General Tools 2-in-1 50 Foot Laser Tape Measure Reviewed By: Chris M.
What Is A Laser Tape Measure?
A laser tape measure measures length using a beam of light. The laser beam shines through the material and creates a mark on the surface it hits. This measurement is then compared to the measured length to determine how much space there is between them.
Laser tapes are used for measuring many different things including:
The distance from one end of a piece of paper to another (a ruler)
The width or height of something like a door frame (a tape measure)
How far away two objects are located (an X-ray machine)
The most common uses for laser tapes include these measurements. They’re easy to use and they work well.
However, they aren’t always accurate because of their inaccuracy when measuring small distances.
There are several types of laser tapes available today:
Digital Laser Tapes – These are the most commonly found type of laser tape. Digital lasers have been around longer than other kinds of lasers and have proven themselves time after time.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t choose a digital tape over any other kind!
Laser Distance Gauges – These laser tapes measure distance in a slightly different way. They’re able to calculate the distance based on how long it takes for a laser beam to travel from one place to another.
This kind of laser tape is used when doing jobs that require extreme precision.
Digital Distance Gauges – Like the name says, these laser tapes are also digital. They’re very similar to distance gauges except for one thing.
The laser beam’s frequency is much higher!
How Can I Use A Laser Tape?
Most laser tapes are very easy to use. They all come with the same kind of mechanism and similar features which means that once you know how to use one, you know how to use them all. Let’s take a look at a few of the things that every tape has in common.
Laser Tape On/Off Button – This button is where it all starts. This button turns the laser on so that it can start measuring and prompts the display to show you what it’s reading.
Mode Button – This button allows you to switch between measuring tools. Some laser tapes measure in feet while others measure in cm.
Zero Button – This button resets the laser to zero. You can also hit this button if you need to switch back to a measurement unit (like from feet to meters).
Power Indicator – The power indicator tells you whether or not the laser tape is on.
Measurement Display – This display tells you what the laser tape is currently measuring.
Clear Display Button – After you’ve measured something, this button erases the display so that you can start measuring something else.
What Is A Good Brand?
There are a lot of different manufacturers that make laser tapes so it’s hard to choose just one “best brand.” If you’re looking for the best, your best bet is to look at what professionals use. Laser tapes that are made by companies like Leica, SAKURA, and DTT are all very accurate and very reliable. These companies all make very high quality laser tapes and, in most cases, are used by professionals.
Should I Get A Strap With It?
This is a personal preference. Some laser tape models come with straps while others do not. Strap or no strap really just depends on how you’re going to be using it and what your personal preferences are.
What Can I Compare My Laser Tape To?
It’s important to know just how accurate your laser tape is so that you know whether the measurements it’s giving you are good enough or not. Many measuring tapes claim to be certified “certified accurate” by an independent testing lab but in reality don’t hold up to the claims at all. A lot of these companies just put that language on their packaging even if the product isn’t certified at all.
That’s why it’s important to know what you’re getting when you buy a laser tape so that you know whether or not it’s really certified and just how accurate it actually is. If your tape doesn’t have any kind of label or documentation stating its accuracy, chances are it isn’t very accurate at all.
What Is NIST Certification?
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) is an independent testing organization in the United States that rigorously tests and certifies measuring tools to make sure that those tools are accurate. If a measuring tool is NIST certified, then you know it’s accurate and you can trust it.
How Do I Know If A Laser Tape Is NIST Certified?
If you want to know whether or not a laser tape is NIST certified, there are a couple of ways that you can tell. The first way is to look on the packaging for any kind of label or documentation stating that it is NIST certified. Another way to tell is to look at the back of the tool. Most NIST certified measuring tools will have a hologram or some kind of label on the back that states that it is, in fact, NIST certified. If you can’t find any documentation or a hologram on the back of the tool, there should be some kind of documentation that comes with the tool. This documentation should state whether or not it’s certified.
What Is The Difference Between A NIST Certified Tool And A Non NIST Tool?
There isn’t much difference between NIST tools and non-NIST tools as far as how easy they are to use. The difference lays solely in the fact that NIST tools are much more accurate than non-NIST tools. While both types of tools will give you measurements that are slightly off from the real measurement, a NIST tool will give you measurements that are much closer to the real measurement than a non-NIST tool.
Does Laser Tape Measurement Always Match Accurate Measuring Tape Measurements?
No, it doesn’t always match up. In fact, it rarely matches up. There are two reasons for this. The first being that the tape that comes with a measuring tape is actually two separate pieces of tape on the same roller. Every time you pull out the tape to measure something, you are actually pulling out two tapes at the same time which can cause the tool to be inaccurate. When you’re using a laser tape, you’re actually just using a single laser beam which makes much more accurate measurements.
The second reason why a laser tape measure might not match up to an accurate tape measure is because of human error. Every time that you use a tape measure, you have to measure something twice in order to make sure that you get the same measurement twice.
If you don’t do it exactly the same way both times, you could easily be off by a few inches one way or another. When using a laser tape, there is much less room for human error.
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