TraceX® Explosive Detection Kit

Handheld, straight-forward and intuitive




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The TraceX handheld explosive trace detector is straight-forward and intuitive. With a single swab, the TraceX explosives detection device detects all the major families of explosive materials and their precursors.

Thanks to the TraceX’s simple color-change alert system, a single color indicates the presence of a particular family of explosive material. No longer does the user have to conduct serial tests, and then try to interpret the results. And, because the design keeps the user’s hands away from the collector to minimize contamination, you can have confidence in the results. Use the TraceX explosive trace detection device to help identify bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. Explosives detection in the field has never been easier.

This brief video clip shows a TraceX explosives detection device detecting ammonium nitrate.




  • Rugged: The TraceX portable explosive detector is small enough to fit in your cargo pocket, but rugged enough for use in the real world.
  • Just One Test: With TraceX, you swab the suspect area once and run one test; TraceX detects all major explosive materials.
  • Use with Robots: The TraceX collector can be held in the claw of a bomb squad robot, so technicians can collect a sample while keeping a safe distance.
  • Confidence in the Results: With TraceX, the collector handle and cover prevent user contamination, so you can have confidence in the results.


Shelf Life: 12 months
Operating Temperature Range: 2ºC to 50ºC (35ºF to 122ºF)
Operating Humidity Range: 10% to 95% RH
Sensitivity Trace Level (can also detect bulk levels)
Explosives Detected: Nitroaromatics, e.g. TNT, DNT, Tetryl
Nitramines/Nitrate Esters e.g. RDX, HMX, PETN, EGDN, NG
Inorganic Nitrates e.g. urea nitrate, ammonium nitrate, black powder
Chlorate/Bromates e.g. potassium chlorate, potassium bromate
Peroxides e.g. TATP, HMTD
Acids e.g. nitric acid, sulfuric acid, citric acid
Bases e.g. potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide
Time for Color Change: Less than 3 minutes
Kit Size: 131 mm x 92 mm x 17 mm (5-1/4″ X 3-3/4″ X 3/4″)

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