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travisgn

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I've seen a lot of people recommend the PE1 IR thermometer/temp gun. Why? Does anyone use anything else?

I was looking at Home Depot, here are a couple they have.
Ryobi Temp Gun
General Tools Temp Gun

Both have distance to spot ratio of 8:1 (better than the PE2), laser guide, and use a standard 9V battery. The manual for the General Tools one says it has an accuracy of +/- 2 degrees F, the Ryobi doesn't say. Unless you're concerned about portability, these seem as good or better than the PE1, and possibly even the PE2. Any thoughts? Any other variables I haven't considered/am not aware of?

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The Pro-exotics models seem to be readily available on pet web sites, at reptile shows and in pet stores.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the two models you mentioned. I had other types before I got my PE1. They all worked. My first one was meant to measure the temp near the glow plug on a R/C car engine, but it worked great for measuring tortoise temps.
 

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The nice thing about the PE1 is that it's so small, you can leave it in your pocket if you need it on and off through the day. That's what I wanted in a temp gun, so it works nicely in that way.
 

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I have the PE2 and really like it. With that said, I think most would do fine as long as your happy with it.
 

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Thanks for all the input. Hopefully this thread will be helpful to others.

I'm 99% sure I'm going with this one.
 

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I go for cheap and easy to use (like Harbor Freight). I do not need 0.002% tolerance for monitoring the habitat- a few degree +/- range is good enough.
 

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I think thats overkill and larger size than I'd personally want, but will definitely do the job (I like the PE1). Good discussion! Haven't seen this before.
 

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Yeah, portability seems to be a big plus for a lot of people. The main thing I don't like about the PE1 is the 1:1 distance to spot ratio. I may never need to read temps a great distance away, but I'd like to have the option.

I tend to look at a product and say heck, if I'm already spending $30, why not spend another $15-20 for this other, better model? I typically end up with nice things, but at great personal expense, when you add it all up. Ah well, that's my curse.
 

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I have an old Radioshack temp gun that I have been using for almost 8 years and it is still going strong. It's just too bad they dont carry it anymore.
 
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