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Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector (Tools & Home Improvement)

BLACK DECKER TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector BLACK DECKER TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector available on September 17 2018 from Amazon for 25.99
5.0 out of 5 stars
  
This is a quality looking product and I am giving it five stars because the price is so low, it is good as a general-purpose IR thermometer, and so it has so many uses. I do want to correct someone who said that it responds instantly. It is more like a 1-2 second response to change color, so that is far from instant. You cannot quickly scan things.

It pales in comparison to a thermal camera. In fact, I am adding a photo from a $250 thermal camera that works with an iPhone 5 to show an example of insulation failure on a high wall in my house that I would have zero chance of finding with the Black and Decker. My advice is that if you have no IR thermometer, want one, and are ok with the limited temp range of this one, then get it. But if you will quickly waste your time compared to a thermal camera.

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   This is a quality looking product and I am giving it five stars because the price is so low, it is good as a general-purpose IR thermometer, and so it has so many uses. I do want to correct someone who said that it responds instantly. It is more like a 1-2 second response to change color, so that is far from instant. You cannot quickly scan things.It pales in comparison to a thermal camera. In fact, I am adding a photo from a $250 thermal camera that works with an iPhone 5 to show an example of insulation failure on a high wall in my house that I would have zero chance of finding with the Black and Decker. My advice is that if you have no IR thermometer, want one, and are ok with the limited temp range of this one, then get it. But if you will quickly waste your time compared to a thermal camera. if (typeof amznJQ != "undefined") { amznJQ.onReady('jQuery', function() { amznJQ.available('popover', function() { var widgetDom = jQuery("#R3M933C79E572U_imageSection_A7AD2D94-3BDE-11E6-B4E1-E26B23825BA6"); var images = widgetDom.find(".review-image-thumbnail"); for (var c=0;c
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   Even if you are an unfortunate non-tech "regular" person. Man, what fun to aim and read this dandy little hand-held temperature detector. This device reads the temperature difference between a "reference point" and wherever else it is pointed around the house (probably only from the inside!). The trick here is to see where temperatures are somewhat lower than the reference point. The reference point, by the way, should be some wall or surface that you suspect is kind of the "average" temperature of the house. This means that the home owner can more easily track down places where cold outdoor air could be leaking in, or where the insulation does not stop heat losses like they should. Leaks almost certainly will be the big heat loss killers (or heat gain into an air conditioned space inside in the summer).Once leaks and losses are narrowed down, then a trip to the hardware store to get some caulk, weather stripping, and limited insulation for hopefully less than one hundred...Read more
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Since the KINTREX IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer is the main competition, let me provide some comparisons of the two products.I purchased this Black and Decker product because it has an innovative feature: A LED spot is projected on the surface that you are scanning. If the surface temperature is higher by 1 degree (or 5, 10 degrees) than a reference point you set, the LED color will turn red. Similarly if the temperature is lower, the color will turn blue. This saves me a lot of neck pain because I would not need to keep looking up and down between the ceiling I am scanning and the LCD screen on the device.However, the KINTREX device is far more technologically advanced (not surprising as KINTREX specializes in making precise measurement devices while Black and Decker is just a home and garden gadget...Read more
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