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Etekcity Waterproof, Instant Read Digital Thermometer – $8.99, Best Price

Etekcity® DT133 Instant Read Waterproof Mini Pocket Pen-Style Probe Thermometer - Range -40 to 482°F/-40 to 250°C ,Instant read,Waterproof

DT133 Instant Reader Waterproof Digital Thermometer from Etekcity.  Readings from -40 to 482°F (-40 to 250°C). Switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.  Uses one LR44 button cell battery.  Auto shutoff when idle to preserve battery.  Data hold and Min/Max feature.

3/3/15 9:30 AM Central: This is selling for $8.99.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I could find.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up to the minute price and availability.

Etekcity® DT133 Instant Read Waterproof Mini Pocket Pen-Style Probe Thermometer

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Reader Tip: Thermowand Ultra Fast and Accurate Thermometer

Thanks to HBF Reader AJ for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF

Ultra Fast & Accurate, High-Performing Digital Food/BBQ Thermometer - Lavatools Thermowand

AJ has suggested a comparison between this thermometer (the Thermowand) and the Thermapen (See my review).

The Thermowand is NSF approved – that means it is certified to meet commercial food safety standards, boasts a 4 second response time and a +- .9 deg F accuracy.  It is splash resistant, has a integrated magnetic refrigerator attachment and has a lifetime warranty

Specifications:

  • Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water (212°F)
  • Accuracy: ±0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (±0.5°C @ -20 ~ 150°C)
  • Range: -40 ~ 482°F (-40 ~ 250°C)
  • Battery: 1x CR2032
  • Battery Life: 4,000+ hours
  • Auto-Off: 60 min
  • F/°C Configurable: Yes

A few comparisons with the Thermapen…

  • Range: -58.0 to 572.0°F Thermapen vs -40 ~ 482°F for the Thermowand – Thermapen has a wider range, but this isn’t a factor for homebrewing.  If you’re measuring something that’s 572 while homebrewing… You’re doing it wrong! :)
  • Response Time: From 75°F to 32°F: ≤ 3 seconds to within 1°F for the Thermapen vs Response Time: 4-5 seconds to within 1°F of final temperature in moving boiling water (212°F) for the Thermowand.  The Thermapen wins by a couple seconds – Practically speaking… Not a huge difference.
  • Accuracy: ±0.7°F (±0.4°C) from -58 to 392°F (-49.9 to 199.9°C), ±1.8°F (±1.0°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 299.9°C) for the Thermapen vs ±0.9°F @ -4 ~ 302°F (±0.5°C @ -20 ~ 150°C) for the Thermowand.  In the range we’re interested in it’s a .2 deg F difference (slight advantage to Thermapen).  I’ve done a good bit of work with temperatures as they relate to homebrewing (see: Kegerator Beer Line Temperatures & Reducing Foam with a Recirculating Fan and Thermometer Reviews Tag) and I don’t see where .2 deg F is going to make a big difference.
  • Water Resistance: Splash Proof vs Splash Resistant – Without number on either of those terms, I’ll call this one a toss up.

All in all, the specs on this thermometer look very good, Especially compared with the price.  Price notwithstanding the Thermapen wins.  However the Themowand appears to be a very solid option.

After putting this post up, I got a bit of feedback from Facebook Friend – Connect with HBF on Facebook – Josh.  Josh says… “I have one and it’s great.”

Ultra Fast & Accurate, High-Performing Digital Food/BBQ Thermometer – Lavatools Thermowand®

Also: SPLASH-PROOF SUPER-FAST® THERMAPEN®

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Instant Reader, Waterproof Digital Thermometer

Etekcity® DT131 0.1°C/°F High Accuracy Digital Oven Food Meat Thermometer Thermapen, -40 to 482°F / -40 to 250°C, Instant-read,Waterproof

DT131 Instant Read, Waterproof Digital Thermometer from Etekcity

  • Quick and accurate readings from -40 to 482°F / -40 to 250°C, Resolution 0.1°C/°F
  • Easy-to-Read LCD Screen, Max/Min temperature recall and data hold function
  • Instant-read with response time less than 2 seconds
  • Portable – Easy to carry everywhere and includes protective sheath
  • Uses one LR44 button cell battery – Auto shutoff when idle to preserve battery

Etekcity® DT131 0.1°C/°F High Accuracy Digital Oven Food Meat Thermometer Thermapen, -40 to 482°F / -40 to 250°C, Instant-read & Waterproof

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Ends Soon: Green Thermapen Sale – $79, Lowest New Price

Thermapen Green Sale

ThermoWorks is a having a private sale on the green version of their very popular and nearly universally lauded Thermapen Thermometer.

This is the lowest price I can recall on brand new Thermapens.  They periodically do an open box sale on refurbished models.  That’s typically $2 less.  But as far as brand new, Thermapens, this is the lowest I’ve seen.  The email I received said that quantities are very limited.

You must use this private landing page to get the discounted price.

I have a Thermapen and Love it.  Check out my Hands on Review

Check it out – Here

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Green Thermapen Sale – $79, Lowest New Price

Thermapen Green Sale

ThermoWorks is a having a private sale on the green version of their very popular and nearly universally lauded Thermapen Thermometer.

This is the lowest price I can recall on brand new Thermapens.  They periodically do an open box sale on refurbished models.  That’s typically $2 less.  But as far as brand new, Thermapens, this is the lowest I’ve seen.  The email I received said that quantities are very limited.

You must use this private landing page to get the discounted price.

I have a Thermapen and Love it.  Check out my Hands on Review

Check it out – Here

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Reader Tip: Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer

Thanks to Twitter Follower Christian for this tip!  Connect with HBF on Twitter – Here

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer, Yellow/Black

Non-contact Infrared Thermometer from Nubee

Since this is no touch, you can check the temp of yeast washing and yeast rehydration water and your starter wort without the risk of infection.  I find mine particularly useful for rehydrating yeast.

Infrared thermometers should not be considered a direct replacement for your standard thermometer.  A quality IR thermometer will give you a close approximation of surface temperatures.  Note that steam seems to throw off readings.  Uses include: Contained yeast rehydration water, chilled wort or starter temperature, kegerator, fermenter or fermenation area and beer tasting samples.  If you’re looking for a standard thermometer, consider these two Top FindsCDN DTQ450X (review) – ThermoWorks Thermapen (review)

Nubee Temperature Gun Non-contact Infrared Thermometer w/ Laser Sight

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Ends Soon: Thermapen Open Box Sale!

ThermoWorks is a having a private open box sale on their very popular and nearly universally lauded Thermapen Thermometer.  These are like new and come with a full warranty.

ThermoWorks doesn’t set an exact time for the length of this sale.  However, I’ve been given a guess as to when it will end and that’s coming up soon.

This sale is arguably the most economical way to get a like new Thermapen.  This sale saves you $22 or 23%.

I have a Thermapen and Love it.  Check out my Hands on Review

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