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Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ30V vs Pulsar Axion Key XM30

Hello and welcome to another episode of Optics Trade Debates. In this episode, we will explain the differences and similarities between Pulsars Quantum Lite XQ30V, which has been discontinued, and Axion Key XM30.

With Quantum Lite XQ30V being discontinued and replaced by Axion Key XM30, Pulsar made a big leap forward regarding some technical features.

For example, Axion Key uses a new thermal sensor with a 320×240 pixel resolution and a 12 µm pixel pitch, while Lite has a 17 µm sensor with a resolution of 384×288. So Axion has a much smaller pixel size, but it should provide more details.

Key also features a better display resolution of 960×720 pixels and an LCOS display, while Lite has a 640×480 AMOLED display. The LCOS display operates at temperatures down to -10 ⁰C and AMOLED display can operate at even lower temperatures, all the way down to -25 ⁰C.

The housing on Lite is made from polymer and rubber, which ensures a secure grip of the device. Axion Key is constructed from a lightweight magnesium alloy, which makes the device more robust and nicer.

The devices don’t differ much in prices. Lite costs 1500 € and Key costs 1390 €.

Both devices have the same lens, they both lack Wi-Fi and Stream Vision capability and the warranty on both is 3 years. Calibration modes are the same (automatic, semi-automatic and manual).
They are both equipped with an LED diode that shows the user when the device is turned on.

Quantum Lite has been designed to use the normal AA batteries, but later they introduced the DNV battery pack, which was a huge leap forward. The Key, however, uses an APS3 battery, which is even better, because the battery is easy to change with just one push of a button.
The Start-Up time on Lite is about 3 seconds and on Axion it is even faster.

The Magnification on both monoculars starts at 2.5x and can be digitally increased to 10x, which means they have a 4x digital zoom.

For eyeglass wearers, the Quantum Lite will be easier to use than the Axion Key.

Both devices are waterproof. The Quantum Lite has an IPX4 waterproof-rated protection, while Axion Key has an IPX7 waterproof-rated protection, which ensures the Axion thermal camera performs perfectly in wet weather, even during intense rain, snowfall and after being submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

This is everything for today. Thank you for your attention. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, feel free to send us an email or leave a comment in the section below. We love to help. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content. See you next time!

Products mentioned:

Pulsar Optics:

Pulsar Thermal Imaging Scope Quantum Lite XQ30V:

Pulsar Axion KEY XM30 Thermal Imaging Monocular:

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