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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Consumers love both the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 and the ThermoPro TP-30. Which is the better model to buy? Here’s our comparison!

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ThermoPro TP-30 Digital

Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

While the ThermoPro TP-30 performs better in the ice test, getting a score of 8.45 compared to the Etekcity Lasergrip 800’s 6.6, the thermometer didn’t manage to maintain its lead for long. Onto the oil test, the TP-30 fell behind with a score of just 3.1, as the Lasergrip 800 shone with a high score of 7.3.

Considering how drastic the performance drop of the ThermoPro TP-30 is when it comes to hot surfaces, performance-wise, we’ll have to give it to the Lasergrip 800.

In terms of build quality, the ThermoPro TP-30 is slightly better, with more well-built housing. Both have similarly great laser emitters and displays.

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 doesn’t come with any extra measurement mode, while the ThermoPro TP-30 has three (average, min, max). This gives the latter a lot more versatility in measurement. Both lack audio cues, however, which can be a hindrance in terms of usability.

All in all, if you're looking for a thermometer with a robust build and more measurement modes, the ThermoPro TP-30 is the better choice. However, for balanced performance in both ice and oil tests, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 might be more suitable.

Pros & Cons

  • A 16:1 distance-to-spot (D:S) ratio, which allows the user to measure objects from farther distances.
  • Bright laser emitter.
  • The display panel is brightly lit and readable even under harsh studio lighting.
  • Battery is included and already installed when taken out of the box.
  • Relatively affordable
  • Bright laser emitter
  • The display panel is bright and does a good job of displaying data
  • Comes with a variety of measurement modes
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.
  • Overall measurement accuracy is mediocre
  • Handling experience could be better

Key Specs

Dimensions
L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
L4.13 x W1.65 x H5.9
Weight
6.8 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
0
3
Audio cues
No
No
Temperature range
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)
-58°F to -1,022°F (-50°C to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$25.52
$22.92

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
6.3

Cold Test with Ice

6.6
6.8
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip at a distance of 12 inches to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The screen reads 28.4°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath from a distance of 16 inches. The screen displays 29°F.
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 34.7°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 35.4°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
28.4°F
34.9°F
Temperature at 16”
29°F
35.4°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.3
6.0
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot cooking oil from a distance of 12 inches. The screen reads 369.4°F.
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot oil at a distance of 16 inches. The screen reads 367.4°F.
ThermoPro TP-30 Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 372.2°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 368.4°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
369.4°F
372.2°F
Temperature at 16”
367.4°F
368.4°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.0
7.9

In the Box

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer lying on a dark grey table in the center, with its user manual to the left and its plastic box to the right.
The ThermoPro TP-30 stands upright on its handle on a dark grey concrete table top. To its left are the shipping box and user manuals named “ThermoPro” in front.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The length is 5 inches, the width is 2.75 inches, and the height is 7 inches.
The dimensions of the ThermoPro TP-30. The length is 4.13 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 5.9 inches.
Weight
6.8 oz (193 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
5.0" (12.7 cm)
4.1" (10.5 cm)
Width
2.8" (7.0 cm)
1.6" (4.2 cm)
Height
7.0" (17.8 cm)
5.9" (15.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
7.5
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The control panel with four buttons on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800.

Laser Emitter

8.0
8.0
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800’s laser emitter in a dark room.
The single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The single-dot, red laser produced by the laser emitter of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

9.0
8.5
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
The LCD screen panel of the EtekCity Lasergrip 800 with the backlight turned on. The screen currently displays 81.9°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right). The screen reads 84°F.
The ThermoPro TP-30’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right)
Display Type
Backlit LCD
Backlit LCD panel
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery compartment

The door of the battery compartment is opened on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer, revealing the 9V battery cell inside and connecting wires.
The IR thermometer comes with the battery pre-installed inside. The battery is a standard 9V cell.
Battery Type
9V
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
3.8
5.0

Handling

7.5
7.0
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer in the white-gloved hand of a reviewer, who’s using it to measure the internal temperature of a toaster oven.
The indented handle of the ThermoPro TP-30 IR thermometer being gripped by the white-gloved hand of a reviewer.

Measurement Modes

0.0
5.0
Emissivity
No
No
Average Mode
No
Yes
Min Mode
No
Yes
Max Mode
No
Yes
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
0.0

Behind the Comparison

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