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Old 05-18-2020, 03:30 PM
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Default FLIR / Thermal Imager

Played with one of these Snap-On thermal imaging units a year ago, and fell in love with it. So kept watching eBay for a good deal, and picked up one used for under $400 last week.

Several affordable FLIR camera styles on the market now, some that just connect to a cell phone. And for under $50 you can snag a decent IR thermometer, like this AMES unit I carry in the truck specifically for checking tires and wheel bearings. Those also seems very popular for checking body temps these days.. But in the end, nothing beats a true thermal imager for finding the hot or cold spots...

There is actually two Snap-On versions that look pretty much alike out our there. The one I bought is the EETH300. Older of the two. The EETH310 has some better res and new features like Wi-Fi. But brings a couple $$$ more on the used market.

Either one will likely pay for itself in a couple jobs once you get used to it. I haven't put this down since it arrived. Here is some pics I took today. First thing out of the box was check my truck seat heaters.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:43 PM
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They are nice, I picked one up on promo from my local Dealer. Was a tick more than 400 bucks though
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I install them all the time on boats, I was actually playing with a m232 offshore this afternoon that I just installed on a 34 Seavee. They are pretty cool, my mechanic has a handheld to look for exhaust leaks and such, it helps a lot on a boat. The models I install are for navigating boats at night or in the fog, they are a 1000x better than radar bc you know what's in front of you instead of just looking at a blob on the radar screen...
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I've used a few different fluke thermal imagers over the past couple years at work for our predictive maintenance program. Our newest model is a Fluke Ti480 pro, close to $10k but it is pretty slick. Built in wifi uploads pictures directly into their software to create reports on bearings, motors, gearboxes, etc. It's a fun technology to play around with even with budget imagers if you understand what you're looking at.
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They are good for finding ghosts in your house. Think I'm kidding?
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They are good for finding ghosts in your house. Think I'm kidding?
Great......now I want one just to see lol
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Nice. I've always wanted one but could never justify the cost for how little it would actually get used

PS: your Ames IR thermometer emissivity setting is wrong for measuring wood. Probably why the two don't match
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What about skeletons in your closet??
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I want one, but canít justify it just to play with. Iíll continue to just put my hands on things and see if it burns or not....


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Skeletons don't create heat.
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i installed a few on some our customers bigger boats when i had the dealership and it was fun to zoom across the marina and see the hot spots on the ladies when they come walking
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Dang it now I'm gonna be up all night stalking around in the dark.. Any suggestions once I locate her???

The gray scale / white hot on this one actually has some decent range outside. My pond light's up nice in the dark at 100yards.

Being a boater I agree, if you can afford a FLIR they are bad ass addition for running at night. At the boat show I was picking out heat signature of footprints on the concrete at 50yards indoors.

Those Fluke units with it built into the multi-meter were my second choice. But I have a perfectly good meter I like.. And as newer units get released, some decent buys on the second hand stuff make these more appealing.

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I've had one for a couple of years. i've found shorts and all kinds of things. I have found heat where there should not have been heat. I've followed heat when it should not be moving. Just saying.
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Nice. I've always wanted one but could never justify the cost for how little it would actually get used

PS: your Ames IR thermometer emissivity setting is wrong for measuring wood. Probably why the two don't match
Holey Shit Batmam, there is a crapload of emissivity values to remember.. Good thing I don't have any polished parts to read...

https://www.thermoworks.com/emissivity-table
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Yep. Makes me wonder if all the people using them to read people's forehead to see if they are infected before entering a facility, etc have any clue about being calibrated properly for accurate readings from skin

Edit: I just took another look at the chart. The fact that skin has a range should automatically exclude them from being able to use them for this. 0.95-0.98 can shift the reading enough to let a sick person in while excluding a healthy just by skin variably alone
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