Night Vision gets smart: US Night Vision’s iPhone 4 Adapter held up to the light

For years I have been trying to get good photos through my ITT PVS-14 night vision monocular. I have tried all kinds of contraptions, mounts…you name it. Most of the contraptions that looked as though they might actually work cost far more than I...

Video evidence through high powered spotting scopes of various activities can be collected easily with equipment of minimal weight and size. Photographs and video can be sent from the field to others nearly instantly via the iPhone. Best of all, your team is using existing equipment they are already familiar with to accomplish this. Training time is minimal, while capability and efficiency significantly increase. The usefulness of the iTelligent adapter is limited only by your imagination and optics available to you.

The current version is available as a standalone unit and as a kit. The standalone unit is what I have been testing; it will hold any iPhone 4 or 4S so long as the phone does not have a case on it. The lower section is adjustable to fit and hold your iPhone in proper position. The unit stows into itself to an overall size that is about half the size of your iPhone.

Both the standalone and kit are made of hard anodized aluminum. According to US Night Vision, the kit version includes a matte textured ULTEM composite bumper case that provides lightweight, sleek and stylish protection. It comes with an industrial grade protective carbon fiber graphic backer and natural view screen protector, both by 3M. The effect is to dampen impact and protect the device, in addition to adding a matte non-reflective finish for use at night.

If you use the kit you must use the included bumper case, as it attaches to the kit version of the adapter. The case slides into the adapter for use with an optic and out of the case for daily use. The benefit of the kit is the protective case and simplified use of the adapter. The downside is that the adapter for this version only works with phones that have a bumper case.

The standalone stow-away adapter is included with 1/4 x 20 threaded mounting points on each side to allow for other mounting options. Either version will work with a gauntlet of optics, including the AN/PVS-14, AN/PVS-7, AN-PVS-15, and FLIR Recon M24 Thermal Imager, as well as spotting scopes of various manufacturers.

US Night Vision has other adapters that are sold separately, so if you’re not sure what to get contact them to see if they have a solution for you. They are also producing an iPad adapter that will allow you to connect various optics to the camera on your iPad.


Dennis Haworth is a police officer with a California state law enforcement agency. He has a BS in Criminology and an MPA with a specialization in human resources management.

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