[time-nuts] Thoughts on IR thermometers?

Bob Paddock bob.paddock at gmail.com
Thu May 29 21:20:30 EDT 2008

On Tuesday 27 May 2008 11:31:49 pm Patrick wrote:

> 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.

http://www.towerhobbies.com/ has several "Temp Guns" in the $25 to $50 range.

> I was thinking about buying a better one this time. Does anyone have any
> suggestions?

Melexis MLX90614 is a Digital plug&play Infrared thermometer in a TO-39 can.
The object temperature can range from -70 to +380'C.
You can get them from Future's Component Store.

Have two on the bench here, but have not fired them up yet.

> 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?

They have a medical grade one, also Automotive grade ones.

 http://www.softwaresafety.net/ http://www.designer-iii.com/

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