Many garage or DIY projects require the use of heat. Heat must be regulated for safety of the user and surrounding people, and for quality of the project. Some examples of heating tools found in many garage workshops are heat guns, blow torches, and infrared lamps. These tools can generate tremendous amount of heat that can damage or injure if not properly regulated. There are times when using heating tools when heat is inadvertently transmitted to other objects or areas that are sensitive to heat or things that can catch fire.
An infrared camera is an instrument that is very handy for regulating heat. The camera captures an image or video that shows the temperatures of all the surfaces and objects within the frame. This allows the user to see where and how much heat is being transmitted and the heating tools can be adjusted accordingly.
Infrared cameras have been around for a long time. However, it is only recently that it has become accessible to hobbyists. The current range of infrared cameras are cheaper than ever and more user-friendly. An infrared camera that comes close to perfect for garage projects is the testo 868. This model has all the features required from an infrared camera: a 3.5 display that produces clear and crisp thermal images, measurement range from -30 to 650 °C, excellent build quality, and more. But what really makes it stand out is that it can be paired with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Instead of holding or moving to the camera every time a user wants to check temperature readings, a user can simply put the camera on a fixed location and allow it to feed images to a nearby tablet, making images easier to see. The paired device can also be used as a remote control for the camera.
However, its benefits to safety and quality makes it a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to produce high-quality projects.