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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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