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Wintact WT530 vs Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering what to pick between the Wintact WT530 and the Etekcity Lasergrip 800? Here’s our side-by-side comparison to help you out!

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Wintact WT530 Infrared Thermometer

Wintact WT530 vs Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

The comparison between the Wintact WT530 and the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 is like comparing apples to oranges, primarily due to one key factor: the distance-to-spot (D:S) ratio.

The Wintact WT530 has a D:S ratio of 12:1. In contrast, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 boasts a higher ratio of 16:1. This higher ratio means that the Lasergrip 800 can provide more accurate measurements from a greater distance compared to the WT530. If measuring distance is crucial, the Lasergrip 800 is better than the WT530.

However, let's talk about measurement accuracy.

We conducted tests on both thermometers at two distances—12 and 16 inches—and our findings revealed that the Wintact WT530 outperformed the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 with an overall score of 8.0 out of 10, while the Lasergrip 800 trailed behind with a score of 7.0 out of 10. If accurate measurements are your top priority, the WT530 will do a better job, but you’ll have to stay closer to the heat source to get reliably reading than with the Etekcity Lasergrip 800.

Now, let's delve into the design aspect. The Wintact WT530 receives a total score of 7.6 out of 10 for its design, whereas the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 achieves a score of 8.0, primarily due to its significantly brighter display.

Regarding usability, the Wintact WT530 takes the lead with a score of 8.1, leaving the Etekcity infrared thermometer behind at 3.75. The WT530 offers four additional measurement modes, whereas the Etekcity has none.

Unless you strongly need the higher D:S ratio provided by the Etekcity, the Wintact WT530 will serve as a better upgrade in most aspects, including performance and versatility.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance70% Design20% Usability10% ScoreOverall 70%Performance 20%Design 10%UsabilityWintact WT530 Infra...Etekcity Lasergrip...7.98.07.68.16.97.08.03.8
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Pros & Cons

  • Decently affordable
  • Very good measurement accuracy
  • Various measurement modes are available
  • Lower temperature tolerance than other IR thermometers on the market (±1.5°F)
  • 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.
  • The battery compartment has a very loose lid
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.14 x W1.65 x H6.3 inches
L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
Weight
4.3 ounces
6.8 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD
Measurement modes
4
0
Audio cues
Yes
No
Temperature range
-58°F to 986°F (-50°C to 530°C)
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.31
$25.52

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.0
7.0

Cold Test with Ice

8.6
6.6
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 32.3°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 33.4°F on the screen.
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.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
32.3°F
28.4°F
Temperature at 16”
33.4°F
29°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.7
7.3
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Wintact WT530, from 12 inches away, displays a temperature of 369.2°F on the screen.
The Wintact WT530, from 16 inches away, displays a temperature of 362.1°F on the screen.
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.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
369.2°F
369.4°F
Temperature at 16”
362.1°F
367.4°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
8.0

In the Box

The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side in the center of the frame. The printed cardboard shipping box is to the left, and the batteries and the user manual are to the right.
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.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer. The length is 3.14 inches, the width is 1.65 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The length is 5 inches, the width is 2.75 inches, and the height is 7 inches.
Weight
4.4 oz (124 g)
6.8 oz (193 g)
Length
3.1" (8.0 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.2 cm)
2.8" (7.0 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
7.0" (17.8 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
7.5
Wintact Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer is lying on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
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

9.0
8.0
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800’s laser emitter in a dark room.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

6.5
9.0
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right). The screen currently displays 79.3°F.
The Wintact WT530’s display with the backlight on (left) and the backlight off (right.)
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.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Backlit LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18-inch
1.18

Battery Compartment

The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The red dot from the laser emitter of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
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
AAA
9V

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.1
3.8

Handling

8.0
7.5
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
The Wintact WT530 IR thermometer in the black-gloved hand of a reviewer and a finger on the red trigger of the IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the indents on the handle of the Wintact WT530 IR thermometer.
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.

Measurement Modes

8.0
0.0
Emissivity
0.8 & 0.95
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
Yes
No
Max Mode
Yes
No
Calibration
Yes
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

8.5
0.0

Behind the Comparison

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