An industrial endoscope is essentially a camera at the end of a cable that can record images or video of something that is difficult to access. The camera is manually controlled by someone looking at what the camera is capturing through a screen either on the industrial endoscope itself, or via a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Technically, the term “endoscope” is used to describe a medical device used insurgeries, and so the term “borescope” is more correct. Sometimes we call our devices "industrial endoscopes" so they are not confused with medical devices. Industrial endoscopes used in a range of industries but are often used to identify mechanical, plumbing, and building issues.
An endoscope camera is a tiny camera attached to the end of a long cable, that enables people to look inside hard-to-reach areas that otherwise would not be visible to the human eye. The endoscope was traditionally used for medical purposes only, but it proved to be so useful that industrial endoscopes were developed to look inside of many other places that needed a visual inspection. Without an endoscope, oftentimes inspectors are forced to do a painstaking disassembly or a destructive inspection. Endoscopes are great problem solvers for mechanical inspection, car repair, plumbing fixes, electrical installs, house DIY, wall upgrades, HVAC maintenance, and more. Many endoscope cameras are compatible with Android and or IOS operating systems so that they can be viewed directly through a smartphone, either using WiFi or with a USB cable.
Teslong makes a broad range of industrial endoscope inspection cameras. You will find a range of prices and applications within the Teslong product line. When you are shopping for an endoscope ask yourself: What you plan to use it for. Whether you want to use it with your own device or choose one with a screen. Whether you need a WiFi, USB, or stand-alone design. Your budget. Whether you want the probe to have some flexibility, have controllable articulation or be rigid. The resolution of the image you want or need. Whether you want a fixed (near) focus or autofocus lens design.
Prices vary, but they are never as expensive as medical endoscopes! Our industrial endoscopes are incredibly affordable, and even a state-of-the-art model only costs between $50 and $250, depending on the specifications you need. There are more expensive industrial endoscopes on the market, but they are only necessary for extremely specialized work. For most projects and industries, our affordable industrial endoscopes will give you incredible results.
Industrial borescopes, as the name suggests, are designed for industrial use, which means they’re typically used to identify problems in engines, in building walls, or in plumbing pipes - places that are not easily seen with the human eye. Also, let's not forget inside the barrel of a rifle.
Endoscopes are generally only used in medical applications to look inside a patient’s body and are built to extraordinary surgical standards. They have been designed to be extremely maneuverable, so they don’t do more harm than good, which also makes them astronomically more expensive than the typical industrial borescope.
There are a few key things to look for in an industrial endoscope. These are:
Quality of Picture – do you need HD or can you make do with 720p? These days, good image quality won’t cost you a lot more, so consider what kind of issues you need to diagnose and how much detail is needed.
Field of View – not all industrial borescopes offer the same field of view, which is essentially how much of what is in front of the camera it shows. If you’re going to be identifying small issues, a smaller field of view is good, while a larger field of view is best for larger areas.
Maneuverability – borescopes aren’t as flexible as medical endoscopes, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose a rigid borescope. If you need a lot of flexibility, consider using an articulated borescope which will provide you with a much greater level of control.
Budget – you don’t need to spend a lot to get a great borescope, but if you need it for specialized use, you may have to spend more. However, most people will be able to get the borescope they need for $50 - $250.
Length of Cable – if you’re only going to be inspecting issues in your rifle or car engine, you don’t need a cable that’s 15ft long. Consider what kind of issues you’re going to inspect and choose a borescope with an appropriate cable length.
Diameter – make sure the diameter of the borescope is not too big for the application you need it for. Generally, a smaller diameter will give you better maneuverability, though it does depend on the size of the space you typically work with.
It’s likely not what you think! A wireless industrial endoscope isn’t cableless – the wireless factor comes into play because the industrial endoscope does not need to be physically connected to a screen or your device to show you the image. The image from the endoscope can be displayed on your phone, tablet, or laptop via a wifi connection.
If you’re looking for an industrial endoscope, we’ve got a huge selection to suit your every need, at an affordable price. See our full range of Industrial Endoscopes/Borescopes today or explore our Rifle Borescopes if you need something to inspect a barrel.
A USB industrial endoscope, or borescope, consists of a camera probe and USB cord. This type of device must be plugged into a smart phone, tablet, PC or Mac computer to work, it doesn’t have a battery or memory - photos and video would be stored on the device it is plugged into. USB devices are not usually compatible with iPhones or iPads because iOS devices do NOT have USB. If you have an iOS device look at a stand alone or WiFi compatible device.
WiFi industrial endoscopes and borescopes use a WiFi transmitter to send their signals to your smart device, where they are viewed and stored using an app. Endoscopes and borescopes with WiFi transmitters are compatible with iOS (Apple iPhone & iPad) devices. They will also work with Android devices and since they plug into the WiFi transmitter with a USB plug they are also compatible with Apple OSX and PC computers.
An industrial endoscope camera uses a digital camera sensor and lens at the end of a long camera probe (flexible or rigid) to capture video and photo images in hard-to-access areas. Wires transmit the imaging data along the length of the camera probe to the monitor, USB cable, or a WiFi transmitter.
At Teslong we have several industrial endoscopes available for purchase depending on your individual needs and budget. Many of our models are equipped with their own screen and, along with long-lasting battery life, are perfect for inspections no matter where you are. Most of our models are even waterproof (IP67) so that you can use your endoscope no matter the weather or application. Teslong cares about quality, and that is why we offer both a 12-month warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee on every one of our products. Check out our full range of endoscope inspection cameras at Teslong.com.
Teslong industrial endoscopes are competent in many industries, such as aerospace (aircraft manufacturing and turbine blade endoscopy), petrochemical and natural gas (container, tank, process pipeline endoscopy), energy and power (gas turbine blade detection and fan gearbox detection), automobile systems, manufacturing (automotive engine and spare parts testing), rail transit, building bridges, food processing and so on.
It’s important to note that although the screen sizes and resolutions are different on some of our industrial endoscopes, they all record video at 720p resolution or higher. The resolutions you see on the screen can range from the smallest 854 x 480p resolution, 4.5-inch screen up to the 1280 x 720p resolution, 5-inch screen. Obviously, larger screens are going to give you a better view of what the probe sees so if you need an inspection camera to perform on-site inspections and solve problems right away then you’ll want the biggest screen. If you are more interested in the recorded video and photo content, then a smaller screen should work just fine.
Telsong’s inspection camera probes typically are available with either a single-lens design, plus a right-angle mirror, or they are available with a dual-lens design. The single-lens-with-mirror probes are less expensive, and they are better for looking sideways at surfaces up close. Most commonly, this benefits Teslong’s gun borescope customers. The single-lens-plus-mirror design can slip down a gun barrel and look sideways at the fluting of the barrel right next to the lens probe. If you use a dual-lens probe for this type of application the right-angle lens will actually be too close to the gun barrel surface and sharp focus will be impossible. This is why all of our gun borescopes use a single lens with a mirror instead of a dual lens. For most other applications, like looking down a spark plug hole into the combustion chamber of a car engine, the dual lens design typically works better and gives a wider field of view.
An all-in-one industrial endoscope or borescope is one that includes its own screen and does not require another device to function. All-in-one endoscope cameras also have their own rechargeable battery and a memory card to store photo and video content.