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technology was once regarded as an untouchable tool reserved only for a select
group of people with specific jobs to do. But today, night vision devices are
indispensable for military and law enforcement officers, hunters, nature
enthusiasts, and security personnel, as well as people in many different
professions and with a variety of hobbies.
advantages they offer are clear and the technology has evolved to be user
friendly and easy to operate, NVDs still require special care and handling.
Safety procedures, regular maintenance, thorough cleaning, and proper storage
are all necessary to keep your night vision device in working condition - and
to keep you safe.
Follow these 9 tips for keeping your night vision device protected and operational.
More about how the night vision device works can be found in the articles:
Most NVD units are
simple to operate, but this often means users don’t think they need to read
through the instruction manual before getting started. However, it is extremely
important to be aware of the possible dangers operating such a device can
present -- things that can damage the unit, of course, but more importantly,
things that can cause harm to you.
NVDs are made of delicate components, and even issues that seem minor can
render the device unusable. NVDs also typically contain chemicals that are
toxic if ingested, inhaled, or touched, making proper handling absolutely
familiar with your specific instrument’s limitations and recommendations when
it comes to weather restrictions, temperature fluctuations, battery voltage,
and operation to enable safe, effective use of your NVD. Instruction manuals
also cover the most relevant and useful tips for using your device, so you can
achieve the goals of your mission or excursion every time. So -- don’t just
flip through that manual. Read it, keep it somewhere accessible, and refer to
it whenever you have a question.
The bottom line?
Never, ever turn on your device and remove the protective lens cover in
daylight, or in the presence of lamplight, streetlights, large flames, or any
other sources of bright light. The optics used in night vision devices are
designed to work in environments with little to no ambient light, and
subjecting them to intense illumination can cause serious, irreversible damage
to the internal and external components.
You should also be
cautious about using night vision devices around flashlights, headlights,
campfires, and other similar sources of light, and you should never aim your
unit directly at them. Bright lights can cause permanent damage to your
equipment that will lead to expensive repairs and replacements -- neither of
which are covered by the warranty.
devices are complex, fragile, and constructed by a team of trained
professionals. If you do not have hands-on experience working with the
intricate mechanisms used in NVDs, attempting to take one apart is a mistake --
one that will prove to be costly, and that could even be dangerous If a
component of your NVD is damaged or the
device stops working, contact the manufacturer and arrange for repairs to make
sure that your device is fixed properly.
The objective lens
on a night vision device is the one positioned furthest from your eye. They are
especially delicate and sensitive, and are covered with special type of coating
that can be damaged easily. Do not touch it, especially with your bare skin, as
the oils and microscopic debris on your fingertips can break down the coating.
When cleaning the
objective lens, always use a soft, clean, and non-abrasive cloth. The user
manual (remember -- that’s your best friend!) that accompanies your NVD
contains detailed instructions on cleaning the optics both thoroughly and
of any night vision device will recommend using batteries with a specific
voltage, which will change depending on how the equipment is constructed and
what, exactly, it’s used for. Choose the batteries according those
recommendations to ensure that your unit works properly and safely. Today’s
NVDs are largely built with internal protective mechanisms that prevent you
from operating them with the wrong types of batteries -- however, it’s always
better to proactively prevent the risk than regret it later.
important that you remove the batteries from your equipment when it’s not in
use, and if you need to change the battery out, avoid doing so in humid or wet
environments. Moisture can cause severe malfunctions if it gets inside an NVD.
Many night vision
devices are designed to be waterproof or water-resistant, but not all of them.
Always be sure to verify whether your unit can withstand high-humidity
conditions, rain, and fog before using it in this type of weather. you know your device well enough before use
it under high humidity conditions. This type of weather can not only cause
visibility issues, but can permanently damage your device if the right
precautions are not taken
devices are an important addition to any tactical professional or enthusiast’s
collection, and the best part is that they’re fun to use. But they should never
be considered toys; they’re designed with many fragile optics, delicate
mechanisms, and in some cases, hazardous chemical materials. While many newer
NVDs are built with shock-resistant housing, they will not protect against
sharp temperature changes, extreme weather, or falls from great heights. Never
drop, hit, kick, or throw them, and always use high-quality mounts and rails
suggested in your user manual. When traveling with the device, always pack it
in its specially-designed bags, pouches, or hard cases to best protect it
As we’ve now said
twice, the operation manual is your best friend. It always contains the
necessary instructions on how to clean your unit depending on its model and
features, as well as what can (or can’t) be used on it. Read it carefully to
find out the best way to keep your equipment in great shape.
refrain from using detergents or abrasives, which can damage the lenses, and
always use soft, clean cloths to clean your NVD.
If you have to
remove dirt from the housing, make sure to use a small amount of distilled
water on the cloth, and remember to dry the unit afterwards. As always, don’t
allow water to get inside the device, and steer clear of any cleaning solutions
that may leave mineral or chemical residue behind.
If you are not
going to use the device for a long period of time, remember to turn it off and
remove the battery. Never, ever store the unit with the batteries still installed,
as they may corrode, causing serious damage to the device and danger to the
user (you). Keep your NVD somewhere secure, cool, dry, and well away from
flammable materials, exposed electrical wiring, or high heat.
There you have it:
9 key tips for keeping your night vision devices safe and in great condition.
Follow these whenever working with NVDs, and you’ll be able to enjoy
top-performing gear for years to come.
You can find more interesting about night vision here:
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