How does a Customer choose between an unknown, low cost sterilizing product and a Sterilizing Fogger using Minncare Sterilant with EPA Registration?

One of several low cost sterilizing products are Hand Carry Spray Guns and Backpack Sprayers, both using either an electrospray output or a pressurized spray output. The hand sprayers generally cost around $1000.00 and the BackPack Sprayers generally cost about $2000.00. Sprayers emit 25 – 75 micron liquid droplets, which are too large to stay afloat in the airflow. The large droplets do not get the opportunity to evaporate a sterilant into the airflow before being pulled down by gravity to drop on the immediate low surfaces under the spray. These types of spray guns are sold LOW COST, but buyers and users alike, do not understand they are not sterilizing the area. They are only wetting the surfaces. These types of spray tools are generally operated by service companies or single owner service provider. What is the sterilant they are they spraying? Does the service agent walk around with no eye or breathing protection? If so, then the sterilant is very mild and not effective. Does the sterilant actually kill spores, molds, viruses, envelope viruses such as coronavirus? Since the droplets drop to surfaces under the spray, whatever chemical is in the droplet never had the opportunity to evaporate in the air and disperse the chemical in the airflow; but all of the residual chemicals now sit in small, deposits all over the surfaces that were sprayed 5 minutes ago, allowing people to make contact with the chemical via hands and feet, which then migrates to eyes and mouth.

Do you want a low cost sterilizing sprayer to spray droplets on the surface, thus not sterilizing your areas as expected and leaving residual chemicals behind for your employees, or kids and pets to rub their hands and feet on? These deposited chemicals will migrate by touch or tongue to animal / human eyes and mouth? Do you want a sprayer that has no EPA registration for the sterilant, thus you do not know if effective against Coronavirus?

Would you prefer a low cost AFS sterilizing fogger (about $2250/ unit + S/H) with EPA registered sterilant; or perhaps a 110VAC CRF2-S Sterilizing Fogger (about $5950 USD / unit + S/H), designed specifically to actually sterilize an area, all wall and physical surfaces, all the open air in the room, using a more effective Minncare sterilant which is EPA registered and proven to kill coronavirus?

Another sterilant competitor provides a DryFogger at 1.5 GPH, 3 GPH and 9 GPH, claiming very high fog volumes at very low purchase costs; but the tools are a hodgepodge of aftermarket sub-assemblies fixed to a rolling platform. These questionable units require a water hose input, a compressor hose input and 110VAC input. Imagine dragging this contraption around your facility to sterilize against coronavirus using only the suggested H2O2 sterilant at 7% concentration? You may be exhausted, only to discover the suggested 7% H2O2 mixture is too weak to be effective against Coronavirus.

These low cost dryfog units are assembled with plastic sub-assemblies, fogging only in 1 direction, not 360 degrees. Where are the actual test results proving high fog volumes and effectiveness against Coronavirus? Plastic can not withstand aggressive sterilants such as Minncare, which is proven effective against Coronavirus. Using the suggested 7% H2O2 is too low of a concentration and have a limited affect against Coronavirus.

Low cost is not a viable solution to fight coronavirus if you do not offer an MSDS with your sterilant, and if no EPA registration is provided with your sterilant, and no major customer feedback, yet offering very low cost at an unproven high fog volume. And why are 4 gallons of 7% H2O2 so expensive, as compared to Minncare that provides far more area coverage at lower costs, and Minncare Sterilant is EPA registered. Compare the 1.5 GPH tool and 9 GPH tool to DF2S below and you may conclude the low cost, unproven DryFoggers are not a realistic method to fight coronavirus.

We suggest using the DF2S or CRF4-S as summarized below, both are stainless steel sterilizing foggers using Minncare sterilant, which is EPA Registered, MSDS on Minncare is available, and our sterilizing foggers are indeed effective against Coronavirus.

