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  1. #1
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    fluke vt02 thermal imager

    i want one,does anybody have one, any pros or cons

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    I want one too, got to play with one a little at the AHR Expo.

    It isn't marketed as a thermal imager, and certainly wouldn't replace one for building diagnostics.
    Fluke calls it a "visual thermometer."

    It is great for checking for electrical hot spots, bearings, and some very rough duct leakage and building diagnostics, but in no way could be considered an alternative to a real thermal imager for building diagnostics.

    I like the idea of it because it is something I wouldn't be afraid to pack in my tool bag for daily use on service calls.
    The thing is though, for the price tag of the VT02, you can add another $100 to it and get a low end thermal imaging camera that has a much higher resolution.
    Of course the VT02 also has a normal camera built in, which is nice for reporting, and helps pinpoint the exact trouble spot.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    want brand and model can you get for 1000. dollars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joebear View Post
    want brand and model can you get for 1000. dollars?
    From Flir's camera and accessory store.
    Currently you can get an "open box" or a refirbished i3 for $1015

    http://store.flir.com/product/175/43
    http://store.flir.com/product/i3-inf...refurbished/22

    You can get an overstock Extech i5 for $1095.
    http://store.flir.com/product/extech-i5/22

    You can get an "open box" or a refurbished i7 for $1695 too.

    All with full factory warranties.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

  5. #5
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    thank you mark! im going to look at flir or extech

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    Quote Originally Posted by joebear View Post
    thank you mark! im going to look at flir or extech
    I'd seriously recommend looking at the i7 as the minimum for building diagnostics and inspections.

    I know several people with >$10,000 thermal imaging cameras that mostly use their i7, and only pull out the big gun when they find something with the i7 that they want to document in high resolution.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I just bought an i7 and its pretty muh paid for itself with all the extra work I'm finding.

    I originally thought the fluke would be perfect but I tested one at a supply house and it just felt like a cheap compromise.

    The Flir is the mutts nuts, I'm a commercial AC tech and while other guys are slowing down I'm walking around Pm's with a laser thermometer in one hand and the flir in the other. Customers are wondering what the F is going on. However I can point out missing insulation, poor air throw from registers etc.
    Submit a bid to fix and boom custmer is happy, they can see what is going on. It's really made things a lot easier. Flir also gave me a ton of software and have apps for iPhone ipad etc.

    Btw I try to use the flir at least 3-4 times a week to become comfortable and familiar with it. Last thing I'll say is that 100x100 pixels is about the smallest screen you really want to go as it gets harder to see the bigger picture.

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