Best Night Vision Devices 2017

Last update December 30, 2016
Do you like outdoor activities? If so, we offer you to look through the review of the best five Night Vision Devices. Now, you

can choose the most suitable one for your purpose and wallet.

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BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Design and Construction
Detection
Protection
Battery Life
Portability
 
PROS
In absolute darkness, the infrared (IR) will considerably brighten things up. It is really amazing.
CONS
As we found out, the on/off and IR buttons require rather firm pressure.
OUR VERDICT
The adjustment for large scale focusing uses the individual tuners in each eyepiece. Thus, the device provides a quite clear viewing from 100 up to 150 yards. Perfect.
detailed parameters
Design and Construction
Hands-free night vision binoculars
Detection
100 yards
Protection
Rain, fog, knocks
Battery Life
40 hours
Portability
2.2 pounds, Protective carrying case, Neck strap
PROS
An item demonstrates outstanding night vision quality despite its small size. It is also well made and comfortable in usage.
CONS
From time to time, there can be some difficulties with the focusing.
OUR VERDICT
These excellent night vision binoculars can be effectively used in total darkness or dusk. So, they will be great for observing nature in the night.
detailed parameters
Design and Construction
Sport night vision binoculars
Detection
90 yards
Protection
Rain, snow, heat
Battery Life
70 hours
Portability
1.85 pounds, Compact design, Tripod mount
PROS
This night vision monocular features convenient buttons position and works very well without any latency.
CONS
This night vision scope is not supplied with an eye shroud.
OUR VERDICT
Night Owl's NVD provides pretty high magnification. As a result, it renders an enhanced image and absolute identification of targets located far away.
detailed parameters
Design and Construction
Night vision monocular with a soft-touch frame
Detection
65 yards
Protection
Knocks, drops
Battery Life
100 hours
Portability
1.2 pounds, Compact design
PROS
Unique design allows using this night vision device both for left and right eye. It is ideal for hands-free operation.
CONS
The visibility range is rather low.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to a protective cover, this model suits perfectly for airsoft games, paintball, hunting or security. Go ahead and practice these activities at night!
detailed parameters
Design and Construction
Night vision monocular
Detection
up to 50 yards
Protection
Water, fog
Battery Life
58 hours
Portability
0.54 pounds, Compact design
PROS
Adjustable IR brightness provides an optimal visibility in different light conditions. You can insert a memory card and save images as well as videos.
CONS
Rather short distance between the buttons. Low battery life.
OUR VERDICT
This multifunctional monocular combines excellent visibility and synchronization capabilities. It is suitable both for daytime and nighttime use.
detailed parameters
Design and Construction
Night vision monocular
Detection
up to 320 yards
Protection
Water
Battery Life
up to 10 hours
Portability
1.68 pounds, Tripod mount, USB

What Is It

A night vision device (NVD), also known as NOD – is a night observation device, an optoelectronic device that enables you to see the objects in absolute darkness. The image produced is a monochrome, generally with shades of green or grey. It can be used for wildlife observation, hunting, law enforcement and even for military aims.

If you enjoy spending your spare time hunting or fishing, we recommend you to look through our Best Binoculars review.

What To Look For

Firstly, you have to decide where and how you are going to use it. What model suits you the best - binocular or monocular? Do you prefer a headgear or a wrist strap? Bigger or smaller lens diameter? In order to make the right choice, discover more about Design and Construction.

Detection is the second criterion you should pay attention to. We mean such important features as a visual field or a focus range. Besides, there are some other characteristics that present productivity.

Lens Protection is a really significant feature. It is one of the main features of the night vision scopes. As a rule, manufacturers take care of kicks, drops or frost protection.

Battery life plays the great role when you take NVD outside. You never know how much time your observation will take and if there is a chance for charging.

Portability is also very important. It is preferable to have a light Night Vision Device. Your observation may require more time and fewer moves. In some cases, small size and compact design can help you to hide it in a pocket or purse.

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Review of Yukon YK25025 NV 1x24 Goggles

Yukon YK25025 NV 1x24 Goggles

Yukon YK25025 NV 1x24 Goggles

Design and Construction

These night vision binoculars are supplied with multicoated optics and high-resolution intensifiers. Their modern ergonomic design is combined with amazingly detailed observation ability. For the comfortable usage, these night vision goggles come with hands-free headgear and flip-up covers. For your convenience, they can be fastened back on the body without complexity. According to many night vision reviews, this model is considered to be the best night vision device.

