FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera - Thermometer with Thermal Image
The FLIR TG165 is a new class of non-contact temperature measurement tool that we call an Imaging IR Thermometer. The TG165 blows away traditional single point spot temp guns and visual hybrids. Unlike old school radiometers that have you blindly stabbing away trying to find a heat anomaly component by component, the TG165 actually lets you see a true IR image of what’s cold and what’s hot so you quickly know where to point to get a good reading. That saves lots of time and speeds up troubleshooting. It also has two built-in laser pointers that define the size of the area you’re measuring so you can trust what you’re getting. It’s designed to detect high-temp situations often found on mechanical equipment, too. It’s a no-brainer to use, and handy and small enough to slip into a crowded tool bag. You don’t have to pay through the nose either. Priced under $500, it helps you equip everyone in the field and around the plant with the power of thermal.
FLIR TG165 Imaging IR Thermometer – How it Works
Thermal imaging is one of the most powerful technologies ever developed to enhance visual perception. The unaided human eye can only perceive a very narrow band of visible light along the electromagnetic spectrum, which also includes radio and microwaves, infrared and ultraviolet light, X-Rays, and gamma rays.
Thermal energy—or “heat”—resides within the infrared spectrum, which is invisible. However, a spot thermometer sensor is capable of converting thermal energy into a temperature measurement, and a thermal imaging detector converts thermal energy into an electronic thermal image that can be viewed on an LCD screen.
The TG165 utilizes both of these types of infrared technology, simultaneously. The spot thermometer emits a beam of infrared light that lands on an object and then bounces back. The thermometer determines the object’s apparent surface temperature based on how much thermal energy the object is emitting, reflecting, or transmitting.
The TG165’s thermal imager, on the other hand, includes a micro thermal camera that can passively scan an area and display images of hot and cold patterns on an LCD screen. Being able to “see” infrared radiation creates an entirely new level of awareness for professionals and consumers, alike. Users no longer have to guess where to take temperature readings. They can literally see hot and cold spots, making work more efficient and reliable.
The TG165’s IR thermometer has a Distance-to-Spot ratio of 24:1. In other words, from a distance of 24 inches (61 cm), the TG165 can measure the temperature of a one-inch spot (2.5 cm). If you double the distance to 48 inches (122 cm) the spot diameter will expand to two inches (5 cm), and so on.
The amount of thermal energy emitted by an object depends upon its temperature and how effi ciently it radiates thermal energy. This efficiency is called “emissivity.” Emissivity values range from 0.1 for very reflective material—such as shiny metal—to 1.00 for a pipe with a flat black finish. The TG165 has both adjustable and preset emissivity settings, and the TG165 user’s manual includes a list of common materials and their respective emissivity factors as a quick reference for users who are not trained in thermography.
See the Heat
The FLIR TG165 Imaging IR Thermometer lets you see heat patterns, reliably measure temperatures with the onboard spot meter, and store images and data. Ready to use right out of the box, the TG165 will quickly become your go-to troubleshooting tool. Easily find hot and cold spots that are invisible to the naked eye to help you investigate and solve problems without delay. FLIR’s exclusive wafer-formed Lepton thermal sensor takes you beyond the limitations of single spot IR thermometers to help you see the heat and know right where to measure it.
Find an Unseen World of Problems Ordinary Meters Miss
Bridging the gap between single spot IR thermometers and FLIR’s legendary infrared cameras, the TG165 gives you the advantage of thermal imaging to help you discover temperature issues you can’t see with typical spot radiometers. You’ll work more quickly and have confidence you won’t miss anything vital.
Equipped with FLIR’s exclusive Lepton® micro thermal camera, the TG165 helps you identify heat patterns, reliably measure temperature, and store images and data for reports. And with a spot ratio of 24 to 1, you can take accurate readings from safer distances. The TG165 is simple to operate, featuring intuitive menu icons and dual laser pointers. Built by the world leader in thermal technology, the durable TG165 will quickly become your “go to” temperature tool.
- See heat issues clearly
- Measure temperature more accurately
- Document your work with images
- Trust the rugged durability
- Target the right spot
- Troubleshoot quickly
- Stay safer and more aware
- Fits every budget
Eliminates blind guesswork
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FLIR’s innovative Lepton®
IR imaging engine
- Exclusive Patented Technology
- First of it’s kind combination technology
- Guidance system in the palm of your hands
24:1 spot size ratio allows for safe distance measuring
- Dual lasers visually mark target area
- On screen crosshair pinpoints spot measurement
- High temperature range from 13°F to 716°F(-25°C to 380°C)
Saves images and measurements for reports
- Direct download to computer
- Included Micro SD card with Adapter
- Save Delete and Review IR Images on screen
- Facility Maintenance
- And more...
