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Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Thermometer on 04/18/2006 17:32:30 MDT Print View

I'm looking for a simple, inexpensive, very lightweight hi/lo thermometer. Any suggestions?

Stephen Eggleston
(happycamper) - F

Locale: South Bayish
Re: Thermometer on 04/18/2006 20:01:44 MDT Print View

I've regularily seen inexpensive thermometer watches on sale at I have a Highgear Altitech II that I like, but that doesn't count as inexpensive. Avoid the super cheap analog zipper pull thermometers, they aren't very accurate.

paul johnson
(pj) - F

Locale: LazyBoy in my Den - miss the forest
Re: Re: Thermometer on 04/19/2006 02:54:23 MDT Print View

First off, Campmor is one of my favorite stores. I do a lot of business with them.

Campmor has some $10 dangly ones. AVOID them. I ordered three as gifts. One didn't work from the "get-go". One stops functioning whenever it's moved (yeah...that's a real useful feature).

The other is stilling working. At least one person likes the gift.

You have better odds at a Casino.

Re: Re: Re: Thermometer on 04/21/2006 18:49:14 MDT Print View

It seems whenever I use a wrist-mounted thermometer, it's always significantly influenced by my body temperature. Any thoughts?

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
Wrist Thermometers on 04/21/2006 19:20:39 MDT Print View

Wrist thermometers are notorious for being influenced by their proximity to body heat. I don't know of any exceptions.My Suunto has to be away from my body for a quarter hour or more before giving an accurate ambient air temperature.

David Bonn
(david_bonn) - F

Locale: North Cascades
Re: Wrist Thermometers on 04/21/2006 20:27:46 MDT Print View

I usually ""wear" my Suunto instrument on a loop through the shoulder strap of my pack. That makes the thermometer a little more accurate. There are also two other benefits: the gadget is less likely to get hammered during a heinous bushwack and I can thread an umbrella handle through it, which locks the umbrella nicely in place leaving my hands free.

kevin davidson
(kdesign) - F

Locale: Mythical State of Jefferson
wrist thermometers and other functions on 04/21/2006 21:21:56 MDT Print View

It's a good method while wearing a pack. When I'm skiing and sometimes not wearing one or if I need to use the compass function (where the watch needs to be level for a halfway accurate bearing) it's best used on my wrist. It's a matter of trade-offs for the functions. When I go off trail or thru brushy sections, I put the watch away.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Thermometer on 04/21/2006 22:00:29 MDT Print View

Check this out:

Range: -58 to 302°F (-50 to 150°C)
Accuracy: ±1.8°F (±1°C)
Probe: Thermistor, 5”L x 1/8” dia.
Battery: 1 LR44 1.5V
Units: Switchable °C/°F

There are all kinds of inexpensive digital thermometers like this now. HVAC technicians and food service workers use them all over. Search on "digital pocket thermometer" and you'll get all kinds of links.

Dondo .

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Thermometer on 04/23/2006 10:25:03 MDT Print View

Thanks to everyone who responded. While researching, I came upon this:

It's heavier(2.5 oz.) and more gadgety than I was originally intending but it does look like a lot of fun.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Thermometer on 04/23/2006 21:28:01 MDT Print View

What about an ibutton for the max/min and a simple analog key ring thermometer for checking the temp in the morning?