By: Bill McGrath
The Lavatools Javelin is a compact folding instant-read thermometer with good accuracy and very fast response times. The unit operates on either the Fahrenheit or Celsuis scale by activating a switch in the battery compartment. The unit will shut itself off after about an hour’s inactivity or if the probe is closed.
The unit has very quick response time of two seconds. The probe is on the short side at only 2.75″ (70mm) but that may not be a big factor unless one is working with a large roast. There is no backlight and the display does not rotate around as the unit’s orientation is changed.
The unit’s package says it has a lifetime warranty, but there is no owner’s manual or contact information provided with the unit. I’m not sure what one would do if it malfunctions. This works against the unit’s rating. The price is on the low side for thermometers like this.
Performance is good but documentation is non-existant. This always worries me. I’m going to give it a Silver medal for performance but with the caveat that getting service might be impossible if it were to fail.
Published On: 1/30/2016 Last Modified: 1/25/2021
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