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Microwave radiation measuring device BR16

Simple measurement of potentially harmful microwave radiation – e.g. caused by leaking microwave ovens, radio transmitter masts or WLAN routers

Fast detection of microwave radiation exposure

Microwave radiation is odourless and invisible, but – depending on the intensity – not harmless in the long run. The high-frequency fields, colloquially known as electrosmog, can spread in waves from the source of radiation, interfere with the functionality of other electrical devices, and also affect the human body. Electromagnetic radiation penetrates thin walls, conventional windows as well as roof tiles, and the body reacts to these fields like an antenna.

Using the BR16 radiation measuring device from Trotec you can detect microwave emissions from all high-frequency devices functioning on 2.45 GHz ISM band. Ideal e.g. in the household or office.

Possible household appliances and equipment using microwave radiation include:

  • older or leaking microwave ovens in the kitchen
  • transmitter masts and some mobile phone networks
  • wireless video transmission systems
  • radio transmitters and remote controls
  • Bluetooth devices
  • WLAN routers and WLAN repeaters

The hand-held measuring device BR16 detects sources of interference and leakage radiation

As long as the applicable limit values and safety measures are observed, microwaves are actually harmless. However, damaged devices with defective shielding can become a source of danger and sometimes emit leakage radiation that is harmful to health. In addition, various microwave devices become sources of interference due to unfavourable positioning in the household and affect, for example, the performance of WLAN or other wireless connections. Whether a leaking microwave oven, WLAN router, mobile phone or transmission mast – the compact and 150 g light hand-held measuring device BR16 reliably detects harmful or interfering microwave radiation in the measuring range from 0 to 9.99 mW/cm² (frequency 2.45 GHz) and helps you check the manufacturer's specifications regarding the maximum power density of devices using microwave radiation.

Universal tripod

Optionally available: universal tripod for non-stop measurements

The universal telescopic tripod from Trotec, which can be ordered separately, has a standard 1/4" thread. The measuring device can be screwed onto the tripod and positioned optimally in front of the emission source so that you do not have to hold it permanently in your hand during long-term measurements. Simply extend the telescopic segment of the tripod to the desired height and fix it in place. The 3-legged construction guarantees secure footing. Furthermore, the universal tripod can also be used e.g. for photo and video cameras, cross line lasers and a large number of other measuring devices.

Electric smog in cars: on-board electronics, seat heating and hands-free car kits

Even in the car, additional extras such as seat heating and Bluetooth hands-free equipment generate high-frequency radiation. As the metal bodywork prevents dissipation to the outside, the radiation sources are reflected inside the vehicle, which leads to an increased radiation exposure.

Measure and be sure: the BR16 warns you of hazardous radiation sources

If the measured value is above the ICNIRP maximum limit value of 5 mW/cm², the BR16 radiation measuring device automatically warns the user by a combination of a beep and a red LED flashing below the display. This makes it just as easy to detect sources of excessive radiation as it is to find sources of interference causing technical problems at home or at the workplace.

Facts worth knowing about EMF radiation:

When setting limit values in the high-frequency range, most countries in the world are guided by the recommendations of the International Commission on Non-ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The same is true for Germany. The current ICNIRP limit value recommendations vary depending on the case of application and range from 0.2 to 5 mW/cm². The permissible emission limit value e.g. for microwave ovens according to DIN EN 60335-2-90 is 5 mW/cm², the current limit value for UMTS frequencies in the FRG as per German Federal Immission Control Ordinance 26 (BlmSchV) however amounts to approx. 1 mW/cm². Values exceeding a limit value of 5 mW/cm² are unanimously rated as harmful to health.

Quick and easy radiation measurement

The microwave radiation measuring device BR16 is equipped with everything necessary to detect exceeded limit values in radiation emission, sources of interference or unfavourable placement of devices with microwave technology in the measuring range from 0 to 9.99 mW/cm² (frequency: 2.45 GHz). The device is operated in a user-friendly way using only three operating keys. 

Backlit digital display
The measured value and the selected measuring unit are shown on the large and easily legible LCD monochrome display. The optional on-demand background illumination enables a clear view of the measured values displayed in large figures even in poor lighting conditions.

Maximum value and hold function
With the maximum value function, which can be activated as required, the largest radiation value measured so far is displayed instead of the current measured value. In this way, increasing radiation emissions can be detected at an early stage during a series of measurements.  

