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Old 03-26-2020, 09:55 AM
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Kinsa Smart Thermometer, and other thermometers

I don't have a thermometer of any sort. I've been hearing about the instant nationwide temperature polling that these things provide. A bit odd, a bit big brotherish, OTOH could be one hell of a public health tool.

I'm seeing two types available 'new, open box' on eBay. Current top bids of around $40 for what I think is the older type:

https://www.ebay.com/p/691239545

For the newer type (I think), new in box, some bids at about $50 now - the buy it now price of the same item, new-unopened, up to $100. So my guess is the eSnipe bids (what I'm going to do) would go up to as much as 80 or 90. I mean why bid for a full 100 if you can get one at that 'buy it now' price.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kinsa-QuickCare-Smart-Digital-Thermometer-Brand-New-in-Box/293523706811?hash=item44576053bb:g:XCoAAOSwkbZedhtI

Here's a new 'buy it now' at $96:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Kinsa-QuickCare-Smart-Digital-Thermometer-Temperature-SAME-DAY-SHIPPING/153876962467?hash=item23d3c81ca3:g:iLgAAOSwTXVee7PG

Anybody own one?

Then there are simpler varities:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086DKDHJ3/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?keywords=mercury+oral+thermometer&qid=1585231108&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyQU5PVERYWlUyVE9DJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNTg1NzYxSlhDWVlRVTJRMkRaJmVuY3J 5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5MjAwMTVVVlNVNElZS0VFNlImd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3R Mb2dDbGljaz10cnVl

Not sure if the old style mercury type is still used much.

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Old 03-26-2020, 10:10 AM
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I have a simple alcohol filled one that I bought from Wal-Mart for under $5. Know why? Because the stupid battery was ALWAYS dead when I needed the battery powered one. Guaranteed. Sure it takes 2-3 minutes to get a reading, but it's never wrong and will still be working 100+ years from now, long after the batteries have died and the manufacturer stopped supporting the fancy smartphone app for that $50-100 digital thermometer (which sell for $5-10 at CVS without all the "app" crap).
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:30 AM
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Those prices are insane. I used to use one but the batteries didn't last very long. I decided to get one of these.


https://www.target.com/p/exergen-temporal-artery-thermometer/-/A-13009184


The best part is it doesn't go in any body openings... swipe the forehead and that's it. One 9v lasted about 3 years.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:22 AM
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Great advice. I'd rather not be dropping $100 bills casually on gee-gaw items these days.
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:25 PM
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As I have previously mentioned I have been experiencing intermittent fever for a while now. I have an old fashioned oral merc unit. I have also a cooking probe. So for grins I tried them both at the same time and the digital readout on the probe was exactly the number in the glass. to the tenth decimal.

So if you can test calibration, those are cheap and easy.

Here is an image similar to mine:

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Old 03-26-2020, 12:26 PM
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keep in mind the difference between and oral and rectal thermometer



the flavor
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keep in mind the difference between and oral and rectal thermometer



the flavor

I use an infrared automotive thermometer on the forehead.


No problem except you have to remember to put the laser on low intensity before you shine it on the head, or you'll burn a hole in the sick person....
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:27 PM
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keep in mind the difference between and oral and rectal thermometer

the flavor
HAH!

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Old 03-26-2020, 05:30 PM
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I bought this one, just to have something in the chute:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0855VCKHJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Will be awhile before it gets here.
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I bought this one, just to have something in the chute:
flavor of that?
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Nah. That's celcius. I'm Fahrenheit.
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Old 03-28-2020, 04:38 AM
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Nah. That's celcius. I'm Fahrenheit.
I'll be damned. I figured there'd be a toggle setting, C or F. But upon reading the ad closely no reference to Fahrenheit appeared anywhere. Oh well, I'll make a quickie reference conversion chart.
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Old 03-29-2020, 01:24 PM
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What about this?

Itís says not for use on humans but has a photo of a kid getting his temperature taken.


Etekcity 1022 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun Non-contact -58℉~1022℉ (-50℃ ~ 550℃) with Adjustable Emissivity & Max Measure for Meat Refrigerator Pool Oven, Blue (Not for Human) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B013X0NQT0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5LnGEb16Z873Q

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