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In this video I'm showing a video taken on my iPhone 6 with the Flir One attached. I found some missing insulation in this attic and the savings on this correction could easily pay for the camera over 1-2 years.

by • July 24, 2015 • Building Science, ReviewsComments (3)8622

Flir One – Gen 2 for iPhone 6 – Infrared Camera Review

Super Tiny - Flir One for iPhone or Android

Super Tiny – Flir One for iPhone or Android

I’ve had this on loan and after only a few hours with it I’m sold!  This is the second generation of this device as the first one was a bulky phone case designed only for iPhone 5’s.  This new model of the Flir One comes in two flavors; Flir One for the iPhone 6 with Lightning connections, and Flir One for Android devices.  It runs $250 on Amazon and has almost the same functionality as my $2000 Flir model!  

I took the Flir One for a test drive at a 70’s house where I’m about to do some remodeling.

Plugs into your Lightning connector and has both an IR and a standard camera for overlay images.

Plugs into your Lightning connector and has both an IR and a standard camera for overlay images.

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Super Simple to use and allows Video, Stills, Pano, and even Time Lapse video!

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I shot my Time Warner Cable News “Your Home” story and the Halogen Lights were HOT. I love the spot temperature setting.

 

Here’s where the Flir One could actually prove useful to a Contractor or even a DIY’er.  I scanned the ceiling and quickly found a problem of missing insulation.  Because it plugs into your iPhone all the camera functions are available to you.  I shot a quick video that is linked.

This device would easily let you scan your house to look for holes in your thermal envelope.  It could also be a great tool if you were considering remodeling to tell you where to spend some efforts on tightening your thermal envelope.

Looks like we've got a bay of missing insulation in this gable wall.  Let's go up in the attic and see...

Looks like we’ve got a bay of missing insulation in this gable wall. Let’s go up in the attic and see…

Yep, sure enough we have insulation fallen!  Thanks Flir One!

Yep, sure enough we have insulation fallen! Thanks Flir One!

In summary, I’m very impressed with this new Flir One.  I think this should be in every Builder/Remodeler’s tool box.  This little $250 device will pay for itself if you find one issue with a house!

Best,

Matt Risinger

Risinger Homes in Austin, TX

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  • David M. Jacobsen

    A look in the attic would have done the same. If it were 70 inside and 70 in the attic nothing would have shown on the camera. These are not magic. You need to use your brain first. Also insulation missing in a finished wall would cost far more to fix when you include finish work resulting in a much longer term payback.

    • Stephen

      David, How much would it take to fix the wall once condensation, mold and rot effects the wall? Another point would be as a confirmation on proper insulation and air sealing to the client paying to have you remodel. What about chasing down a water leak without tearing open areas to guess where it is coming from? This little unit allows for many spot checks without the large investment it used to take.
      There are other factors than just turning up the heat till your comfortable. The largest being comfort from a tight (airsealed) home and second is the air quality.

  • 214Jim

    If it were 70 inside and 70 outside, you wouldn’t need insulation, and wouldn’t be looking for hot spots.

    Insulation missing in a wall can be easily fixed: Just cut a 4″ hole with a hole saw, blow in the needed insulation, and use drywall compound to stick the hole cutout back in place. Finish normally once it dries.