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Tiger - Revolutionary VOC Detector

PhoCheck Tiger – handheld VOC gas detector

The Tiger VOC detector is a revolutionary hand held PID instrument for rapid, accurate detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Its photoionisation detection (PID) capabilities utilise advanced patented Fence Electrode technology, a 3 electrode format with increased resistance to humidity and contamination.

A robust hand held VOC detector, Tiger provides a dynamic detection range of 1 parts per billion (ppb) to 20,000 parts per million (ppm), offering the widest measurement range of any other VOC detector on the market.

Ready to use straight out of the box, the Tiger VOC detector requires no complex set up procedures via a PC to perform basic functions and provides the best available VOC detection and software features available.

The Tiger VOC detector has the fastest response time on the market of just two seconds, and is just as quick to clear down. The instrument can be connected directly to a PC via the USB offering extremely fast data download capabilities.

Tiger has been designed for the safe replacement of batteries in hazardous environments. Long life rechargeable Li-ion batteries give up to 24 hours of use. Fast battery charging allows the instrument to be fully charged in 6.5 hours, while 8 hours of use can be achieved from 1.5 hours charge.

The unique six pin miniPID detector cell with anti-contamination design dramatically extends run time in the field. Low cost filters and lamps can be easily changed in seconds, minimising instrument downtime. Inexpensive disposable parts mean the Tiger VOC detector has the lowest running costs on the market. 

Tiger is a fully upgradeable VOC detector with multiple functions to choose from. A base unit can be upgraded with data logging, health and safety and ppb options, remotely, without needing to be returned to the factory.

Tiger offers simple, one handed operation for easy VOC detection. Its rugged design and protective, removable rubber boot withstand the harshest environments. The large, clear back-lit display allows for easy viewing in any light condition. An integrated torch is designed for directing the instrument’s probe into dimly lit areas.

Key Features:

  • Patented Fence Electrode Technology
  • Dynamic range ppb to 20,000 ppm for specific volatiles
  • Fast 2 second response
  • Easy change miniPID Detector, Electrode Stack and Lamps
  • Exceptionally easy to use and intuitive
  • No complex set up procedures required via a PC
  • Batteries certified to be changed within hazardous areas
  • Fully upgradeable with selectable functions
  • Choice of data logging options
  • Battery life up to 24 hours
  • Intrinsically Safe ATEX, IECEx and CUL approvals
  • Rugged design with protective, removable rubber boot
  • Loud audible sounders 95 dBA
  • Bright LED and vibration alarms
  • Lowest running costs on the market
  • 5 year instrument warranty*

* Standard warranty for Tiger is 1 year. 5 year warranty applies only when the instrument is registered online by the end user.


Minimum Resolution*
1 ppb or 0.001 mg/m3

Maximum Reading**
20,000 ppm or 20,000 mg/m3 (gas dependant)

Response Time
T90 <2 seconds

± 5% display reading ± one digit

± 5% display reading ± one digit

Intrinsically Safe Approvals
Tamb = - 15 0C ≤Ta ≤+45 0C (with alkaline battery pack) ITS09ATEX26890X IECEx ITS 10.0036X
3193491 conforms to UL Std. 913, 61010-1 &
Certified to CAN/CSA Std. C22.2 No. 61010-1 

Battery Life
Li-ion: life up to 24 hours continual use
Alkaline: (Duracell Procell MN 1500) life up to 8.5 continual use

10.6 eV Krypton PID lamp (standard.) and 11.7eV lamps available

Data Logging*
Including date / time: 120,000 points

Direct USB 1.1 connection

Standard calibration 100ppm isobutylene
Custom calibration capability 

Flashing LED and 95 dBA at 300mm (12”) audible sounder
Selectable vibrating alarm
Pre-programmed TWA and STEL*
Pre-programmed with 480 gases*

Flow Rate
220 ml/min in ambient conditions (with blocked flow alarm)

Operating: -20 to 60 0C, -4 to 140 0F (non Intrinsically Safe)
Humidity: 0-99% RH (non condensing)

Designed to IP65 (heavy rain)
C E 1180
EMC tested to EN61326-1:2006, EN50270:2006 & CFR 47:2008 Class A

Weight & Dimensions
Instrument without probe: Width: 340 x Height: 90 x Depth: 60 mm (13.4 x 3.6 x 2.4”)
Standard case: 420 x 320 x 97 mm (16.5 x 12.5 x 3.8”)
Instrument weight 0.72 kg (25 oz)
Packed weight: 5.5kg (12lb)

All specifications are against isobutylene calibration at 20 oC, 90% RH and up to 3000 ppm unless otherwise stated.
*Model and gas dependent.
**Maximum reading is achieved with certain analytes such as ethanol.

