X-5 Analyzer

The world’s lightest, smallest, fastest, high-precision family of XRF analyzers, under 3 lbs.

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.

A Classic, Reimagined

Best-in-class performance and speed

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

The SciAps X-5 is an excellent choice for conducting basic analysis of transition and heavy metals. Designed for users who do not require measurements of Mg, Al, Si, S, or P in alloys or other materials.

For these users, we’ve re-engineered this classic 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 precious metals, RoHS, soil, mining, car catalysts, industrial lead paint and other user-customizable applications.


2.98 lbs. (1.35 kg) with battery

Excitation Source

4 W, 40 kV Rh anode X-ray tube

Avaliable Apps

Precious Metals, RoHS, Soil, Mining,
Car Catalysts, Industrial Lead Paint


8.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 inches


7 mm2 SDD, Silicon Drift Detector, (active area), 170 eV resolution FWHM at 5.95 Mn K-alpha line

X-Ray Filtering

Single primary beam filter.


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.

Processing Electronics

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


24 elements standard (application dependent), 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.


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

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.


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


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

Environmental Temperature Range

10 F to 130 F at 25% duty cycle

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.


Password protected multi-user support with configurable access.


CE, RoHS, USFDA registered, Canada RED Act.

Get Both With ONEBOX

Pair any Z Series with our industry-leading XRF unit and get optimal analysis across every element in the periodic table and every sample type. Same batteries, cables, chargers and other accessories.

LIBS: Analyze elements XRF can’t test: Li, Be, B, C, F, Na and more. Improved performance on Mg, Ca, K compared to XRF. Microanalysis with 100 um laser spot size.  

XRF: Great for transition and heavy metals. Easy to use, especially on bulk, soil, and ore type materials.

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