FLIR TG165 Image Resolution Comparison
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|TG165 Cool Vent and Warm Recessed Lighting
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|TG165 Hot Brake Rotors
||TG165 Hot Glue Automated Dispenser in Bottling Plant
||TG165 HVAC Compressor Coils and Fan Motor
|TG165 HVAC Vent Cool Air Flow
||TG165 HVAC Ventilation Ducts at Normal Temperature
|TG165 Overheating Gear Box on Conveyor System
||TG165 Overloaded Electrical Circuit
|TG165 Steam Trap
||TG165 Warm Air Heating Vent
||TG165 Warm Electrical Breaker at Normal Load
Visual IR Thermometers by Application
FLIR infrared cameras make it easy to perform non-destructive inspections that isolate cold and warm air infiltration/exfiltration so necessary repairs and improvements can be made to tighten energy efficiency. FLIR thermal imagers can also instantly show temperature differences that verify what’s wet and what’s dry and are the IR inspection cameras preferred most by building experts for fast, reliable diagnosing of a full range of building applications, from energy audits and restoration to roofing and commissioning.
In addition to the most advanced infrared cameras, FLIR offers building diagnostics training for an even faster ROI. Take the Level I Certified Building Investigations class offered by the Infrared Training Center (ITC)or one of ITC’s many other certified IR courses. Learn the art and science of using an infrared camera to get the most out of your thermal imaging investment.
|TG165 Air Conditioning Application
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|TG165 Car Application close-up view
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Thermal imaging detects the infrared energy of any surface and produces a detailed image showing its temperature profile. Non-destructive and non-contact, the technology provides a safer, more cost-effective way to evaluate a building’s performance. It also has proven to be very effective and accurate tool for facility predictive maintenance (PdM) programs.
With thermal imager in hand, HVAC specialists and plumbing professionals get to see the heating and cooling issues in a whole new way. Since your profession is primarily about temperature control, why wouldn’t you use a tool that helps you visualize the problems that your customers can feel and are complaining about? You’ll be able to check air balance easier, locate air leaks and misrouted ductwork faster, and check for weatherization and other wasteful energy loss issues to confirm it’s not the furnace or AC that’s the culprit. Plus plumbers can use the tool to find clogs in drain pipes, locate hot and cold water lines in walls, and more.
From start to finish, FLIR infrared cameras can help you simplify your restoration and remediation jobs. Advanced features help you quickly scan large areas to assess what is restorable. An infrared camera helps you pinpoint water intrusion, find moisture beneath the surface, and document dryness with accuracy and confidence.
Easy Reporting - Busy restoration professionals can speed up surveys with the automated humidity alarms. Reporting is also simple since a FLIR camera includes software that supports templates, spell-check, and easy conversion of reports and images to PDF format for trouble-free emailing.
Q & A
Q. Why launch an Imaging IR Thermometer?
A. The advantage of an imaging IR thermometer is that it uses thermal imaging to reveal exactly where heating issues are occurring. Users no longer have to guess where to place their spot to gain the best temperature reading. The TG165 is also the perfect application for FLIR’s new Lepton® micro thermal camera, which captures vibrant, non-radiometric images that are easy to interpret.
Q. Who is the target customer?
A. Anyone who regularly uses an IR thermometer will benefit from the advanced capabilities of the TG165. It is simple enough for entry level users, but also powerful enough for experienced thermographers.
Q. Why do I need an Imaging IR thermometer?
A. The TG165 is a non-contact tool for measuring the apparent temperature of surfaces that may be too hot or cold to touch, inaccessible, or simply too dangerous to be near.
Q. How do Thermal imagers work?
A. Thermal imagers capture and display invisible infrared “heat” radiation, which all objects emit, transmit, or reflect. The TG165 displays temperature differences as contrasting colors on its LCD screen, with hot areas appearing brighter and cooler areas darker.
Q. At what distances can the TG165 IR thermometer read a temperature?
A. An IR thermometer takes the average surface temperature inside a given area, regardless of how far away you are. The farther from your target, the larger the area being measured is. For more accurate measurements, spot meters are generally used within a few feet of a given target. The TG165 has a spot ratio of 24 to 1, meaning it will measure a spot 1” in diameter from a distance of 24” (61 cm).
