For three years straight, the Black Widow V2 was one of our best selling products. In addition to being cheap and incredibly powerful, the revolutionary monocular also came with an assortment of accessories which really set it apart from the competition. Features like wireless infrared night vision or phone pairing were simply unheard of until the Black Widow V2 came around.
Despite its success, we were still determined to make the product better than ever. We surveyed our customers and went back to the drawing board.
The first design change we made was switching the exterior from marine vinyl to a harder composite. While the marine vinyl was able to offer superior grip in the wet, it quickly became apparent that most of our customers simply do not use their optics in the rain. Furthermore, the marine vinyl was too soft to comfortably use with some of our aftermarket accessories.
We encountered several problems when considering improvements for the optic. For starters, the magnification was essentially “topped out” for an optic of this size so we had to look for other areas to improve upon.
While the front lens did receive a slight bump in size, the real work was done further back on the device on the rear lens. Believe it or not, the size of the eyepiece was increased by a whopping 5 millimeters and consequentially has a noticeably wider field-of-view than the previous generation Black Widow V2.
In terms of accessories, we made some fairly significant changes to both the tripod and the optical mounting clip. We ditched the variable mounting clip and settled on a single-size design which allows for a much stronger connection to the monocular. In fact, the connection is so strong now that the full weight of the phone can be supported by it with ease.
The tripod also features a new spider design which allows it to sit low and wide for maximum stability. Each leg can articulate independently and is sturdy enough to support the full weight of the monocular and the phone from virtually any angle. Oh, it’s also about four times heavier than the previous tripod. Needless to say, this thing is pretty solid.
Beyond the changes described above, the Black Widow V2 was largely left alone. The infrared attachment will not be available for the newest iteration but will continue to be sold as a complete package with the 2018 model. It might even become its own product entirely – we aren’t sure yet. In the mean time, enjoy the hard work of our engineers and be sure to put the new Black Widow V2 through its paces.