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#7032201 - 01/09/18 09:25 PM Best IR illuminator for $100, $150?
HookEmHogs Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/17
Posts: 9
I am currently using an Evolva T20 with my x-sight 3-14 and am good out to about 100 yards. I took a pig at 150 but it was dark. What are the best IR lights for <$100 and <$150? 18650 battery is preferred as are adjustable beam and brightness. I would like to get good light out to 300 if possible.

#7032267 - 01/09/18 10:08 PM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
Outdoor Legacy Gear Offline

Registered: 03/18/11
Posts: 144
Loc: Appleby, TX
I know it's more than the price you mentioned but the UNV 20IR is by far our preferred illuminator and it's one of the best selling units on the market. It's $195 and that includes the light, an offset picatinny mount, a Nitecore USB charger and a Nitecore 18650. We throw in an extra Nitecore battery for free, so you've got a spare.

The benefits of the UNV 20IR over so many other IR illuminators is the adjustable head, 3 brightness settings and it's got a high quality LED in it. So many of the less expensive units have cheap LED's that don't last or some even over heat. Plus UNV is in Texas and they offer a 2 year warranty on the unit. I've sold a ton of them over the last 4+ years and I've never had a customer return one because they didn't think it was bright enough. For the price, size, quality, features, high quality batteries/charger and warranty, I don't think you can beat it. Just my 2 cents. You should be able to see 250+ with the 3-14x and that's with the head backed off a little in more of a nicer looking flood patter. Zoom it on in and you can probably extend that range.

Good luck!

- Jason

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#7032369 - 01/10/18 05:21 AM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
KK30RAR Offline

Registered: 08/15/17
Posts: 82
Loc: Arlington
I used the evola t20 with a photon for 3 years now works great . I friend of mine got the unv20ir for his photon and from what I can tell there is no advantage to the unv20ir .

#7032604 - 01/10/18 08:40 AM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
HookEmHogs Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/17
Posts: 9
I just placed an order with Sniper Hog Lights. The main selling point was the ability to swap the LED modules; I can use the red module for longer ranges with my rifles with standard optics. I will take it pig hunting this weekend and post the results. I ended up spending more than $150, though.

#7037334 - 01/13/18 07:26 PM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
HookEmHogs Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/17
Posts: 9
I did next day shipping and was able to test it last night. I got two lenses, the 38LRX and the 66LRX. The 38LRX starts wider and doesn't focus as tight. The 66LRX starts narrower and focuses tighter. I didn't get to test it much past 200 yards.

The 38LRX and the IR module worked great with my 3-14 X-Sight II, plenty of light and coverage out to the 200yds I was able to test. I don't trust the X-Sight past 200 so this combo is great. My Evolva T20 could not reach as far or cover the entire field of view. The red module was good at 200 as well.

I only tested the the 66LRX with the red module and it looked very promising. Very clear at 200 yards and appeared to be able to go much further.

#7038498 - 01/14/18 08:04 PM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
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The Streamlight TAC IR for about $90 is a nice unit in that price range. It isn't as flexible as some of the more expensive models, but it's a reasonable option if you're price constrained.
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#7040283 - Yesterday at 11:19 AM Re: Best IR illuminator for $100, $150? [Re: HookEmHogs]
HookEmHogs Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/21/17
Posts: 9
Saw the Streamlight but passed because I’m trying to stay with 18650 batteries whenever possible.


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