Whether you want to gauge the temperature of your car’s engine or the roast that just came out of the oven, an infrared thermometer is the tool for you. This is one of those rare tools which, once you buy it, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. An infrared thermometer can gauge the temperature of nearly anything just by pointing at it. An affordable thermometer like the Etekcity Lasergrip 630 can become an invaluable tool that will make your life easier.
Things to Consider When Choosing an Infrared Thermometer
When deciding on which infrared thermometer is right for you, there are several important considerations. Infrared thermometers use a laser that is built in to determine the temperature of objects without requiring you to make physical contact with the object.
A good versatile thermometer like the Lasergrip can help you to measure food so that you are sure it is ready to eat, regularly monitor household appliances to insure that they are functioning correctly and not over-consuming energy, and even get temperatures from upstairs windows so that you can see how much UV blocking you need in your window treatments.
Consider the temperature range that you will be measuring, and whether you will need to gauge the temperature deep within the object that you are measuring or whether a surface temperature is sufficient.
You can also consider whether you need features like laser sighting, data logging, data holding, or an alarm that will tell you if you are at the high or low and of the temperatures.
Ask yourself what distance you will be from the object that you are going to test. One of the tremendous advantages of a handheld digital thermometer is that you will not need to touch the object you are measuring or even be close to it. The Etekcity Lasergrip 630 is accurate up to 30 feet so you can measure at a considerable distance accurately.
There are also options to consider in how your thermometer will allow you to interact with it and display information. If you are going to be using your thermometer in the field, you want to feel sure that the display will be effective in all conditions.
The Lasergrip has a clear and easy-to-read backlit LCD screen that is clearly visible in any weather or lighting conditions.
A good thermometer will offer you a high and low temperature alert that is customizable based on what you are measuring so that you can quickly know whether a given item is within your specified range.
You should also be able to adjust emissivity so that you can measure whatever kind of material you need to.
You can choose between a convergence laser which will converge at a single point from about 1in wide or a coaxial 3 dot laser which will allow you to see both the center and edge of the area being measured no matter how far the thermometer is from the target.
The dual laser guidance of the Etekcity Lasergrip 630 offers a spot ratio of 16:1, so while it relies on a convergence laser the dual design allows for increased accuracy. While accurate, this reading is not as accurate as a coaxial laser.
The temperature for the Lasergrip is adjustable from -58 degrees Fahrenheit to 1472 degrees Fahrenheit and the emissivity s adjustable from .10 to .95.
Emissivity can greatly affect the readings of a digital thermometer. Reflective materials like polished metal will have a lower emissivity value than less reflective items like wood or matte plastics.
The Lasergrip offers adjustable emissivity from . 10 to 0.95 so you can accurately measure temperature whether the surface is clay, wood, brass, marble or other surfaces.
Ease of Use
You don’t want to have to figure out complicated equipment on the field to get an accurate temperature reading. The Etekcity 630 allows you to effortlessly aim and measure and get the results that you require almost instantly.
This Lasergrip is so convenient you can use it virtually anywhere. It is a great tool for cooking that will impress all of your friends, and can also be a wonderful thing to keep in your car to measure your engine if necessary. This Lasergrip 630 is versatile and simple to use.
- Dual laser design of this thermometer takes out the guessing about the size of the surface area that you are measuring
- 16 to 1 distance to spot ratio gives you complete control measurement area
- Laser pointers provide a visual guide to make your measurements easier
- Determines the average temperature and the space between both the points
- Manufacturers manual is not available online or easily accessible except by private individuals posting
- Sometimes gives extreme readings that are clearly incorrect before going back to reading normally
- Trigger sometimes sticks
- Uses up battery quickly
- Generally reads from 4 to 5 degrees different from the real temperature, so not good for extremely accurate readings