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    Thermal/Night vision gear

    What's the life expectancy of thermal or night vision gear?
    Can they sit in the cupboard for ten years and when you pull them out they are good to go (like optics) or do the wear out with time?
    Overkill is still dead.

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    NV gear is divided into two formats, ATN etc just use a camera and a screen at the end, the rest is photo cathodic units. both have pros's and cons. but like most electronic gear storage without power is an issue as components such as electrolytic capacitors degrade wihout having voltage on them.
    having repaired a few of each version, photo cathodic is the way to go but easily damaged

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    Curious as well, presume warranties would need an empty battery compartment

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    NV gear is divided into two formats, ATN etc just use a camera and a screen at the end, the rest is photo cathodic units. both have pros's and cons. but like most electronic gear storage without power is an issue as components such as electrolytic capacitors degrade wihout having voltage on them.
    having repaired a few of each version, photo cathodic is the way to go but easily damaged
    So what sort of life expectancy could you expect if kept powered and used under normal/recomended conditions?
    Just wondering if outlay would be worth it for the amount I would use it.
    Overkill is still dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    So what sort of life expectancy could you expect if kept powered and used under normal/recomended conditions?
    Just wondering if outlay would be worth it for the amount I would use it.
    Tube life Gen2+ 5,000 hours, Gen3 10,000 hours
    Sensor life of Sony digital 25,000 hours
    a-Si microbolometer life 25 years, though I'm not sure if that is continuos or expected under normal user conditions

    Other electronic components may fail, such as power supplies etc, but these are the least expensive parts to replace. usually.

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    electrolytic capacitors found in most electronic equipment decay faster if they have no power on them occasionally. i would suggest you dont store anything electronic for long periods without the occasional turn on.

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    Damn. Doesn't sound like a simple case of regularly replacing the carburetor belt on the Flux Gate Capacitor then?!?
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