  • Actril® Fog System (AFS) is a LOW VOLUME Sterilizing Fogger, requires small compressor, includes  4 gallons, pre-diluted, 1% concentration Actril sterilant and test strips. Sterilize rooms up to 100M³ (3531 Cubic Feet / gallon of sterilant, 14124 cubic feet per 4 gallons Actril sterilant). In Stock, typical 4 – 7 days, FEX Ground Freight
  • CRF2-S is a LOW VOLUME Sterilizing Fogger, 110/220VAC, comes with 1 gallon concentrated sterilant, CRF2-S fogger & accessories, remote power cable, air quality test instruments. Sterilize rooms up to 3000 cubic feet (85 cubic meters). Mix @ typical 3.5% concentration for about 28 cycles of 3,000 cubic feet, about 84,000 cubic feet of total sterilizing volume per gallon of Minncare sterilant. In stock, typical 4 – 7 days, FEX Ground Freight
  • CRF4-S is a MEDIUM VOLUME Sterilizing Fogger, 110/220VAC, comes with 4 gallons concentrated sterilant, CRF4-S fogger & accessories, Wireless Remote Control, air quality test instruments. Sterilize areas up to 10,000 cubic feet (283 cubic meters). Mix @ typical 3.5% concentration for about 60 cycles of 10,000 cubic feet, about 600,000 cubic feet of total sterilizing volume per 4 gallons of Minncare sterilant. In stock, typical 5 – 8 days, FEX Ground Freight
  • DF2SHIGH VOLUME Sterilizing Fogger, requires 15 SCFM compressor @ 75 psi, comes with 40 gallons concentrated sterilant, DF2S fogger & accessories, Remote Control, air quality test instruments. Sterilize large areas up to 35,000 cubic feet (1000  cubic meters). Mix @ typical 3.5% concentration for about 200 cycles of 35,000 cubic feet, about 7 million cubic feet of total sterilizing volume per 40 gallons Minncare sterilant. In stock, typical 8 – 10 days, FEX Ground Freight

