Battery empty after 4 days. Exotic batteries
This thermometer takes batteries that are not available at Woolies, Coles or my Chemist Warehouse. Measurement is imprecise, but gets there if you measure 2-3 times in a row. The coloured display and large numbers are a plus tho. The "feature" of showing previous result at startup is very confusing.
Very inaccurate. Going straight in the bin
this is inaccurate. Used on myself and it said I was 37. I knew it was wrong because I could tell I had a fever. Went to the doctors half an hour later and had a temp of 39.9. Went home and straight away used it again and it said 36.
Waste of money
Wish I had of read reviews before wasting money on this useless product my son has been running a temperature and I cannot get an accurate reading One second it is red and the next second green it’s absolute rubbish will be going in the bin !!!! Don’t waste your money on it
I have been using the Vicks Fever InSight for around 12-months and it is not accurate. I am bitterly disappointed with this product and would not recommend this to anyone.
My daughter had a fever all of this week and the Vicks Fever InSight measured her temperature within the normal range, I had eve taken it to our GP to show.
Wrong readings . Automatically switches to Fahrenheit. bad product
Nothing but trouble with this one. The readings are wrong. I felt feverish, the Vicks thermometer said 37 , while another classic alcohol thermometer showed 38.2. This thing can’t be trusted. As I have a young child and failrly accurate temp readings are important (their temp can go up more quickly than adults) I am throwing it in the bin to find a classic non digital thermometer. Also, the thermometer switched to Fahrenheit . The UI is clonky. One would expect digital to work better than old fashioned, but not the case here. It is a confusing thing that doesn’t even take temps correctly. Don’t buy.
Awful + uses a non standard battery
We bought this thermometer about a year ago and used it just a couple of times. Recently, we wanted to use it on our newborn but I noticed the battery was dead. I opened the battery compartment and noticed it uses a CR1225 (quite hard to find) battery. I finally managed to get a few from eBay yesterday. I put the battery in and closed the compartment but for some reason it refused to work. If I open the compartment and jiggle the metallic wire a little bit, it seems to work for a short while but if I try to close the compartment, once again it stops working. Safe to assume I wasted my money on this.
Great little thermometer
I had a bad experience with the Omron ear thermometer in April 2017 (read my review) and then I bought this one and have been so happy with it ever since. It's fast and will light up promptly within seconds in green, amber or red if the temperature reaches the set heights. This is especially good in the dark if you don't have the lights on.
Constantly reading low
We've had an out of sorts 4 month old for a few days and have been checking her temp fairly often, always reading in the green. Went to the doctor yesterday and they confirmed that she's running a mild fever. We then brought her straight home and I wanted to check with our Vicks Thermometer, and her temp was more than 1C cooler than at the doctors 10 minutes earlier.
We've since been checking her with it and she feels quite warm (same as at the doctors) and yet we get green, all-fine readings!
Most worryingly is that it states on the packaging, accurate readings!
Do not buy!
Battery life is woeful
It's just a Pity I didn't read the previous reviews before buying this product. The Battery lasted a very short time and I could not find replacement battery anywhere. My only option was to buy a new thermometer and because of problems I went with different brand.
Wouldn't recommend this product
Great till you run out of battery
A good thermometer till you run out of battery.
Then good luck in getting a replacement battery.
Had to go to at least 6 shops to get one when my son was running a fever.
Not available in the major supermarkets nor in most $2 shops.
Otherwise a good one.But if you have to run around like I did for the battery why bother buying this product.
I bought this thermometer just after the birth of my baby at Chemist Warehouse at the recommendation of the pharmacist. I used it once on myself to ensure it worked then put in the first aid kit.
My 6 month old appeared to be running a fever and I went to use the thermometer only to discover the battery is flat! I live out of town in a regional area and don't have the option to go driving around to find a replacement after hours.
Very disgusted as this is a piece of medical equipment that should be able to be trusted to work when you need it. Will be replacing it with a different brand.
Not the best but ok if you can't afford top of the range
This was ok, however a lot of variation in temperatures. If I tested the same body area 5 times in a row I would get a higher chance of getting a stable temperature. In the past I took the temperature once and had a ridiculously high result, but 5 minutes later it was within normal.
Would invest in a better quality one if you can afford it.
simple, accurate and consistent
When I needed a thermometer for my newborn son, there was no obvious standout in the ear or forehead categories. Lots of bad reviews about inconsistencies which is not ideal.
At the hospital, I noticed a lot of the midwives used this Vicks thermometer and when I asked them, they said it was the most consistent, and they are right! It's spot on every time.
I would still prefer a consistent forehead or ear thermometer, but until such a product becomes available, I'm more than happy to use this.
Great, easy to use, kids love it
I've now been using this thermometer for at least 3 years, only recently have I needed to change the battery. It's handy if you have a wiggly or irritable kid who doesn't want their temp taken. Although in saying that my kids now are quite interested to know what 'colour' their temp will be and like to guess before it comes. I usually do check it at least a couple of times to see if I'm getting the same reading, which is generally the case. If not I recheck. It is also really handy in the middle of the night because you don't need to turn on...a light to read the result and if you forget the temperature ranges the colours are very helpful. In general I find this much better than other slightly cheaper thermometers where you need to wait a whole minute for a result. I recommend this to friends and have bought as a gift for people having babies.
I find that all the basic thermometers are a bit inaccurate. I like that this one is fast - getting my kids to keep any of the others in their mouth long enough to get a reading is really challenging. If you need 100% accuracy, then get an electronic forehead thermometer.
You can order batteries online (5 batteries for around $6, inc postage) from random battery sellers.
To change from F to C:
'With the thermometer off, press and hold the button. You should notice the colors flash and then the display should show an "M" at the top, "Lo" in the middle, and either "C" or "F" on the bottom. Keep an eye on the "M" because as soon as it disappears, let go of the button and then press it again repeatedly until you see the C for Celsius.'
Battery is hopeless
We've used this product twice in 6 months on our new baby, it took the temperature fine (although we have no way of knowing how accurate it was) and the battery is now dead. Finding a replacement that is the correct size, at 11:30pm when your baby is sick is impossible. Buy something else.
Not happy, battery issues and difficult to change from f to degrees c.
Really had issues with this product. It was recommended to us by the hospital and I'm afraid it didn't live up to the recommendation. . Doesn't seem to be accurate, and it's now on its third battery in 3 months. New battery tonight and immediately its low. Really don't trust the product to be honest.
Questions & Answers
in February 2016 you said you were in the process of uploading the manual for the V916C-AUS but where is it
my thermometer was used in February 2018 with a new battery, now in august 2018 it just make a high pitch squeal.
i will try a new battery today, but how long is it supposed to last without being used?
Customer ServiceVicks Vaporizers & Thermometers
The operating manual for the V916C is available online. This is the link (copy & paste URL into your browser)
It sounds like your thermometer may have developed a fault. Fortunately these have a lifetime warranty and we'd be happy to help you out with a replacement if you can track down proof of purchase. If you'd like to activate the warranty process, please Freecall our customer service centre on 1800 655 841 during business hours, or email email@example.com.
Kind Regards, Vicks.
If it has a lifetime warranty for replacement why would we retain the receipt???
Mine has a triangle that comes up when I turn it on. Nothing else.
Customer ServiceVicks Vaporizers & Thermometers
It's standard for most warranty claims to provide proof of purchase. We will accept a bank statement in certain instances - happy to discuss on the phone. Perhaps there's some troubleshooting we can assist you with first. Freecall our customer service team on 1800 655 841 during business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kind Regards, Vicks.
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