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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #225 on: January 06, 2014, 10:12:27 pm »
No worries  :)

I should clarify that the UK Agent (PASS) provided some of the free gifts in thanks for my honest feedback on the product. I think they were genuinely pleased that someone took the time and effort to provide such. I appeared to be the first to do so but I know Mike bought from them as well and he may have provided comment before me ?

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #226 on: January 06, 2014, 10:48:22 pm »
No worries  :)

I should clarify that the UK Agent (PASS) provided some of the free gifts in thanks for my honest feedback on the product. I think they were genuinely pleased that someone took the time and effort to provide such. I appeared to be the first to do so but I know Mike bought from them as well and he may have provided comment before me ?

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They did offer me a case but Flir had beaten them to it.
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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #227 on: January 07, 2014, 04:49:42 am »
Did the extra battery come from FLIR or Pass?  I'd like to have an extra battery, and I'd provide honest feedback in exchange for one.  The rest of the stuff I could give or take.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #228 on: January 07, 2014, 08:35:48 am »
Battery and charger came from PASS after I agreed to be 'interviewed' on the E4 product for a forthcoming review.

I tried to claim a free battery and charger as part of a USA promotion, but they declined to process the claim. Not unexpected but 'if you don't try you don't get'. You just had to buy an E4 in a certain period of time from an Official FLIR agent to be eligible.....but only applicable in USA  :(  Maybe you meet the criteria ?
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #229 on: January 07, 2014, 09:44:09 am »
Well I sent a somewhat detailed email of what I liked and what I did not like, including the micro usb connector, lack of tripod and/or lanyard, and a couple of other things... we'll see what happens!
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #230 on: January 07, 2014, 09:50:53 am »
Battery and charger came from PASS after I agreed to be 'interviewed' on the E4 product for a forthcoming review.

I tried to claim a free battery and charger as part of a USA promotion, but they declined to process the claim. Not unexpected but 'if you don't try you don't get'. You just had to buy an E4 in a certain period of time from an Official FLIR agent to be eligible.....but only applicable in USA  :(  Maybe you meet the criteria ?

I can't find anything about that promotion.  Is it already over?  I think Tequipment is an authorized reseller, and I'm in the USA...but I just bought the camera recently.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #231 on: January 07, 2014, 10:19:15 am »
Here is the offer:

http://www.flir.com/thermography/americas/us/view/?id=62227

I went for the >$1200 spend Ex complete kit as my receipted payment in the UK was GBP900.

I suspect you paid less than $1200 so will miss out on the very nice Ex kit that had many useful bits included  :(  You could get yourself a nice electronic Borescope though  :)
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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #232 on: January 07, 2014, 10:24:12 am »
Awesome.  Thanks for the link, Aurora.  You are correct that I don't qualify for the accessory pack.  I think I'd rather have the laser distance meter over the borescope (have access to a borescope at work, and limited need for one).
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #233 on: January 07, 2014, 10:33:43 am »
What was your receipted spend ? If you look at the offer, you need to have spent $1200 or more for the Ex kit.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #234 on: January 07, 2014, 10:36:24 am »
It was US$935.  I know I don't qualify for the kit, but I'm not going to turn down a free piece of equipment. 
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #235 on: January 16, 2014, 11:04:41 am »
This evening I replaced the KB Electronic speed controller on my 'new' (to me) Warco 7X12 Mini Lathe. I fitted a new USA made KB controller board that was provided with it by the seller. Out of interest I checked the temperature profile of the KB controller to see what got hot when the lathe was running. I could immediately see that a power resistor used to drop approx. 180VDC to 22VDC was running at 142 Degrees Celsius  :o It is designed to operate like that by KB and is deliberately fitted in PCB stand-off tubes to ensure air flow around it. I don't like to see those sorts of temperatures on a PCB though so I will be taking some action to correct matters and increase air flow within the controller housing. I also looked at the external gearbox, motor and head stock bearings to spot any unusual thermal activity. All was well in those areas.

The E4 made this such a simple and safe task and gave me immediate sight of a potential long term reliability issue. Highly recommended to anyone who needs a quick and easy view of temperature profiles at a safe working distance  :-+

UPDATE: Having slept on the matter, I am now convinced that my E4 has identified a previously undiscovered fault in my lathes speed controller. The resistor that is reaching 142 Degrees Celsius is not rated for such temperatures, so something is very wrong. Most likely an excessive current draw through it. But thats another story  ;) 

The lesson here is how useful, and quick, the E4 was in visually identifying areas of thermal stress on the PCB. It has likely saved my new controller board from self destruction in the very near future.
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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #236 on: January 18, 2014, 04:22:43 pm »
If the resistor is a 5W ceramic unit it probably will survive that. I have seen them running at 200C for decades in TV sets, and even Tak had some that needed a special silver loaded solder to solder them in, as they ran at over 300C surface temperature. Only issue at that heat is the board failing, and that the surface of the resistor now is no longer regarded as an insulator. Myself I replace them if possible with a 10W version, did that in a industrial controller when replacing the 1W resistor they had installed there ( reputable EU manufacturer) which had cooked itself off the board. Was fun fitting it in the small case as well, but now it runs barely warm.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #237 on: January 18, 2014, 05:13:01 pm »
Forgot to update about a user review...
I sent an email to the address on the card in the box, and received a soft case, sent FedEx standard overnight!!!  That must have cost a pretty penny!
I appreciate the offer and sent a thank you email... after all it probably didn't cost Flir much, but a thank you just shows the appreciation.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #238 on: January 18, 2014, 11:24:57 pm »
The soft case appears to be a favourite 'Thank You' gift from FLIR. It is useful and well made, so not a bad freebie really. The RRP from FLIR agents is $40. I was given the Exx case (RRP $60) by PASS and later bought a new Ex case for GBP17 from an online supplier. In my case I prefer the Exx case as it provides easy insertion and extraction of the camera due to the extra space at the front of the unit.

So it is still worth providing feedback to FLIR.... I am pleased that they are a company that encourages such customer interaction as it will hopefully assist them in improving the product.
 

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Re: Flir E4 Thermal imaging camera review
« Reply #239 on: January 19, 2014, 07:53:37 am »
Yes, I did appreciate the case and it is well made!
It is a little "smallish" for the E4 though...but still is useful.

The feedback I would imagine does help Flir so they can "improve" their product.  There are alot of companies that could care less how people feel about their products, and when a company shows their appreciation with a nice "gift", that shows that they care.
Andy and I had a couple of nice email exchanges about my "complaints" and he told me why they decided to do the things they did.
Nice!
 


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