Detection

This wonderful model provides a quite clear view in total darkness. Even if you are in woods, you will be able to see different objects rather clearly. A device works thanks to a built-in IR illuminator. The pin holes in the lens caps make the device appropriate for use even in the daytime. So, if you are interested in observing some objects from a long distance, this one will be perfect for you.

Protection

Rubber armor protection will be helpful if you accidently drop or kick your NVD. The water and fog resistance enables you to take a device in a forest, jungles or mountains. The other important thing is a headband - you can shake your head like headbangers, but the goggles will stay in place perfectly.

Battery

Yukon night vision goggles work on 2 AA batteries. You can expect about 40 work hours of this night vision equipment. An IR illuminator enforces an energy-efficient pulsing frequency in order to prolong the battery lifetime. This item works on one CR123A battery, but be ready to purchase it separately.

Portability

Hands-free operation and central focusing enable you to do some notes or to use your hands for other actions at the same time. You can fasten head gear even with one hand. Moreover, this process takes about only one minute. In addition, the goggles and flip-ups can be clipped back to the frame with only one simple touch.


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Review of Bushnell 260401 LYNX Gen 1

Bushnell 260401 LYNX Gen 1

Bushnell 260401 LYNX Gen 1

Design and Construction

This sports night vision binoculars are known for an amazing design and enduring materials. The diopters are featured with pads of a quite soft rubber material - this makes a device quite suitable for a dynamic usage. This Bushnell NVD is light (about 480 gr) and feels good around the neck. Its lens (40 mm diameter and 165 mm length) provides hi-quality observation in a short and middle distances.

Detection

BUSHNELL night vision glasses show nice results in darkness as well as in dusk. This model can work by taking the light of any kind of room or using moonlight or starlight. 2.5x magnification helps you see things closer. A stationary infrared illuminator guarantees the long observing distance up to 90 yards (viewing range from 4 to 750 feet).

Protection

A device is quite useful in different extreme temperature conditions from 70 to 104 F. You can use Bushnell NVD even when it is raining because it is water resistant. But be attentive - it is not waterproof. So, do not submerge it anyway. So, if you want to have a great assistant in any weather conditions, this device will be perfect for you.

Battery

This model from BUSHNELL LYNX series features long-lasting power from only two AAA batteries. You can buy them everywhere. Powered by them, this night vision equipment is able to run up to 20 hours with illuminated IR. And if you turn the IR off, the binoculars life extends up to 70 hours. This is considered to be a good rate.

Portability

Its quality optics enable you to use the device anywhere in the night. Item comes with the detailed guideline and comfortable carry case. The lens cloth is also attached. Furthermore, it comes with a mountable tripod with an optional adapter. Comfortable eyepiece will be an additional reason to look thoroughly at this great device - you hardly get tired even if you use it for few hours.


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Review of Night Owl Optics 4-Power

Night Owl Optics 4-Power

Night Owl Optics 4-Power

Design and Construction

Manufacturers supplied this model with objective and ocular lenses which were constructed of top-grade Allglass optical system. Night Owl uses quite powerful IR illumination that is considered to be invisible to human or animal eyesight. It is also supplied with Generation 1 technology that allows to amplify ambient light up to 500X. One more advantage is soft-touch rubber frame, that will fit well in your hands.

Detection

Night vision Owl provides 5x magnification. Looking into this device, you will be able to see objects at 65 yards with an angular field of view up to 15 degrees. Due to this feature, you will get high resolution and more clear and accurate identification of any distant target. Built-in infrared helps you to enhance target identification in any environment even in absolute darkness. It also improves image resolution.

Protection

A device is supplied with impact-resistant lens made of thermoplastic. The device comes in an aluminum body. That means you may not be afraid of accidentally dropping or kicking. Unfortunately, the Night Owl is not waterproof night vision device. So you should take care of it while raining or snowing. Perhaps, it is not suitable variant for the water activities.

Battery

This item requires one 3-V Type-123 lithium battery. Depending on infra-red illuminator usage, the Night Owl's runtime can be prolonged from 45 up to 100 hours. A battery is disposed inside the IR housing and can be replaced by unfastening and removing the spring-mounted IR lens from the body. So, this device is quite easy to maintain.

Portability

Night Owl provides you with extra magnification and doesn't contain a lot of excess weight. This awesome device is equipped with a hand band. It is also supplied with a robust molded focus ring for a maximum comfortable usage. This NVD will be ideal for people looking for an inexpensive device which can be used at night time while hunting, camping or just for wildlife observation.


