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Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on October 19, 2012, 01:49:07 PM
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 (http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=fluke%20561%20thermometer&linkCode=ur2&sprefix=Fluke%20561%2Caps%2C252&tag=applcomhowtov-20&url=search-alias%3Daps) was much larger then what I was accustomed to using.

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_9_55_17.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)

After using the Fluke 561 Infrared Thermometer (http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=fluke%20561%20thermometer&linkCode=ur2&sprefix=Fluke%20561%2Caps%2C252&tag=applcomhowtov-20&url=search-alias%3Daps) 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 500F. 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 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MX5Y9C/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000MX5Y9C&linkCode=as2&tag=applcomhowtov-20).
The Fluke 62 mini infrared thermometer has a temperature range of -20 to 932F




I read that the Raytec MT6 Infrared Thermometer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000O80B5M/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000O80B5M&linkCode=as2&tag=applcomhowtov-20) 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.

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_9_47_03.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_9_47_25.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)

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.

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_9_49_32.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)




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.

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_10_36_56.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)

(http://appliancejunk.com/forums/gallery/1_19_10_12_10_37_28.jpeg) (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33)

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 (http://appliancejunk.com/forums/index.php?action=gallery;cat=33).

What are somethings you have used a infrared thermometer for?
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on March 07, 2013, 11:04:28 AM
Just a little update.

My Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer still works like a champ after spending about 5 months banging around in the bottom of my toolbox (in the case) and I don't even miss my old antique Craftsman IR Thermo.  8)
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 10:57:52 AM
What are somethings you have used a infrared thermometer for?

Wow, six months later and not one reply to my question.
I the only one that uses a IR thermometer for anything?

 :popcorn:
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 14, 2013, 11:17:33 AM
I use mine about every day. Ref,dryer vents, room temps.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 12:23:48 PM
What make/model do you have?
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 14, 2013, 01:18:01 PM
TPI model381 I have had it about 2 years then my carry multi meter is a UEI G2 Phoenix. And I just bought a new analog meter MA_line for those little dc and frequency checks that seem to have be a issue for my digital s. I have a couple of fluke multis also. One can not have to many meters. :cheers:
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: domain on April 14, 2013, 01:38:11 PM
I have one of these when I could purchase on sale at LOWES for $9.99. Serves me well but I use my fluke k-type for product temp. Much more accurate. O0 O0




http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/general/temperature/infrared/irt207.htm?ref=gbase&gclid=COOKsoXmyrYCFaYWMgodt3AApg
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 01:50:12 PM
$9.99 is crazy cheap...

Been looking at some model with Dual lasers like the Fluke 62 MAX+ so I could get a better idea of the exact area I'm covering with the IR.

Have you guys seen the New Fluke Visual IR Thermometer?
http://www.fluke.com/fluke/usen/Thermometers/Infrared-Thermometers/VT02-Visual-IR-Thermometer.htm?PID=75051 (http://www.fluke.com/fluke/usen/Thermometers/Infrared-Thermometers/VT02-Visual-IR-Thermometer.htm?PID=75051)

Expensive, but I think it would be really interesting to try.
Could you see electrical parts failing on a control board?
Could you see failing pumps and motors over heating?
Could you see the temp difference in evaporators?
What would a slipping washer clutch look like?

Bad connections generate heat too. Could it help you find bad connections by being able to see the temperature of the wire or spade?
Could it even help you locate a bad solder connection on a control board without having to even see the other side of the board?


Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 14, 2013, 02:00:20 PM
How much ?  $$$
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: domain on April 14, 2013, 02:01:50 PM
How much ?  $$$
$850 plus.... :welcome:
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 02:09:37 PM
How much ?  $$$

$805 right now on Amazon.
Fluke VT02 Visual IR Thermometer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00APPPL2W/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00APPPL2W&linkCode=as2&tag=applcomhowtov-20)

Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 02:15:33 PM
Anyone happen to own the Fluke 62 MAX Plus IR Thermometer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089N2ZH6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0089N2ZH6&linkCode=as2&tag=applcomhowtov-20) or any other IR Thermo with dual lasers?
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 14, 2013, 02:35:21 PM
Just put new gaskets in compressor to find I need piston kit ? $805,think I'll go have a beer and try and forget about this . $805, i assume that includes shipping. :rofl:
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: domain on April 14, 2013, 02:44:07 PM
Ya I am with NIO, sorry AJ. My WHOLE tool bag might be worth right at $800 or so....
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 14, 2013, 02:54:56 PM
Lol, come on guys. Some needs to let me know how well they work. :D
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: Bailey on April 15, 2013, 09:31:12 AM
That would make a great item for the next tool give away drawing.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 15, 2013, 12:53:01 PM
Yep
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 15, 2013, 12:56:40 PM
Sure would. ;)
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 15, 2013, 12:58:35 PM
That would make a great item for the next tool give away drawing.

You're talking about the one at LOWES for $9.99, correct?  :rofl:
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: niobrara on April 15, 2013, 01:03:07 PM
Nope
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 15, 2013, 07:02:43 PM
Oh, you must be talking about the $800 Fluke VT02 then.
Don't seem like hardly anyone here uses a IR thermo to start with so I don't know what on earth you guys would ever do with a VT02, lol...
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: ApplianceGuru on April 22, 2013, 03:18:44 AM
I used to use a Fluke IR but, left it at a house.  Now I buy the little Cen-Tech IR thermometer at Harbor freight.  The thing is always going on sell.  ($10 to $20)  It's small (fits in toolbox), inexpensive, and does the job just as well.

This is it:


http://www.harborfreight.com/non-contact-pocket-thermometer-93983.html
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: theoldstoveguy on April 22, 2013, 08:20:34 AM
That is what I use as well.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 22, 2013, 08:26:45 AM
Cheap enough that's for sure. No laser pointer on it?
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: theoldstoveguy on April 22, 2013, 07:28:02 PM
The one I have has it.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: theoldstoveguy on April 22, 2013, 07:31:04 PM
Sorry link led me astray , the unit I have is this.http://www.harborfreight.com/infrared-thermometer-with-laser-targeting-non-contact-69465.html
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: ApplianceGuru on April 23, 2013, 10:59:10 PM
Cheap enough that's for sure. No laser pointer on it?

If you want a laser pointer, you can pay $10 more and get a laser pointer:
http://www.harborfreight.com/infrared-thermometer-93984.html

I used the Fluke laser pointer gun for years ($100).  Had one of these little guys kicking around in my garage ($40 version).  I used it to read the engine temperature of my gas powered remote control truck.  The little IR thermometer never got used in the garage, so I tossed it into my appliance toolbox.  After using it for a while, I realized I didn't need a laser pointer!  I completely stopped using the Fluke IR gun.  The IR gun sat in in my truck for years.

I can shoot temperatures just as well with this little thing.  I don't need precision to shoot the temp in the fridge, freezer, or the inside of a duct.  It is always in my toolbox ready to go.  Batteries last forever.  I actually prefer this over the IR laser guns.

The only time you need the laser pointer is if you are shooting temp far away, like across a room, or if you are collecting data for scientific reasons.  When you are practically standing inside the appliance you are taking the temp on, and you just need to get a feel for what the temp is, the pointer is pointless.

The only downside is they are so small, I loose one a year or so. . . . but then I lost Fluke in spite of it's big size.

You can pay more for this little IR thermometer.  Harbor freight has the best price.  Our local parts supplier wants $29.95 for the exact same Cen-Tech tool that Harbor Freight gets $11 for.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: ApplianceGuru on April 23, 2013, 11:12:09 PM
What they really need, is a laser thermometer that draws a laser circle, instead of a single point, so you can see the exact area you are measuring.
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: AJ on April 23, 2013, 11:16:43 PM
Two laser models let you tell the area you are measuring at different distances, of coarse they cost a little more then $10.00 ;)
Title: Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer
Post by: Patricio on April 28, 2013, 05:27:17 PM
I bought on of them Craftsman IF thermometer brand new in an open package on Craigslist.  Worked a couple of times then I noticed that the temps were about 10 degrees less than what it should be.   Got it for a good price but I wasted my money.   Tried to get a Sears store to honor the warranty but cause I did not get it from authorized craftsman the warranty is worthless.   Thinking about getting a fluke mini.   Just use my stick thermometer.