Automatic calibration
In order to always determine the correct measurement results, the radiation measuring device BR16 has an automatic calibration function. It starts at the push of a button, and the BR16 will be ready for use after 3 seconds.

Limit value alarm
If the microwave radiation limit value of 5 mW/cm² is exceeded, the recessed red LED flashes and a beep signal is emitted.

Battery operation
The cordless measuring device is operated via a 9 V battery included in the scope of delivery.

Well protected and always at hand
The belt pouch included in the set is handy and offers optimum protection.

1/4'' thread for use on a tripod
The BR16 can be mounted on an optional tripod thanks to its 1/4" thread on the back. Thus, the microwave radiation measuring device can be set up precisely to the point, e.g. to carry out long-term measurements without having to hold the device permanently in the hand.

Automatic switch-off
When not in use, the hand-held measuring device conveniently switches itself off after approx. 15 minutes to save power.

Scope of delivery:
1 x Microwave radiation measuring device BR16
1 x 9 V battery
1 x Protective bag with zip and belt loop

By use of the microwave indicator BR16 of the MultiMeasure series, harmful and disturbing microwave radiation and its causes can be detected quickly and easily in the range from 0 to 9.99 mW/cm² (frequency range 2.45 GHz) .

The key equipment features of the microwave radiation measuring device BR16 at a glance

BR16 – dimensions
Compact dimensions, powerful performance. The 16 cm long and 150 g light hand-held measuring device is only slightly larger than a mobile phone. The measuring range is between 0 and 9.99 mW/cm² at a frequency of 2.45 GHz.
BR16 – alarm function
The large measured value digits, the backlit display, the maximum value/hold function and the automatic calibration ensure measuring comfort. An acoustic and visual alarm indicates when the harmful limit value of 5 mW/cm² is exceeded.
BR16 – battery-powered
No disturbing cable: a 9 V battery required for operation is included in the scope of delivery. When the battery charge decreases, the display will indicate this in good time.
BR16 – handy belt pouch
Conveniently protected. The stable, padded transport bag with zip and belt loop protects the measuring device from dust and shocks.

BR16 – application at a cell tower
The radiation exposure from mobile masts is controversially discussed in public. Whether you are exposed to microwave radiation in the range of 0 to 9.99 mW/cm² (frequency range 2.45 GHz) in your home or office can be checked with the radiation measuring device BR16 from Trotec.
BR16 – application at a WLAN router
Whether a microwave oven in the kitchen, WLAN router or smartphone/tablet – there are many sources of radiation at home and in the office. The BR16 can be used to quickly and easily check whether these sources exceed the limits of microwave radiation and are possibly harmful to health.

A few practical benefits:

  • Quick and easy radiation measurement in 2.45 GHz band
  • Measuring range 0 to 9.99 mW/cm²
  • Maximum value and hold function
  • Visual and acoustic alarm when exceeding limit values
  • Backlit digital LCD display
  • Soft-touch function keys
  • Automatic switch-off
  • Including a protective bag with zip and belt loop
  • Optimum value-for-money ratio
  • Practice-optimised German industrial design – protected design patent


BR16 Microwave Meter show in Trotec online shop


Technical data
General information
  Article number 3.510.205.071
Microwave radiation
  Measuring range | Microwave radiation 0 – 9.99 mW/cm²
  Accuracy | Microwave radiation ±1 dB
  Resolution | Microwave radiation [mW/cm²] 0.01
  Alarm limit value 5.0 mW/cm²
  Frequency range | Microwave radiation Calibrated to 2.45 GHz
Housing design
Power supply
  Internal (battery)
  Battery type 9V battery
Ambient conditions
  Operation - min. temperature [°C] 0
  Operation - max. temperature [°C] 50
  Operation – min. relative humidity [%] 10
  Operation – max. relative humidity (non-condensing) [%] 80
  Length (packaging excluded) [mm] 160
  Width (packaging excluded) [mm] 42
  Height (packaging excluded) [mm] 60
  (packaging excluded) [kg] 0.15
Standard scope of delivery
Standard scope of delivery
  Measuring device
  Operating manual
Ascertainable measured values and functions
Internal sensors
  Microwave radiation [mW/cm²]
Functions and features
  Maximum value display
  Measured value hold function
  Automatic switch-off
  Backlit display
  Acoustic alarm function
  Visual alarm function

 standard equipment

 optionally available

 not available



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