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Review of Armasight Vega  Night Vision Goggle

Armasight Vega Night Vision Goggle

Armasight Vega Night Vision Goggle

Design and Construction

Armasight Vega Night Vision Goggle has an excellent design that allows you to use the device on either right or left eye. The next beneficial feature is that you do not have to hold the monocular in hands as it is equipped with a special headgear which can be adjusted depending on the size of your head. The model has a small weight (only 0.54 pounds), which allows customers to use it for a long time without any head fatigue. Finally, a rugged reinforced composite housing adds to extra durability.

Detection

This monocular is one of the best night vision devices on the market nowadays. This model does not boast the highest detection level, but it is worth noting that this very device is equipped with an infrared illuminator. It can significantly boost the viewing range even if you use it at nighttime. The 35-millimeter lens will definitely surprise you because it provides great viewing capabilities with the viewing angle of 35°. In addition, you will be able to adjust a diopter from +4 to -4 dpt. A truly top-notch product!

Protection

As we have already mentioned, Armasight Goggle comes in a reliable housing. But the protective capabilities are not limited just to this. The model has excellent protective properties, which allow using the device in a heavy fog or even steady downpour. All this will surely please fans of extreme sports or avid hunters who need to use the device under any weather conditions. Note that the model is capable of withstanding a wide range of temperatures (from - 30° to + 45° C).

Battery

The Goggle night vision device is powered by a single CR123 3V battery or by the CR123 3.2V rechargeable battery. Take into account that the kit does not include batteries, so you should buy them separately before using the device. It's totally up to you to decide what type of battery to choose. As for the battery life, it varies depending on whether you use the IR illuminator or not. The battery life with IR mode switched on will amount just to 12 hours, but if you do not use illumination, the battery life will increase up to 58 hours!

Portability

Speaking about portability, the model is very convenient to fix on your head due to the low weight and excellent construction. As you are likely to deal with lots of equipment, it is very important to have your hands free for performing different actions. This Armasight model has the capability of rotating the monocular up in one simple motion. So, when the device is not in use, it can remain on your head, and you will not have to remove it and load in your bag.


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Review of Bushnell Equinox Z  Digital Night Vision Monocular

Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular

Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular

Design and Construction

If you are looking for a device of superior quality, don't look any further! Bushnell Equinox night vision monocular stands out for its excellent viewing features. And in order to meet all the customers' needs, the manufacturer offers this night vision device in three different options: 30mm objective lens and a 3x magnification, 40mm objective lens and a 4.5x magnification, and the most powerful - 50mm objective lens and a 6x magnification. This night vision monocular boasts a rugged water-resistant housing that can be mounted on a tripod.

Detection

This model has the highest detection level which, as stated by the manufacturer, is up to 333 yards. In addition to the optical zoom, this night vision device also has a digital zoom that can magnify every detail up to 18 times. Fantastic! We would like to stress that this model allows choosing one of three levels of brightness. So, all customers can set the most appropriate one according to different light conditions. To crown it all, Bushnell Equinox Z Digital Night Vision Monocular has a fantastic capability of saving photos and videos to a removable microSD card, the capacity of which can reach 2 Gb.

Protection

The housing is made in compliance with the IPX4 technology that is widely known for its capability to withstand dust and moisture. So, this device is totally weatherproof. And for extra comfort, there are grooves and lines on edges to prevent the monocular from slipping from your grip. Despite being very powerful, this device is very energy efficient as it automatically turns off after 10 minutes of idling.

Battery

The night vision monocular uses 4 AA batteries for proper operation. We would like to emphasize that batteries are not included in a package but still AA battery is the most widespread model, which can be purchased at almost any store around the world (from the US to Nigeria and from Japan to the sizzling desert of Chile). In addition to such batteries, you can buy rechargeable batteries of the same size. So, all you have to do is just charge them from time to time. And the last but not the least, Bushnell monocular has a convenient indicator that displays the current battery level.

Portability

Be ready to carry this item anywhere you want. The dimensions of 8.2x4.1x2.4 inches and the weight of only 0.94 pounds make this night vision device very portable, allowing you to place it even in a small travel bag or backpack. What's more, the monocular is equipped with a special port for a USB connection. Hence, synchronization with a PC is possible! And, if you prefer viewing photos and videos on a large TV screen, you are welcome to connect the device to it using RCA video input. Impressive, yeah?


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