SUPPLIED BY: Spark Industries
PRODUCT: Micro Temp MTPRO
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The first thing I did when I got outside was take a temperature of the outside air. With the Type-K this is easy. Just hang the probe in the air and up comes 79°F.
But how does one go about checking air temperature with the MTPRO? Since the MTPRO has to be pointed at something to get an accurate temperature, it really doesn’t work. I tried pointing it at the ground, the cars, a tree… Finally I decided to just stick it up in the air and squeeze the trigger.
Wow! That’s a reading almost 20°F cooler than what I was getting with the Type-K! I have to wonder at what altitude the MTPRO was getting this temperature reading from. I couldn’t make out my laser dot on any of the clouds, so it’s hard to even guess.
Let’s come back down to Earth and start using this thing on some solid objects…
According to the Micro Temp MTPRO, the car door is 88.7°F. Let’s double check that with the Type-K…
Hmm… 84°F. That’s a pretty big difference. But that could be contributed to the fact that the MTPRO is getting a temperature from the surface of the steel itself while the Type-K is getting an ambient temperature from just off the surface. Let’s try something a little different.
It’s a well known fact that the inside of a car is like an oven. It’s much hotter on the inside than on the outside. At first, I shoot the MTPRO at the driver’s side window to see if the thermometer worked through glass.
88.8°F? That can’t be right. That’s only 0.1°F hotter than the door. Apparently the MTPRO can take the temperature of the glass, but can’t read through the glass. Let’s open the car door and try that again.
Ah! A nice black steering wheel. Those are always fun during the Summer. Hell, I’m in Florida. Black interiors always suck. 106.1°F. That’s more like it! And as you can see from the “Max” temperature, I hit a spot as high as 107.1°F on the wheel. Let’s see what the Type-K says!
With the Type-K’s thermal probe placed on the steering wheel, I get 108°F. I’d say that’s close enough to say the MTPRO works pretty well!