Sterilizing Fogger Price and Performance Comparison

Product ModelCompetitive Humidifier/Fogger, 1.5 GPHCompetitive Humidifier/Fogger, 9 GPHDF2S Sterilizing Dry FoggerCRF4-S Sterilizing Dry FoggerACTRIL Sterilizing FoggerDisinfectant Backpack Fogger
FOG Minutes~ 60 minutes~ 60 minutes~ 90 minutes~ 45 minutes~ 60 minutes~26.67 Minutes @ Max output, Refill and Restart until battery runs out, replace battery, refill and restart.
Primary Fogger ApplicationHumidifierHumidifierSterilizerSterlizerSterilizerSterilizer
Total Sterilant Vapor Volume @ 1 Cycle~ 500 CFM, (30,000 cubic feet per hour, 85 Cubic Meters / cycle). Not verified by any organization. Only 4 gallons of 7% H2O2 concentration is provided with purchase at $1499.00?.MFG claim is ~ 3000 CFM, (180,000 cubic feet per hour, but is not proven by any customer. Not verified by any organization. Only 4 gallons of 7% H2O2 concentration is provided with purchase at $1499.00, which is quite expensive for H2O2?~ 35,000 cubic feet (1000 cubic meters) / cycle. Refill and Restart as needed.~ 10,000 cubic feet (285 cubic meters) per cycle. Refill and Restart as needed.~ 3531 cubic feet (100 cubic meters) per cycle. Refill and Restart as needed.Refill and Restart as needed.
Total Volume Sterilant w Sterilant provided @ 3.5% mixtureH2O2 sterilant is provided only at 7% concentration, which is fine to sterilize vegetables from Molds and fungi; but to kill coronavirus the % H2O2 should be between 35% and 45%. H2O2 costs about $375 / gallon. 4 Gallons of H2O2 would allow for 6.6 operating cycles for a1.5
GPH fogger.
H2O2 sterilant is provided only at 7% concentration, which is fine to sterilize vegetables from Molds and fungi; but to kill coronavirus the % H2O2 should be between 35% and 45%. H2O2 costs about $375 / gallon. 4 Gallons of H2O2 would allow for 1 typical operating cycle for a 9 GPH fogger.40 gallons Minncare sterilant provided: ~ 200 cycles @ 3.5 concentration ~ 7,000,000 (7 million) cubic feet. Concentrated Minncare is Sterilant cost is $1596/40 gallons, or $39.90 / concentrated gallon4 gallons Minncare sterilant provided: ~ 60 cycles @ 3.5% concentration ~ 600,000 cubic feet. Concentrated Minncare is Sterilant cost is $459/4 gallons, or $114.75 / concentrated gallon4 gallons pre-mixed Actril sterilant provided: ~ 4 cycles @ 1.0% concentration ~ 14124 cubic feet. Pre-Mixed Actril with tewst strip provided in 4 gallon sets, Sterilant cost is $259/4 gallons, or $64.75/ pre-mixed gallon
Total Volume Sterilant w Sterilant provided @ suggested concentration7% H2O2 premixed in ???, cost about $375 a gallon, website states 1.5 gallons per hour to provide about 30000CFM sterlizing capacity. But 7% H2O2 is far below the typical 40% dilution, so how dilute is the sterilant at 30000 CFM?7% H2O2 premixed in ???, cost about $375 a gallon, website states 9 GPH to provide about 180000 CFM sterlizing capacity. But 7% H2O2 is far below the typical 40% dilution, so how dilute is the sterilant at 180000 CFM?40 gallons Minncare sterilant provided: ~ 100 cycles @ 7.0 % concentration ~ 3,500,000 (3.5 million) cubic feet. Concentrated Minncare is Sterilant cost is $1596/40 gallons, or $39.90/gallon4 gallons Minncare sterilant provided: ~ 30 cycles @ 7.0 % concentration ~ 300,000 cubic feet
Direction of Fog OutputOne direction, machine must be moved in position to redirectOne direction about 60 degree dispersal, machine must be moved in position to redirect360 Degrees horizontally, or 360 Degrees up angle, or straight up360 Degrees horizontally, or 360 Degrees at angle, or straight upOne direction about 60 degree dispersal, gallon jug must be moved in position to redirect
Concentration of Sterilant in AirWith a single output at about 60 degree spread pattern, the tool is dispersing 1.5 gallons (5.67 Liters) of solution in that 60 degree pattern. At 1.5 GPH, does this cause surface wetting in front of fogger?With a single output at about 60 degree spread pattern, the tool is directing 9.0 gallons (34 Liters) of fog in that 60 degree pattern. At 9 GPH, does this cause surface wetting in front of fogger?22 liters in 360 degree pattern allows for better dispersal of sterilant9.5 liters in 360 degree pattern allows for better dispersal of sterilantWith a single output at about 60 degree spread pattern, the tool is directing 1.0 gallon (3.78 Liters) of fog in that 60 degree pattern.8 Liters in targeted output from Backpack Hose
EPA RegistrationsNONE, tool suggests 7% H2O2; but H2O2 by itself to fight coronavirus is normally mixed at 35-45% concentration in distilled waterNONE, tool suggests 7% H2O2; but H2O2 by itself to fight coronavirus iis normally mixed at 35-45% concentration in distilled water.EPA Reg. NO.: 52252-4; EPA Est. NO.: 52252-MN-01; MSDS AvailableEPA Reg. NO.: 52252-4; EPA Est. NO.: 52252-MN-01; MSDS AvailableACTRIL RegistrationNONE
