A classic, reimagined

Best-in-class performance and speed

The world’s most advanced handheld XRF platform now includes a cost-effective PiN diode detector.

Traditional detector technology can serve many requirements at a fraction of the cost.

Traditional XRF PiN technology generally does not measure lighter elements Mg, Si, Al, P, and S in alloys or other materials, and it acquires X-ray data at about 10x lower rates (so 3x less precision) than today’s state of the art drift detector technology. However, for many applications, this technique may be perfectly acceptable.

For these users, we’ve re-engineered this classic detector technology and equipped it with more features for many applications at a great value.

Alloy, Scrap: For many NDT/PMI jobs that require verification of low alloy, Cr/Mo steels, stainless and corrosion resistant alloys, the X-5 often delivers excellent performance. Alloy applications include sorting stainless steels, high temp alloys and red metals. Read more about SciAps for Scrap Recycling.

And more: The X-5 is also available for environmental soil and industrial lead paint, mining/exploration, car catalysts, empirical, and other user-customizable applications.

Scrap alloy processing with Sciaps X-550 XRF Analyzer

SciAps X Series: Speed and precision, beautifully packaged

SciAps X Series is the world’s lightest, smallest, fastest, high-precision family of XRF analyzers, under 3 lbs. with improved heat dissipation and new user interface. Built on Android OS with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB, you can manage your data and fleet anywhere, print or email results, and connect to virtually any information management system for seamless test data and reports. And visibility? An integrated camera with video for sample viewing is included with all models, and the latest smartphone display provides easy viewing in all lighting conditions. 

  • All internal electronics now use less power and operate at higher temperatures—no drift or shutdown.
  • Redesigned heat sinking—can now operate continuously up to 110F (43C) ambient temperatures
  • New internal circuit boards
  • New housing and metal components
  • Up-to-date software, user interface, and full recalibration
  • Same advanced X-ray tube as other X models
  • May be factory calibrated with fundamental parameters, Compton Normalization (EPA Method 6200), or user-defined empirical calibrations.


2.9 lbs. (1.35 kg) with battery


8.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 inches


2.7-inch color capacitive touchscreen, 400 MHz Qualcomm Adreno 306 2/D/3D graphics accelerator. Rear-facing display for easy results viewing, readable in all conditions.


On-board rechargeable Li-ion battery, rechargeable inside device or with external charger, AC power. Hot-swap capability (60s max swap time).


Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB connectivity to most devices, including SciAps Profile Builder software for PC or tablet. SciAps Cloud data management options available.


Password protected multi-user support with configurable access.

Excitation Source

4 W, 40 kV Rh anode X-ray tube


7 mm2 PIN diode detector (active area), 200 eV resolution FWHM at 5.95 Mn K-alpha line

Processing Electronics

1.2 GHz Quad ARM Cortex A53 64/32-bit, RAM 2 GB LP-DDR3. Storage: 16 GB eMMC.

Pulse Processor

12 bit with digitization rate of 80 MSPS 8K channel MCA USB 2.0 for high-speed data transfer to host processor. Digital filtering implemented in FPGA for high throughput pulse processing 20 nS – 24 uS peaking time.

Environmental Temperature Range

10 F to 130 F at 25% duty cycle


CE, RoHS, USFDA registered. Canada RED Act

Available Apps

Alloy analysis, precious metals, mining, environmental soil, car catalysts, empirical, industrial lead paint.

X-ray Filtering

Single primary beam filter.


Alloy app is 24 elements standard, additional elements may be added upon user request: Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Zr, Se, Nb, Mo, Pd, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Hf, Ta, W, Re, Au, Pb, and Bi.


Analyzers may be factory calibrated with fundamental parameters, Compton Normalization (EPA Method 6200), or user-defined empirical calibrations.

Dual Cameras

Internal high-resolution camera for sample viewing, welds, etc. Macro-camera for photo documentation, reading and storing 2D/3D barcodes and QR codes.

This page was updated on August 1st, 2022