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October 18, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


IR thermometer

General Tools PalmScope and IRT/NCV/Flashlight Multi-Tool

General Tools has a pair of new offerings to kick off 2014: the DCS950 General Tools PalmScope video inspection system and the VR40 4:1 IR Thermometer with NCV Detector and Flashlight. The VR40 took home the Pro Tool Innovation Award for Thermal Imaging in the Tests and Measurements category. Here’s a closer look at the DCS950 […]

DeWalt DCT416S1 Imaging Thermometer Review

The DeWalt DCT416S1 12V Max imaging thermometer kit is the kind of tool that I have a great need for in my tool bag and it came in very handy recently when my crew needed to attach a sub-floor to a concrete slab. The trouble was, as is often the case in high-end homes in […]

Fluke VT02 Visual Infrared IR Thermometer Preview

The Fluke VT02 Visual Infrared IR Thermometer has sophisticated on-screen markers which pinpoint hot (red box) and cold (blue box) spots on the screen. A temperature reading is also provided at the center point. Images are saved to a microSD card so you can use them later for documentation or tracking results of an inspection. Images […]

Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter Preview

Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter Preview

The new Milwaukee 2270-20 Contact Temperature Meter can simultaneously measure two temperature points. It has a high contrast white on black display that can be read across the room and simple controls that are easy to use. In fact, the entire user interface is very simple. The tool performs Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, simultaneous T1 and T2 measurements, and even difference measurements. It can store minimum and maximum temperature readings and has a strong removable magnetic base for hanging it directly, or via suspension, off duct work, panels and other metallic surfaces.

Fluke Intros 62 MAX and 62 MAX + Infrared Thermometers

Fluke 62 MAX Infrared Thermometers

There’s not a ton of info on these yet, but Fluke is releasing two new infrared thermometers, the new Fluke 62 MAX and 62 MAX + (PLUS) models. Both new IR thermometers are designed to improve upon the already-decent Fluke 62. The new models are small and compact and Fluke thinks they will provide everything you’d […]

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Review

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Review

Getting a quick and accurate bead on the temperature differential around an AC duct or a door can be a lifesaver for air mechanical technicians and energy efficiency specialists. While there are a lot of tools on the market that can help you do this, it’s nice to be able to reach for a familiar name – particularly when your shop is already equipped with compatible batteries and chargers. Recently Porter-Cable launched the PCC581B Infrared Thermometer, which comes as a bare tool, making it a great choice if you’re already vested in their 18V cordless platform. And if you’re not, Porter Cable also offers a 9V-powered version, the PCC582B. Both of these infrared thermometers incorporate a tri-color beam that indicates temperature changes visually along with the digital readout. When you pull the trigger, the thermometer takes a reference temperature reading while it projects a circular green beam onto the surface at which it is aimed. The projected beam colors change when a difference in temperature is detected as you scan it across an area. A blue beam identifies a cooler spot, and a red beam indicates a hotter area.

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Preview

Porter-Cable PCC581B 18V Infrared Thermometer Preview

Porter-Cable launched a couple of brand new Infrared Thermometers, the 18V-powered PCC581B and the 9V-powered PCC582B. These infrared thermometers are very different from the ones we’ve seen in the past, incorporating a three-color indicator beam that indicates changes in temperature visually. When you pull the trigger, the thermometer takes a reference temperature reading while it paints a green circle beam onto the surface at which it is aimed. The colors change when a difference in temperature is detected as it is scans across an area. A blue beam identifies a cool spot, and a red beam shows a hot spot.

Ridgid micro IR-100 Infrared Thermometer Preview

Ridgid micro IR-100 Infrared Thermometer Preview

Have you ever tried to stick a thermometer into an A/C register? It’s easy when you can stand 20 feet away and just beam a laser where you want to measure. The Ridgid micro IR-100 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer provides simple, quick and accurate surface temperature readings at the push of a button. You simply squeeze the trigger and point the ultra-sharp dual class II lasers at the surface being measured.

DeWalt 12V Infrared Thermometer Kit DCT414S1 Preview

DeWalt 12V Infrared Thermometer Kit DCT414S1 Preview

DeWalt announced its 12V MAX Lithium Ion Infrared (IR) Thermometer Kit (DCT414S1) as part of its new 12 Volt MAX cordless platform. The IR thermometer is ideal for electricians, plumbers, remodelers and HVAC contractors who are tasked with scanning for temperature changes on the jobsite and locating potential trouble spots. The IR thermometer is part of the new 12 Volt MAX cordless platform and utilizes the same rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers the other six 12 Volt MAX tools.