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Title: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 07, 2018, 02:37:23 PM
So I've had the Lavatools Javelin Pro for about a year now and haven't really had any issues with it, seems to be accurate and fast.

Last cook I did I accidentally left it outside and it rained a little overnight which ruined it, the thing is automatically at 113f right when I open it. I checked the warranty terms and it's not covered :(

So anyways I need a new pen and I was curious what others think of the two brands that have used both. Also thermoworks has 2 models, the Classic and MK4 which are $20 difference.

Lavatools-$49
Classic-$79
MK4-$99

Is the higher price worth paying for either Thermoworks or just get another Lavatools?

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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: SixZeroFour on November 07, 2018, 03:52:33 PM
Go with the Thermoworks product if you use it regularly. Very good build construction and I've been caught in the rain a couple times and mine is still going strong (its a classic so "water resistant"). The mk4 version adds the auto rotating display and is rated IP67 waterproof... prob worth it for $20  
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: JEBIV on November 07, 2018, 03:53:04 PM
I love my thermoworks,  hold tight for a sale

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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 07, 2018, 05:11:52 PM
Go with the Thermoworks product if you use it regularly. Very good build construction and I've been caught in the rain a couple times and mine is still going strong (its a classic so "water resistant"). The mk4 version adds the auto rotating display and is rated IP67 waterproof... prob worth it for $20
This is where it gets me, I look at the classic and think it's only $30 over lavatool then mk4 is only $20 over that for water proof but then at that point I just doubled the cost of lavatool hmmm...

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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: kettlebb on November 07, 2018, 05:50:23 PM
Go with the Thermoworks product if you use it regularly. Very good build construction and I've been caught in the rain a couple times and mine is still going strong (its a classic so "water resistant"). The mk4 version adds the auto rotating display and is rated IP67 waterproof... prob worth it for $20

This all day! And I think you might have just missed the sale. The MK4 goes on sale for $79 which is a deal and the price I paid for mine. I have no regrets or buyers remorse over it.


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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Cellar2ful on November 07, 2018, 08:05:53 PM


I'm with SixZeroFour, JEBIV and kettlebb on getting the Thermaworks MK4.   Thermoworks will have another sale on the MK4 before Christmas.  They usually have a site wide sale right after Thanksgiving if you can hold out.
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 08, 2018, 04:51:32 AM
I use it for everything so I'm missing it right now but if there's a sale in a couple weeks I can wait. I've been using my DOT for everything lately that should hold me over. Thanks guys

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Title: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: HoosierKettle on November 08, 2018, 04:59:16 AM
Iíve been using the standard javelin and it has been left in the rain a few times in the last few years. Still works great. I havenít had to change batteries. At $25 itís my go to instant read.  Iím sure the thermo works is better but that little standard javelin is tough to beat for the price.

My wife works at a high school cafeteria. I bought a couple and donated to them. The women absolutely love them compared to what the school provides them.


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Title: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: HoosierKettle on November 08, 2018, 05:15:15 AM
With that said, Iím not dissuading anyone from getting the the higher quality thermoworks. Still money well spent for such an invaluable tool.


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Title: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: swamprb on November 08, 2018, 07:05:24 AM
Iíve got 7 different Thermoworks - POPís, Mini MTC with multiple probes, a couple MK4ís, Classics and IR in the comp trailer but my daily driver is the Blue Gen1 Classic that has been going steady since 2007!
Take a look at the Pro Needle Pocket Digital 3-4 second response time And highly rated @ $33


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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Lemans on November 09, 2018, 01:44:12 AM
So I told my family that I would love a thermopen for my bday. So come my day they gave me a box and inside was a.   Lavatool ....   but you know it works great!! Very fast built well...
so itís not the ONE!! But it is good!!


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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 09, 2018, 07:05:37 AM
So I told my family that I would love a thermopen for my bday. So come my day they gave me a box and inside was a.   Lavatool ....   but you know it works great!! Very fast built well...
so itís not the ONE!! But it is good!!


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Yeah I haven't had any problems with mine, just a little disappointed that one little rain shower destroyed it. It's my fault I know, I'm just trying to decide if the higher dollar thermoworks is worth the water proofing. At this point I should have gotten it from day one because I wouldnt be in this mess and would have spent the same ammount. Lol

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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: captjoe06 on November 09, 2018, 11:47:55 AM
I've had my Lavatools Javelin Pro for a couple years, has seen light rain and works flawlessly.  It gets my vote.
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Jon on November 09, 2018, 09:20:45 PM
If you cook daily, or so - get the M4. If you are giving a gift to someone who cooks less than frequently - give them the $25 Lavatools non-pro. Forget the other options, the small cost differences does not offset the quality and functionality differences.
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: SMOKE FREAK on November 11, 2018, 08:20:11 AM
I love my thermopen but if $$$ is the issue try the thermopop...Smaller, slightly slower, and much cheaper...But I'm not sure if it's water resistant...Mine stays in the kitchen and the thermopen is in my BBQ tool kit...
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 11, 2018, 08:54:23 AM
Yeah I think I'm going to watch for the sale on the mk4 and grab one.

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Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Troy on November 11, 2018, 10:14:14 AM
I have both. The lavatools is a great value, but it is
NOT
- as fast
- as accurate
- as nicely built

The cheaper lavatools thermo is just as fast as the more expensive one btw.
Title: Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
Post by: Vette10R on November 17, 2018, 09:19:31 AM
So the thermoworks classic is on sale today for $59. Should I get that or hold out for the MK4 to go on sale? Will the sale be on black Friday?

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