SKC Limited

- Sidekick Pump



Reliability and simplicity make the SKC Sidekick a good entry level pump, whilst high build quality means it won't let you down. Available in three models including two ATEX approved models. All models offer a wide flow range of 5-3000 ml/min, which means the Sidekick is suitable for dust and gas sampling projects. The lower flows are achieved with the constant pressure controller and low flow adaptor.

  • Dependable and rugged
  • Small, lightweight and quiet
  • Powered by a reliable, quick change rechargeable battery pack with simple overnight charging
  • Full range of flow rates available in one sampling pump
  • Smooth impact resistant case makes it easy to clean and decontaminate
  • High build quality for a long working life
  • ATEX certified models for use in hazardous areas
  • Low battery and flow fault indicators
  • A comprehensive range of accessories ensures that the Sidekick is ideal for collecting samples in many applications:
    • Cyclones for collecting respirable dust
    • IOM samplers for collecting inhalable dust
    • Filters for collecting total dust, asbestos or chemical hazards
    • Impingers for collecting reactive chemicals into liquids
    • Sorbent sample tubes and long duration detector tubes for collecting most hazardous chemical gases and vapours from the air

Flow range of 1000 to 3000 ml/min

  • For both high and low flow applications - eliminates the need for separate sampling pumps for high and low ranges when using the optional Constant Pressure Controller and Adjustable Low Flow Holder
  • Ideal for most personal sampling applications including sorbent tubes, filter cassettes, impingers, and size-selective samplers, and long-duration detector tubes
  • High flow range of 1000 to 3000ml/min
  • Low flow range of 5 to 500ml/min requires low flow accessories
  • Constant flow compensation provides constant flow within ± 5% for accurate air volumes
  • Built-in pulsation dampener
  • Attempts auto-restart up to 5 times from flow fault
  • Built-in replaceable particulate trap

Highly accurate display

  • Digital time display tracks sample run time in minutes up to 99,999
  • Indicates low battery condition or flow fault without losing sample run time

Simple case design

  • Smooth surface is easy to clean and decontaminate
  • Impact resistant
  • Sturdy built-in belt clip
  • Detachable quick change battery pack
  • Built-in accessory mount

Rugged and reliable

  • Replacement parts in pre-assembled modules
  • Fully encapsulated electronics for corrosion resistance

Run Time

  • NiMH Battery: 12 hrs minimum at 2000 ml/min and up to 25 inches water back pressure; dependent on media used.

Power Supply

  • Rechargeable 4.8-V nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack, 3.3-Ah capacity.
  • A battery eliminator is available
  • The Sidekick series pumps must only be charged using the correct SKC chargers (Part Nos. 223-203A - single charger, 223-103A - five station charger)

Battery Charging Time

  • Varies with battery capacity and level of discharge
  • After 16 hours the charger will automatically switch to trickle charge, identified by the charger LED flashing


  • Operating: 0 to 45°C (32 to 113°F)
  • Storage: -20 to 45°C (-4 to 113°F)
  • Charging: 10 to 45°C (50 to 113°F)
  • Humidity: 0 to 95% non-condensing

Flow Fault

  • If pump is unable to compensate for longer than 15 seconds due to excessive back pressure, the pump enters flow fault.
  • Auto-restart is attempted up to 5 times
  • Elapsed time information will be lost on restart

Low Battery Fault

  • LCD displays low battery icon and pump shuts down. LCD remains on
  • LCD Time Display LCD display shows elapsed pump run time in minutes up to 99,999
  • LCD Indicator LCD always remains on. Displayed elapsed run time information resets when pump is started


  • RFI/EMI Shielding Complies with requirements of EN 55022 1987 Class B, and EN 50082-1:1992 (frequency range of radiated susceptibility test was 27 to 1000 MHz
  • CE marked
  • Intrinsic Safety UL Listed for Class I, Division 1 and 2, Groups A, B, C, D; Class II, Division 1 and 2, Groups E, F, G; and, Class III, Temperature Code T3C
  • ATEX-approved


  • Overall: 14.5 x 7.9 x 5.7 cm
  • Weight 465g (ATEX Approved models 565g)

Multiple-tube Sampling

  • Adjustable low flow holder accessory allows user to take up to four simultaneous samples at flows from 5 to 500 ml/min
  • Constant Pressure Controller (CPC) required


  • Requires 1/4-inch ID tubing

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