Mosh tipped me off that the Extech IRT25 infrared thermometer, which was just under $10 in June, has dropped in price to $5.28 at Amazon. (Thanks, Mosh!)
(It’s an add-on item, which means it needs to be added to a qualifying order over $25. That’s Amazon’s way of spreading shipping fees across multiple items to keep the price on this low.)
I bought one in June, to see if it was junky or a good value. It’s fairly accurate and easy to use. I don’t know if I could recommend it for anyone looking for a serious instrument, but it should be okay for more casual users who don’t need high accuracy or high reliability. In other words, it’s probably okay for DIYers who don’t yet own any IR thermometer, but I wouldn’t use it for critical work.
Just over $5 for a name-brand IR thermometer? If I didn’t buy one in June at $10, I’d definitely buy one now. I own a Fluke IR thermometer, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. This isn’t a stand-in for my Fluke, I see it more as an entry-level IR thermometer for someone who might otherwise be enticed by the very many off-brand tools available at Amazon and elsewhere.
Actually, I can’t find any IR thermometer cheaper than this one, at least not on Amazon.
$5.28 seems like a heck of a good bargain.
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Has anyone bought one and not been satisfied with it?
If you need a better pro-grade tool, I can heartily recommend the Fluke 62 Max Plus.