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14 May 2013 - 10:08 PMIf you do replace it, just make sure you get an actual fill nipple and not the male end of a quick disconnect set.
They're basically the same part, but a QD male end lacks the internal valve core that seals it off.
14 May 2013 - 10:06 PMIt's simply more effective and lasts longer.
In terms of their ability to inhibit fogging, dual-paned thermal lenses never "wear out." (They eventually need to be replaced for other reasons)
Coated or treated lenses, on the other hand, work by having some kind of film or coating on the inside that is hydrophobic or that fills in all the pores in the outer layer of the plastic.
Over time, these treatments can either evaporate or be rubbed off from regular use.
If you're familiar with scuba masks, this is why a new layer of anti-fog treatment is applied every time you dive. It simply wears off.
07 May 2013 - 05:54 PM...or the LCD version.
I wouldn't pay more for it, but if you can find one cheap it's just as good as the 18v.
07 May 2013 - 05:20 PMFASTA's a great, but make sure yours has the rubber tubing tips on the impellor as these make it gentler on paint.
Also, be careful about it getting beat around in your gear bag. The feedspout on the bottom is rather fragile and can break off if you're not careful.
07 May 2013 - 05:19 PMThermal lenses are actually two separate lenses layered on top of each other, with a space of air in between them. This space of air acts as an insulator between them, so one single lens isn't experiencing a drastic temperature differential, like a single pane lens might between the outside and the hot air next to your face.
It also helps that the inner lens is much thinner and made from a less dense plastic than the main lens, so it warms up to the temperature of your sweat and breath faster, inhibiting condensation.