Incredible Night Vision Function For A Toy

Impressive Night Vision For A Toy

These were in the discount aisle at a local store.
These were in the discount aisle at a local store.
The price for these two years ago was $65, last month they were $40, yesterday they were $10.  I bought the two remaining pairs.
The price for these two years ago was $65, last month they were $40, yesterday they were $10. I bought the two remaining pairs.
Wall art at 20 feet in a completely dark room with both sets of IR lights on.
Wall art at 20 feet in a completely dark room with both sets of IR lights on.
Binocular viewing area.
Binocular viewing area.
Monocular lense with two sets of IR lights, the ones on the right side visible on left side of picture can be seen with the naked eye at close range.
Monocular lense with two sets of IR lights, the ones on the right side visible on left side of picture can be seen with the naked eye at close range.
Top view of the rather large plastic housing, there is no head harness, it has to be held to the face to use goggles.
Top view of the rather large plastic housing, there is no head harness, it has to be held to the face to use goggles.
Focusing ring for monocular lense.
Focusing ring for monocular lense.
View adjustment ring near viewing area, this knowb simply widens or narrows the viewing area within the device.  Wide lessens depth perception, narrow increases depth perception.
View adjustment ring near viewing area, this knowb simply widens or narrows the viewing area within the device. Wide lessens depth perception, narrow increases depth perception.
Visible IR lights, the camera actually turns the lights white.  They are red to the naked eye.
Visible IR lights, the camera actually turns the lights white. They are red to the naked eye.
Invisble IR lights, cannot be seen with the naked eye or with the camera, but can be seen with another pair of night vision goggles.
Invisble IR lights, cannot be seen with the naked eye or with the camera, but can be seen with another pair of night vision goggles.

Great Deal For Operational Night Vision Toys.

I found two pairs of toy night vision goggles at a store yesterday. They were marked down to $10 a pair and there were two pairs left. The first time I saw them they were $65 each, the last time I looked at them they were $40 each. A price my wife told me was too much to pay for a toy that probably does not work the way they are advertised to work. She did not get angry when I told her that I had purchased a pair of them for $20.

I was a bit sceptical on how well they would work, but my son was really excited about them and wanted to use them right away. I had to repeatedly tell my son who wanted to play with them as soon as we returned home that they can only be used at night when it is dark outside. As the two of use eagerly waited for it to get dark, I set about preparing these goggles for their first use. They are fairly easy to understand, the battery cover is located on the bottom of the device secured by a single Phillips head screw. After removing the screw and inspecting the battery housing, I found out that this device would need four "AA" alkaline batteries. Upon further inspection of the battery compartment and the battery cover, it was evident that these toys cannot be used in wet weather or submerged without damaging the unit.

After replacing the battery cover, I turned the power on in a room with no windows to make sure they both worked. Military night vision goggles can be damaging to the human eye if used in a lighted area, I assumed the same may apply for these toys as well. When the goggles powered on I immediately noticed how much light they emitted from the viewing area, the light from the viewing port light up my entire chest. The large amount of light being emitted would be seen with the naked eye as far as twenty feet, and as much as thirty feet with another night vision device. I looked in the mirror and could clearly see my reflection in the mirror with only one set of IR lights on, I was slightly blinded looking into the mirror using both sets of IR lights.

I then looked at the end of the goggles and to see if I could see any lights from the front of the goggles, I could clearly see the red IR lights located on the right side of the device within five feet of the goggles. The second pair of IR lights, I could not see at all with the naked eye or when photographing the goggles. The visible red IR lights glowed a bright white when photographed with a digital camera. Of course as with any night vision device, when the IR lights are on, another person using night vision can see the IR lights which are very bright when viewed through another night vision device.

Once it was dark outside, my son and I ventured outside. I was pleasantly surprised at how clearly I could see through these toy goggles. I would say that the clarity is about the same as military night vision goggles. The depth perception is not bad, I could walk across the yard without stumbling and I could see depressions in the ground with relative clarity. There was no moon light and it was overcast, so it was very dark outside that night. I moved around with relative ease at a normal walking pace in open areas. That particular night I could see about 30 feet in front of me with both IR light sets on. Using a single set, I could see about fifteen to eighteen feet in an open area.

Moving in a wooded area or near trees was a bit of a challenge, the leaves of the trees were visible with both IR lights on and they actually became a blinding distraction. I had to turn the right side IR lights off, eliminating the glare from the leaves while at the same time reducing my visibility to about ten feet while under a tree. I am sure that if there was a bit of moon light, the vision within a wooded area might be a bit better. The package indicates that the goggles can allow a user to see up to fifty feet in the dark. This is only true if the area the goggles is being used in is an open area on a moon light night or in a large indoor room with ambient light.

The goggles themselves are easy to operate as far as turning them on and adjusting the optics. Unlike military or other professional night vision goggle, these devices do not come with a head harness or other head mounting gear. There is only a thin fabric strap that allows a user to carry the device around their necks. The user has to hold the device up to their face with one or both hands depending on the users size and body position. It is not a hands free device. Then again it is a toy.

The view through these goggles is pretty good for a toy, they could be used for hunting, night game playing, camping, or even to look around your yard late a night when you hear something outside. The down side is that you cannot use them through a window, the IR lights will reflect back and make it very difficult to see through a window. On dark nights, transitioning from the goggles to naked eye vision can cause night blindness for as much as a minute depending on how well a users eyes adjust from light to darkness and vice versa. The batteries wear much faster when using both sets of IR lights, battery life for us with both lights running is about four and a half hours of continuous goggle operation.

Children and adults need to adhere to the safety warnings included with the toy. One of those warnings is that this is a toy and not a life saving device. This toy can cause dizziness, disorientation, and other discomfort. Do not use this toy when driving, riding a bike, or other means of mechanical transportation. This device will impair peripheral vision and depth perception always scan left and right when looking through this device. Objects viewed through this device are closer than they appear through the viewing area. This device will not provide the same level of vision clarity as daylight vision. Always allow your eyes to adjust and adapt to the darkness before moving when finished using scope. Take frequent breaks to prevent eye strain and tiredness when using these goggles.

My son and I enjoy using these goggles outside after dark to look around the yard and to play hide and seek. These toys allow my son who is afraid of the dark to feel safe and secure knowing that he can see in the dark without the use of a flashlight. They also appear to be durable so far. My son has dropped his goggles several times and kicked them, he has also thrown them into the storage closet when he put them away and they functioned normally when he took them out the following night. They have also come in handy to find out which neighborhood kids have been using our playhouse as a hangout after dark, scaring off racoons digging in our garbage cans, and catching a man who was breaking into cars in our neighborhood.

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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

These sound awesome! And what a deal getting two for $2o! I might have to keep my eyes open for a pair of these. Fun read, voted up and shared!


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ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

If these are toys - imagine how the military ones work!


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flacoinohio 4 years ago from Ohio Author

The view is almost as good as the an-pvs 7, range not as good.

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