Because I work in the defense industry and we install state-of-the-art thermal sights in the weapon systems we build, I am familiar with the performance profiles of both cooled and uncooled thermal gear. Since uncooled thermal is lighter, more compact and requires less current to run, most R&D is in this area. This is having a trickle-down effect on the thermal equipment available to the civilian market. The Pulsar Helion XP 50 is a salient example of the benefits of this situation. I have been very impressed with the performance of this unit given its price point. The image is clear, the auto calibration is a welcome feature, and many will find the picture-in-picture a nice option. My only criticism is the color palette is a gimmicky add-on that adds nothing to the usefulness of the unit. You only need white hot and black hot. Those looking for a high quality thermal viewer will find the Helion XP 50 an excellent value for the money.
This unit has amazing clarity at long range. I had a pair of coyotes wind me at 400 yards and continued to watch the coyotes until they hit a wood lot 1200 yards away. Being able to identify and monitor animals at a long range allows for ample time to adjust and prepare for a shot if it is a target animal.
I can’t believe how remarkable this product is. I went from a first gen to this and WOW, what a difference!!! Cant wait to use it in the actual field, rather than the field in my back yard! But so far it’s everything I’ve hoped for and more!
I was contacted by Pulsar Europe and told to forward my contact information to their distributor in Texas to see about free battery testing and replacement. Pulsar considers the battery that comes with the unit to be under warranty for one year. I didn’t know that. When I did contact their people in Texas, their QA department just jumped straight to sending me a replacement immediately. It hasn’t arrived yet, as the exchange of info just happened, but they totally deserve props for outstanding customer service and I didn’t want my review to stand unamended. Unfortunately I can’t edit my original review, but I can’t post a new one to reassure folks this company really stands behind their products. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Superb image quality in this Pulsar Helion XP50. Despite humid conditions, the image remains crisp and clear after contrast and brightness adjustments to match the weather. Convenient size with adjustable hand strap makes it quick and easy to access while scanning. Also comes with durable carrying case with quick clip making it quick to access. I've attached a shoulder strap to mine so i can quickly transition from scanning to swinging it around my shoulder to be ready to shoot game. I have used this unit to spot and identify hogs in the pouring rain at over 800 yards and 2,000 yards in good weather conditions.
Battery has lasted me over 6 hours of hunting time without turning it off.
Absolutely nothing bad to say about this unit. Only thing I would like to see improve on this unit is the quality of the lens cover that it comes with.
No complaints on this outstanding unit.