Just bought a thermal imaging camera from Rapid-Tech? They may be tough, reliable testing equipment, but it’s still important to take good care of your tools if you want to use them for many years to come. After all, a true professional keeps all their gear in good working condition.

Check out the basics of proper thermal imager care here:

Clean up first 

The first order of business is to get your thermal imager clean and shiny. A shiny surface reflects more heat away, allowing for more accurate measurements. The lens needs to stay clean so that dust and dirt won’t get in the way of the image’s quality.

Fortunately, you don’t have to buy special cleaning supplies. Some water, soap, or dishwashing liquid is all you need to get the job done. But whatever you do, don’t use bleach to remove stains — you’ll risk damaging the seals and housing. Instead, use a water-based degreaser to get rid of those persistent smudges.

Inspect for physical damages

Thermal imagers are sturdy gadgets, but they are sometimes exposed to the most extreme of elements. Handling them carelessly, like dropping or bumping them into other surfaces, can also result in your imager gaining a few scratches along the way.

Regularly keeping it clean makes it easier to spot any visible damages like cracks and tears. You’ll also want to watch out for any broken rubber seals. They can result in water entering your imager, costing you a lot in repairs. Make it a habit to do an overall inspection before each job to make sure that your imager’s still in good shape.

Care for your batteries

Imager care basics also include checking on your batteries. A well-maintained thermal imager can potentially extend your batteries’ lives to a couple of years, but how you use your batteries also matter. Charging them to full ensures that your imager will perform optimally. It’s also important to watch for any kind of corrosion in your batteries. If left unchecked, the corrosion can spread to the terminals and prevent the imager from working.

Test at least once a week

Even if you don’t use your thermal imager often, it never hurts to regularly check if it’s still working and calibrated properly. Aside from looking for physical issues, turn your imager on and see if it

  • Can still focus the camera on the object without blurring
  • Isn’t draining the battery too quickly
  • Doesn’t corrupt saved images
  • Can be read by the computer when connected
  • Displays the proper temperature color palettes

Store them properly

One of the quickest ways that you damage your thermal imager is when they’re stored without a care. These instruments usually come with their own custom protective cases that are designed to withstand all sorts of harsh conditions. They’ll keep your imager safe and clean.

And there you have it: the basics of caring for your thermal imaging camera. In the worst-case scenario that your tool does have some major issues, check its warranty and you might still be able to replace or have it fixed at a service centre. But if you take these tips to heart, you won’t have any problems for a long time.