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Old 06-02-2005, 04:55 AM
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I have been thinking about picking up the The Pro Exotics PE-2 Infrared Temp Gun. And I was hopeing that someone on here could give me some feed back on it.
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I have the PE-1 and use it often, not so much with the frogs, but mostly for the few reptiles I keep. It's fun to play with. When I first got I went around the frog room zapping every tank I could find. I'd recomend the PE-1, I assume the PE-2 is just as good but reads a larger temperature range.
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I also have the PE-1, and would recommend it. I got it again, primarily for my other herps, but it works well for checking frog tank temps.
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Ya I have a PE-1 as well and it works just fine. I use it to check all the tanks I have. My friend even used it to check the temps on his boat motor heads. I would recommend it, it works wonders for me. No second guessing involved.
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I have a PE-2 and have found it to be very useful. The red sighting laser is handy for making sure you are really aiming at the right place (I've even read surface body temps of my animals - amazing what a bearded dragon can tolerate/enjoy under the basking lamp :shock: ). I can't compare to the PE-1 though.

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I also have the PE-2. I believe it is better than the PE-1 because it has the sighting laser. When you use the PE-2 you just turn it on and shoot the laser around, with the PE-1 you have to second guess where it is exactly pointing at because you dont have that laser.
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This probably goes without saying, but I will anyway, just be careful with those lasers as they can cause irreparable eye damage.
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This probably goes without saying, but I will anyway, just be careful with those lasers as they can cause irreparable eye damage.
Yep they certainly can...their low wattage and seemingly low intensity is deceptive.

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One note and one aside:

I have a PE-2, and I like it a lot, it does have one glaring fault to me, however: if the device itself (not the object being measured) strays too far from room temperature, the readings are skewed (in the direction of the device's temp skew). That is when the device gets cold, it gives low readings (I haven't baked the thing to test for sure if it gives hot readings when hot). Ambient temps in the high 50's seem to be enough to give a measurable temperature skew.

As an aside, lasers have a low wattage output (milliwats, usually), but the intensity is fabulously high (this is why they can cause eye damage). Intensity from a diode laser can be in the range of 1-2 kW/sq. m (the solar intensity level at the earth's radial distance in space is 1.3 kW/sq. m).
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Trying to get all scientific on us I see.
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