ChefsTemp Pocket Pro Digital Thermometer Review

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REVIEW – Even though it is February, we are already starting to get warmer days here in South Texas. Just next week, we’ve got a few days forecast in the lower 80s! This has the grilling and smoking bug in me that kicks in full throttle. I have a Traeger BBQ smoker that I use for smoking, but for quicker things like steaks, fajitas, burgers, or sausages, we use a round Webber grill that we fill with wood chips. We had an old meat thermometer that we had been using for a while, but it slowly started to fall apart. When the opportunity arose to review the ChefsTemp Pocket Pro Digital Thermometer, I jumped on it to replace my old one. Let’s see how it works.

What is that?

The ChefsTemp Pocket Pro is a digital thermometer with some really cool features. It detects the direction you are holding the thermometer and will rotate the temperature display to make it easily readable. It has a rechargeable battery and a built-in magnet that allows you to attach it to a metal object like your fridge.

What’s in the box?

  • ChefsTemp Pocket Pro Digital Thermometer
  • A magnet for your refrigerator displaying the minimum temperatures for cooked chicken, beef and fish.
  • A laminated instruction manual
  • A Pocket Pro thermometer with attached probe sleeve
  • USB-C charging cable

Hardware specifications

  • RANGE: -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C)
  • ACCURACY: ±0.7℉(±0.4℃), otherwise ±1.8℉(±1℃)
  • ±3°F (±1.5°C) from 392 to 572°F (200 to 300°C);
  • RESOLUTION: Factory set at 0.1°
  • RESPONSE TIME: approximately 1 second reading (speed in oil is slightly slower than in water)
  • PROBE: 4.5 L x 0.1 inch diameter. reduced to 0.06 inch in diameter.
  • (114 L x 2.5 mm diameter reduced to 1.5 mm diameter)
  • WATER RESISTANCE: IP 66
  • OPERATING RANGE: 14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C)
  • AUTO-OFF: After 10 minutes AUTO BACKLIGHT: 15 seconds
  • BATTERY: 3.7V lithium battery, type C plug
  • DISPLAY: 1.13 H x 0.56 W inches (28.9 H x 14.4 W mm)
  • PRODUCT SIZE: 7.1 H x 2.08 W x 0.74 D inches (180.5 H x 53 W x 19 D mm)

Design and features

The front of the thermometer has two buttons and a display area. The top button changes the temperature on the screen from Celcius to Fahrenheit. The bottom button is the power button. Pressing the power button also turns on the backlight. The backlight will stay on for 15 seconds and then turn off to save battery. You can press the power button again to turn the light back on.

The thermometer will automatically shut off in 10 minutes if the temperature is below 102 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature has not changed more than 3 degrees. So leaving this thermometer in the sun with the power on on a really hot day would probably wear down the battery pretty quickly!

The following three images show how the temperature reading rotates around the thermometer display as you rotate the thermometer.

The thermometer comes with a very nice sleeve for the probe. It stays in place with a nice subtle click and has an integrated clip to hold it in place on your pocket. The thermometer is available in several colors: dark blue, orange, lime and tiffany blue. I received the tiffany blue.

The display head of the ChefsTemp Pocket Pro digital thermometer is rather thick. I’m not sure I want to keep it in my front shirt pocket. However, the display is nice and big, and very readable.

To install

The setup was very simple. I plugged the USB-C cable into the port on the right side of the ChefsTemp Pocket Pro digital thermometer shown below. The display flashed once and the battery icon started flashing. When fully charged, the battery icon would stay on and not blink anymore.

Performance

We tested the thermometer while cooking chicken fajitas. These particular fajitas came pre-marinated from our local grocery store. These are very thick chicken breasts. I love medium-rare steaks, but I really want my chicken cooked to at least the minimum safe temperature. The image below shows the reading we got when we first checked our chicken.

We baked a little longer and checked several times. This is the final reading we received when we checked the largest chicken breast in the thickest part of the breast. A nice two degrees above the required 165. We received the temperature readings almost instantly. It was fast enough to feel like it was instantaneous.

This is a photo of the meat as we sliced ​​it. It was perfectly cooked. You see a hint of red near the top of the chest, but that’s from the smoke from the fire. I normally prefer dark meat as I find white meat too dry. The marinade in this chicken and the fact that we didn’t overcook it thanks to the Chef’s Temp thermometer made it very enjoyable.

Finally, this last photo shows the ChefsTemp Pocket Pro digital thermometer hanging on the side of my refrigerator. This raises my only complaint. The thermometer is slightly bulky and has a smooth, rounded back. It makes me want to slide down the side of my fridge and not stay put. Maybe if they put a little flat dot on the back of the thermometer, or put a textured pattern, or a bigger magnet, it would stay in place.

What I like

  • Economic price.
  • Big screen
  • Rotates the display depending on how it is held.
  • Magnetic back
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Fun color options

What needs to be improved

  • Maybe add some texture to the back of the thermometer or place a larger magnet inside so it won’t slip on whatever surface you’re sticking it on.

Final Thoughts

I highly recommend the ChefsTemp Pocket Pro Digital Thermometer. It’s easy to read and rotates the display for you. It’s also reasonably priced with fun color options. The key factor is that it seems to be very accurate and very fast. If you need a new digital food thermometer and don’t need wireless features, don’t hesitate to buy this one.

Price: $34.99
Or buy: ChefsTemp
Source: The sample of this product was provided by ChefsTemp.

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