Atmosphere Tester

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Atmosphere Tester
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Sensor Device
Type Sensor Equipment
Tech Level TL–8
Cost Cr150
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Size 2.0 liters
Weight 1.0 kg
Manufacturer Survival Products
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An Atmosphere Tester is a device used to determine the composition of a gaseous mix.

  • It is a type of sensor.
  • Atmosphere Testers rely on accurate metrics to quantify their readings and data.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The "Sniffer" Atmosphere Tester from Survival Products is a solid state miniaturized gaseous analyzer incorporating microprocessor circuitry to detect and indicate the molecular components in gas samples passing its detector head. The Sniffer is typical of most atmosphere testers on the market today.

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One kilogram weight, and measuring 100mm by 175mm by 20mm. Corrosion resistant case of phenolic plastic. 8.7 to 9.3 volt power supply, from rechargeable battery pack. Estimated charge life: 100 hours. Belt attachment available, optional. Sling carrying strap standard. Price: Cr150. TL–9.


The device is in constant operation, with LEDs indicating chemical symbol for the three major components in the gas sample, with percentage of total shown. Pressing the button labelled "More" replaces this with the next three components. Up to 30 components and percentages may be read in this manner. in addition, three lights (red, amber, and green) are mounted on the face of the device. Whenever the light (or lights) showing changes, an audible beep indicates the change. Red indicates that the atmosphere is not breathable. Green indicates that it is. Green and amber indicates that it is breathable but tainted. Red and amber indicates that the atmosphere is not breathable and also contain material considered to be taint. Amber alone indicates a lack of pressure, but breathable mixture. The exact mixtures which trigger the lights are set at the factory, but may be adjusted to fit personal preference.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Atmosphere Testers are widely available from TL-8 onwards. Early models are available as early as TL-7, and the product comes of maturity in the TL:7-9 Technological Epoch.

Serial Numbers[edit]

Sniffers are numbered in the format nnnn-xxxx-y. N is the model year number; the year of production. X is the serial number. Y is a check digit to insure the correct serial number is stated.

Recall Notice[edit]

Sniffers in the 4000 serial number range may have been assembled with a faulty detector head casing; this, in combination with the plastic case, allows gas to infiltrate onto the interior of the case. In some cases (insidious atmosphere) this may result in the contamination of the solid state electronics, and result in faulty readings, or outright failure. Such items should be returned to a factory representative for repair. Those with a two-digit check digit have already been recalled and repaired.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.