Walabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder Review – Does It Give You X-Ray Vision?

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REVIEW – As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, I’m a serious DIYer and make sure I have all the tools for every job. It’s an expensive approach, so I’m very happy when I have the opportunity to test and review tools. Since I remodeled my basement, including building stud walls and putting up shelves, the Walabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder should be a great addition to my tool bag.

What is that?

The Walabot DIY 2 is an advanced wall scanner / stud finder for Android and iOS smartphones. It offers the ability to find the center of wood and metal studs, detect and follow the paths of pipes and wires, and can even show movement inside walls, making it ideal for exterminators .

What’s in the box

1 x Walabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder
1 USB charging cable.
1 user manual

Design and features

Features

  • Fully compatible with iOS and Android phones
  • Extended range: Wi-Fi connectivity – work away from your phone
  • Built-in rechargeable battery – won’t drain your phone
  • Improved product case with smooth scan strips
  • Locates studs, stud centers, pipes, wires and pests
  • Perfect for scanning drywall
  • Detects objects up to 4 inches / 10 centimeters deep
  • 2 scanning modes – Images and Expert

The Walabot DIY 2 is a small, compact device with a smartphone-sized footprint. At the top there is the name and logo and a “bump-out” circle in the middle. The other side is flat other than the two sweep strips that interface with the wall that is being swept. On one of the thin edges there is the power button with the LED status indicator next to it, and the USB charging port in the middle next to the power button. There is also an LED indicator next to the charging port.



Performance

I am finishing building a pantry in a newly built laundry room and needed to install 3 shelves. I have already framed using metal posts including framing cross bars so I can attach shelf brackets. Once the plasterboard was installed and the walls painted, it was time for me to install the shelves. I decided this would be a good test for the Walabot to find the metal studs I had installed. Connecting the Walabot to my phone is easy. It has a built-in wifi hotspot for connectivity. So once I fully charged it, I went through the connectivity process and it was ready to go.


The photo below shows the space where I installed the shelves.


The app’s main screens show the types of materials the Walabot DIY 2 visual stud finder can work with, along with the choice of Image or Expert mode.

This photo shows the Walabot DIY 2 visual stud finder in image mode accurately identifying the metal stud in the right place.


The following photo shows the expert mode view also identifying the center of the wall stud.


This next photo shows the Walabot identifying a wooden post in Image Mode although there are no wooden posts or wood in the wall.


This last photo shows the successful installation of the shelves.

As you can see from the photos above, the Walabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder has had some success identifying studs. On several occasions, he identified metal poles as wood. Also, I have some PEX-A lines in a wall behind the Rockwool insulation, and the Walabot couldn’t see them. The mandatory process of calibrating the device each time it is used is a bit annoying, and despite the tapes that are on the device to protect the wall, the device seemed to scratch my walls at times. Maybe I was pressing too hard. It would be nice if the next version had a built-in display that displays the image directly on the device, eliminating the need to connect to a secondary device for the visual. The built-in hotspot could remain to allow the user to provide a visual to a larger audience via a large TV screen, etc.

What I like

  • that it is wireless
  • That it is compact
  • That it has a built-in battery
  • That it can detect studs and other objects behind drywall
  • It’s easy to set up for use

What I would change

  • I would add a screen on the front face so that the device becomes a stand-alone device
  • Upgraded so that calibration is not required each time the power is turned on to use
  • Softer pads for scanning strips, so there can be no damage to the scanning surface

Final Thoughts

When I first heard about the Walabot DIY 2 Visual Stud Finder I was really excited and felt it would make the task of identifying studs or in the rare case for me pipes copper in the walls. After using it for about a month, I have to be honest, I’m a bit disappointed. I think it should be designed as a standalone device if possible, with a screen on one side and the swiping surface on the other. Also, I lost faith in him when he started identifying my metal poles as wooden poles. This may seem inconsequential, but to me it speaks to my overall confidence in the device that it could cause me to screw up or puncture a pipe or electrical wire due to a false reading. When identifying studs, my simple and much cheaper stud finder seems to be just as accurate.

Price: $159.95
Or buy: Walabot website
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Walabot.

Briana R. Cross