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Green Building and Design => Home Automation and Monitoring => Topic started by: ceisra on January 14, 2021, 01:51:02 PM



Title: Thermal Imaging
Post by: ceisra on January 14, 2021, 01:51:02 PM
In my quest to stop drafts and cold spots around my house I am looking to take some thermal images.
Google has many pointers towards commercial cameras but they are far to expensive for my needs.

Does anyone have any recommendations for thermal image cameras or even phone adapters please.

The best I can find so far is a phone adapter on Amazon for just over 200.

I am sure there must be groups that own equipment and rent it out but most of the details I can find are still expensive.

Roger




Title: Re: Thermal Imaging
Post by: nowty on January 14, 2021, 02:07:20 PM
If your an Octopus customer you can borrow one (FLIR ONE Gen 3) which clips into a smartphone / ipad for a week free.

https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,31384.0.html

Otherwise like you say its just over 200 for one.


Title: Re: Thermal Imaging
Post by: Fintray on January 14, 2021, 03:01:20 PM
If your an Octopus customer you can borrow one (FLIR ONE Gen 3) which clips into a smartphone / ipad for a week free.

https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,31384.0.html

Otherwise like you say its just over 200 for one.

Just looked at the link and it's coming up for a year since I put my name down for a loan of one and still waiting...


Title: Re: Thermal Imaging
Post by: pantsmachine on January 14, 2021, 05:34:32 PM
If your an Octopus customer you can borrow one (FLIR ONE Gen 3) which clips into a smartphone / ipad for a week free.

https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,31384.0.html

Otherwise like you say its just over 200 for one.

Just looked at the link and it's coming up for a year since I put my name down for a loan of one and still waiting...

Same here, buying my own in a month or so


Title: Re: Thermal Imaging
Post by: Gareth J on January 15, 2021, 09:47:05 AM
Recently bought a seek shot. Quite a high spec for the money but still pretty expensive. It was the lower resolution one in the range.

It's useful for looking at things within big areas of visually similar materials. Insulation problems in walls, ceilings. Finding ufh pipe routes, hot spots, cold spots. Can actually resolve, from the interior, mortar between concrete blocks on one wall where (presumably) the cavity insulation didn't get to or is damp.

It's not that useful hunting for draughts. Draughts need a hole to peep through, which you can generally see visually anyway. Put hand or face in front of hole and it's pretty effective, quick and costs nothing.

Also not that good at scale, outdoors, it gets befuddled by hot things like the sun and cold things like outer space.

Needed one for a specific business challenge (plate heat exchanger checking) would not be able to justify to save a few s looking for house troubles. Also, would not want to go for a lower resolution - already wonder what the seek shot pro would have looked like.