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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 5,508
    @SickEyeDiaz - funning aside. I feel your pain. I used the thermoworks rt600c ($25) for a few years and loved it. Defended it many times against the pricier thermapen. Finally gave in to the thermapen when the backlit model came out, because that's one thing i wished the rt600c had.

     The first couple of times i used the thermapen it seemed really squirelly - temps bouncing around, etc. Yes, its calibrated correctly. There was a bit of  learning curve, not much. Like others said, for flatter pieces you need to measure parallel the plane of the meat to get a more accurate temp. I still don't love it, but the backlit display does make things easier. I just don't think it was entirely worth the extra $$.

    And its true... the red ones are the fastest. 

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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 3,307
    I have to agree with Cali on the Red being the fastest. I got one this week and let my wife use it tonight to check the meatloaf (in the hot clock, long story) and she kept waiting & waiting for it to keep climbing in temp. She said it was stuck and couldn't read temp that fast.

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  • EagleIIIEagleIII Posts: 111
    All the tips here are accurate. The Thermapen is worth every penny, but I will say, they do offer two separate models...one backlit, and one not, as you found out. When I went to the Thermapen website to order mine, I researched both models on the website add opted for the backlit model, which I figured was well worth the extra $16. I must say, it was absolutely worth every extra penny.
  • Yeah, if they have a model with a backlight and one without a backlight, and you buy the one without a backlight, what do you expect? They don't do this as a public service. They offer two models because some people want and need the backlight and are willing to pay a little more for it. The corporation exists to make money. I got the brown one because it was slightly cheaper and brown is the fastest. I didn't get the backlight one because I have a floodlight on my deck - and a $3 little led camping lantern. I'm grateful that they offer a less expensive alternative rather than forcing me to buy the backlight model at a higher price.
  • I just use my 2k night vision goggles. They were worth every penny for reading that temp without the backlight. I just could not see paying that higher price for a little backlight
    Jefferson .GA.  
    Been egging since 1985 on a medium egg
  • warwomanwarwoman Posts: 198
    I just use my 2k night vision goggles. They were worth every penny for reading that temp without the backlight. I just could not see paying that higher price for a little backlight
     
     
    Touche!!!!

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  • The thermopen is nice and very accurate, but it's way overpriced for the run of the mill, backyard chef. A couple degrees either way really doesn't matter that much. I have one because I can afford it and I like the status. Lol
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • brzeltbrzelt Posts: 62
    I am in the process of getting a thermopen as a gift for my birthday... Kinda glad I saw this as I assumed it would be backlit.  Not I guess.


    Cheesy if you ask me, but you all can tell everyone to buy lights to make up for it....
    Bruce
    L BGE
    Kennesaw, GA
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 5,046
    brzelt said:
    I am in the process of getting a thermopen as a gift for my birthday... Kinda glad I saw this as I assumed it would be backlit.  Not I guess.


    Cheesy if you ask me, but you all can tell everyone to buy lights to make up for it....
    Just to clarify- they do have a backlit model, but it is about $16 more. 



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  • brzeltbrzelt Posts: 62

    I see that.... doesn't take away that smell though...
    Bruce
    L BGE
    Kennesaw, GA
  • Yeah, if they have a model with a backlight and one without a backlight, and you buy the one without a backlight, what do you expect? They don't do this as a public service. They offer two models because some people want and need the backlight and are willing to pay a little more for it. The corporation exists to make money. I got the brown one because it was slightly cheaper and brown is the fastest. I didn't get the backlight one because I have a floodlight on my deck - and a $3 little led camping lantern. I'm grateful that they offer a less expensive alternative rather than forcing me to buy the backlight model at a higher price.
    The brown one is only faster on very spicy foods.
    Brampton, Ontario



  • As a lefty, I wish they would sell a version with the display reversed so when I hold it in my left hand the digits are not upside down. I did email them about this and they were not interested (great CS there)
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