The RL25 is the smaller brother to the beastly RH25.
We recognize that not everyone can swallow the cost of an RH25, so we were excited to test our the RL25 ourselves. It did not dissappoint. Thermal monoculars offer a huge advantage over simply running night vision alone. As thermal technology increases, the clarity and performance continues to rapidly expand. While we don’t see much improvement year over year in analog night vision technology, thermal expands rapidly every year.
HOW IS THE RL25 DIFFERENT THAN THE RH25?
The RL25 has a 384X288 core and the RH25 has a 640X512. The RH25 will absolutely have better resolution, but the RL25 is still a very potent unit. Both units feature internal recording. Both units can be weapon mounted as a standalone unit. The one upside of the RH25 is the fact that it can be forward mounted as a clip on. This means you can utilize your daytime LPVO with the RH25 in front of your scope.
How does the RL25 compare to the MH25/ML19?
The RL25 can record internally and can also be weapon mounted as a dedicated aiming device. The RL25 also has the 18650 battery. It has the same resolution as the ML19 with a few more features, but it does come at an added cost. Battery life is longer than the ML19/MH25, which is a huge step forward. The biggest pitfall we saw personally when using our MH25’s was the battery life. There are other changes that are discussed in the specifications section on this page.
WHAT MOUNT SHOULD YOU RUN WITH YOUR THERMAL MONOCULAR?
This unit purchased here does not include any mounting methods. If you would like to mount your iRay RH25 to your helmet, we can offer the panobridge found HERE or the Mod Armory Bridge HERE. Please read full description of the PanoBridge & Mod Armory Bridge prior to ordering.
The RL25 has a great balance of good clarity, fast response and awesome function. This unit is light enough to wear on a helmet and small enough to carry in your pocket. If you are looking for a thermal with a small footprint, great performance, and a medium sized price, the RL25 might be the perfect unit for you.