
The reading from a chemical sensor, such as the sensor in Pocket CO, can drift with environment and time. Thus for highest accuracy readings, one needs to calibrate Pocket CO periodically with a standard gas. KWJ Engineering, the manufacturer of Pocket CO, strongly recommends calibrating Pocket CO at least once per year, or whenever the accuracy of the reading is critical. Learn more about how to calibrate your Pocket CO.
- Save a life
- Low Cost+High Performance=Best Value
- Save money on building/home/appliance inspections
- Ease of use
- Alarms when dangerous levels of CO detected
- Easy-to-read display shows low CO levels in
1 ppm increments, up to 500ppm
- Loud alarm, backlight display, vibrator, and bright red light
- Simple, one button operation
- Portable protection for recreation, job, or travel
- Very light, fits on a keychain
- Reports average exposure, total exposure, maximum exposure, and time of maximum
- 1 year instrument warranty & replaceable battery
We are a volunteer first aid squad and like to keep the Pocket CO clipped to our blood pressure case. This way, every time that we enter a home or business to treat a patient, we run a quick test to assure that we are safe.
Anthony J. Pellegrino, Captain, Shrewsbury First Aid Squad, NewJersey
Last Wednesday I took off from Langley BC to Powell River and back to Langley in a Piper Cherokee for a dual cross country ride; this is a bit over two hours flight, and most of the way is along the Pacific coast. After I started the engine we heard some sort of beep in the cabin, so we looked at the instruments, checked cell phones, our headsets, everything seemed OK, plus none of us heard that kind of beep in a Cherokee before. It took us about a half hour of flight to figure out that the Pocket CO was beeping (was the first time using it, completely forgot I had it until my flight instructor asked me to check that “thing” hanging around my neck). When I read it, it showed 63ppm; so we closed the heaters, and opened all vents, until the reading dropped to 3ppm, that is a more “normal” figure. By now we were well above Vancouver, but because of the low reading we decided to keep going and not go back to Langley. Apparently the CO peaked to 90ppm (if I read the 12hrs log correctly), that was probably during our climb when we used full power. My flight instructor wanted to ground the airplane, but the end result was the school installed a new chemical indicator! The mechanics got a bit touchy, because the airplane just got back from a 100hrs check, they said there was no way we had any CO in the cabin, but I’ve seen the numbers, and I don’t really care what they say: I fly the airplane.
I knew this little device could save my skin one day, I didn’t expect it so soon! I had a few more flights since then, with different airplanes, all show a very low CO number.
Ion, Canada, May 2010
Just wanted to let you know that I am one of your success stories. I purchased a Pocket CO monitor for use in my research. It came in handy one day when a new CO alarm in my home started to go off. Using the Pocket CO, I was able to determine that the CO alarm wasn’t faulty–we had CO in the house! We traced the source to a vent pipe that was never married to our hot water heater. I’m a big fan of your product which is inexpensive, portable, and very easy to use. It’s a great addition to home CO alarms, and I always take mine with me when I travel. Thanks!!
Eric L., Emergency Physician/Medical Toxicologist, Colorado, January 2010
I just bought the Pocket CO detector a few weeks ago for my airplane. While flying I noticed it get up to over 100 ppm. So, today I closely inspected the exhaust manifolds and found a hidden hole in the exhaust stack. I never would have known about it if I hadn’t bought Pocket CO! Thanks!
Doug M., Southern California, December 2009