The AN/PVS-14 is one of the most economical and versatile night vision devices available. A PVS-14 can be helmet mounted, rifle mounted, or used as a handheld device. When helmet mounted, the user has the option of choosing which eye they prefer to use with device. This leaves the user with one unaided eye. An unaided eye is beneficial in environments where the user must read ambient lighting conditions. As a result, the user has an increased ability to gauge true lighting conditions. Because of this the PVS-14 is an excellent choice for urban duty use and those seeking the versatility that a monocular brings.
We are frequently asked, “is a PVS worth getting or should I wait to get Binos?” Binocular night vision is amazing and has many benefits. However, PVS-14s have many uses and are a great cost effective way to see at night. PVS-14s are a very capable device and we think that they are a great way to get into night vision.
We build our PVS-14s with 11769 style tubes. 11769 tubes have a gain lead off of the tube for manual gain. This is a huge benefit when moving between varying lighting conditions as the brightness can be adjusted to the desired level.
For individual tube specs please see below:
Thin Filmed Omni 7 Green Phosphor:
- FOM: 1,792 min
L3 Filmless White Phosphor:
- FOM: 1,800 min
PVS-14 Power Supply
In addition, we us L3 power supply’s on all of our PVS-14s. There are three different varieties of power supply’s for a PVS-14: Double AA, Harris Single AA, and L3 Single AA. We use L3 because they are the most slim, durable, and advanced option on the market. If a user wants to use their unit as a handheld device or bridge two PVS-14s, then these features are very desirable.