1.)What has changed with the MH25V2?
Users will find that iRay has addressed most of the main “concerns” end users had with the original MH25 thermal monoculars. Internal video and photo and audio recording is now a reality with the MH25. Yes, that means you can slay bode AND film it. Pretty rad. The PVS14 eyepiece is also…no more. Which means you spend less up front in order to get into the darkness. Previously, the PVS14 eyepiece was pretty much a requirement. iRay revised the eyepiece as well as the internal screen. Overall, users should expect similar performance to the V1, but in a more refined package.
2.) Does this mean that the V1 is now irrelevant.
Absolutely not! The overall performance of the units is the same. So if you find a good deal on a v1, purchase without regret. The V1 is still one of our favorite units to date and is still very capable. It just needed some extra love to make it more perfect for helmet mounted use.
2.)What is the battery life of the MH25V2
The greatest “pitfall” of the MH25V1, in our opinion, was the battery run time. The MH25V2 does have a BIT better battery life, but we still find that we need to run an external power supply when running for an entire night. The good news is the MH25V2 accepts the SAME power supply cord as the V1, so it is extremely easy to mount and run an external pack. Want to learn more about that? Check out our video here: MH25 Runtime.
2.) Can the MH25 be used with an external battery pack?
Yes. The MH25 can operate from an external power pack so long as it is 5V or LESS. DO NOT EXCEED 5V! Many external cell phone chargers will work but you must make sure you use a battery pack that is 5V or less.
3.) What are proper batteries for the MH25?
Included with this unit are TWO rechargeable ML1665R from nitecore. There is a built in USB Mini charge port with these batteries. This unit will not work with standard non-rechargeable CR123 batteries. Most CR123 batteries are 3V and are not adequate for use in the MH25. The included rechargeable batteries are 3.6V each. We only recommend using the included batteries or running a USB power pack that is no more than 5V.
4.) What is included with the MH25V2?
The MH25 includes the following items: one fabric carry case, two rechargeable batteries, USB C cord w/ 90 degree plug for battery pack use, & USB Mini for battery charging.
5.) How much better is 640 vs 320 or 384 core?
We typically only recommend 640×480 cores for dedicated/hardcore users. The image clarity and quality is substantially better than a 320 or 384 core. With that being said, if your budget doesn’t allow the price tag of a 640 core, lower resolution may be the only option. You can get a lot of work done with lower resolution, but when it comes to helmet mounting, 640×480 is the way we tend to prefer. One optic to consider if the V2 is out of budget is the ML19. The ML19 is a SOLID contender in the 384 world. You can find that HERE.
6.) What about a warranty?
Contact iRay after purchase to register for their warranty. The MH25V2 features a 5 year manufacturers warranty.
7.) Is a helmet mount included in the price above?
No. You will need to purchase a helmet mount separately. You can mount a mod armory dovetail adapter to your unit, then mount the unit into any mil spec dovetail mount, like the G24.
8.) Can the MH25 be run on the Panobridge or Mod Armory Bridge along with a PVS14?
Yes. You will need to purchase the panobridge or mod armory bridge separately. The PVS14 is also sold separately. A HUGE benefit of the V2 vs the V1 is the fact that you no longer need a PVS14 eyepiece to run this unit effectively helmet mounted. Now you can put that money towards time behind the unit training.