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PostSubject: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 4:47 pm

So my old Ryobi Infrared is reading 2 degrees higher than two regular probe thermometers and three RBI thermostats. I think it might be time to retire it. Anybody have any recommendations?

I was looking at the PE-2 from RBI.

http://www.reptilebasics.com/pe-2

There's also the step up model

http://www.reptilebasics.com/412l-thermometer

I don't like that the PE-2 has a 1.8 degree error of margin but I can't find the error of margin for the step up model. No point in upgrading if they have the same for a 6'' reading distance. Anybody use either of these?
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 5:10 pm

Craftsman...
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 6:08 pm

I've only used the Harbor Frieght one for $20-25. I can't remember the accuracy variance, but it has been less than one degree from my herpstats everytime I test it. If you can catch one of their coupons, it makes a great back up and they are in stock whenever I go there.

I have been interested in the RBI guns and planned on getting one in the future. I dropped my HF gun and it did break. It's only a cosmetic issue that involves some reassembly when changing the battery Smile It would be nice to have lighter and/or rugged one with the hardwood floors in the snake room.
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 6:17 pm

Here's a post I made about the centech gun. I guess I paid $29 but I've seen it for less lately.

http://www.vaherps.com/t2277-cen-tech-infrared-thermometer
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 6:31 pm

Thanks for the responses.

I swore never to buy another Craftsman power tool after my drill. I think the hand tools are still pretty solid though.

Thanks for the link to the centech. That's a pretty good price.

I heard back from Rich at RBI and it sounds like the thermostats (Helix, VE, etc) are more accurate than the IR tempguns. I mistakenly had assumed the opposite. Still going to upgrade the temp gun though, 2 degrees is still just too high of a variance.
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 7:59 pm

I've used this one for more than five years

http://www.reptilebasics.com/420l-ir-thermometer
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Mon May 06, 2013 8:44 pm

I use the craftsman one same one I use to check temp's on engine's ( have two actually )
There very reliable and IMO one of the best with being almost dead accurate
( personally I think it's because they where designed to check the operating temperature's of car engine's and their components )

I feel you with there power tools being garbage hand tools lifetime warranty can't go wrong LoL
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PostSubject: Re: Infrared Thermometer Recommendations?   Tue May 07, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to regive Craftsman another look then and the 420l does seem pretty tempting.
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