The Argus ® Mi-TIC (MI-320-1-NFPA, MI-329-1-NFPA, MI-320-3-NFPA, MI-329-3-NFPA) is the world’s smallest NFPA 1801 certified high resolution thermal imager for fire fighting applications. The camera provides a crystal clear image with a superb dynamic range: you can clearly view extremely high temperatures without whiteout, and at the same time still see very low temperature objects, which is ideal for casualty searches.
Every Argus ® Mi-TIC is supplied with a unique dual use desktop/ in-truck charger station which securely retains and charges both the thermal imager and a spare battery. The charger stations can be daisy-chained together, up to a maximum of 6 units.
Weighing approximately 750g (26 oz) the Argus ® Mi-TIC is a small format thermal imager that can be easily and comfortably held in the palm of your hand. Unlike many thermal imagers, the Argus ® Mi-TIC design allows it to be worn in multiple ways – in the hand, inside a pocket, clipped outside a pocket, clipped to a lanyard or hung around the neck.
With a thumb operated green on/off button and superb start up time of 5 seconds, the Argus ® Mi-TIC is simple to use.
The Argus ® MI-TIC has Class I, Division 2 Non Incendive certification. The use of Lithium Iron Phosphate technology ensures the Argus ® Mi-TIC delivers 2 hours of battery life over 1,000s of cycles. They are inherently safe due to the use of patented nanophosphate ® technology.
THE MI-TIC IS THE SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST NFPA COMPLIANT THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA.
The NFPA 1801:2013 standard has been created to specify design, performance, testing and certiﬁcation requirements for thermal imaging cameras used by the ﬁre service during emergency incident operations.
The testing is comprehensive! Including repeated drop tests, display abrasion tests, heat resistance tests and a lot more to ensure the camera is as durable as it needs to be for use by the ﬁre service.
Image quality is checked after every single test, so ﬁre ﬁghters can be conﬁdent that there will be a usable thermal image when they need it most.
NOT ALL THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS ARE THE SAME
The most important thing to us here at argus ® is that ﬁre ﬁghters are equipped with products that will not let them down and put them in danger.
There are a few simple things you should check before purchasing a thermal imaging camera.
Can the camera display the temperatures you need to see?
Domestic ﬁres can reach temperatures over 1,800°F and even though ﬁreﬁghters won’t be physically exposed to these temperatures, they will often use the thermal imaging camera to view fully developed ﬁres at these temperatures without actually being in the ‘hot zone’ itself. That’s why argus ® ﬁre cameras have been designed to display temperatures up to 2,000°F.
Can the camera withstand the temperature you need to?
It is common for ﬁre ﬁghters to be exposed to temperatures over 185°F, so it’s critical that your camera can stand the heat as well, especially the battery technology. Normal Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are not certiﬁed for operation above 140°F, whereas Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are. Exposing an ordinary Li-ion battery to high temperatures can cause it to explode and cause serious injury. This is not a risk we are willing to take.
Will the camera be easy to use?
Quick and easy operation in high pressure situations is essential for the safe and effective use of thermal imaging cameras.
It’s important to consider how they may be operated with a gloved hand in low visibility. It’s also important to ensure the camera effectively ‘gets out of the way’ when it’s not being used.
The argus ® Mi-TIC has one-button and three-button versions to ensure simple operation. We also have a retractable lanyard and pocket clip so that it will never hamper a ﬁreﬁghter’s movement.
argus ® ﬁre mode displays simple and unmistakable colors to show different temperatures for more instinctive and safe decision making.
Does the price seem too good to be true?
If the price seems too good to be true – it probably is. It costs a little bit more to ensure cameras are suitable for use in the ﬁre ﬁghting environment. Lower cost cameras are often designed primarily for different applications, such as industrial facility inspection or building diagnostics – they are often great tools, just not for ﬁre ﬁghters.