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Vette10R

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Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« 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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SixZeroFour

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #1 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  
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JEBIV

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 03:53:04 PM »
I love my thermoworks,  hold tight for a sale

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Vette10R

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #3 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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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #4 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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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #5 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.
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Vette10R

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #6 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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Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #7 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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HoosierKettle

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Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #8 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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Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #9 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!
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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #10 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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Vette10R

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #11 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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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #13 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.

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Re: Lavatools or Thermoworks Pen
« Reply #14 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...