Update: This deal is expired.
The Seek Thermal CompactXR Imager is down to $200 on Amazon. This deal is good for iPhone and Android smartphones. The $200 price is a match for its lowest drop ever, and it hasn’t gone this low on Amazon since 2016. It normally sells around $250.
This price puts the XR around the same price as the Compact verison, which is $192 right now and fluctuates between that and $200 regularly. The CompactXR is a much more capable device. With a narrower field of view, it’s capable of scanning up to 1,800 feet away compared to only 1,000 feet with the Compact.
In the quite niche category of “thermal imaging smartphone camera,” there really is only one other competitor to the Seek – the Flir One. That device is mostly unavailable and where it’s not, it’s going for the same price as the Seek at $200. Not to mention, the Seek is built to be compatible with most devices where the Flir One needs a special case. That plus this deal price makes Seek the better choice.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking. It’s been a long time since you developed mandibles and stalked Arnold Schwarzenegger through a jungle with your shoulder-mounted cannon, so what do you need with thermal imaging on your smartphone? Well, there are actually a lot of practical applications for a device like this:
If you live in an area with wild animals, you could scan your backyard at night before letting the dog out. Or see if anything has taken up residence in your garage before going out there.
If you are a do-it-yourself sort of person for odd jobs around the house you could use the Seek to see where hot water is leaking in a pipe or where hot air is escaping through windows. You can see through walls with this thing, letting you follow water damage to find the source.
You could even use this device while cooking. Check a grill for heat or check the level of your propane tank. See the best places to store food in your oven or your freezer.
Once you own it, you’ll find there’s a lot of ways to use it. Ways you haven’t even thought of yet.