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 of the Porter-Cable PCC581B IR thermometer, it 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. It’s a neat trick, though a bit gimmicky.
The color the Porter-Cable PCC581B puts out is simply an indicator, but the onboard LCD screen gives you a readout of temperature, with a 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio. You can use the system to locate air leaks around doors, windows or ductwork, or where insulation is missing. The IR thermometers are perfect for use by HVAC professionals, electricians and energy specialists.
These IR thermometers have a working temperature range of -22 to 590 degrees Fahrenheit, with an accuracy of plus or minus 1.8 degrees. The 12:1 distance to spot ratio means that you will measure a 1 sq. ft. area for every 12 ft. away you are from the temperature zone. The thermometer also has 10 memory settings, so you can record measurements in different locations or store readings taken in hard-to-reach areas. A backlit LCD screen provides visibility in dim lighting, and a lens cap protects the unit during transportation.
The new tools will be available in November at Lowe’s, Amazon.com and through dealers. Both the PCC581B and PCC582B will retail for $59.97. The PCC581B will sell as a bare tool, meaning that the 18V battery and charger are sold separately. Both the PCC581B and 9V PCC582B models come equipped with a 3-year limited warranty, 1-year service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.