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Bigfreeze
16-01-2011, 11:53 AM
Looking into possibly purchasing a thermal imaging camera. Will be using it to check building envelope heat loss, ufh circuits and also some refrigeration applications. Have many of you used them? How Did you find them? Which brands are best? Don't want to go into crazy money?
So far I've been looking at the entry level Flir and Fluke.

Mark
16-01-2011, 11:57 AM
http://www.refrigeration-engineer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29201

Hi Bigfreeze

FYI

Bigfreeze
16-01-2011, 12:26 PM
Cheers Mark,

I did come across that thread but was hoping that people would have views on the different brands, their pros and cons

al
16-01-2011, 08:12 PM
Would be very interested especially vis a vis price here!

al
16-01-2011, 08:26 PM
these guys have the Flir i5 at 1495 ex vat (euros for those not using monopoly money!)

www.hitechniques.ie

alec

Bigfreeze
16-01-2011, 09:15 PM
these guys have the Flir i5 at 1495 ex vat (euros for those not using monopoly money!)

www.hitechniques.ie (http://www.hitechniques.ie)

alec

Hi Alec,

Ya was on that site earlier and saw that but when i went researching it seems to be a little too "entry level". But maybe I'm wrong in saying that. Might hire one for an application I currently have and see what its like.
So far the Testo 875 is the best entry level unit I've seen on paper.

al
16-01-2011, 09:18 PM
Any prices on the Testo?

alec

chemi-cool
16-01-2011, 09:25 PM
Hi Bigfreeze.
I have just ordered the Flir i50, not cheap, 4500Euro.

I plan to do electric board scanning through a big insurance company, water leaks finding, thermal problems in buildings.

In refrigeration it can be used for quick and accurate checking of any system, blocked driers, operating valves in compressor heads, leaks in SV and more.

al
16-01-2011, 09:31 PM
I see potential business with these, who are you purchasing from Chemi?

Alec

Bigfreeze
16-01-2011, 10:19 PM
Any prices on the Testo?

alec

You can check them out here Alec

http://shop.testodirect.co.uk/ugp35a996/Thermal-Imaging-Cameras/c-1-83/

Bigfreeze
16-01-2011, 10:20 PM
Hi Bigfreeze.
I have just ordered the Flir i50, not cheap, 4500Euro.

I plan to do electric board scanning through a big insurance company, water leaks finding, thermal problems in buildings.

In refrigeration it can be used for quick and accurate checking of any system, blocked driers, operating valves in compressor heads, leaks in SV and more.

Did you do much reasearch Chemi or were you sold on Flir. What made you decide on the i50?

chemi-cool
17-01-2011, 06:06 AM
I spoke to technical people from Flir and we came to this camera as a good one that covers my needs and more.

mikeref
17-01-2011, 07:12 AM
Hi Bigfreeze.
I have just ordered the Flir i50, not cheap, 4500Euro.

I plan to do electric board scanning through a big insurance company, water leaks finding, thermal problems in buildings.

In refrigeration it can be used for quick and accurate checking of any system, blocked driers, operating valves in compressor heads, leaks in SV and more.
Hey Chemi, in another post you said it cost 6000 Euro. Did you decide on another model or did price come down.. Mike

lawrence1
17-01-2011, 12:42 PM
I know of an apprentice who wants one of these to take to a night club,,,,,can't figure out what he wants to use it for?
Anyone got any idea?

Bigfreeze
17-01-2011, 12:57 PM
I know of an apprentice who wants one of these to take to a night club,,,,,can't figure out what he wants to use it for?
Anyone got any idea?

Probably under the impression he can see through clothes with it. Be a bloody expensive night cos I can't see the 6k coming back in one piece.

Magoo
17-01-2011, 11:56 PM
Try leasing one from techrentals.

Bigfreeze
18-01-2011, 12:33 AM
Try leasing one from techrentals.

Getting a Flir i5 out to me tomorrow. Its on the lower end of spec but will see what I think and whether i need an upgrade or suits my needs at all.

Magoo
18-01-2011, 12:39 AM
Hi Bigfreeze.
here they are very approachable on lease to own type deals, that is once you find what you want.
Got to be better on cash flow.

Bigfreeze
18-01-2011, 12:45 AM
Hi Bigfreeze.
here they are very approachable on lease to own type deals, that is once you find what you want.
Got to be better on cash flow.

Hey Magoo,

I'm going with a rental first to access my needs. Then I'll possibly get one or two demos and probably lease as you suggest if I find what I need.

Magoo
18-01-2011, 01:23 AM
Hello again Big freeze.
I generally use a hand held UV thermomter thingo to check switch boards and panels for hot spots before disaster stricks, hired thermo cameras for insulation panel failures and I can print a picture for client.
Another thing you may concider which is very customer friendly is vibration analysis for machinery. Another good earner. Techrentals hire out them as well.