Night Evolution Charge MPLS Light
- By Pete Moore
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- Last updated: 16/12/2016
To many non-airsofters the sight of someone running around in a military style helmet must seem a little odd, but in real terms many Military Simulation scenarios often take place in specialist military training areas that are hired specifically for their unique atmosphere and setting.
Undoubtedly the most popular of these training areas are of an urban nature, so overhead hazards can be a real issue. To counter the risk of a head injury players therefore turn to replica, or indeed sometimes real, head protection. It’s not about looking like a commando (not entirely anyway!) but purely a matter of common sense.
To this end there are numerous manufacturers out there that specialise in helmet accessories. Whether it be a working strobe, NVG counterweight pouches or helmet lights; they are all available in either “real deal” or replica format; the replicas often resemble the real item, and in many cases are properly licenced to reflect the work put in by the original developers.
Replica Accessories For Airsoft – Fit For Purpose
Night Evolution have been around for a while now and make accurate replicas of some of the most sought after rifle and helmet accessories that you’re likely to find. They are sold specifically for the airsoft market and make no claim to be adequate for the real tactical world; that said they are often a fraction of the cost of the real deal, and work well in the environment they are intended to.
The CHARGE MPLS light is essentially a replica of the model from Princeton Tec; to put things in perspective the NE version will set you back iro US$40.00 online whereas the real Princeton Tec is iro of US$100.00 plus shipping, plus import duty!
In terms of performance the NE replica has a maximum output of 40 Lumens for 7 hours as opposed to the 46 hours at 55 Lumens of the real thing; you do indeed get what you pay for. However, most airsoft scenarios, even full on ones, will last for a max of 36 hours, and you’re only going to use the helmet light for a fraction of this, so I would still say that the NE is fit for purpose.
It has four output modes (red, green, white, and IR LEDs) that are easily cycled with one hand. The flexible neck allows for easy beam placement and precise lighting, so whichever way you turn your head, the light will illuminate there. No tools are needed to replace the single AA battery used for power, and such cells are easily obtainable and easy to carry should you need a spare.
The lights comes with two fitting options for OPS-CORE and MICH style helmets, and there is an additional plate included to attach to MOLLE webbing should you wish to.
Would I trust my life to this little replica from Night Evolution? Simply put, no. However, hopefully the average airsoft game is not going to require me to do that, so the replica is going to do me just fine!
For more information on the Night Evolution CHARGE MPLS Light, including
stockist details please visit www.night-evolution.com