[time-nuts] Thoughts on IR thermometers?

Chris Kuethe chris.kuethe at gmail.com
Tue May 27 23:50:38 EDT 2008

I got one of the passive detectors from thinkgeek and it does a pretty
decent job. I can tell you which corner of a geode system-on-a-chip
has the bits that are working hardest, for example. Or when I need to
let my brakes cool off after doing laps at the race track.



On Tue, May 27, 2008 at 8:31 PM, Patrick <optomatic at rogers.com> wrote:
> Hey Everybody
> I tried to use a cheap IR thermometer to do some quick, pre-circuit
> analysis tests, a couple of years ago on a particular job.
> It went bad, the laser did not even line up with the area being
> measured, I missed a burning hot capacitor and wasted a lot of time.
> I was thinking about buying a better one this time. Does anyone have any
> suggestions? Do you think they are useless for PCB tests? Caps should
> not be hot and power resistors and transistors should not be cold right?
> but the spot size to laser ratio on most of these are not good, are they
> still useful?
> I had a hell of a time trying to read my Son's temperature last night
> when he had a fever, anyone tried one of these out on their children?
> Thanks in advance-Patrick
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GDB has a 'break' feature; why doesn't it have 'fix' too?

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