It can be surprising just where you might find radiation, and this device helps you detect it. With all the continuous advancements in science and technology, I shouldn’t be surprised to see products like this come around, but I actually was. Typically when you think about a Geiger counter, you think either of some science lab, or a nuclear power plant. Maybe some sci-fi shows or movies also come to mind with their radiation suits and huge Geiger counter boxes. That’s what I think of, so when I saw this little adapter that can do the same thing by using your smart phone, I was both surprised and intrigued.

At first I assumed this would be of little use to a typical person, as I didn’t think there could be that much radiation present in our every day lives. Sure, we all know that things like microwaves use radiation, but how much more could there be? Maybe when you go to the doctor or dentist to get x-rays? Surprisingly, there is a lot more radiation around than you would think. Now, I don’t want to scare anyone and there’s no reason to be really concerned. But it certainly is interesting just what can have radiation, and using this little tool lets you see all of that. It’s very easy to use, and simply requires you do download an app for your phone.

You’d probably be surprised to know that things like bananas, kitty litter, and even your granite counter tops all actually have radiation. Now, your average person is exposed to about 10 units of radiation a day, and the allowance for radiation exposure is MUCH higher than that. So, as I mentioned, there’s no reason to be concerned with the amount of radiation from those bananas. It’s more a topic of interest than anything else. Who knows what else around your house has those low or trace levels or radiation. But the point is that this tool can find out.

Final Score: 4.75/55 Star RatingOverall this tool works well, and it’s easy to use. While the app can be a bit finicky and occasionally requires you to hit the test button a couple times, it functions well as long as you have a bit of patience. It’s not very expensive, and has many possible applications. I think it would make a particularly interesting tool for a student interested in studying radiation. You could use this for a school project, measuring the various levels of radiation in household items as well as other locations.

FTLab Geiger Counter: $34.00 –