Typical Applications:Phocheck Tiger VOC detector used for remediation

Remediation application image above supplied courtesy of Van Walt.

The following Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector documents can be downloaded below. To obtain hard copies of any of the items, please email

Technical / Application Articles 

Press Articles



Quick Start Guide

Instrument Gas Table

Instrument Software

  • Software: V1.0.0.77
  • Firmware: (this firmware is automatically downloaded to the TigerPC software)

Intrinsic Safety Certificates



The following accessories are available for the Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector. For further information or pricing please contact Ion Science or your local Distributor.

Part Number Description
1/jawu-01 2.1mm DC jack - cigar lighter plug Car Charger Lead
1/VS-22 Power supply for A-861220
861205 Protective, Removable rubber boot
861230 USB Cable - Angled B Connector
861235 Lanyard
861245 Charger Support Strap
861266 Leather Instrument Holster
861270 Explorer Case
861412 Leather Instrument Harness
861443 Inlet Nozzle
861476 Tiger Calibration Adaptor
A-31057 Carbon Filter Assembly (Sm Blue)
A-31063 PID Lamp Cleaning Kit
A-31158 HT Probe
A-845213 PID Calibration Kit 100ppm Isobutylene (103 litres)
A-846267 10.6/11.7 eV Electrode Stack
A-861220 Battery Charger Assembly
A-861240 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery Assembly
A-861241 AA Battery Pack Assembly
A-861267 Phocheck Tiger Accessory Box
A-861268 Software USB Stick - PhoCheck Tiger Range
A-861286 Probe Tube 60mm
A-861400 Tube Holder Assembly (for Drager Tubes)
A-861406 Flexible Probe Assembly
A-861413 5m Extension Hose
A-861414 10m Extension Hose
A-861441 PTFE Filter Discs 100
A-861472 PTFE Filter Discs 10
A-861511 Tiger Docking Plate
A-861546 Tiger USB to RS232 Converter
LA4TM600 10.6eV Lamp
LA4SM700 11.7eV Lamp
MP6SX6FX MiniPID 6-pin Assembly (10.6eV)

What’s included

Ion Science provides a range of Tiger kits to suit your requirements, along with an exclusive range of accessories. Further details can be found below. For more information and prices contact Ion Science or your local Distributor.

Tiger Kit  Contains:

  • Tiger
  • Rechargeable Battery (Li-ion)*
  • Battery Charger and Mains Adaptor*
  • Rubber Boot
  • Explorer Case
  • USB Memory Stick
  • Zero Filter Assembly
  • PTFE Filter Disc (dust filter)
  • Removal Tool miniPID Stack
  • Sample Cleaning Compound Assembly
  • Cleaning buds
  • Lanyard (wrist strap)
  • USB Cable
  • Calibration Adaptor
  • Printed Quick Start Guide (we recommend downloading the Instrument Manual.)

*Only included with the Rechargeable Tiger.

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Video Support

Video Support – Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector

Tiger VOC detector - Tutorial

The latest Tiger video from Ion Science gives an overview of how to use the basic functions of the instrument.

Tiger - Volatile organic compound detector

Click on our short video for an overview of the Tiger VOC detector, its photoionisation detection technology and unique benefits.

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Product Testimonials

Product Testimonials – Tiger Handheld VOC Gas Detector

Adam Lumber, Principal Technical Engineer, Structural Soils Ltd

‘We needed to replace our MiniRAE PID and so considered another RAE instrument along with an Ion Science instrument. The price was comparable, but we chose to go ahead with the Tiger from Ion Science as the services and spare parts are based / manufactured in the UK, which minimises the chances of delays. We’ll be using the Tiger mainly for measuring volatiles in soil samples obtained during ground investigations, and it may also be used to detect volatiles in the air on sites where hydrocarbons may be present. Alex Graft from Shawcity, Ion Science’s exclusive UK distributor, demonstrated the product to us.’

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