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How's your Thermapen?
« on: February 02, 2012, 01:46:40 AM »
After three years of constant use my trusty old pen didn't work when I swung it open. :'( This pen has seen brewing, BBQ and cooking on almost a daily basis and has never failed me. Hell I even take my temp (orally) with it from time to time and recorded a 105.4 fever when I had the flu.

Thought it's time had come but a couple new 2032 batteries and the thing works like it arrived yesterday. ;D

What's your experience with this pen, those that have one?

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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 04:31:04 AM »
Hell I even take my temp (orally)

Whew, glad you clarified that.  Those probes are sharp  ::)

What's your experience with this pen, those that have one?

Mine has been great but lately it has been a little slow to come on when opened.  It's a little over two years old.  Glad to hear all it took were some new batteries to get it back into shape.  I use it constantly for brewing, cooking, and grilling.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2012, 04:39:17 AM »
Mine is great. Works as well on the grill and in the smoker as in the brewhouse.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2012, 05:13:11 AM »
I haven't had mine for long (got it thanks to this board), but I love it so far!

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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2012, 05:56:15 AM »
love mine.  i had to send it in to be re-calibrated once after using it in super super cold water and they fixed it and put new batteries in it.  $10.  can't really go wrong with a thremapen or two.  i should really get a second.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2012, 06:21:34 AM »
Really like ours.  It is not a year old yet.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2012, 08:11:30 AM »
love mine.  i had to send it in to be re-calibrated once after using it in super super cold water and they fixed it and put new batteries in it.  $10.  can't really go wrong with a thremapen or two.  i should really get a second.

I picked up a second one when they had a sale on brown ones awhile back.  Guess it's not a popular color.  So far I've just used it to make sure the primary one is calibrated.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2012, 09:39:54 AM »
Mine is about two years old and seeing signs that I should replace the battery. I rarely use it for homebrewing anymore, but it's great for cooking. I recommend them to everyone.

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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2012, 10:32:53 AM »
Have it...love it...would not have it any other way.

It is fast and easy to use. I trust the measurements. It's pretty durable and easy to clean. I want another one to keep in my cellar.  :)
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2012, 10:19:59 PM »
Ahh so some of you have got more than one! I get emails from the Thermapen people about once week. How many of these things am I expected to buy? ;)
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2012, 06:23:47 AM »
I had a thermapen [sic] for a couple of years and was asked to do the pH thing at
a neighbors brew; he has a Milwaukee sm102. When I got home, I threw the
"pen" in the garbage and ordered a real pH meter. But, that's how I roll.
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2012, 07:04:54 AM »
I had a thermapen [sic] for a couple of years and was asked to do the pH thing at
a neighbors brew; he has a Milwaukee sm102. When I got home, I threw the
"pen" in the garbage and ordered a real pH meter. But, that's how I roll.

Therma pen is a thermometer not a pH meter. two totally different things. I think you might have tossed some money away there man
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2012, 11:30:18 AM »
I had a thermapen [sic] for a couple of years and was asked to do the pH thing at
a neighbors brew; he has a Milwaukee sm102. When I got home, I threw the
"pen" in the garbage and ordered a real pH meter. But, that's how I roll.

Therma pen is a thermometer not a pH meter. two totally different things. I think you might have tossed some money away there man

Maybe you should have checked the batteries. ::)
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2012, 02:14:01 PM »
I just ordered one(thermapen) because my last decent working thermometer is acting up and now I have four thermometers that all give different readings. 
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Re: How's your Thermapen?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2012, 02:24:38 PM »
I just ordered one(thermapen) because my last decent working thermometer is acting up and now I have four thermometers that all give different readings. 

I think you will be very happy with your purchase.  That's pretty much why I got one initially as well.
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