Tips in Buying an Infrared Thermometer

Do you want to buy an infrared thermometer by InstrumentChoice? This is easy. But if you do not know what to look for, the purchase could turn out to be a bad one. The following are some tips in buying your infrared thermometer. Hopefully, after reading this, you will be better prepared to pick the best-infrared thermometer for your needs.

First, check the infrared radiation emitted by the thermometers you are considering. It is essential to know that infrared thermometers usually have a different sensitivity than the typical one because of the different types of emissive materials used in its construction. Generally, the more sensitive thermometers produce lower levels of thermal radiation. The infrared thermometer you are planning to buy should have this sensitivity to ensure that it can detect small temperature changes.

infrared-thermometer-by-InstrumentChoiceSecond, check the efficiency of the internal temperature sensor. Buy the infrared thermometer with the highest efficiency rating you can find. A high internal temperature sensor can detect small changes in internal temperature to get reliable readings of food temperatures. In choosing the right probe thermometer, you have to check the device’s ability to sense changes in internal temperature without the need to switch the device off and on again to be sure. The right probe thermometer can also indicate food temperatures after several hours of cooling or during cold days and nights.

Third, consider the distance of the infrared thermometer from the surface you will be used to check the temperature. Buy one with a maximum temperature range that will match the area you will be using it. For instance, an infrared thermometer meant for checking freezer food temperatures should have a minimum distance of six inches for the probe to be appropriately located.

Fourth, take a look at the readouts provided by the infrared thermometers. Some of them provide enormous figures for their readings. This is because the infrared thermometers are designed to measure warm or cold temperatures. Make sure that the readouts are precise enough to determine an accurate temperature reading.

Fifth, consider the quality of the lens and face of the infrared thermometers you are interested in buying. The quality of the lens affects the accuracy of the measurements. There are generally three types of quality lenses used in infrared thermometers: mica lens, Fresnel lens and glass lens. The mica lens is the most common type of lens used because it can be easily cleaned, and it produces good, precise readings.

Mica lens can measure temperatures at a range of two hundred thirty degrees Fahrenheit. If you need an infrared thermometer to measure the exact temperature level inside a specific area, then the mica lens is not suitable for you. If you need a precise level measurement, you need a Fresnel lens or a vacuum tube thermometer. The vacuum tube thermometers can measure the temperatures at distances of one to twenty feet. Glass lenses can measure temperatures at up to one thousand degrees Fahrenheit. These infrared thermometers can only measure a specific temperature range, and they must be calibrated before using them.

There are many features found in an infrared thermometer by InstrumentChoice. These include digital stick thermometers, which have a click-and-drill feature, self-calibration, infrared thermometer with curved tips, and thermometers with a response time option. Choose an infrared thermometer that has a response time option so that you can measure your food faster after it has been cooked. If you choose a digital stick thermometer, find one with a stainless steel construction so that it will not rust easily. 

Choose a thermometer with automatic temperature control and programmable settings so that you can accurately measure the temperature even when you are not sitting right in front of the thermometer. Finally, choose an infrared thermometer with a backlight to provide a detailed picture of the container’s inside.