Night vision binoculars are used not only by the security forces, police, and the military. Today, they can be used for other various purposes like hunting and wildlife watching. 

Night vision binoculars, just like ordinary daytime ones, allow you to see at a distance. However, night vision ones are built with an infrared illuminator which enables you to identify your target even in pitch darkness. Night vision devices like the GlassOwl PRO - Night Vision IR Digital Binoculars are efficient enough to offer 100% vision in darkness with clear, undistorted images. 

When or Why Do You Need a Night Vision Device?

For leisure purposes: watching wildlife - a true night vision device, for example, the Glass Owl PRO - Night Vision IR Digital Binoculars by Creative XP enables you to engage in leisure activities like observing wildlife that appear in the dark with excellent optics.

• Hunting - night vision binoculars are perfect for hunting in the dark as you can easily spot your target. 

• Security - night vision binoculars are essential in matters of safety. Their use has intensified over the years in the fight against the enemy and protecting security sites. NVDs like the GlassOwl PRO - Night Vision IR Digital Binoculars are designed to fit military or surveillance activities. 


How Do Night Vision Binoculars Work?

Night vision binoculars use infrared headlights to get beams of light to the viewfinder, making it possible to see in darkness. It is based on a light convertor that amplifies residual light a dozen times, generating an image visible to the human eye.

Most night vision devicesrequire a minimal amount of external light, residual light from other sources, starlight, or moonlight to work well.

True night vision devices need no ambient light to work, and such is the case of the GlassOwl Night Vision Binoculars, which record color during the day and black&white during the night. The size of the screen is 4”, which makes it very convenient to view photos/videos and allows for clear viewing in complete darkness with zero ambient light.

How to choose an appropriate Night Vision Device?

When out to purchase night vision binoculars, it is essential to keep the following factors in mind.

• Distance - consider the ideal distance for viewing that works for you. The quality of night vision binoculars will differ depending on the distance you want. Providing up to 1300 feet of visibility in the dark..

• Environment - the environmental conditions you intend to use the night vision binoculars should be a priority. A perfect fit for a rugged environment is the night device that is sturdy and easy to hold.

• Quality of image - for good quality images, the binoculars' standard and the price will be higher. The GlassOwl PRO - NIGHT VISION IR DIGITAL BINOCULARS by Creative XP are a top choice when looking for high-end optic devices with clear images and still at a very affordable price. They have a smooth focus allowing you 100% visibility in the dark.


How to Increase Life Span of a Night Vision Device?

Modern night vision binoculars are very efficient and durable enough to use over many years. Before any malfunctions, the device works for thousands of hours. However, it is normal for the device to generate a darker image eventually and gradually burn out the luminophore.

 It is crucial to ensure the night vision device is protected from direct sunlight. Strong, intense light may cause the device's instant failure and rapidly burn out the luminophore.

It is essential to follow the following recommendations to avoid failures and increase lifespan:

 Ensure always to turn off the device during the day and put on the lens cap, if one is necessary. Creative XP has two NVBs, the PRO model requiring an IR cap, while the other one does not, as its illuminator is resistant to daylight. 

 Do not turn on the device in well-illuminated places or out in the sun without the lens cap on.

 Do not expose the lens to floodlights, open fire, or artificial light.

However, new night vision device models have an automatic gain control system that cuts off the power supply after it detects exposure. It is still advisable to follow the guidelines above to care for your device.


Generations of Night Vision Devices

Classification of night vision devices is in classes known as generations. This classification depends on the technologies applied and the quality of the image amplifier. The categories enable the devices to be assigned to certain image quality.


  • Generation 1

    The generation one night vision devices provide a relatively clear and bright image, offering about 1000-5000times light amplification. They are the cheapest devices with less production cost making them more popular with people.

    They are not suitable for demanding activities. Generation one night vision devices are best for outdoor games, watching wildlife, or surveilling an area of less importance. The devices are currently most common due to their little image distortion and higher image resolution. They also have more sensitivity.


  • Generation 2

    The image quality of generation 2 night vision devices is higher and better. The image intensifier in generation 2 devices gives almost 50000 times better intensification than generation 1 devices. The additional microchannel plate attributes this.

    The generation 2 devices consume very low power and offer better images with reduced distortion. They are used mainly by professionals like the police and army forest guards. They are also used for surveillance and hunting for target detection.

    The price of generation 2 night vision devices is considerably high.


  • Generation 3 and 4

 They are the most common night vision devices. These devices are more of improved generation 2 devices with an extensive lifespan and better resolution.

The GlassOwl NVB by Creative XP isn’t a specific generation because it’s not a “green IR”. Some customers stated that they would place them between generation 2 and 3 thanks to the clear image recording and the ability to record in complete darkness without any ambient light.

How to Care for Your Night Vision Device?

  1. Read your manual

Despite most night vision devices being easy to use, it is essential to go through your user manual before getting started.

Become familiar with the device's components, limitations, and recommendations related to certain aspects of the weather and temperatures. The manual has valuable tips on how to use your device for the best results.

  1.  Avoid bright light
Avoid turning on or removing the protective lens of your device during the day. Exposing it to large flames or a bright light source causes severe damage to the external and internal components. The damage to the device leads to expensive replacements and repairs that you could easily avoid.


  1. Know Your Voltage
Depending on what the device is used for and its make, the manufacturer recommends batteries of a specific voltage. For example, the GlassOwl PRO - NIGHT VISION IR DIGITAL BINOCULARS by Creative XP can use durable rechargeable 8AA batteries, offering you hours of service.

Ensure you choose the recommended batteries to ensure your device works safely and efficiently. When not using your device, it is advisable to disassemble the battery. When charging it, avoid moisture and wet environments to prevent damages. 

  1. Handle your objective lens carefully
Avoid touching your objective lens with bare hands to avoid damaging the particular type of coating covering it. The lens is sensitive and delicate and requires maximum care.

Use a soft and clean cloth that is non-abrasive to protect the lens.


  1. Clean your equipment properly
Refer to your manual for instructions on cleaning your device as this depends on its specific features.

However, it is essential to refrain from using detergents or abrasive material, which will damage your lens. Always use a clean cloth. Remember not to get water or any cleaning solutions into your device to avoid malfunction.


Ramona Budui
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