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.