Thermal imager!

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Thermal imager!

Post by splatterdog » Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:26 pm

Got a new "toy" in my arsenal! Prices have come way down, and I found a real good deal on ebay for $319. Would have liked the Pro model, but it was almost double. http://www.thermal.com/products/revealxr-fastframe/.

Just got it, so I haven't had a chance to diagnose anything yet. I have watched myself urinate. It's quite a thermal event, going to the bathroom..

Lots of established tests for cars already and probably many more to figure out. No more volt drop testing battery cables as long as you can see them or more importantly, the connections. High resistance=high heat. Can also see what's "hot" for those parasitic draws that kill batteries. Heated seats, mirrors, steering wheels, defrost grids. Dead ignition coils, misfiring cylinders, clogged rads or exhaust, body air leaks, brake drag, failing bearings, and more!

Going Predator on heat loss thru the house tonight!

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Post by helipilot77 » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:38 pm

I recently got the Milwaukee version. I have only played with it a little.
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Post by Petros » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:27 pm

nice tool, a bit pricey for the home mechanic, but I am sure you can put it to good use. Not only will it help you save time to fix customers cars, you can do a quick scan with each of your customer's cars to find additional "fixes" to sell them. It should pay for it self in no time.

lets see some pictures!
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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by splatterdog » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:15 am

Use on cars is only a recent development Petros. If you heat or cool your home, it could pay for itself quickly.

While not feature packed like a Flir or Snap On that are around a G, it does sport some much better resolution and refresh rate specs

Just after 2:00 this guy shoots his hand. No fingernails can be seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLJTTgbI9HM&t=224s

With the seek, I can see my veins.
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Seek(and Flir) also have a little bit cheaper imager that plugs in to a smart phone.

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Post by Petros » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:39 pm

I have actually used the more costly video camera type when I did testing when I worked for others, the university where I went to engineering school (grad 1982) had one that looked like a timing light but would give you a digital temperature reading of what ever you pointed it at, and was very costly even back than.

it does not surprise me the full image type has come down in price, using with a smart phone is genius to keep the price down. someday our phones may even have those built into them.

No end to the many uses they can be used. finding leaks, fixing cars, searching for lost children in the forest. Woman can even use them to do self cancer thermal scans (which are safer and more reliable to detect early signs of cancer than the almost worthless mammograms).
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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by splatterdog » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:32 am

One really nice thing about the smart phone imager is that you can get in to tight spots with a usb extension cable. That could be a big plus with dash work. The Reveal is perfect for me for work and play. Late at night up at camp there can be some very wild/angry sounds not too far away. We think one is a pine marten. Spotting the flying squirrels will be much easier now. One late night racket would have been cool to find and see. Not my video, but I pretty much heard this word for word in the dark this last fall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12ioHWj-ZcI

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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by helipilot77 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:19 pm

I got mine in preparation for the new house I will soon be building. I want to capture overy calorie of heat I can. Seeing any trouble spots in the wall assembly before I close it up will really be a big help. The camera will quickly pay for itself in saved energy.
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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by splatterdog » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:36 pm

Nice. I love the M12 line up. I will have to take a view of my heated hoodie!

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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by dlb » Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:42 pm

SD, did you try your new tool on your house? i'm curious where you found the biggest heat losses.

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Post by splatterdog » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:27 am

Yes dlb! I found that the exposed blocks at the top of the foundation were letting a fair amount of heat out. In this pic you can also see wall studs, siding overlap, and an upstairs heat duct above and left of the window.
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It was kind of creepy seeing all the recent animal tracks in the dark at camp this last weekend. They were everywhere!
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I was glad to see that all the insulation in my camper is paying off. It's like a ten day cooler now. Didn't find one thing that needed attention and roof melt while being heated has been eliminated! I've done a tent at -40f, never again..

Ice fishing..
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Re: Thermal imager!

Post by Petros » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:28 pm

I remember someone telling me they like to go camping in the desert in eastern washington, where they drive ORV, shoot guns, have "guy" fun, etc.

someone once brought some surplus night googles for fun, and they spend some time looking at the desert outside their circle of fire light. They were surprised to find out how many creatures were circling their camp just outside the visible light, they did not sleep well that night.
'87 Tercel 4wd SR5 (current engine swap project)
'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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