Last year when I was looking for a new infrared thermometer to replace my old Craftsman infrared thermometer I ordered a Fluke 561 infrared thermometer. As you can see in the photo the Fluke 561 Infrared Thermometer
was much larger then what I was accustomed to using.
After using the Fluke 561 Infrared Thermometer
a few times I ended up selling it to one of our forum members and went back to using my old Craftsman.
The other day I started looking around online for a new infrared thermometer to replace my old Craftsman. There was a number of things I had in mind for the new one.
1. Price, I wanted it to be under $100 with shipping.
2. Range, the temperature range on my old Craftsman is -3 to 500ºF. and I wanted a infrared thermometer with a lower temperature range.
3. Size, I wanted it to be similar in size to my old infrared thermometer.
After a lot of research I decided to order the Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
The Fluke 62 mini infrared thermometer has a temperature range of -20 to 932ºF
I read that the Raytec MT6 Infrared Thermometer
is the same infrared thermometer as the Fluke 62 mini, but the Raytec MT6 is gray in color instead of yellow and is about $20.00 less then the Fluke 62 mini.
I also read that the Raytec company is owned by Fluke. Even knowing all of that I still decided to spend the extra $20.00 and go with the Fluke brand because I liked the bright yellow color better then the darker gray color.
By deciding to go with the Fluke 62 mini I took care of #1 and #2 on my list of what I was looking for in a new infrared thermometer.
But what about #3 on my list, size?
Unfortunately I don't have the opportunity to personally check out any of the infrared thermometers I read about online. This can make it difficult to decide on what model to order. Such was the case last year when I ordered the Fluke 561 infrared thermometer.
Even though I can read all the specifications on the factory websites, look at all the photos on Google and watch all the Youtube videos it's just not the same as holding one in your hand or comparing it side by side to one you already own.
When I ordered the Fluke 62 mini I was still not 100% sure I would be happy with the size of it. But once I received it I could tell before I even removed it from the packaging that I would be happy with the size of it.
With the protective rubber holster removed from the Fluke 62 mini it ends up being about the same size as my old Craftsman.
The Fluke 62 mini also has a much more comfortable and ergonomic handle then my old Craftsman infrared thermometer.
One reason I was looking for a infrared thermometer with a lower temperature range then what I currently had was so I could get a temperature to display on it for my customers to see instead of -OL as my old Craftsman would display when it was out of range.
I will post more about the Fluke 62 mini after I have used it a little more, but so far I'm impressed with it.
You can see some additional images of the Fluke 62 mini infrared thermometer in our Infrared Thermometer Gallery
What are somethings you have used a infrared thermometer for?