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tmartin

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Lavatools Javelin Pro
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:22:19 AM »
The Thermapen is the leader in instant read thermometers but is pricy, for the past year Iíve been using the Lavatools Javelin Pro instant read which sells for about half the price and thought I would share my experience. 



Figure Iíll start with the most important characteristics, speed and accuracy.  Iíve done the typical ice water and boiling water tests.  Temps are right on target and match my Thermoworks Smoke within a degree so accuracy is good.  Speed wise when switching from ice to boiling water it takes around 3-4 seconds to settle on a final temp.  Less extreme swings from say room temp to 135 seems to be a little faster so I have no complaints there.

Build quality seems solid.  If you read other online reviews it sounds like the early production runs had a weakness where the probe articulates which Lavatools claims has been fixed.  It seems solid to me and doesnít feel fragile.  The readout is big and easy to read and automatically rotates to keep it oriented properly.  The backlight is bright enough to comfortably read in the dark.  After a year of being used almost every day it is still on the original battery.  I am notoriously clumsy and have dropped it many times without problems.
Lavatools says it is ďsplash resistantĒ.  I havenít left it out directly in a downpour but it has certainly gotten wet many times without issue.



Iíve never owned a Thermapen but got to see one in person last month at Thanksgiving.  I didnít do any testing, just picked it up and looked at when I saw it lying on the counter.  The Thermapen feels more solid and I like  its more ďstreamlinedĒ appearance than the Javelin.  I didnít have the Javelin with me for a side by side comparison but I would say the probe tips look to be about the same size.

I purchased the smaller and simpler Lavatools Javelin for my dad.  The standard Javelin is smaller, lacks the backlight and is slower than the Pro version but I wouldnít hesitate to recommend the standard Javelin for those with a smaller budget but I do think the Pro version is worth the upgrade, the backlight alone makes it worth it. 

I would pick the Javelin Pro over the Thermapen Classic just for the backlight.  It is a small convenience but is essential for me since I cook in the dark so much.  I think the Javelin Pro is a better value than the full priced Thermapen MKIV.  However if I had known how often Thermoworks puts there products on sale I might have held off as a good Thermoworks sale can really narrow the price difference down.  The other thing to consider is the long-standing and positive reputation of Thermoworks quality and customer service.  Iíve seen many people who have had their Thermapen for a decade without issue and those who have had problems report positive experiences with Thermoworks CS department.  Lavatools hasnít been around as long so itís really too early to say if they are comparable in the long run so weíll just have to wait and see. 

Overall Iíd happily recommend the Javelin Pro to anyone who is looking for a quality, fast instant read thermometer without the Thermapen price.

mhiszem

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 06:31:29 AM »
Thanks for the review!


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HoosierKettle

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 06:39:02 AM »
Iíve been using the standard javelin and love it. Absolutely worth every penny of $25


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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 06:54:54 AM »
Thanks for waiting a year. Most of us post a review of something the same week we get a product, while the bloom is far more likely to still be on the rose.
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kettlebb

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 07:54:37 AM »
Not a bad read at all.  I'd need to use the Javelin for my own comparison but for now I love my Thermapen MK4.  I got it during the Halloween sale, anyone on the fence should just buy one at the next sale.
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wessonjb

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 02:20:19 PM »
Never used a javelin  but hear good things about them. Love my mk4 though


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Big Dawg

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 02:45:03 PM »
Great review. It looks an excellent deal, especially for the price.





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foshizzle

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2017, 11:33:10 PM »
Very nice review and spot on. Iíve had the Javelin Pro for a few years now and really like it. Never used the Thermapen to compare but can highly recommend the Javelin Pro as a lower cost alternative.


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Firemunkee

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2017, 07:30:38 PM »
I too have the Javelin Pro and really enjoy the speedy reads. I'm sure it's not as fast as the Thermapen but it's well worth it for the price. The Pro also has been going sale a lot for $40

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PorkPatrol

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2017, 03:08:38 AM »
Had the Javelin Pro. I liked the performance but after 3 weeks the LCD screen started to fade and flicker. I returned it to Amazon and pulled the pin on an Orange Mk4. (The orange is fastest you know). I love it and wouldnít go back.


Big Dawg

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2017, 11:14:39 AM »
Had the Javelin Pro. I liked the performance but after 3 weeks the LCD screen started to fade and flicker. I returned it to Amazon and pulled the pin on an Orange Mk4. (The orange is fastest you know). I love it and wouldnít go back.

I have actually found that to be very, very true ! ! !





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kettlebb

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2017, 11:17:35 AM »
I bought the orange MK4 during the Halloween sale. Itís lightning fast.


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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2017, 12:19:05 PM »
Yours may be fast - mines on fire! From a limited edition run in 2013:
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mhiszem

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2017, 03:16:16 PM »

Yours may be fast - mines on fire! From a limited edition run in 2013:


Iíve got that same one! Almost burns my hands itís so hot.


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PorkPatrol

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Re: Lavatools Javelin Pro
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2017, 06:49:26 PM »

Yours may be fast - mines on fire! From a limited edition run in 2013:


Now THAT is almost too hot to handle!


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