Borescopes have been common in some industries for decades, but price has kept them out of the home handyman’s reach until very recently. Now ‘scopes like Ridgid’s SeeSnake Micro (pictured) are pushing close to (and sometimes below) the $200 barrier. Best of all, you can forget squinting into an eyepiece as it’s got a battery-powered LCD screen.
The SeeSnake Micro is essentially a miniature camera on a three-foot flex neck, complete with bright LEDs around the tip to light up dark nooks and crannies. It runs for three hours on four AA batteries, and it ships with a mirror, hook, and magnet — perfect for seeing around corners or retrieving really, really lost gear. It’s LEDs are adjustable, too, so you don’t wash out the picture in tight areas.
Think about it: you could cram its 0.7″ tip through a small hole to inspect the inside of an engine head or heat exchanger, or stick it in a newly-cut electrical outlet hole to see what’s really inside the wall. We think the uses for this tool are endless.
Street pricing starts right around $200.