Thermal Imagers measure temperatures across different ranges without coming in contact with the object. This is done by detecting the infrared energy transmitted by materials, and displaying a temperature reading of the converted energy.
The FLIR TG167 Spot Thermal Camera and the DEWALT DCT414S1 are two leading prime examples of Thermal imagers. Despite their similar intended purpose and equally high ratings, they do differ in some aspects. Our review compares them so you can select the one that best suits your needs. If you want to learn more about Infrared Thermometers, which just take temperature, click here.
FLIR TG167 Spot Thermal Imaging Thermometer Kit
The FLIR TG167 is a basic yet very effective imaging thermometer. Even though it is very simple, it is definitely not
just an ordinary spot radiometer- which just gives a digital reading that will leave you to do all the guesswork. The
TG167 kicks it up a notch and provides thermal imaging that allows you to see exactly what is hot or cold in an object. You will be able to discover many unseen problems through this and be directed on which area to aim at to get the best readings.
Flir’s patented Lepton Micro Thermal Camera sets this device apart from the rest by producing IR images that exceed expectations. The product is also very easy to use. Blue lasers light up by a pull of the trigger, with which you can frame the area you wish to target and after documenting the reading, saves them for future reference. You don’t even have to note down anything and simply show the readings or images with the problem areas immediately to clients or download the data on to your computer for later use.
The intuitive buttons are user friendly and the icons have no technical jargon which you will need to familiarize yourself with first. Safety is also guaranteed- the spot size ration 24:1 allows you to conduct your thermal readings from a safer distance as compared to standard IR thermometers. In this price range, nothing beats the features of this troubleshooting device.
DEWALT DCT414S1 12-Volt Max Infrared Thermometer Kit
The DCT414S1 Infrared Thermometer Kit is part of the company’s Lithium-ion Cordless System. This line of
products are lightweight and compact yet powerful and some of the best tools in this category. Compared to Flir’s
TG167, this is a somewhat advanced device in terms of what it can do. It measures temperatures ranging between -20°F to 932°F, with no contact with the object. This means that you can get measurements easily from a distance and the accuracy will not be affected. An object’s hot and cold fields are indicated with the LED red and blue lights and audio alarm that alert and pinpoint you to problem areas.
Improved accuracy is achieved over different materials by the adjustable emissivity. The readings and images are stored in the device’s memory but what’s different is that it saves and organizes minimum, maximum and average temperatures. This kit comes with a 3 Year warranty and a 90 days money back guarantee, and includes one IR thermometer, a 12-volt MAX Battery, a charger and a toolkit to carry it all to your work station.