Ryobi TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope Review

The RYOBI TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope is the latest entry in a “getting crowded” inspection scope/camera category. Inspection cameras and scopes were once the domain of trade professionals and the cost vs. use was prohibitive to most homeowners. Not anymore. Keep reading for our complete review of the RYOBI TEK4 Digital Inspection Scope.
Hits: Sturdy design, Ease of use, Water resistance
Misses: Remote screen capabilities and image storage
Uses: Peeking behind walls, into pipes, under floors
This inspection scope is extremely easy to use and powers up nicely using the TEK4 4V lithium-ion battery. The digital zoom is 2X magnification which is ok but we wish it was amped up just a bit more.

The screen is nice and bright and works well in low-light conditions, but its kinda tricky getting the camera angle right and it can be a bit confusing as to which way is up. But fortunately there is a button that will rotate the image 180 degrees so you can view from the right perspective. It would be handy to have a removable screen so someone could view remotely similar to what the DeWALT inspection camera does but at a higher price.
It would also be extremely handy to be able to take photos but then again the price point would be higher and we’d be in camera territory. The RYOBI doesn’t skimp on anything else and the 5 hours of continuous runtime is generous and the battery indicator is a nice feature.
The scope itself is 3 feet long and feels strong but is easy to flex. It holds its form and since the camera is waterproof you can submerse it in pipes with standing water. The light at the end of the camera is the wow feature that we really love.
If you don’t need to take photos we recommend this unit for any of your inspection needs as it will serve you well and we trust become a regular part of your tool arsenal that you’ll wonder how you ever got along without.
Available for $139 from Home Depot.
More features from RYOBI
+ Digital zoom feature provides up to 2x magnification
+ 4 stage ultra-bright LED light for complete image brightness control
+ On-screen image rotates 180 degrees to adjust to operator’s perspective
+ Bright, 2.7″ high resolution color LCD Screen for crisp, clear images
+ Durable 3′ flexible, water resistant camera cable for viewing in confined areas
+ On-screen battery voltage indicator alerts you when its time to recharge

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  • beth

    is it wrong to want to sneak over and cut the ivy at a neighbor’s house? 😉
    it sounds so simple, i don’t know why people leave it there.

    • It might be an improvement over your neighbors current exterior. If maintained it can look pretty and add character to an otherwise plain exterior but I guess you need to weigh the costs.

  • Allison

    Our masonry company said to cut off the vine at the ground, but to wait to pull off the vine from the house until after the winter. This way it dies and then is easier to remove without damaging the brick. Some of those tendons, as I call them, are monstrous.

    • Good tip – the “monstrous” vines will take months to fully die and release their hold. Best time to cut is probably now so the cold really gets them.

  • Genevieve E.

    Actually, depending on the type of structure you have, the vine may be totally benign. Some vines adhere by sticky “plates”rather than clinging roots, and these will not damage masonry. Vines which cling by small roots on the vine can do damage. If the structure is vinyl, it is not a concern at all. Other vines only climb by tendril-ing around a lattice structure; these tend to be the most manageable and docile of all.

    As far as insects go, what is there to say that those aren’t beneficial insects seeking cover in the vines? Many predatory insects which kill the “bad” bugs need a place of shelter.

    Finally, the other point you address, that the vines make a house look unkempt, that is in the eye of the beholder. They reduce energy costs by adsorbing solar energy, and they produce oxygen for clean air. Their roots can filter pollutants immediately near the home, and they reduce the burden on our stormwater systems. The vines also serve our native bird and pollinator communities when they provide berries, nesting matter, nectar, and pollen for the bees to make honey.

    I would actually be more interested in a house with a “green wall”, as they call it, than one without.

  • Very good tips sir, see the Generac Generator

  • Caled98

    what is the cost to get it removed????