Turn your phone into a ther­mal cam­era

The Family Handyman - - STUFF WE LOVE -

The new FLIR ONE Pro in­frared cam­era is per­fect for con­trac­tors, home in­spec­tors and se­ri­ous DIYers to help lo­cate air and wa­ter leaks around win­dows, doors, ducts, ceil­ing open­ings and rim joists. The in­frared cam­era can also “see” through walls to lo­cate miss­ing in­su­la­tion and de­tect some plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal is­sues. The FLIR ONE Pro con­nects to Ap­ple and An­droid phones and smart­watches us­ing ei­ther a Light­ning or Mi­cro USB con­nec­tor. The con­nec­tor is de­signed to ex­tend up to 4 mm so you don’t have to re­move your phone case to con­nect the cam­era. Plus, the unit has an in­ter­nal bat­tery, so it won’t drain your phone bat­tery like other add-on in­frared de­vices. The FLIR ONE Pro has an op­ti­cal and ther­mal cam­era that au­to­mat­i­cally “em­bosses” the ther­mal im­age on your screen with the op­ti­cal im­age. So you get sharp edge de­tail right on the ther­mal im­age, giv­ing you al­most a 3D view of the sit­u­a­tion. The FLIR ONE Pro has three spot me­ters so you can cap­ture up to three temp re­gions in a sin­gle im­age. The me­ter mea­sures temps from mi­nus 4 de­grees F to 752 de­grees F. The FLIR ONE Pro sells for $400. Or, choose the less ex­pen­sive FLIR ONE ($200) if you don’t need three tem­per­a­ture read­ings. The FLIR ONE has a sin­gle spot me­ter and a range of mi­nus 4 de­grees F to 248 de­grees F. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to flir.com/flirone/pro.

Tthe tri­an­gu­lar but­ton near the tip that al­lows you to re­lease and in­stall blades, tool free. Speak­ing of blades, the XLR sys­tem has spe­cial blades for spe­cial tasks, in­su­la­tion blades that cut more ef­fi­ciently, stan­dard blades with snap-off tips to main­tain a sharp edge, and “tanto blades” with spearlike tips for mak­ing dry­wall cutouts. I like that it can be used in the ex­tended (shown) or folded po­si­tion. It feels great in the hand, slides eas­ily into the pocket and even has a clip if you want to se­cure it to your belt. Avail­able at on­line re­tail­ers or di­rectly from praz­iusa.com for about $30.

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