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You may have noticed Nate’s comment on our Princess Auto mention yesterday in which he described this awesome cheap-ass tool: TempGun.com’s PE Mini — a $15 (!) infrared thermometer.  At that price, no one should be without one of these.

It features a response time of one second and an accuracy of 2.5-degrees.  It’ll report (via its LCD) in both Fahrenheit and Celsius, and it runs for quite a while on two 1.5V batteries.  Best of all, it’s about the size of a keychain.

Its operating range is listed as 32-degrees to 122-degrees -27.4 degrees F to 356 degrees F (thanks a chef and Rick for catching my late-night blunder), so this isn’t going to work for measuring brake temperatures.  But it’d be handy as hell for cooking or any number of other tasks.  And again, at just $15, it’s hard to bitch about its limitations.

TempGun offers a number of other models — all of which are still quite cheap — if you’re looking for more functionality.

By the way — ignore the $30 price on the linked page.  It’s $15 right now if you buy from TempGun.com.

PE Mini Infrared Thermometer [TempGun.com]
Street Pricing [Froogle]


4 Responses to Cheap-Ass Tools: The TempGun Mini

  1. Rick says:

    Hey Chuck… I think you got the range incorrect.. The 32°F to 122°F is the Ambient Operating Range.. i.e. don’t use it outside in the winter, or leave it in a really hot car in the summer.. But the range that it will measure is actually -27.4°F to 356 °F or -33°C to 180 °C.
    Not sure off the top of my head if that’ll work for checking brake temps.. but it’s certainly a much wider operating range. This looks like a must have for the toolbox.. Good show Nate!

  2. a chef says:

    Your blog entry states that the operating range is 32° – 122°, and your comment about measuring brake temps would imply that this is the range of temps that the unit will measure. This is incorrect. If you read the specs on the linked tempgun page you will see that this range is for the ambient operating temperature of the unit. The actual range of temperatures that the unit will measure is -27.4°F to 356 °F.

  3. Chuck Cage says:

    Guys: Thanks for the catch! Update posted.

  4. Mike says:

    Got my Tempgun today, thanks for the tip! I got the PE1, the only thing it could use is a laser.

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