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I was on a mission when I met up with Stuart Levine from DriRite in Winter Garden, FL, I wanted to know what he thought about an interesting new tool I had come across. Stuart has been a water damage restoration professional for over 25 years so I knew he would be just the guy to speak to regarding the new Flir One personal thermal imaging camera. When I asked Stuart why he thought the Flir One would be such a game-changing device he said, “In today’s world a professional restorer needs a thermal camera. When I can show a homeowner the water damage that can’t be seen, it makes my job that much easier. Having the right tools shows a higher level of professionalism and dedication”.

Testing the Flir One

Stuart wanted to give the Flir One a run through its paces to see how it compared to the $9000 camera he usually uses on the job site, so we left the DriRite office and headed out to a large category three loss that work had begun on two days prior. Stuart was immediately impressed with the design of the Flir One unit. Weighing in at only 4 ounces, the Flir One is the smallest professional grade thermal imaging camera on the market. The unit is actually two parts, the first a simple but sturdy phone case and the second a slide on attachment to the phone case. The camera unit and housing are sturdy, well-built and designed for years of use. The two cases interlock to create a very solid feeling and secure unit, at no time did it feel like it might slide off or otherwise get damaged.

As we looked around the job site with what felt like super powers straight out of a comic book we were able to test a few of the features the Flir One has to offer. The Flir One is actually a powerful combination of hardware and software. The Flir One thermal imaging camera is powered by one of the Flir One apps. Currently there are five different Flir One apps you can use, the standard Flir One app, the CloseUp add, the Paint app, the Timelapse app and the Panorama app.

Each of these unique Flir One apps can power the camera with different unique features and allow a variety of settings choices. Users can choose the palette that best suits there needs, including iron, contrast, arctic, grayscale, hottest, coldest and rainbow. Stuart explained, “For water damage restoration we usually stick with grayscale or the blue-red as these are generally the best option for providing clear images showing the moisture in a wall or other unseen area.”