Best Thermal Camera for Electrical Inspections

What Is The Best Thermal Imaging Camera For Electrical Inspections?

FLIR E85-24 Advanced Thermal Imaging Camera with 384 x 288 IR Resolution and 24 Degree Lens

​Thermal imaging cameras allow you to detect small electrical issues before they grow and become huge problems that can cost your or your company thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. The more common uses are checking breaker boxes to ensure that there are no lose connections, detect wire and fuse overloading, monitoring of turbines, compressors and other vital equipment that operates around the clock.

Equipment that builds up heat can be an indication that it was not installed correctly or that its cooling system is not functioning properly. Without a thermal camera you will not be able to detect the higher temperatures just by looking at it.  This could result in the equipment breaking down potentially incurring expensive repairs and ​loss of revenue.

Electrical inspections demand a higher end thermal imaging camera that is capable of detecting small changes in temperature as well as the higher temperatures that these machines operate at. You also need built in reporting tools that will speed up the process and will save you time when communicating your findings. An interchangeable lens can further improve performance and accuracy of thermal camera. This also saves you money as you will only need one thermal camera and can swap lenses as needed. ​Having a quality thermal imaging camera with the needed features is essential to helping you complete your job as quickly and accurately as possible.

What You Should Look For In A Thermal Imaging Camera For Electrical Inspections:

Temperature Sensitivity - you will need to make sure to get a thermal imaging camera that is capable of detecting small change in temperature fluctuations.

Temperature Range - for electrical inspections you will want to make sure that your camera has a wide temperature range so that you will easily be able to tell the differences in temperature between many different surfaces.

Resolution - if you are doing electrical inspections especially as part of your business or work that your thermal imaging camera has the highest resolution possible. This will ensure that your reports post inspection are clear and the issues are easily discernible.

BEST OVERALL THERMAL CAMERA - FLIR E75

FLIR E75-24 Advanced Thermal Imaging Camera with 320 x 240 IR Resolution and 24 Degree Lens
  • ​Up to 1823°F Temperature Detection Range
  • 320x240 Thermal Resolution
  • Visual Video Streaming
  • Multiple Lens Options
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    Built in reporting software with voice annotation
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    GPS tagging

If you are looking for the best thermal camera for electrical inspections and are willing to invest the money the FLIR E75 is the perfect choice. The E75 comes from FLIR - the industry leader in thermal cameras along with their 2-5-10 warranty. Additionally, the E75 has a temperature sensitivity of 32°F to 1200°F, 76,000 points of temperature measurement, and a 320x240 thermal imaging sensor to ensure crystal clear images.

The E75 has FLIR’s award winning MSX technology which uses a combination of visual images imposed over the thermal images to provide clearer and more detailed pictures enabling you to quickly spot areas of concern. The E75 also comes with FLIR’s report generation tools allowing you to easily generate custom reports on the spot with the ability to annotate the reports with audio clips using the built in microphone.

The included laser range finder allows you to quickly and accurately measure distances speeding up the auto focusing and temperature readings. The intuitive IPS touchscreen display is viewable at angles up to 160 degrees allowing co-workers to easily see your findings even in bright light.

While the FLIR E75 is an expensive thermal camera, if you need a professional grade camera that will be used on a regular basis you cannot go wrong with the E75.

BEST VALUE THERMAL CAMERA - FLIR E6

Flir E6 thermal imaging camera
  • -4°F to 482°F Temperature Detection Range with +/- 3°F accuracy
  • 160x120 Thermal Resolution
  • Picture-In-Picture
  • <0.06C Sensitivity

The FLIR E6 is our best value thermal imaging camera for electrical inspections. If the E75 is out of your price range, you do not need a higher resolution thermal ​sensor and you do not need to be able to change lenses the E6 is a great choice. ​The E6 has a 160x120 thermal resolution camera with 19,200 temperature measurement points and a temperature sensitivity of -4°F to 482°F allowing you to detect a wide variety of electrical issues during inspection. The E6 has shock protected body able to withstand daily use.

While the 9Hz refresh rate ​makes images flicker slightly due to the lower refresh rate the E6 does have MSX which is FLIR’s patented technology that overlays a visual picture on the thermal image pic providing greater image clarity.

The FLIR E6 is a great choice for a professional grade thermal imaging camera with ​plenty of features for everyday use and an inexpensive price tag.

BEST BUDGET THERMAL CAMERA - FLIR C3

FLIR C3 Pocket Thermal Camera
  • 14°F to 302°F Temperature Detection Range
  • 80x60 Thermal Resolution
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • <.10C Sensitivity

If you are looking for a thermal imaging camera for electrical inspections and your number one priority is the lowest ​then the FLIR C3 is the right choice. The C3 is a pocket sized all in one thermal camera with 80x60 thermal sensor and built-in WiFi. The wireless capability of the C3 allows you to quickly send thermal images and reports. ​Additionally, the C3 has FLIR’s MSX technology that overlays a visible image on the thermal image making it even clearer.

The 80x60 thermal resolution translates into 4,800 temperature measurements per image. ​This is a very significant difference in resolution than our other two cameras​. The FLIR C3 is best for detecting temperature changes in close range situations as the lower resolution will not pick up details on far away objects.

While we would not recommend the C3 for professional use; if you need a reasonable thermal imaging camera around your house or for occasional jobs and cost is the most important factor the FLIR C3 is the best choice.

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