Our Types of Test Kits

Our Types of Test Kits

Best if you’re on a budget.

Best for comprehensive accuracy.

Best for detecting fentanyl.

Best for a thorough evaluation, for a drug expected to contain multiple substances, or for detecting how much of a substance is present.

Spot Test Kits

Our simplest and most affordable option! Our spot test kits come with one bottle of liquid (a reagent), a test tube, a spiral bound booklet containing instructions, along with a comprehensive color change guide.

We carry eight spot kits that are useful in a variety of ways, depending on the substance you’re testing. Using one or two of our spot kits allows for basic adulterant detection, and will—for instance—change colors when a desired substance, such as MDMA or LSD, is detected. Others are strictly used for detecting dangerous cutting agents and will not change color unless these cutting agents are present.

Every color change seen in our booklets are also available to you in video form through our Android app and Vimeo channel—allowing you to watch a verified pure sample react in real time as you conduct your test.

How to use: 

  1. Place a very small amount of your substance (pill, powder, or paper) in the provided test tube.
    1. You only need to use a small amount—about 1/10 of a blotter, a very small amount of powder, or a few crumbs scraped off of a pill. 
  2. Add one or two drops of the provided reagent liquid into the test tube.
  3. Observe as a color change takes place over the course of a minute, or film the reaction for later comparison.
  4. Match this color change over the course of one minute to the color guide in the accompanying booklet, or to our drug reaction videos on the Android app, or on our Vimeo channel.
  5. For more detail on color change observation, refer to our Spectrum Color Guide page.
  6. Discard the test tubes, or empty and thoroughly wash and dry test tubes for future use.
  7. Clean the testing area thoroughly.

IMPORTANT:

  • Take caution when using the liquids (reagents) in our spot kits—they contain chemicals that can damage the skin. For this reason, we recommend wearing latex gloves and protective glasses or goggles when handling any of our kits, if possible. 
  • The chemical mixtures in our kits are highly acidic—avoid contact with the skin, eyes, and mouth, and do not ingest under any circumstances.
  • Conduct tests in a well-ventilated area to avoid accidental inhalation of fumes.
  • If you do not have access to our approved test tubes or testing platforms, you may also use a completely clean, dry: 
    • White ceramic plate
    • Water bottle lid
    • Anything made of polypropylene plastic (labeled with PP, or a #5 recycling symbol)
    • Anything made of low-density polyethylene plastic (labeled with LDPE, or a #4 recycling symbol)
  • If the reagent bottles become clogged or blocked, do not squeeze excessively to clear.
    • Instead, we recommend inserting a paperclip or similar object into the nozzle (being careful not to touch uncovered fingertips to the opening).
    • You may also securely close the bottle and shake vigorously to clear the obstruction.
  • When adding in reagent liquid from a spot kit, be careful to not let the dropper bottle touch your substance—this could contaminate your kit and bottle.
  • Clean the area completely after a test is performed.

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Apollo Multiple Spot Kit Packages

Our Apollo packages are highly recommended for comprehensive, accurate drug identification, as well as detection of cutting agents. These packages provide more certainty when substance checking, and typically contain more than one type of spot kit.

Our Apollo packages ensure a much more thorough analysis, as well as an increased accuracy. These packages, like this one for MDMA, include several spot kits chosen specifically for testing one type of substance. You will find many drug-specific Apollo packages, as well as our mix-packs, like our Cosmos Cosmos Pro-Level Package that covers many different substances.

How to use: 

Follow the instructions for our spot test kits. You will need separate test tubes for each spot kit (reagent), or you must wash and completely dry one test tube between tests. You can also utilize our ceramic or plastic testing platforms, by placing a tiny piece of the sample on completely separate parts of the platform.

Our packages include the same number of test tubes as reagents (the Cocaine Spot Kit Package has 3 reagents, and includes 3 test tubes). Additional test tubes are available for purchase, and are recommended for frequent testing.

EXAMPLE: 

When using an LSD Spot Kit Package: 

  1. Ensure you have two test tubes, since there are two spot kits required for this spot kit package.
  2. Place a very small amount of your suspected LSD in one test tube, and a small amount in the second test tube.
  3. Add one or two drops of the Ehrlich reagent in the first test tube. 
  4. Observe as a color change takes place over the course of a minute, or film the reaction for better comparison.
  5. Match this color change over the course of one minute to the color guide in the accompanying booklet, or to our drug reaction videos on the Android app, or on our Vimeo channel.
  6. NEXT, add one or two drops of the Hofmann reagent to your second test tube.
  7. Observe as a color change takes place over the course of a minute, or film the reaction for better comparison.
  8. Match this color change over the course of one minute to the color guide in the accompanying booklet, or to our drug reaction videos on the Android app, or on our Vimeo channel.
  9. For more detail on color change observation, refer to our Spectrum Color Guide page.
  10. Discard the test tubes, or empty and thoroughly wash/dry test tubes for future use.
  11. Completely clean the testing area.

