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cj in j
post May 18 2005, 04:18 AM
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A couple months ago, I ordered a VWR Waterproof Digital Thermometer.
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It took a while to arrive (actually it arrived several weeks after I returned to Japan, so my brother had to forward it to me), and when it arrived I wasn't all that impressed. Once I used it, though, my tune changed.

The display face of the thermometer is about 2 cm wide (0.8") and 1 cm high (0.4") -- big enough to read, but not large by any means. There are three buttons on the front -- a tiny On/Off button, a button for choosing F or C, and a Max/Min button.

Features: Waterproof (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif) , long cord (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif) , 12 cm (5") stainless probe (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/smile.gif) , temp range of -50C to 300C (-58F to 572F) (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/shock.gif) , certificate of calibration (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/dry.gif) , and simple manual (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/dry.gif) .

I used this during my last brew and it worked wonderfully. Boiling water registered 100.2C (212.5F), well within the 1C (2F) accuracy range. The readout changed quickly -- placing the probe in a pot of boiling water, it only took about 5 seconds to display the 100.2C temp. In the mash, I was able to get quick readings, allowing me to adjust my burner if the mash was heating too quickly. All in all, it was a nice experience.

I'm slightly worried about longevity, though -- the cable doesn't seem all that tough, although it can be immersed in boiling water so it can't be too wimpy. With the probe in my mash and the brewpot's lid on, the cable seemed to be susceptible to getting crushed or pinched, but with a little care, it shouldn't give any trouble.

At the same time I ordered this one, I ordered another thermometer from Hanna Instruments, and, despite its rugged appearance, I'm not impressed -- it consistently reads 1C-1.5C lower than the VWR, and has a probe that can read up to 100C (212F), but it isn't recommended to use it higher than 45C (120F) or the probe will lose it's accuracy (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/mad.gif) . No mention of that on any website that I noticed before I ordered it. (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/mad.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/brewboard/mad.gif)

All in all, I'm very happy with the VWR Traceable Digital Thermometer -- it's small, lightweight, easy to use, convenient, and reasonably priced. I give it a solid 8 (with the long delay in shipping with little/no communication earning -1 and the lingering worries about the durability of the cord getting another -1).
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OhioMurb
post Sep 2 2010, 08:25 PM
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I've looked at those thermoweld, but I don't actually know - the cord is very long, and it's not very wide.
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cj in j   VWR Traceable Digital Thermometer   May 18 2005, 04:18 AM
cj in j   I forgot to mention in the review that I have this...   May 18 2005, 06:34 PM
Pizzaman   I have about 4 of those thermometers. Watch out wh...   Jul 5 2005, 11:51 PM
Verminaard   First trial run today with the VWR thermometer and...   Aug 10 2005, 10:26 AM
wofat   I've had two of these thermometers. The great...   Aug 11 2005, 01:34 PM
BeerGod   The 10' cable is a bit much, I had one and kep...   Sep 23 2005, 08:08 PM
pods8   I just got one of these and used it during my brew...   Sep 25 2005, 11:46 AM
Browndog   Thanks for this thread! I just ordered one of...   Oct 14 2005, 01:42 PM
pods8   QUOTE(Browndog @ Oct 14 2005, 01:43 PM)Thanks...   Oct 14 2005, 02:47 PM
Browndog   QUOTE(pods8 @ Oct 14 2005, 02:48 PM) Ummm p...   Oct 14 2005, 03:29 PM
pods8   QUOTE(Browndog @ Oct 14 2005, 03:30 PM)Let me...   Oct 14 2005, 03:35 PM
cj in j   I just wanted to post a quick update -- I've b...   Nov 21 2005, 04:32 AM
passlaku   Has anyone tried the Polder probe thermometers? H...   Nov 21 2005, 10:56 AM
Browndog   QUOTE(passlaku @ Nov 21 2005, 10:57 AM)Has an...   Nov 21 2005, 11:36 AM
DrunkenPanther   Had this thermo. It was great. Unfortunately, it...   Sep 11 2006, 01:24 PM
dumbbrewer   Does anybody know what battery the yellow VWR ther...   Sep 28 2006, 11:48 AM
Pizzaman   389 or about a dozen others   Sep 28 2006, 12:18 PM
albertv05   Looks like I'm going to order the VWR thermome...   Jan 8 2007, 01:08 PM
WolfMan69   I bought this awhile back and used it in the mash ...   Jan 26 2008, 01:10 PM
Browndog   This past mashin, this thermometer started giving ...   Mar 17 2008, 02:30 PM
OhioMurb   Bought this one exactly one year ago and it's ...   Aug 9 2010, 09:38 PM
OhioMurb   I'm back on the bandwagon. Called their help ...   Aug 31 2010, 05:04 PM
Brewby my beer   Will this probe fit inside a thermowell? I'm ...   Sep 1 2010, 10:34 AM
OhioMurb   I've looked at those thermoweld, but I don...   Sep 2 2010, 08:25 PM


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