When I travel, I try to pack light and carry only the necessities. Despite my best efforts, I still end up with too much stuff anyway. Lately, I have been compiling a list of must have items for every family trip so that I can be a bit more organized and cut down on some of the clutter. I recently added a new item to my travel medical supply list: the Braun ThermoScan 5Ear Thermometer. I was recently asked to review this product and I was pleasantly surprised. I have always been curious about which thermometer renders the most accurate reading. Braun addresses this question in the first few pages of the owner’s manual. According to Braun, the ear temperature is the most accurate measurement because the eardrum shares blood supply with the temperature control center of the brain. Therefore, changes in body temperature are reflected sooner in the ear than other sites on the body (p. 5 Braun ThermoScan 5 manual 6500 2014).
Likes : There were several things that I liked about this product. The very best thing about this thermometer is the speed! The device only takes about three seconds to render an accurate reading. That’s amazing for me because my daughter hates getting her temperature taken! Another thing that I liked is that it comes with batteries ( seems like a small thing but when you are traveling or even at home with a sick kid you need all the help you can get). Another great convenience, it comes with a lens filter already installed so the product can be used immediately after it is taken out of the packaging. Having the lens filter installed also gives new users a guide when installing filters in the future. The product also comes with a neat carrying case for the thermometer and the lenses so that everything is right there when you need it. Without the case I could definitely see myself misplacing the lens filters.
Potential Improvements: I wish the device and carrying case were a bit smaller because I need all the space I can get in my luggage and around the house. I must admit the case is only about the width of my Motorola cell phone but the smaller the better in this instance.
Overall it is a great product: fast, convenient, and accurate which are all things that help me keep my sanity when dealing with a child or husband who may be feeling under the weather at home or abroad.
Disclousre: This product was provided on a complimentary basis for testing purposes from Influenster.