R/C Tech Forums

Go Back   R/C Tech Forums > General Forums > Nitro Off-Road

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-2009, 01:40 PM   #1
Tech Addict
 
rcgeezer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 688
Default Temp Gun Suggestions

I'm looking to purchase a new temp gun without totally breaking the bank. What's popular out there both from a quality and price point of view? Suggestions???
__________________
**Team Terribles Northern CA Regional Rep.**
Cold Fusion R/C Products Team Driver
Answer-RC USA / Team Sweep Racing USA
Team RcRenew...visit us at rcrenew.com!
Triton RC Alpha Plus Engines
rcgeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
Tech Initiate
 
mugenjon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Posts: 43
Send a message via AIM to mugenjon
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rcgeezer View Post
I'm looking to purchase a new temp gun without totally breaking the bank. What's popular out there both from a quality and price point of view? Suggestions???
Iv'e been using the pe1 25 dollar temp gun for 4 years and only had to change the battery once and I would put it up against an exergen 250 dollar gun any day in fact I have and every one I checked it with it was within 5-10 degrees which is ok with me

http://www.tempgun.com/order.html#pe1
__________________
mbx6 vspec hitec 7955,s
mugenjon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 01:54 PM   #3
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 3,644
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mugenjon View Post
Iv'e been using the pe1 25 dollar temp gun for 4 years and only had to change the battery once and I would put it up against an exergen 250 dollar gun any day in fact I have and every one I checked it with it was within 5-10 degrees which is ok with me

http://www.tempgun.com/order.html#pe1
hahahahahahaha i will NEVER spend $250 for a temp I rather my engine blow
__________________
TLR - Spektrum - Horizon - TLR 8ight 4.0 - TLR 8ight-T 4.0 - TLR 22 4.0 - Orion
token is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
Tech Initiate
 
mugenjon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Tarpon Springs FL
Posts: 43
Send a message via AIM to mugenjon
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by token View Post
hahahahahahaha i will NEVER spend $250 for a temp I rather my engine blow
yeah I know spit is free and is always calibrated
__________________
mbx6 vspec hitec 7955,s
mugenjon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 02:01 PM   #5
Tech Champion
 
JAMMINKRAZY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 6,575
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

Pro Exotics Tempgun.com PE-3 for me.
__________________
-Koby Kubrin-
Thanks to my Sponsors:
Serpent America | Team Novarossi | Desoto Racing | Race AKA | Ridgeway Bodies
JAMMINKRAZY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 02:15 PM   #6
Tech Addict
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 725
Trader Rating: 12 (100%+)
Default

The ofna temp gun is fine. All you really want to do is use the temp gun as a reference point for you during tuning. If you tune to performance, using a temp gun is just to give you confirmation that your tune is in the ball park. I use a raytech and it's more than enough for me.
__________________
HB D8T with BCE Chassis, ACE Shock towers and motor mounts, M2C Rear Suspension system, KH front steering plate and chassis braces, Lunsford Ti-turnbuckles & hinge pins, OS Speed motor, Hitec 5995TG steering, Futaba 9351 throttle/brake, OS 2060 pipe, and J concepts Punisher Body.
HB D8: CEO Mods Novarossi P5K with JP4 tuned pipe, JR 9000T steering, JR 8800T throttle.
gotspeed_2000 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 02:50 PM   #7
Tech Lord
 
Frank L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NorCal
Posts: 12,499
Trader Rating: 148 (100%+)
Default

Rcgeezer the losi temp tuner sucks it's very inaccurate. I use the odonnels orange one it's about 30 bucks and it works great. I like the way it fts into the head a little bit so you know your n the right location and t records the hottest temp recorded while the button is pushed. I have used the rite temp gun with the laser pointer and it horrble. It was off by 30 degrees cold. That's death to a nitro engine.
__________________
- X-Ray/ RC America Team Driver - MKS -
- XB8 - XB8T - XB8 E - OS Spec III - B2102 - 4PXR -
~ SSC ~ Godfather ~ Ironman ~ ButterySmooth ~
Frank L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 02:57 PM   #8
Tech Addict
 
rcgeezer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 688
Default

Tell me about it...it's the one being replaced! Great idea in theory combining the temp gun and tuning screwdriver, but sucks in actual application. Thanks Frank!
__________________
**Team Terribles Northern CA Regional Rep.**
Cold Fusion R/C Products Team Driver
Answer-RC USA / Team Sweep Racing USA
Team RcRenew...visit us at rcrenew.com!
Triton RC Alpha Plus Engines
rcgeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 03:18 PM   #9
Tech Elite
 
porkchop's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: o-h-i-o
Posts: 2,830
Send a message via AIM to porkchop Send a message via Yahoo to porkchop
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mugenjon View Post
Iv'e been using the pe1 25 dollar temp gun for 4 years and only had to change the battery once and I would put it up against an exergen 250 dollar gun any day in fact I have and every one I checked it with it was within 5-10 degrees which is ok with me

http://www.tempgun.com/order.html#pe1
tempgun.com is the only way to go
__________________
charles garten
serpent / novarossi / Desoto Racing / Absolute Hobbyz / ko propo / first turn racing usa / KustomRcGraphics / O'donnell racing fuel / Houstons Engine Service / sweep racing tires
porkchop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 03:27 PM   #10
Tech Lord
 
