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#1 declan52

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 06:55 PM

Reduced in Amazon for the next few hours
http://www.amazon.co...CCQL&ref=plSrch

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 09:24 PM

Good shout, even cheaper for iOS.

Dammit I've spent too much elsewhere.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:27 PM

How much was it reduced to?

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:30 PM

View Postgravelld, on 30 December 2015 - 10:27 PM, said:

How much was it reduced to?
When I looked, android compatible was £150 and iOS comp. was £140.

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Posted 30 December 2015 - 10:40 PM

That's the normal price on ebay...

http://www.ebay.co.u...nector&_sacat=0

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 08:43 AM

That (was) a good reduction.

Joiner, the price you see when you click through to Amazon above is the unreduced price. When I followed your link the suggestions were the same price.

Edited by gravelld, 31 December 2015 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:36 AM

And, of course, Amazon often link to ebay sites anyway.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 10:54 AM

View Postjoiner, on 30 December 2015 - 10:40 PM, said:

That's the normal price on ebay...

http://www.ebay.co.u...nector&_sacat=0
At the time of the post last night, it was an Amazon "Lightning Deal" with 33-38% off the usual price.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 11:11 AM

I got one. For £149 it was cheap enough for me to bite.

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Posted 31 December 2015 - 11:37 AM

I paid around £150 for mine, inc delivery, when they were only on sale in the US and Canada. Not sure if you can still buy from the CAnadian/US suppliers, but as is often the case they were a lot cheaper than buying from a UK dealer.

A year or so on from when I bought mine and I'm still impressed with it. It has been far more useful than I thought it would be and works very well with my Sony Xperia (Android) tablet. My only minor niggles are that the field of view is a bit too narrow when using it indoors (fine outside, but a wide angle would be more useful when looking at pipework etc) and the app is not great. One nuisance is that is fails to work well with the screen orientation on a tablet and I have to run a free app to lock the screen up (the option to fix the screen in landscape or portrait doesn't work with the Seek Thermal app, or at least I couldn't get it to work properly). With screen locker set to fix the screen in landscape mode (the microUSB port is on the bottom of the tablet on the Sony) then the Seek Thermal app works fine.

Worth noting that some Android 'phones/tablets have the microUSB port facing the wrong way, so a short adapter cable is needed to connect the camera. This can be an advantage, though, as I have found that using a short cable and sticking the camera on to the back of the Sony tablet, next to the built in camera, gives the useful option of getting better thermal and visual images for comparison, with less parallax error.

Most value to me was when trying to reduce the heat losses on the old thermal store, but it has been reassuring to go all around the house and see that there are no cold bridges anywhere. I've also done a couple of free surveys for people, to show them where they might concentrate their efforts on reducing heat loss, and when the weather gets colder I'm going to survey the new "eco home" housing development nearby, where I know that they'd missed out insulation and haven't done a good job around the windows.

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:49 AM

View Postjsharris, on 31 December 2015 - 11:37 AM, said:

Worth noting that some Android 'phones/tablets have the microUSB port facing the wrong way, so a short adapter cable is needed to connect the camera. This can be an advantage, though, as I have found that using a short cable and sticking the camera on to the back of the Sony tablet, next to the built in camera, gives the useful option of getting better thermal and visual images for comparison, with less parallax error.

Got my Android Nexus5 and finally got a Seek and then got a cheap short micro USB male to female adapter cable of ebay. But the camera does not work with cable (camera works fine direct and phone charges via the adapter cable). Is a special adapter cable needed? a OTG?

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:57 AM

Have you tried any other USB cables ? It is vaguely possible one of the data connections is broken.

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 08:58 AM

Mine seems to work with a cheap ebay adapter and a cheap ebay cable. I'm pretty sure both may have been labelled OTG, though, so have the 5th ID pin and connection needed to work with OTG devices. Some cheaper microUSB cables may only have 4 of the 5 pins connected. as USB only needs 4 wires, OTG needs all 5.

Edited by jsharris, 24 April 2016 - 08:59 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:04 AM

Cheers will try and get a OTG one as this one:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131730083703
did not work (even with lots of wiggling)

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 03:11 PM

Just to continue this a little off topic.

The Flir One seems to be available again, is it better/worse than the Seek?

Ignore this, I have found a thread with views on each and I'll get the Seek :)

Cheers
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Edited by JmS, 28 April 2016 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 03:27 PM

I've just bought one of the last two and there's one left...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182106010314

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:01 PM

I was going to get one for my girlfriend's iphone 6, that seller on ebay has one for the same price but is the Seek XR Xtra Range

Is this one as good as the normal one or better even?

I ordered the Android one in the end :)

thanks
James

Edited by JmS, 28 April 2016 - 04:14 PM.


#18 jsharris

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:43 PM

View Postjoiner, on 28 April 2016 - 03:27 PM, said:

I've just bought one of the last two and there's one left...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182106010314

You got a good bargain there. Should be really useful when you're trying to show recalcitrant colleagues how bad some houses are, but you'll need to wait unit next winter now......................

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:45 PM

View PostJmS, on 28 April 2016 - 04:01 PM, said:

I was going to get one for my girlfriend's iphone 6, that seller on ebay has one for the same price but is the Seek XR Xtra Range

Is this one as good as the normal one or better even?

I ordered the Android one in the end :)

thanks
James

The XR is less useful for looking at house stuff, as it has, in effect, a long focal length lens, rather than a wide angle one that is more use. The XR is aimed at people that want to spot distant wildlife, I think.

I find that the lens on the standard one isn't really as wide an angle as I'd like, and can mean standing further away to get the whole of something in shot.

Edited by jsharris, 28 April 2016 - 04:46 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 04:49 PM

Thanks jsh. I got the last android one in the end. With the current cold temps here it might still be some use yet :)

Thanks to joiner for the eBay link saved me a fair few quid there :)