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on October 11, 2011
What a useful tool! I can't say whether more expensive ones are better, or if cheaper ones are just as good, but I can say this one works and does incredibly useful jobs for me all the time.
I use it primarily in the kitchen. It tells me the temperature of pans before I put food in. It tells me the temperature of oil before I deep fry. It tells me the temperature of my kids hot chocolate before they complain.
I use it on the cars to check exhaust, brake, oil and coolant temperatures. I check temperatures of wheel bearings and hubs and it helps determine the types of lubricants, threadlockers, and paints to use. I use it to test A/C functions.
I use it in the home for HVAC operations, to test insulation and weather sealing. I use it to check bathwater temperatures.
I use it at the lake and river to check water temperatures during different seasons -- is it really that much colder? or is it my wetsuit?
I've used it to check my dog's temperature! It's not as accurate as a rectal one but I'd rather use this first and see if I really need to go there.
If I were to compliment this with an upgrade, I would go for one of the FLIR type cameras that show live IR video images. Those are coming down in price now and aren't too far out of reach of those of us who don't use it in our jobs/businesses. Getting a visual "map" of temperatures is useful, but it can be done to some degree with this simple thermometer if you just scan around methodically.