Rules of Using and Cleaning Your Night Vision Device

Night Vision Device

The best way to protect your night vision monoculars, binoculars, goggles, or riflescope is with proper care. These gadgets are fragile and could become faulty or damaged if not handled properly. That’s why through this post, you’ll get correct tips on how to use and clean your night vision gadgets. Making the most of your night vision equipment doesn’t get any easier than what this post provides. 

Types Of NV Devices

Night vision monocular

NV monocular works as a light amplifier. It amplifies light that falls on an object multiple times, making it visible in the dark. It is usually shaped like a tube and provides a vision for only one eye.

Night vision binocular

Night vision binocular works in almost the same way as the night vision monocular. Using its electron-optical converter, it amplifies light from the moon and stars. Night vision binoculars are more expensive than monoculars and provide a vision for both eyes.

Night vision goggles

NV goggles are mostly used for safety and security purposes. It is lighter than the NV binocular and NV monocular. Night vision goggles consist of two channels for the right and left eye of one user. It uses one lens and one EOC. Images provide by the NVG are stereoscopic in nature.

Night vision rifle scope 

Night vision riflescope is a tool used by military and civilians alike. In the military, it comes in handy during night operations, civilians on the other hand use this tool for hunting. NV riflescopes come with alignment tools that allow fixation on small firearms. Night vision riflescopes are usually more durable than other NV devices.  

Safe Use Of NV Devices

Read and follow instructions in the manual

NV devices are simple electronics, easy to use and operate. But because of this, its user manual is often neglected. In contrary to the thoughts of most NV devices operators, reading and understanding the manual of your night vision device is extremely important. 

Some night vision device contains toxic chemicals that can be harmful when touched or inhaled. Besides that, most NV devices contain delicate components that will easily get faulty if not handled properly. To alert yourself to possible dangers, a proper understanding of the instruction manual is needed.

Keep NV away from light

Bright light is the number one enemy of your night vision device such as a night vision rifle scope. Never turn on your NV devices during the day or in an environment with bright light. The night vision device is designed to work in an environment with little or no surrounding light. 

Exposing your night vision device to bright light like a flashlight, vehicle headlight, campfire, etc. will severely damage the internal unit.  

Avoid DIY repairs

 NV devices are both complex and fragile. Unless you are a professional, do not attempt to dismantle your night vision device. Doing so will lead to faults that may prove difficult to fix or even be dangerous to you. If your night vision device becomes faulty, contact the manufacturer, and arrange to get it fixed.

Transportation Of NV Device

Since NV devices are relatively fragile, it is important to pack them in protective cases while transporting. While it is relatively easy to transport NV devices within states, a permit is needed to transport them out of the country. It is especially so for generation 2 and 3 devices.

In the US, attempting to transport generation 2 or 3 devices without express approval is an offense.

How To Store Your NV Device

First things first, take out the batteries when not in use. It is important if you’re going to be storing your device for a long time without usage. your purpose of storing will dictate the way you store your NV devices. 

If you are storing it for travel, you can simply remove the batteries and keep them in a safe place, put your NV devices in a protective case and you’re good to go.  

If you intend to store your device for a long time without usage, make sure to remove the batteries, after which, clean your lens with a microfiber cloth or a lens pen with a brush. 

You can also use an anti-fog paste to coat your lens for a few minutes before wiping it off with a microfiber cloth. You can also brush the exterior of your night vision with the brush on your lens pen. After this, your NV devices are ready to be kept away.


NV devices are super-handy in several situations and can work for civil and military uses. Now that you have read a detailed explanation on how to use and clean your NV devices, caring for them should be a walk in the park. When you can care for your night vision equipment correctly, you’ll get more uses out of it without hassle. 

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Rules of Using and Cleaning Your Night Vision Device

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