IMPORTANT:

  • Take caution when using the liquids (reagents) in our spot kits—they contain chemicals that can damage the skin. For this reason, we recommend wearing latex gloves and protective glasses or goggles when handling any of our kits, if possible. 
  • The chemical mixtures in our kits are highly acidic—avoid contact with the skin, eyes, and mouth, and do not ingest under any circumstances.
  • Conduct tests in a well-ventilated area to avoid accidental inhalation of fumes.
  • If you do not have access to our approved test tubes or testing platforms, you may also use a completely clean, dry: 
    • White ceramic plate
    • Water bottle lid
    • Anything made of polypropylene plastic (labeled with PP, or a #5 recycling symbol)
    • Anything made of low-density polyethylene plastic (labeled with LDPE, or a #4 recycling symbol)
  • If the reagent bottles become clogged or blocked, do not squeeze excessively to clear.
    • Instead, we recommend inserting a paperclip or similar object into the nozzle (being careful not to touch uncovered fingertips to the opening).
    • You may also securely close the bottle and shake vigorously to clear the obstruction.
  • When adding in reagent liquid from a spot kit, be careful to not let the dropper bottle touch your substance—this could contaminate your kit and bottle.
  • Clean the area completely after a test is performed. 

Why would I choose this over a cheaper Spot Kit? 

Let’s say we have a substance we believe is MDMA (“molly”). Our individual Marquis Spot Test Kit will detect a wide range of adulterants in MDMA, so we use it on a sample of our suspected MDMA. The color change reads that an MDMA-like presence is detected. 

We also use the Mecke Spot Test Kit—a second effective reagent capable of detecting a range of adulterants—on another small sample of our suspected MDMA. This color change also reads that our substance is most likely MDMA. 

However, when we test our Simon’s Spot Test Kit, the color change is not what we would expect for an MDMA-like substance. After comparing colors in our Simon’s reaction booklet, we conclude that our suspected MDMA is likely MDA (“sass”) instead. This distinction was only made possible through having all three spot test kits (Marquis, Mecke, & Simon’s A & B), or simply purchasing the MDMA Spot Kit Package. 

With that in mind, if you can only afford one spot kit (with one reagent), this still provides more certainty than not conducting any drug checking at all. For the best spot kit to use (if you can only purchase one) please refer to our “Which Kit Should I Use?” section, and find the substance you are interested in testing for drug-specific recommendations.

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FentKits

With the rise of the life-threatening synthetic opioid, fentanyl, appearing under the guise of other drugs, our FentKits are more important than ever. These sensitive test kits are designed to specifically detect fentanyl and many of its analogs. Our FentKits are capable of detecting less than 1/1,000,000th of a gram of fentanyl in a sample.

How to use: 

  1. Dissolve your substance in water (specific instructions are provided with the kit, detailing how much water per amount of the substance). 
  2. Dip a test strip into the water.
  3. Read the results (functions similarly to a pregnancy test).
  4. If only one line appears, fentanyl is present. If two lines appear, no fentanyl is present.

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Skylab Separation Kits

Our Skylab Separation Kits have the ability to separate mixed substances—allowing you to identify each different component of the mixture individually. A significant advantage of these kits is that they provide an approximate sense of how much of each substance is present—a feature otherwise only possible using full laboratory analysis.

This acutely thorough, but relatively simple process only takes about 20 minutes. Our kits are sensitive down to the microgram for some substances—allowing the user to detect and quantify even the smallest amounts of dangerous cutting agents.

How to use: 

  1. Place your substance on the edge of a provided “card” made of aluminum and silica.
  2. Place this card in a small amount of our special developing liquid.
  3. The developing liquid will slowly travel up the card, carrying your sample with it. This process separates the different components (cutting agents, etc.) that are present.
  4. Remove the card and allow it to dry for a few minutes.
  5. Use the included black light to see where each component is on the card.
  6. Use our spot test kits (mentioned above) to identify these substances directly on the card.
  7. Observe the sizes of each individual spot. 
    1. If all spots are identical in size, it can be assumed there is roughly the same amount of each component in the substance (i.e. three evenly sized spots indicate around 33% of each component in the substance). 
    2. If the spots are drastically different in size, there is drastically more of one substance present than the others. 
      1. For instance, if you have two spots, and one spot is around three times as large as the other, there is roughly three times as much of one component present in the substance as a whole.

For full, detailed instruction, refer to our Skylab Separation Test Kit Basics page!

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