Typical gallons of Sterilant provided w/ product order.4 Gallons of H2O2 @ 7% concentration provided at , but H2O2 by itself should be typical 40-45% mixed in distilled water4 Gallons of H2O2 @ 7% concentration provided, but H2O2 by itself should be typical 40-45% mixed in distilled water40 gallons Minncare sterilant (provides ~ 100 sterilizing cycles @7% solution in H2O; or ~200 cycles @ 3.5% concentration).4 gallons Minncare sterilant (provides ~ 30 sterilizing cycles @7% solution in H2O; or ~60 cycles @ 3.5% concentration).1 gallon Actril sterilant, pre-diluted for "Pour and Go" operation, 1 gallon per 100 cubic meters8 Liters = 2.11 gallons
Aerosol Fog Droplet size~ 4.2 microns, not verified by any major company~ 4.2 microns, not verified by any major company~ 7.5 microns, verified by laser particle counter for size peak~ 7.5 microns, verified by laser particle counter for size peak~ 7.5 microns, verified by laser particle counter for size peak~ 10 microns
Facilities INPUTCompressor Line + Water Hose + 110VAC InputCompressor Line + Water Hose + 110VAC InputCompressor line only110VAC or 220VAC or 100VACCompressor line only115VAC Charger, Battery is Lithium-Ion 15AH and 24V
Cost with typical accessories$15848 + $5000 for portable gas detector, 4 gallons provided of 7% H2O2 and system consumes 1.5 GPH$27191 + $5000 for portable gas detector, 4 gallons provided of 7% H2O2 and system consumes 9GPH$55000, includes 40 gallons sterlant and air quality test instruments and primary accessories, Capacity of 7Million Cubic feet$55000, includes 40 gallons sterlant and air quality test instruments and primary accessories$2250, includes 7.5 micron Fog Nozzle, 4 gallons Actril and test strips
$1997, Includes 10 micron nozzle, 2 Batteries and
External Battery Charger
Adjustable Airflow Velocity and Fog VolumeNONENONE4 levels of fog volume, controlled by air compressor, (dry air compressor recommended)Yes, thru wireless remote controlNo airflow velocity control, has constant fog volume outputconstant fan airflow output
Fogger TechnologyDryFog Aerosol + Evaporation creates sterilant fog, which evaporates to a sterilant vaporDryFog Aerosol + Evaporation creates sterilant fog, which evaporates to a sterilant vaporDryFog Aerosol + Evaporation creates sterilant fog, which evaporates to a sterilant vaporUltrasonic creates sterilant fog which evaporates to a sterilant vaporDryFog Aerosol + Evaporation creates sterilant fog, which evaporates to a sterilant vaporDryFog Aerosol + Evaporation creates dry fog @ 10 micron droplet diameter, choose a 100% water soluble disinfectant to mix with pure water
Liquids UsedTap Water shown in Specs, but TAP water has Chlorine in it. Suggests 7% H2O2 mixed in Tap Water, but should be 40%.Tap Water shown in Specs, but TAP water has Chlorine in it. Suggests 7% H2O2 mixed in Tap Water, but should be 40%.Deionized/Distilled/WFI/Sterile water. Tap Water should not be used due to chlorine in Tap Water.Deionized/Distilled/WFI/Sterile water. Tap Water should not be used due to chlorine in Tap Water.Actril Solution does not need any other liquidPure water such as distilled water, Deionized water or WFI water or sterile water. Do NOT use TAP Water due to particle impurities in tap water.
Where usedSmall to medium sized office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areas. but no company can verify fog volume or use in major company.Large office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areas, warehouses. but no company can verify fog volume or use in major company.Large office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areas, warehousesMedium sized office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areasSmall office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areasPortable, for Indoor and Outdoor, Office areas, medical rooms, hospital rooms, work areas.
AutoclavableNONOYes, AutoclavableNoNoNo
Compatible GuidelinesUnknown, no EPA Registration, no CE Mark for manufacture, No ISO or USP statusUnknown, no EPA Registration, no CE Mark for manufacture, No ISO or USP statusISO 14644-3, USP 797ISO 14644-3, USP 797ISO 14644-3, USP 797Unknown, no EPA Registration, no CE Mark for manufacture, No ISO or USP status
