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Works well but has potential safety issues
on 3 December 2014
It's cute and it measures the temperature of the bath which is what I bought it for, but I do however have a couple of issues with it.
It tends to float on one side, which gives a false temperature reading. In order to get an accurate you have to ensure that the bottom of the duck makes contact with the water as this is where the temperature probe is located. I have had a result of 36 degrees shoot up to well over 40 degrees several times after noticing that this has happened. Keep this in mind otherwise you may end up with an injured child or loved one.
An easy fix would be sticking a piece of Sugru to the bottom of the duck, which has lowered the centre of gravity of mine and has enabled it to float with the temperature probe submerged.
I have tested this alongside two other thermometers which I own and I get a consistent result using this thermometer, I am therefore happy that mine is accurate, however there may very well be some manufacturing variation which has resulted in lower accuracy unrelated to the point above.
My second gripe with it is the battery compartment, it looks like the sort of compartment one twists open with a coin but for some reason there is a piece of plastic right in the middle of the slot which prevents you from doing this, perhaps one is supposed to use two coins to open it up, I haven't tried this yet but will edit my review if that works.
However I have had it since January and although frequently used, the battery has yet to run out and presumably it will make it to a full year. At (currently) £6.99 one might as well consider the thermometer to be disposable once the battery runs out, assuming you get the same kind of battery life out of it which I have achieved.
I would recommend it to anyone as long as you remember that the temperature probe needs to be submerged for it to work properly and the duck is wont to flip over.