Vibecore Mini

The SDI Vibecore Mini is a result of a development effort to improve hand held sediment sampling methods in areas with shallow water saturated sediments. The high frequency Vibecore-Mini is a light hand held sampler that can acquire a very undisturbed sample. The Vibecore-Mini has greatly reduced sample compaction typically present in push core sampling. The result is a sample with a better vertical representation of the sediments penetrated. The Vibecore-Mini also allows a hand held collection method that provides deeper penetration than can be achieved with push cores, Ponar grabs, box cores, ekman grabs, Shelby tubes or manual scooping.



The SDI Vibecore Mini improves sampling methods in areas with shallow water saturated sediments. This core sampler is a light, high frequency, hand held sampler unlike anything else on the market. It can acquire a nearly undisturbed sample. This core sampler has greatly reduced sample compaction that is standard with push core sampling. This results in a better vertical results of the sediments penetrated. Therefore, it provides better results than standard coring methods.

A rechargeable 24vdc portable battery pack powers this portable sampler. A 3 position switch gives the user momentary/off/latching controls.

Along with the standard “hand-held” configuration, SDI offers accessories to widen the versatility of this unique sampler. The “Pole Version” adds modular 5ft extensions to the sampler. Up to (3) 5ft segments are attached allowing for a 15ft reach for coring locations with limited access. In addition, the portable sampler has a cable version. This option allows the sampler to be deployed from a water craft up to 100 feet water depth. SDI’s float weight kit adds vertical stability to the core’s penetration into the sediment.

The Vibecore Mini A-Frame is ideal for mounting to the deck of a pontoon boat for core sampling with the “Mini”. In addition, The Land A-Frame is a portable, lightweight tripod that makes land coring a one-man operation.

Watch the it in action HERE. However, if you are looking for heavier coring solutions, see our Vibecore-D.


Power Twin internal 12V DC Batteries
Normal Active Time per core sample 20 sec. to 1 minute
Cores per Battery Charge   30+
Operating Frequency 5,000 to 6,000 cpm
Core Tube length 2 to 6 feet
Core Head Dimensions  (in.) 11 ¼”Long x 5” Wide x 10 ¼” High
Core Tube Materials Aluminum, PVC, Acrylic, Polycarbonate
Core Tube Diameter 2”, or 3” nominal
Core tube wall 0.050” (typical)
Air Weight with Batteries 12 lbs.
Shipping Weight 16 lbs.
Operating Temperature 2 to 45 C
Storage Temperature -20 to 60 C

Worldwide Distributors

Specialty Devices Inc.
2905 Capital St.
Wylie Texas 75098

972-429-7240 office

European Distributors

Aquifer Advies bv
Ben ten Toom
Dr. Langeveldplein 6
3361 HE Sliedrecht
0184 – 413147
06 – 24745947

About SDI

For over 30 years, SDI has designed and manufactured bathymetric and sub-bottom survey systems, sediment coring devices, and other specialized survey systems. SDI also provides geospatial, geophysical, hydrographic, sub-bottom, and sediment sampling services.