Visit our Help Center For more information and troubleshooting tips. Complimentary Guidebook with every Thermapen Purchase Order a Thermapen today and we'll throw in a copy of our new 20 page guidebook: "Using Your Thermapen: A Guide to Better Food Through the Proper Use and Care of Your Splash-Proof Thermapen" at no extra charge. The guide features basic cooking temperature principles, step-by-step instructions for customizing and cleaning your Thermapen, special considerations for getting just the right doneness with meat, poultry and fish, QuickTips, Frequently Asked Questions, diagrams, and more. Plus, there's a handy chart of food safety and chef-recommended temperatures on the back!
If you own a Thermapen and don't have a guidebook but would like one,
Request a guidebook to have one mailed to you. Available in Multiple Colors Originally, we manufactured the Thermapen in gray only. Later we added all the food-safety color-coding versions. Many people in the food industry use color coding to prevent cross contamination by dedicating tools to specific food products. That way, a knife, cutting board or thermometer that is used for say, raw poultry, won't end up contaminating fresh vegetables like salad greens.
That was the reason we did multiple colors for the Thermapen. Of course most people buy a color variety simply according to personal preference. Even in commercial applications it seems most people buy colors so they can quickly tell who belongs to which Thermapen (blue is Fred's, yellow is Cathy's, etc…)
In 2006 we added black and orange which weren't even on the color coding system. If you have a color preference that we don't make yet, email us and we'll keep track of your vote.
Standard Color Code:
Red = raw meat, raw beef and pork. Blue = raw seafood Yellow = raw poultry Green = produce White = dairy or bakery items
Classic Thermapen FAQ 1. Where can I buy the Thermapen? You can buy it right here online. There are only a few authorized dealers, (watch out for counterfeit Thermapen look-alikes). There are a few retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada that stock the Thermapen. 2. Why don't more retail outlets carry it? Most retailers want to more than double their money. The big name chains want the most. If a product costs them $4, they want to charge you $10. The Thermapen is already priced at "Trade Pricing". Meaning, this is the price we sell it to commercial food service users and health departments. And, we offer it to the general public at the same price. Big retail chains would have to charge you much, much more and they'd still be mad that we would take your order at a lower price. The retailers that do carry the Thermapen are not making their normal mark-up so thank them if you buy there! 3. Where can I buy replacement batteries? The Classic Super-Fast Thermapen uses two coin cell batteries, CR2032, which are commonly found at Wal-Mart, Target, and other stores. You can also order spare batteries from us. 4. How long should the battery last? The Classic Super-Fast Thermapen batteries are rated for 1,500 hours of use (was 100 hours). In the battery compartment you can enable and disable the auto-off feature. The auto-off feature will extend the life of the batteries. See owner's manual for details. 5. Will the Thermapen tell me when my meat is done? Not exactly. Instead it (very quickly) tells you the actual temperature and you decide if that is "done". We can give you the USDA guidelines for food safety but you should consult your favorite cookbooks, TV shows and recipes for advice not only on safe temperatures but the best cooking temperatures for flavor and texture. Also remember that individual preference is very important. 6. Other digital cooking thermometers are cheaper. Why pay more for a Thermapen? In use there's a big difference. Don't take our word for it. Check our Reviews page to read the many reasons written by others. Cheaper thermometers are limited by the technology that they use. These can be mass produced for just a few dollars. On the other hand, the Thermapen is hand-assembled and hand-tested and uses a professional thermocouple circuit design. This design costs more to make than the cheap thermometers. 7. Why is the Thermapen so much faster than other cooking thermometers? The main reason is the professional thermocouple technology that we use instead of mass-produced thermistor technology. Thermocouples are recommended by the USDA for measurement of cooked meat products and thin portions. Go here to see what a thermocouple means in performance vs. a thermistor. We also use a reduced-diameter needle tip on the probe. Comparable professional meters cost $140 to $300 for the electronics and a similar probe! Some improvements were made in the sensor manufacturing process and the probe assembly in the new Splash-Proof Thermapen to make it just slightly faster than the original Super-Fast™ Thermapen. VIDEO