Which borescope to choose? Fibrescopes Guide

­Which borescope to choose? Fibrescopes Guide

Brief history of fibrescopes

Fibrescopes are optical devices which use the phenomenon of fiber optics. The term fibrescope relates to the nature of light transmission via fibers. The initial idea of a fiber optics was invented in 1854 by John Tyndall. Tyndall has came to conclusion that light might be conducted by a steam of water. In 1930 Henrich Lamm was the first person who put together the bundle of optical fiber and was able to carry an image. Endoscopes and fibrescopes were the first inventions in which the fiber optics has found its application. In the 1960s a kind of breakthrough has took place as a fiber glass was attached to the typical endoscope. As the material was very flexible and had appropriate features. Real time observation became possible but there was no function of either recording of picture taking. As medicine evolved, ii 1964 an endoscope camera was invented. The device was finally equipped with a photo function and was considered a turning point in the field of internal diagnosis. Then the fibrescope has revolutionized many domains providing the users with a clear image of inaccessible places of different type.


What should I look at while choosing a borescope?

Rigid vs flexible videoscopes

The first thing that you should consider while choosing the wright borescope is the type of area that you are going to inspect. Borescopes may be divided into two major categories according to their shape and attributes. They may be either rigid or flexible depending on the tube's shape. This distinction relates to the type of the tube. In case of flexible boroscopes the tube connecting the lens and the eyepiece is elastic. Flexible boroscopes may be either articulating or non articulating. If you want to search a straight area non articulating fibrescope would be enought. However, if the searched area requires a variety of movements in order to be captured articulating boroscope is a better choice. Flexible boroscopes are commonly more elastic, but they suffer from the lower quality of image.

Rigid fibrescopes are known for the immobile version of the tube. These inspection cameras are only used in of objects such as fuel injectors, cylinders, hydraulics or guns.

They might be often ordered with different directions of view considering a variety of scopes degree. In comparison to the flexible inspection cameras they provide better image quality with relatively lower costs.


Lenght and diameter

Another important issues which are worth considering while choosing a fibrescope are diameter and length of a particular device. For instance you have to choose a device with a tip of the appropriate tip in order to inspect the area in the most efficient way. The smaller the camera tip the smaller areas you are able to investigate. The length of the tube is also very important when it comes to the nature of areas that we are going to search. The longer the tube the more area we are aware of. However borescopes with long tubes are characterized by no as accurate tube operation as these with short tubes. Borescopes with shorter tubes are generally more precise.

Appropriate direction

When it comes to the detecting positions the angles of the view play a key role. For instance backwar-looking fiberscope with 120 degrees is an ideal one for mechanics as it allows for a variety of movements while inspecting an engine or a wheel. The general reliance between the field and the zoom the larger field of view the lower the zoom. Therefore, you need to decide what is more important to you and what place are you going to inspect more often. If the clarity of image is of utmost importance, choose an image with low zoom.


The general dependence of zoom is the the closer the image the bigger the zoom. Therefore, the selection of an appropriate zoom is rather an issue of choosing an appropriate tube. The longer the tube the bigger zoom we may achieve.

Light and illumination

As fibrescope inspection cameras are devices for inspecting places which are difficult to reach they all require a great illumination. In the 1960s incandescent lamps were used for illumination the end of the tube. In time the fibre optics has revolutionized illumination of the areas inspected by videoscopes. In spite of the fact that some some of the endoscope cameras still use incandescent lamps for illumination, fiber optics is considered much safer and accurate as it does not produce so much heat.

Large and small

Sometimes the size of flexible inspection camera plays a key role. The bigger videoscops often provide a sharper image but they are not convenient in operation. The smaller videoscopes are not technologically advanced, they provide lower quality of the image, but they might be operated more conveniently in smaller areas.


Borescope for a mechanic

Fibrescopes are ideal tools for mechanics who work in car service stations thanks to their unique features. What kind of inspection camera should a mechanic choose? The only well-thought choice is a flexible videoscope with long, elastic tube. Borescopes may greatly enhance the process of the car inspection. They may penetrate tiny areas in different directions and angles of the view. Therefore, the mechanic is able to detect the problem quickly and efficiently without a need of making unhealthy and dangerous movements. Moreover the tip of the tube is illuminated and a mechanic may inspect dark holes. The image may be recorded for the further investigation and diagnosis. Additionaly the photos of the particular damage in a car may be documented and may serve as evidence in a court or just be a testimony of the provided service. Additionally, videoscopes allow to inspect the vehicles without the need of disassemble of the main parts of the car what saves a lot of time. A product which may be an ideal option for a mechanic which is characterized by all of the features mentioned above available at our offer is GosCam Explorer Premium 8833FB - professional fibrescope camera with recorder.

Videoscope for a plumber

As the inspection cameras may be used in a variety of ways their application is invaluable when it comes to sewers maintenance. Plumbers often use rigid borescopes according to the straight shape of the pipes. In time, as the pipelines have bacome more advanced, more flexibility is being required. An ideal tool for a plumber is a flexible fibrescope with a tiny camera tip which may reach in places which are difficult to reach such as different canals, pipes or water supplies. The ideal solution for plumbers is GosCam SL8898 inspection camera.

The device is completely waterproof and this is why it may greatly serve in wet and humid areas without any problems. It is harmless after being contacted with the water and may operate while being completely wet. The tip of the camera is really small and flexible what provides convenient use in the plumber environment.

GosCam explorer premium 8807AL inspection camera

Domestic application of inspection cameras

In spite of the fact that borescopes are considered as technologically advanced devices, they might be used at home to make our life easier. Whenever you want to inspect places which are difficult to teach you mam use this innovative device to search something in a cellar or an attic. You are provided with the right illumination and you may manipulate the position of the tube. You may also use it in the garage or in the garden in order to find lost items or repair your car.

Whatever the profession and demands are, our store provides a variety of borescopes for professional and domestic use. Make your life easier with inspection cameras which will allow to inspect places which were seemingly inaccessible.