Review of the Etekcity 8250 Infrared IR Thermometer

I recently saw the Etekcity 8250 thermometer online and thought it looked like a cheap tool / gadget / toy / distraction that might have some actual use.  A non-contact thermometer has a thousand household uses, right?  I can’t actually remember the last time I needed to measure the temperature of something but this will be a tool of curiosity.

I conveniently forget about the order and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.  What’s the first thing you do with a thermometer?

Measure against a convenient and known standard, human body temperature.

Etekcity 8250 Body Temperature

Human body temperature – measured at 92.1° F

Hmmm, at first glance this doesn’t appear to be correct but skin temperature is not the 98.6° F core temperature that I was expecting.  Some quick Googling reveals a narrow range of expected skin temperatures with 90° F at the lower end.

How about some other known (and convenient) standards?

 

Etekcity 8250 Ice Temperature

Ice cubes – measured at 11.0 °F

Ice from the freezer?  Convenient and cold.  11 °F sounds about right.

 

Etekcity 8250 Flame Temperature

Flame – measured at 172.5 °F

Lighter?  Hot and tricky to measure.  Very difficult to get a direct flame measurement.  Core flame temperature is expected at around 3,500 °F.  The thermometer is measuring the outside of the flame and the thermometer maxes out at 482 °F.  Inconclusive.

 

Etekcity 8250 Temperature Comparison

Room temperature – measured at 69.3 °F

How about an independent standard?  My AcuRite 02023 indoor/outdoor thermometer is on par with the Etekcity measurement.  Seems legit.

 

In conclusion?  A capable thermometer to keep in my kitchen drawer. Easy to use and instant temperature readings. It seems capable for cooking and curiosity measurements but I don’t think I’ll be using this for hard science any time soon.