The DRSB-88 is a classic Russian radiation detector/monitor from the post Chernobyl era. Many hundreds of thousands of them were produced in the 80s and 90s and mostly supplied to concerned citizens in the wake of the world’s worst nuclear accident, and almost all of them were black. Only a small number of white models were ever made, and here’s one of them, and yes, it still works.  


This slim pocket-sized or belt worn device can detect relatively low-level sources like old watches and clocks (pre 1950s) with luminous radium-painted hands and dials, ‘lively’ minerals, old thorium doped gas mantles and so on; it will even respond to natural background radiation (depending on your local environment). Just pop in a single AA cell, which can last anything up to two weeks, and switch it on. When the Geiger Muller tube inside the slim case detects a source of ‘hard’ beta or gamma radiation the red light on the top flashes and a tiny built in speaker emits the characteristic clicking sound.


These units were made in factories that also manufactured military hardware, and whilst not as slick as Japanese products of the same time, it was built to last and they have proved to be very rugged and reliable. This one has an interesting extra feature, it has been fitted with an audio output socket (3.5mm jack), so it can be connected to a PC and turned onto a proper Geiger Counter using suitable ‘counting’ program. 


Here’s some outline specs:


  • GM Tube: miniature SBM-10
  • Power requirements: 1 x 1.5v AA cell
  • Battery life: more than 300 hours
  • Dimensions: 133 x 36 x 28mm
  • Weight: 55g

Includes belt clip, original box & instructions with certification (in Russian) 

We have only one of these extremely rare white models available and we don’t expect to see another one any time soon, so don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a small piece of the history of nuclear power.

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White Kvarts DRSB-88, Super Rare!

  • Product Code: White Kvarts DRSB 88
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £95.00