Local/State ComplianceH2O2 @ 7% mixture normally takes 30 minutes contact to kill viruses, molds, fungus. Check with Local/State Health for any compliance requirements. No Sterilization Studies completed using this tool.H2O2 @ 7% mixture normally takes 30 minutes contact to kill viruses, molds, fungus. Check with Local/State Health for any compliance requirements. No Sterilization Studies completed using this tool.Minncare is EPA registered, kills original Coronavirus in 3-5 minutes after contact, kills bacteria, viruses, molds, yeast and fungi @ 99.997% kill rate. Coronavirus results available. Check with Local/State Health for any compliance requirements.Minncare is EPA registered, kills original Coronavirus in 3-5 minutes after contact, kills bacteria, viruses, molds, yeast and fungi @ 99.997% kill rate. Coronavirus results available. Check with Local/State Health for any compliance requirements.ACTRIL is EPA Certified. Kills, viruses, spores molds in 3-5 minutes contact. Check with Local/State Health for any compliance requirementsChoose your preferred disinfecting liquid.
Compressor RequirementsAir Compressor: 3 CFM (72 LPM ) @ 110 psi (7 Bar)Air Compressor: 15 CFM (432 LPM ) @ 110 psi (7 Bar)Dry Air Compressor suggested, 70-100 psi, wireless remote control of On/OffNone, CRF4-S includes onboard fan control and fog volume control via wireless remote controlDry Air Compressor suggested, 2.5 SCFM Constant On Compressor @ 45 PSI, 5 or more units can be ran in parallel with 12.5 SCFM Constant On @ 45 PSINone
Total Deionized/Sterile Water and Sterilant Volume1.5 gallons9 gallons22 liters (5.82 Gallons)9.5 liters (2.51 gallons)1 Gallon, 3.78 Liters, (1 Gallon)8 Liters, 2.11 gallons
Typical Sterilant ConcentrationSuggested 7% H2O2Suggested 7% H2O2typical is 3.5%, up to 7%typical is 3.5%, up to 7%1% pre-diluted, ready to use Actril SterilantChoose your preferred disinfecting liquid.
Operator ControlAir Compressor @ 3 CFM @ 100 PSIAir Compressor @ 10 CFM @ 100 PSIOperated by separate Dry Air Compressor and Remote Control, 15SCFM @ 75 PSIWireless Remote control of fog volume & airflow velocity and ON/Off from 30 feetDry Air Compressor on/off, 2 SCFM @ 45 PSISingle On/Off Switch
Remote ControlNone SuggestedNone SuggestedRemote Control of On/OffWireless Remote control of fog volume, airflow velocity and On/OffOperated Remotely by CompressorNo Required
HandlingRolls on a 4 wheel baseRolls on a 4 wheel baseRolls on a 4 wheel basePortable w/ Carry Handles (top and front), or set on a rolling trolly and roll into positionHand Carry 1 gallon containersBackpack
EnclosurePlastic modules, steel rolling trollyPlastic modules, steel rolling trolly316L Stainless Steel, electro-polish316L Stainless Steel, electro-polishPolyethylene 1 gallon JugsBack Pack Unit
Power VAC110VAC110VAC120, 220, 100 VAC to Compressor only120, 220, 100 VAC110VAC to Compressor115VAC Charger, Battery is Lithium-Ion 15AH and 24V
Cost with all critical Accessories$17,447$27,192$55000 w/ All Accessories, (See Below) $44200 w/o Air Quality Instruments and Remote Control$29000 w/ All Accessories, (See Below), $23950 w/o air quality instruments$2250 includes Actril Fogger, 1 Nozzle, 4 gallons of premixed Actril sterilant$1997
Weight, no liquid/W/ Liquid97 pounds, 109 pounds with accessories137 pounds, 149 pounds with accessories~ 70 lbs~ 45 lbs~ 5 pounds~16 pounds, 34 Pounds with liquid
AccessoriesOptional: Industrial PLC Control Center, Optional: Injection Kit for Concentrated Disinfectants; Optional: Hose / Nozzle Kit. No Air Quality Instruments suggested even though H2O2 is suggested for sterilization.Optional: Industrial PLC Control Center, Optional: Injection Kit for Concentrated Disinfectants; Optional: Hose / Nozzle Kit. No Air Quality Instruments suggested even though H2O2 is suggested for sterilization.Key Fog Vertical/Horizontal Accessories, air quality Measuring Instruments, 40 gallons sterilant included in QuoteKey Vertical Fogger Accessories, air quality Measuring Instruments, 4 gallons sterilant included in QuoteAdditional Actril Sterilant in 4 gallon incrementsHose, Nozzle, Battery, External Charger
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), 4 gallons @ 7% concentration is provided. H2O2 reduces to Hydrogen and Oxygen. Unknown what the H2O2 is mixed with, TAP or Distilled Water.Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), 4 gallons @ 7% concentration is provided. H2O2 reduces to Hydrogen and Oxygen. Unknown what the H2O2 is mixed with, TAP or Distilled WaterMinncare's raw materials are EPA Registered and when decomposing, the sterilant reduces down to oxygen, hydrogen and a form of vinegar.Minncare's raw materials are EPA Registered and when decomposing, the sterilant reduces down to oxygen, hydrogen and a form of vinegar.Actril’s raw materials are not listed as carcinogenic or mutanagenic, does not produce toxic vapors, is safe for the environment, is completely biodegradable, decomposes to oxygen, water, and acetic acid (form of vinegar).Choose your preferred disinfecting liquid.