Bigger Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better
You would be surprised the variety of products that are tested for consumer and industrial use. Some items require large room-sized test chambers for testing. When it comes to smaller products such as cell phones or pacemakers these devices only require small benchtop chambers. To the common consumer, these benchtop chambers resemble the size of a small refrigerator. To put this into perspective; these chambers can hold about 7.5 gallons of water, depending on the model. The reason these chambers are called “benchtop” is for that exact reason, they fit on a bench. The chambers are so small they are not efficiently used if they sit on the floor. This style of naming also mimics other tools that are “benchtop” like benchtop drills, lathes and sanders. Some manufacturers will also refer to their benchtop chambers as micro-chambers or table-top chambers.
Although these benchtop chambers are a fraction of the size compared to walk-in chambers, they should not be discredited for their capabilities and reliability. In actuality a majority of benchtop chambers can perform most of the features of larger environmental chambers such as altitude, humidity, temperature and thermal shock testing. There are also a variety of other testing applications such as UV, salt spray, dust and more that require specialized test chambers. So a benchtop chamber might be just perfect if your organization has to test smaller products and only require simple tests like temperature, etc. These benchtop chambers are also ideal for those who do not wish to spend as much money on larger chambers. What’s nice is most manufacturers that fabricate larger environmental chambers also create these small units as well. The benefit is if you are in need of upgrading you can work with the company in which you have already established a relationship.