Integra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 12,482
Trader Rating: 8 (100%+)
Send a message via MSN to Integra
Default

ive been through a couple temp guns over the year's and the one that has stood the test of time is the HPI one....i went through 5 OD's before they offered me a HPI and i though what the heck...ill give it a try....that was almost 2 year ago....and i have also checked it with a Exergen at a big race and it wasn't more then 5-10 off from the Big dollar gun...so im happy.....ive also used a PE-3...but wasn't impressed with how easily you can change from C to F and the max or min buttons were easily pressed changing the setting's....so you had to pay attention before you took the temp or you would be way out to lunch.
__________________
TNS Driver - Radio Post - Blue Groove Apparel - Team Panther - Hitec - Losi - W.E.D. Paint - Clockwork Fuel - Competition Heat - SUMO Racing - Tekin - Team Terribles - M2C Racing - Matrix Concepts - Kal Gard - BuKu Power - DE Racing -
Integra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 03:29 PM   #11
Tech Regular
 
markr04's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: TX
Posts: 421
Trader Rating: 1 (100%+)
Default

The most important thing - especially if you're not using a high-end device like Exergen - is to KEEP IT VERY CLEAN. lol.

People compare their temps to my Exergen frequently. Sometimes, they're way off and there's a reason for that. For example: A couple of days ago, a guy asked me to temp his engine and compare the readings... "Mine is reading 20 cooler, as usual", he told me and kinda sighed in frustration. I took his temp gun and cleaned the sensor with my t-shirt, then handed it back to him. I told him to check it again... now he was 2 cooler than my Exergen, well within spec for measuring nitro engines. The look of amazement/gratitude on his face was priceless.

Keep the sensor area as shiny as a showcar's chrome bumper and your readings will be pretty close.
__________________
Xray 808 2010 Spec - O.S. V-Spec Speed - Airtronics M11-DSSS
Losi 8ight-T 2.0 - RB Killer 9 - Airtronics M11-FHSS-2
Losi XXX-CR - Tekin RS / Novak Ballistic 13.5 - Airtronics M11-FHSS-2
markr04 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 04:38 PM   #12
Tech Champion
 
JAMMINKRAZY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Pittsburgh PA
Posts: 6,575
Trader Rating: 17 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Integra View Post
ive been through a couple temp guns over the year's and the one that has stood the test of time is the HPI one....i went through 5 OD's before they offered me a HPI and i though what the heck...ill give it a try....that was almost 2 year ago....and i have also checked it with a Exergen at a big race and it wasn't more then 5-10 off from the Big dollar gun...so im happy.....ive also used a PE-3...but wasn't impressed with how easily you can change from C to F and the max or min buttons were easily pressed changing the setting's....so you had to pay attention before you took the temp or you would be way out to lunch.
I agree about the PE-3's settings being easy to change accidentally. The good thing though is you can re-adjust the settings and your reading will be corrected to the correct setting. In other words it doesn't clear the reading when you change settings, but instead corrects them to your modified settings.

With all of that aside, it is the only one I have found with the features I want but still at an affordable price. It also takes AA batteries so you don't have to keep buying watch batteries for it.
__________________
-Koby Kubrin-
Thanks to my Sponsors:
Serpent America | Team Novarossi | Desoto Racing | Race AKA | Ridgeway Bodies
JAMMINKRAZY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:45 PM   #13
Tech Master
 
8&stuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: In.
Posts: 1,401
Trader Rating: 55 (100%+)
Default

id use suggestions from above, integras or tempgun.com. i have several high dollar guns and take good care of them and there not worth the extra cash. especially seeing exergen guns sitting in guys boxes that no longer work.
__________________
Mark Buecker
8&stuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 07:53 PM   #14
Tech Fanatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SL,UT
Posts: 938
Trader Rating: 49 (100%+)
Default

I have a $30 ofna one. I like it because it's very simple and it has a backlight. I don't use it solely to tune. I tune it with smoke/sound/driving and then I double check with the ofna. No reason to spend so much money on something like that. I'd rather drop the $250 on tires or an engine.
__________________
-Mike B. - TLR22 - Tekin - K.O propo
aradaiel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2009, 10:42 PM   #15
Tech Master
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,771
Trader Rating: 7 (100%+)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Integra View Post
ive been through a couple temp guns over the year's and the one that has stood the test of time is the HPI one....i went through 5 OD's before they offered me a HPI and i though what the heck...ill give it a try....that was almost 2 year ago....and i have also checked it with a Exergen at a big race and it wasn't more then 5-10 off from the Big dollar gun...so im happy.....ive also used a PE-3...but wasn't impressed with how easily you can change from C to F and the max or min buttons were easily pressed changing the setting's....so you had to pay attention before you took the temp or you would be way out to lunch.
+1 The HPI Temp Gun is great! I had some problems with the battery coming out but I modded it a little (cushion) and the battery never falls out anymore.
__________________
Losi 8ight 1.5 ~ 8T ~ XXX Buggy ~ Mini-Baja

The o''le saying goes, pay me now, or pay me later, because you gonna pay me. "Pearl_414"
Chris__RC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
TC3 Forum Lowrider Electric On-Road 12162 12-30-2016 04:19 PM
CRC Battle Axe, GenXPro 10, 1/10th pan, Brushless, Lipo,4c, Road, Oval,TipsandTricks John Stranahan Electric On-Road 1776 03-01-2016 12:18 PM
STS engines sparksy Onroad Nitro Engine Zone 2774 02-03-2013 06:05 AM
Team Much-More cell master v1 lee82gx Electric On-Road 1656 05-22-2009 07:16 AM
Temp. Guns oldandnew Electric Off-Road 9 03-25-2009 09:59 AM
Intellect Battery 3800 rayhuang Electric On-Road 1166 05-30-2006 06:51 PM



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -7. It is currently 06:43 PM.


Powered By: vBulletin v3.9.2.1
Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advertise Content © 2001-2011 RCTech.net