Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Sun May 26, 2013 4:26 pm

Hi there,

You should be able to find digital thermometers with probes for under 10$ at most petstores. These would work much better than your dial gauges.

Even going around the house and picking up recycling should net you close to being able to buy one. They are really a very important tool and I wouldn't recommend going any length of time without knowing the proper temps in your tank.

You don't need to be scared, if your dragon is acting healthy and eating and pooing normally, she most likely is. But it is still paramount to get an accurate way to measure temps as soon as possible.

Update us when you are able to get a new thermometer with what your temps would be if you could please.

Good luck.

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby Firebonbon » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:50 am

Wow, I had no idea. I actually have the same dial thermometer you are using in your experiment! D: I'll be sure to go out today and get the probe one. I hope my bearded dragon's temperatures will at least be okay until then! D:>
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Sun Jun 09, 2013 11:09 am

Glad to hear you will be upgrading!
How did the temps turn out?

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:35 pm

:mrgreen:

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby texasphil » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:36 pm

I can't believe no one has marketed a dual probe digital thermometer so you can have one unit to measure both the hot and cool sides of enclosures.
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:43 pm

There is one. Actually the one I used in the test is one. Although not dual probe, but dual reading. (tri-reading if you count the fact it measures humidity too..)

The device measures the temperature at the probe, and the temperature at the base unit. So you could place the probe on the basking surface, and the unit on the cool side, and have both readings.

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby texasphil » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:55 pm

That's the one I have ordered but would like one I where I could leave the probes in the viv but only have one unit to be able to read both temps. But I will use the Accurite on one side and a ZooMed or similar on the other. BTW - I'm just using these for ambient room temps and will use a IR temp gun for the basking surface.
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:58 pm

That will work! :D

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby texasphil » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:30 pm

texasphil wrote:I can't believe no one has marketed a dual probe digital thermometer so you can have one unit to measure both the hot and cool sides of enclosures.

Looks like I didn't do enough research! Taylor makes a few dual zone probed thermometers. If anyone is interested here's a link. They seem to run about $35 to $40 USD.

http://www.taylorusa.com/digital-record ... robes.html
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:32 pm

If you end up buying one, let us know how accurate they are. Or if they are just junk.

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby texasphil » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:49 pm

They have a couple of models. Some have alarms, etc. All the reviews I'm reading seem to indicate they are accurate within +or- 1 to 2 degrees which should be close enough for ambient air temps. They seem to be used in the nursery industry for hothouses, the medical field for temp control for drug storage, the food service industry, and mussle/oyster farms. The lower priced unit has a range up to 120 degrees F.
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby lizzieish » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:25 am

I'm getting a new thermometer and was wondering if someone could take a quick look at this one to let me know if its good enough for a viv before I buy it?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LCD-Digital-The ... with+probe

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby lizzieish » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:35 am

texasphil wrote:They have a couple of models. Some have alarms, etc. All the reviews I'm reading seem to indicate they are accurate within +or- 1 to 2 degrees which should be close enough for ambient air temps. They seem to be used in the nursery industry for hothouses, the medical field for temp control for drug storage, the food service industry, and mussle/oyster farms. The lower priced unit has a range up to 120 degrees F.


Cool I'll place the order, thank you for checking it for me :) I have one of those rubbish dial ones at the moment so hoping this comes nice and quick!
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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:39 pm

:mrgreen:

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Re: Thermometer Accuracy: Why Not To Use Dial Thermometers

Postby claudiusx » Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:15 pm

Made a slight change to first post for TLDR reasons. Noticing a lot of people lately using dial thermometers.

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