Vanning.com logo
Boxdin
Site Navigation


Advertisements
Recent Posts
Aftermarket headlights for 73’ g20
by wrcsixeight. August 16th 2018 3:53 am
What Did You do To your Van Today?
by Reed. August 16th 2018 2:55 am
Hi! which 350 van engine is the "best" n strongest?
by Hasan Ben Sobar. August 15th 2018 11:34 pm
WTB: 1976-1979 Ford Cruising Van
by CatFish. August 15th 2018 9:51 pm
New here
by Starlord. August 15th 2018 7:27 pm
WILD CHERRY lives !
by Dyno_Dave. August 15th 2018 7:19 pm
official Ford owners picture thread
by VanGuySteve. August 15th 2018 6:58 pm
Bit of a twist
by Astrocreep66. August 15th 2018 6:18 pm
The Japanese are big into racing dodge vans.
by Uncle_Fester. August 15th 2018 5:25 pm
1989 E150 conversion camper build
by bubbafat. August 15th 2018 9:42 am
Featured Links
Vanning.Com is a an authorized Amsoil Dealer


Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Infrared temperature gun #737214
June 11th 2018 11:19 pm
June 11th 2018 11:19 pm
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 937
USA
N
nikothenomad Offline OP
old hand
nikothenomad  Offline OP
old hand
N
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 937
USA
Any of you have a infrared temperature gun? What do you like or not like about it? Thoughts on best one to buy for general use and van diagnostics? I don't care about being a few degrees off but would not want to be more than one or two if possible.


Nicole
1988 Dodge B250 5.9l 360 Ram CamperVan / 727 Tranny / Rochester Quadrajet Carb
www.nikothenomad.blogspot.com
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #737258
June 13th 2018 12:29 pm
June 13th 2018 12:29 pm
Joined: Oct 2016
Posts: 61
Florida
R
Rathbone Offline
journeyman
Rathbone  Offline
journeyman
R
Joined: Oct 2016
Posts: 61
Florida
I've never tried one on a vehicle, but I've used them in a manufacturing setting and the one's I've used are extremely accurate. But the gauge is checking coolant temperature while the gun would be checking the surface temperature. I wouldn't expect the 2 to be very close to giving the same results.


80% of all statistics are made up. - Abraham Lincoln.
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #737262
June 13th 2018 12:47 pm
June 13th 2018 12:47 pm
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 11,684
Fircrest, WA
Reed Offline
Maniac
Reed  Offline
Maniac
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 11,684
Fircrest, WA
I have a cheap Harbor Freight laser IR thermometer gun I use for diagnosing cooling system problems. I have never had it calibrated, but it is easy to use and is accurate enough for my purposes.


Windows- they're what make a van worth owning!
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #737265
June 13th 2018 3:59 pm
June 13th 2018 3:59 pm
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,609
San Diego
W
wrcsixeight Offline
veteran
wrcsixeight  Offline
veteran
W
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 2,609
San Diego
I have a raytek at least 12 years old.

Seems pretty accurate, unless the srfae is highy reflective.

it will read 122f on my aluminum radiator's top tank where a Ktype thermocouple taped to it will read 196f.

If I put a piece of black gaffers tape on the top tank and aim the IR gun there, it reads the 195+f.

They are useful for hunting for the highest temperature, just do not think that the laser pointer is where it is takng a precision reading of that red dot. It will average the temperture within a certain radius of that dot.

They are cheap enough now to be well worth having.

Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #737290
June 14th 2018 8:31 am
June 14th 2018 8:31 am
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 937
USA
N
nikothenomad Offline OP
old hand
nikothenomad  Offline OP
old hand
N
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 937
USA
Thanks ya'll.

Last edited by nikothenomad; June 16th 2018 3:24 pm.

Nicole
1988 Dodge B250 5.9l 360 Ram CamperVan / 727 Tranny / Rochester Quadrajet Carb
www.nikothenomad.blogspot.com
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #737420
June 20th 2018 1:06 pm
June 20th 2018 1:06 pm
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 88
nebraska
J
jason159 Offline
journeyman
jason159  Offline
journeyman
J
Joined: Dec 2017
Posts: 88
nebraska
I have a Cornwell one and I use it at my job as a motorcycle mechanic. They've probably gotten better over the years but I wouldn't buy the absolute cheapest one, IMO.


1975 Dodge B100 shorty. 318, 3/tree
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: nikothenomad] #738345
July 17th 2018 12:51 am
July 17th 2018 12:51 am
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 987
Texas, under the A/C
Rusty_Pancelode Offline
old hand
Rusty_Pancelode  Offline
old hand
Joined: Jul 2014
Posts: 987
Texas, under the A/C
I've got the Craftsman one.
Bought it to tune R/C car engines, but use it for all kinds of stuff.
Well worth the $50 or so bucks I spent on it.


[Linked Image]
Re: Infrared temperature gun [Re: Reed] #738353
July 17th 2018 9:22 am
July 17th 2018 9:22 am
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 2,584
Michigan
Dyno_Dave Offline
veteran
Dyno_Dave  Offline
veteran
Joined: Nov 2013
Posts: 2,584
Michigan
Originally Posted by Reed
I have a cheap Harbor Freight laser IR thermometer gun I use for diagnosing cooling system problems. I have never had it calibrated, but it is easy to use and is accurate enough for my purposes.


Same here.


Moderated by  Astro 

Donate


Upcoming Events
discovery
Instagram Feed
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 2 guests, and 8 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Albert_B, TRGough, mamiya314, LunarLander, paigepress
10497 Registered Users
Top Posters(30 Days)
Dyno_Dave 106
frscke1 59
CatFish 43
Reed 36
Forum Statistics
Forums68
Topics34,693
Posts512,469
Members10,498
Most Online177
May 8th, 2013

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.075s Queries: 15 (0.011s) Memory: 1.1271 MB (Peak: 1.7980 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-08-16 12:11:56 UTC