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David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
Thermometer on 10/27/2009 22:08:53 MDT Print View

Does anyone know of a small (and light, of course) thermometer that would record the low overnight temp?

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Thermometer on 10/27/2009 22:15:54 MDT Print View

just to get things started

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Thermometer" on 10/27/2009 22:18:46 MDT Print View

Thanks are you?

Ralph McNall
(rumps) - F

Locale: SF Bay
iButton on 10/27/2009 23:20:02 MDT Print View

if you don't need to read it right away the iButton is the way to go

otherwise I would look for a watch or something that does it.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: iButton on 10/27/2009 23:28:56 MDT Print View

Works well. I've been using them for years.


Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Thermometer on 10/28/2009 01:56:15 MDT Print View

If you don't need real-time looking the ibutton rocks. I used one for a couple of years backpacking. I have used them professionally for 10 years. They are great.

if you need real time display:

The various burton ADC are great (I use one) but they are bigger and more expensive than many options

Devices I haven't used but are worth a look:

coglan c-tech dangler

control stick

Edited by verber on 10/28/2009 01:57:20 MDT.

Hal Potts
(halpotts) - F

Locale: Middle Tennessee
Thermometer on 10/28/2009 07:09:44 MDT Print View

I sometimes take a digital meat thermometer you can buy in the grocery store for $12 or so because it is the smallest accurate thermometer I can find. I don't like the spiky probe part but it does work well and is handy to have along if you suddenly decide to cook a turkey on the trail. It does not automatically record the nightly low, of course.

Hal Potts
(halpotts) - F

Locale: Middle Tennessee
Thermometer on 10/28/2009 07:23:37 MDT Print View

A thermometer/hygrometer used in cigar boxes might also be a good place to look. Here is a very small one that also records high and low:

Teng Tran
(tengtran) - F
small digital thermometer on 10/28/2009 08:57:10 MDT Print View

If you don't mind the probe you can go to a pet store such as petco or petsmart and find one of these:

.9oz on my scale
uses one LR44 battery
2.25" L X 0.50" W X 1.38" H

Justin McMinn
(akajut) - F

Locale: Central Oklahoma
coglan c-tech dangler on 10/28/2009 12:18:22 MDT Print View

I have been happy with it. There's not a whole lot to it. It will tell you the current temp and the high/low. The alarm is pretty wimpy.

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Hi-Lo Thermometer on 10/28/2009 20:18:15 MDT Print View

I don't know how low you are looking for it to go. I have found a lot of them won't work in real cold.

Jeff Jeff
(TwoFortyJeff) - F
Re: Thermometer on 10/28/2009 21:16:09 MDT Print View

That Brunton for $50 looks nice. Does it quickly get a temp rating or does it take forever like some altimeter watches?

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Thermometer on 10/28/2009 23:40:43 MDT Print View

I have the more feature rich ADC Pro. It doesn't instantaneous adjustment to temp. If it's been in the hot sun and I put it in shade is takes minutes, if not tens of minutes to drop down to the "correct" temp. Typically this isn't a problem because it's located somewhere were it's adjusting to the current conditions as they develop (typically in a mesh side pocket which is facing away from the sun). If you want immediate read in rapidly changing conditions I would look at one of the sensor oriented meters.


Ryan Miller
(ryanmiller) - F
temps on 10/28/2009 23:54:15 MDT Print View

I have been searching for awhile. My dad carried a small dial Max/Min that I cant find, it was made by Brooklyn but my searches have failed to come up with a match. It is a small simple piece of equipment that I must have, probably more for sentimental value. I cant pul the trigger on the newer digital gadgets as far as weather stations go. I'll probably end up there though. I like this thread, been on my mind for awhile.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: temps on 10/29/2009 04:41:54 MDT Print View

Radioshack had one that was pretty cool and tiny, but that was about 2003.

Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Oregon Scientific Weather Forecaster on 10/29/2009 08:18:27 MDT Print View

I actually use this:

I bought it at Cabela's about a year ago for $24.95 so you might be able to find it on sale. It weighs 81 grams (2.9 ounces) on my scale and uses the same batteries that my Petzl e-Lite uses. It records the high and low (you need to reset it daily unless you want to know the high and low for the entire trip) and will attempt to forecast the weather.

One thing that wasn't clear from the rather poor manual is how weather-resistant it is. I sent an email to Oregon Scientific asking and they suggested that I protect it from rain. Sticking it in a ziploc hasn't been a problem for me because I bought it primarily to track the low temperature overnight as I test different sleep systems.