Lightning speed, accuracy, ease of use, water resistance, and a rugged design all make the Thermapen® so versatile that so many who own one use theirs every day. Your Thermapen should last through thousands of temperature spot-checks both in and outside of your home. Proper use and care will keep it in peak operating condition. Here are 3 simple habits to extend the life of your Thermapen:
1. Keep Your Thermapen Clean
Cleaning any tool used with food is important, not only to keep your product in tip-top shape, but also for general food safety.
➤ Cleaning the Thermapen Body
Our recommended method is spraying anti-bacterial cleaner onto a paper towel and wiping the body (an antibacterial wipe may also be used).
⚠ Avoid wipes or solutions with high a concentration of IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) as they are too harsh and can damage the LCD screen
☼ Get Every Nook and Cranny: Take special care to fully wipe clean the rotating hub and probe retention groove. These can be cleaned with the edge of your towel or wipe.
➤ Cleaning the Probe
The Thermapen probe may be exposed to harmful bacteria each time meat is tested–particularly before probing cooked food that is ready to eat. ).
- If you’re using the same paper towel or wipe, avoid cross contamination by using a different part of the paper towel
☼ Note: The Thermapen Mk4 is fully waterproof to IP67 as long as you don’t rotate the hub under water.
⚠ The Classic Thermapen is splash-proof to withstand spills and the wet conditions of a kitchen, but it is NOT immersible.
⚠ Thermapens (both the Classic and the Thermapen Mk4) should NEVER be put in a dishwasher.
➤ As a general rule, avoid getting moisture, flour, or oil on the rotating hub. Although there are two O-ring seals inside the hub, oils and fine powders that are left on the rotating hub for extended periods of time can eventually work
their way past the seal over time and accumulate in the housing, potentially causing problems with the electrical components.
2. Avoid Overheating the Thermapen
The Thermapen probe’s thermal range of -58 to 572°F (-50 to 300°C) covers the full spectrum of standard cooking. But never put the Thermapen’s probe directly onto hot coals or into an open flame (or even very hot liquids) as temperatures above 572°F (300°C) can cause internal damage to the probe.
To avoid damage to the body or LCD screen, never leave the Thermapen inside an oven, grill, smoker, microwave, or even direct sunlight for extended periods while cooking. The body of the Thermapen is rated from -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C).
➤ Rule of Thumb: If the heat is too high for your hand (without a protective mitt) it is probably too hot for the Thermapen body.
If you are likely to use the Thermapen in high-heat environments, consider fitting your Thermapen with a Silicone Boot. Silicone offers short-term protection from radiant or contact heat, fits snugly, and can easily be removed for cleaning.
3. Store Your Thermapen in a Secure Place
The Thermapen has been built to be compact and durable. It can be stored nearly anywhere. However, sharp knives or other kitchen instruments can cause damage if they jostle around in a drawer together. Avoid damage to your Thermapen by keeping it away from sharp objects. A zip wallet or wall mount bracket are great storage solutions to protect and prolong the life of your Thermapen.
These simple tips will help extend the life of your Thermapen, but if you do experience any issues with your product please contact our famous Tech Support team. We are always here to help! And we’re only just a phone call or email away.