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Frequently asked Questions about Forehead Thermometers




How does the Microlife forehead thermometer work?
The Microlife forehead thermometer measures infrared energy radiated from the forehead. This energy is collected through the lens and converted to the correct temperature value.



Can the Microlife forehead thermometer harm you in any way?
No, Microlife forehead thermometers does not sending out any waves or heat at any time. It only acts as a receiver of heat.



How does the reading from a Microlife forehead thermometer compare to an oral, rectal or axillary reading?
Microlife's forehead thermometer measurements are comparable to an oral temperature from a quality thermometer.



  • Rectal measurements are slightly higher then oral measurements.
  • An underarm measurement is most impacted by room temperature, so accuracy is more difficult to verify. Underarm measurements are lower then oral measurements.



Is the Microlife forehead thermometer as accurate as hospital devices?
The accuracy of Microlife forehead thermometers has been proven in clinics. Microlife forehead thermometers are at least as accurate as the more expensive hospital devices.

  • The Microlife Forehead Thermometer is manufactured to meet the same international standards as hospital devices.
  • The difference to a hospital unit is the design. Hospital devices are more robust and thus less sensitive against falling down. They are delivered with solid wall brackets, comprehensive probe cover supply devices, etc.
  • Some professional thermometers offer the feature to display the results alternatively compared to rectal or oral readings. We think that this very confusing and we prefer to display the real, reliable forehead temperature. Up to our knowledge, there is no medical basis which allows to "transfer" the data to rectal or oral results.



Why may I get different readings when taking many measurements?

Wait at least 30 seconds after 3-5 continuous measurements.



Does the Microlife forehead thermometer require calibration?
In accordance with international standards we recommend that you ask your authorised Microlife dealer to perform an accuracy check every two years.



How do I know that the device is still accurate over time or after being dropped?
The Microlife thermometer performs a function check each time it is turned on. So, as long as you do not get an error message ("ERR?) proper technique will result in accurate results.

  • In accordance with international standards we recommend that you ask your authorised Microlife dealer to perform an accuracy check every two years.



When and how often should I clean or disinfect the Microlife forehead thermometer?
  • Clean a dirty lens or housing as necessary.
  • Use an alcohol swab or a cotton swab moistened with alcohol (70% isopropyl, available in the pharmacy) to clean the thermometer casing and the measuring probe. Ensure that no liquid enters the interior of the thermometer. Never use abrasive cleaning agents, thinners, gasoline or benzene for cleaning. Never immerse the instrument in water or other cleaning liquids. Take care not to scratch the surface of the display.



Is the Microlife forehead thermometer suitable for premature infants as well as for the elderly?
Yes, the Microlife forehead thermometer is designed to take the body temperature of adults and children of all ages; including premature infants. Caution: high fever in infants and young children should be immediately reported to your doctor!



Can I use the Microlife forehead thermometer for body temperature measurements at other points of the body?
No, the Microlife forehead thermometer is designed for forehead measurements only.



Can I measure the temperature of baby milk or baby?s bath water?
No, Microlife Forehead thermometers are not intended to measure other temperatures then forehead temperature.

  • Some of Microlife?s Ear thermometers offer the feature to measure temperatures other then Ear temperature. Please refer to the user manuals.



Can a woman use the Microlife Forehead Thermometer to measure basal body temperature to determine ovulation?
We do NOT recommend this as clinical studies have not been completed to ensure proper monitoring of basal body temperature by forehead measurements.



Can I use the Microlife forehead thermometer while travelling in a car or ambulance car? Do cold temperatures during winter affect readings?

Yes, but please note that the operating temperature has to be between 10°C and 40°C (50°F and 104°F)! As long as the thermometer itself is outside this range no measurements can be performed. In this case, the display shows "_ L? or "_ H?. It will take considerable time to return the thermometer to its working temperature range.

  • Patients and thermometer should stay in steady-state room condition for at least 30 minutes.



Is the Microlife forehead thermometer suitable for animals?
Microlife thermometers are developed and designed for humans. We do not have experience in animal measurements and do not take any responsibility for data obtained for animals.



Does the room temperature affect readings?
No, as long as the operating temperature is between 10°C and 40°C (50°F and 104°F)! If the thermometer itself is outside this range no measurements can be performed. The display shows "_ L? or "_ H?. It may take some time before the thermometer reaches its operating conditions.

  • Don't use the forehead thermometer in high humidity environments.



What is the lifetime of the Microlife forehead thermometer?
Microlife products are designed for a long product life. Components used are of high quality and carefully protected. In spite of careful design & construction, abuse of the Microlife Thermometer can result in product failure.

  • When designing a new product we perform stress tests of key components to ensure long-life. Our product is designed to last for 5 to 10 years under estimated 'normal' home use conditions.
  • In accordance with international standards we recommend that you ask your authorised Microlife dealer to perform an accuracy check every two years.
  • Proper care and use of the Microlife Thermometer should ensure many years of accurate temperature measurements.



How long should the battery last?
  • The battery has a life-time of at least 1000 measurements.
  • When the user installs new batteries and gets readings thought to be inaccurate, please check the following:
  • How old is the battery? Batteries loose capacity over time even if not used.
  • Please ensure the battery is new.
  • A battery may work with other devices (alarm clock for example) that have a lower minimum required input voltage but may not work with the thermometer.
  • If the Microlife product remained in the warehouse of a Microlife dealer for a substantial time, the lifetime of the battery can be significantly reduced.
  • Room temperature also affects battery life. At temperatures below 15°C, the performance of batteries is reduced significantly!



Which type of battery is required for replacement?
  • The thermometer is equipped with a CR 2032 lithium battery.
  • We recommend you take the old battery with you when buying a new battery.
  • Microlife does not sell batteries. They can be purchased in any electronic shop, pharmacy, appliances store, photo shops or gas stations.



Is the Microlife forehead thermometer waterproof?
No, never immerse the thermometer into water or other liquids.