Q. What do the Lasers mean?
A. The TG165’s dual lasers provide a general, visual indication of the area being measured. They are best used at distances at or beyond 36”.
Q. How does it compare to the e4 and FLIR ONE?
A. The FLIR ONE, TG165, and e4 offer the same resolution thermal imaging, but each has different strengths. Professionals who use IR thermometers regularly should immediately see the value of the TG165. Both the TG165 and e4 are well-suited for industrial applications, with large buttons, intuitive menus, and a comfortable grip for one-handed operation.
The TG165 offers a single spot IR thermometer for temperature measurement, while the e4, is a fully radiometric thermal imaging camera, meaning that each of its 4,800 thermal pixels measures temperature. Also, the e4 features FLIR’s exclusive MSX® imaging, while the TG165 does not.
The TG165 differs significantly from the FLIR ONE in terms of form factor and features. The TG165 has the look and feel of a true test and measurement tool. It can measure temperatures ranging from -13 to 716°F (-25 to 380°C).
While it only captures still images, the TG165 has four emissivity presents, as well as customizable emissivity settings from .1 to .99. The TG165 can also withstand a 2 meter drop.
The FLIR ONE must attach to an iPhone 5 or 5s to be operational. It uses MSX, and can capture both thermal video and stills, but has a more limited temperature range of 32° F to 212° F (0° C to 100° C). Plus, it’s challenging to operate an iPhone one-handed or while wearing gloves, a safety requirement in many contexts. The TG165 is simply more suitable for the job site.
Q. What is the Warranty?
A. An automatic one-year warranty without registration. With registration within 60 days of purchase, FLIR offers an extended warranty of two years on the TG165 device and internal battery, and ten years on the Lepton sensor.
Q. Where do I use my TG165?
A. Any time someone would use an IR thermometer, the TG165 will provide superior performance. The TG165 will be a “must have” tool for electricians, HVAC techs, building contractors, maintenance techs, mechanics, and hobbyists.
Q. Are there any privacy issues with thermal imagers?
A. The TG165 does not provide “X-ray” vision. It can’t see through clothing, glass, or solid objects or structures. The TG165 allows you to visualize and measure surface temperature, only. That said, in many cases, the surface temperature of an object can be affected by things behind or under it, such as wooden studs behind a wall. You can easily see the location of the studs due to their effect on the surface temperature of the wall, without actually seeing through the wall.
Q. Are there accessories for the TG165?
A. An EVA protective case is available as an optional accessory.
Q. What is the resolution of the imager / display?
A. 80 x 60 pixel thermal image resolution with a two-inch LCD display.
Q. Can I adjust the scale and span of the thermal image?
A. No. The TG165 is fully automated for quick troubleshooting.
Q. What is the temperature range?
14–716°F (–25 to 380°C)
Q. What are the emissivity settings?
A. The amount of IR energy emitted by an object depends upon its current temperature and how efficiently it radiates thermal energy. This is called “emissivity.” Emissivity values range from 0.1 for a very reflective object, such as a piece of shiny metal, to 1.00 for a flat black finish.
Q. Can the TG165 store images?
A. Yes. The TG165 comes with a removable 8 gb micro SD card installed, and can support memory cards up to 32 gb in size. Use the micro USB port to download via the included cord or remove the SD card.
Q. How is the TG165 charged?
A. The TG165 has an internal battery that is charged using the mini USB port and cable.
Q. Can I use images from the TG165 in FLIR Tools?
A. Yes and No. The TG165 generates non-radiometric bitmap images that cannot be directly imported into FLIR Tools. They must be converted to JPEGs first using third party software, then imported into FLIR Tools for viewing purposes or for use in a report.
Q. What data is saved in the image?
A. Temperature, emissivity, and image numbers are visible on each TG165 image. Date and time are stored in an image’s metadata.
Q. Can I replace the batteries?
A. No. FLIR will replace a TG165 battery at no cost within two years if the device is registered.
Q. How long will a charge last?
A. The TG165 can provide continuous scanning for 8+ hours. The typical use time between charges is five days. The shelf life of a fully-charged batter is 30 days.
Q. How rugged is the TG165?
A. The TG165 can withstand a 2 meter drop and is water resistant (IP54).