I guess my answer would depend on what you define as eating batteries and how your use pattern. I don't consider mine to be eating batteries. I am using re-chargeables and getting several hunts. For my usage I turn the unit off when not scanning. The battery indicator does drop off full pretty quickly, but the unit keeps working. I couldn't guess an hourly number per battery set. Recording time as well as settings would also have an effect on battery life. I'm happy with mine. Jack
I hope to use it primarily for coyote hunting and I scan continuously for 20-30 minutes. I'm curious how many stands I can get with the IR at it's brightest level using lithiums. I will have to experiment a bit.
I am very pleased with it's night vision ability. Seems comparable to my Photon. Thanks for the recommendation!