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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.

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7 Responses to Stick Your Nose In Everywhere With The SeeSnake Micro

  1. Firemanpiper says:

    Maybe this should be your next give-away!

  2. John says:

    i have one of the old school bore scopes where you have to look through a tiny peep hole in the handle. it workd, but it’s hard to use. the screen on this thing sounds like it’d be handy. The borescope has come in handy. Not very many times you need to use it, but when you do, nothing else quite matches it. I bought it to track down a pinhole leak in a water pipe in an exterior wall. I didn’t want to knock the whole wall out finding the leak, so I cut a small hole and used the borescope. The one I have has a tip about 1/4″, so a bit handier than the larger .7″, but the screen might be worth it.

  3. Pat says:

    I had a play with one when they had it out on display somewhere.

    The screen is pretty good, it is easy to see what is at the end of the thing. The only problems I can see is that the standard hose is not that long.

    Limited use, but would be really good if you had that use.

  4. FYI, you can buy 3′ extensions as an accessory to lengthen the SeeSnake micro camera’s reach.

  5. toolaholic says:

    I own one of these and would not be caught with out it. I do handyman work full time and I use it for everything from helping to get an electric snake go through a wall or ceiling, to checking out what is pluging up a drain. I drill a 3/4 ” hole in the wall and you can snake it through. Color screen with brightness control on the handheld works great. Worth every penny.

  6. Personally I’m holding out ’til the digital camera version comes out. Seriously, what’s the point of having batteries and an LCD unless there’s also an SD card slot? The 0.7″ tip diameter is also two or three times larger than competing fiber-based models, making it unsuitable for spark-plug-hole entry.

    What excites me about this design is that since the actual imaging device (CCD or CMOS camera chip) is in the tip, its resolution can be improved without making the shaft any thicker. Whereas adding more fibers to a traditional fiber-optic borescope makes it correspondingly thicker, this one should be sporting megapixel resolution just as soon as the designers make it a priority. And since NTSC video (which the current generation uses internally) won’t handle all those pixels, it’ll necessitate a shift to a digital sensor, hopefully implying a smarter back-end! Memory slot! 30fps high-res movie mode! Audio narration from the operator! Pleeease? 😉

  7. Vladimir says:

    I have some concerns about quality of the image of this 200$ borescope. I tried more proffesional type that also can capture images like for documentations or to show to clients. please see here

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