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Posted: 3/1/2006 6:35:37 PM EDT
Whats the difference between the 2? Is it battery type only?
Thanks
Link Posted: 3/1/2006 6:42:43 PM EDT
yes the 551 takes N type batteries and the 552 takes AA's get the 552 much longer battery life
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:09:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gm2376:
Whats the difference between the 2? Is it battery type only?
Thanks



I have both the 551 and 552, and yes the 551 takes the 1.5 v N-type batteries w/ out to 200 hours use a set, but it is also about 1 inch shorter in length, I believe around 4 inches, compared to the 552 at around 5 inches and up to 1100 hours on the AA batteries. Other than that they have the same features.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:22:48 AM EDT
Wait for the 553.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:36:00 AM EDT

Originally Posted By in_burrito:
Wait for the 553.



When is that supposed to come out?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:45:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By gm2376:

Originally Posted By in_burrito:
Wait for the 553.


When is that supposed to come out?


I honestly don't know. I already have other optics so I'm not in a hurry. If you're optic free then I'd say get one of the older models now. I prefer the lighter weight of the smaller one.
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 5:54:35 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 6:07:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By C4iGrant:

Originally Posted By gm2376:

Originally Posted By in_burrito:
Wait for the 553.


When is that supposed to come out?


You may not want the 553 as it will be very expensive, have a built in riser and ARMS throw levers.
C4
www.GRTactical.com



On your site a 551 plus Larue mount is $454, and a 552 plus Larue is $514. Arguments about the quality of ARMS levers aside, will the 553 retail for over $515?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 6:12:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 12:31:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/2/2006 12:32:35 PM EDT by Jm03]
If you are going to be using it in very cold temps I would definatley get the 552.The lithiums are supposed to work better in cold weather.

I would go with the 552 anyway just for battery life issues.Shop around in the EE I have seen some killer deals on 552's lately.

My .2

Link Posted: 3/2/2006 3:55:21 PM EDT
Why are you looking at the 55x series anyways? The only features I can find are extra depth protection (I don't plan on taking a swim with my rifle) and night vision compatable. Is there something I'm missing here?
Link Posted: 3/2/2006 4:40:07 PM EDT
I have the 551. I like the smaller size. 552 does have much longer battery life but I don't see any reason for that unless I was on an extended operation in the field. 200 hours is enough for me but I rarely have it on more than an hour at a time and just about always have access to extra batteries. In the case that my batteries fail I have my buis.
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 1:14:53 PM EDT
will the 552 mount right on my flat top or do I need to buy a mount? is $375.00 a good price for the 552-A65.1?

thanks
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 2:51:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By filefish:
will the 552 mount right on my flat top or do I need to buy a mount? is $375.00 a good price for the 552-A65.1?

thanks




All of the Eotech Models will mount to your flat top with out any type of mount..
Link Posted: 3/22/2006 3:40:39 PM EDT
The standard AR-15.com answer will always be "get both".

I bought a 551 from C4iGrant of GandR Tactical because I'm just going to use it for my backup carbine plus I'm planning to get a NV later on when I completed my current AR projects.

I also was about to get the 552 for my main carbine but since the 553 are coming out now, I'll get the new model instead only if they came out with a different mounting system (I don't like the ARMS levers that they have now).
Link Posted: 3/24/2006 10:52:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Alpha-Romeo3:
The standard AR-15.com answer will always be "get both". hr


I did not relize I had to be rich to be around here
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:07:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By filefish:

Originally Posted By Alpha-Romeo3:
The standard AR-15.com answer will always be "get both".



I did not relize I had to be rich to be around here


Most of the members here are not rich, everyone here got the Black Rifle Disease (BRD) which makes you get both, or if possible all of it.

Sorry for the off topic guys, now back to the subject.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:12:43 AM EDT
ARe the N batteries hard to get? Do you have to order them directly from eotech? Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 4:38:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MTBPilot:
ARe the N batteries hard to get? Do you have to order them directly from eotech? Thanks.


In some areas the N batteries are hard to get, but some areas like mine they are available in groceries, drug stores, Walmart, electronic stores, etc.

My Duracell spare batteries are labeled medical and might be more available at drug stores and medical supplies.

If it's hard to find in your area they are always available from your EOTech dealer and there are a lot of Internet on-line places that sells them (even e-Bay).

Try to Google or Froogle it and you will see a lot of sources.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 7:12:45 AM EDT
It's no big deal, in the grand scope of things, I guess but I've always got AA's around the house so it's just a matter or convenience for me.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 11:44:48 AM EDT
have you considered a 512. it takes the same battery as a 552 but does not have nv compatibility. I figured you already had a 551 so you have the nv feature. Unless your in search for another NV optic then splurge for the 552. I am considering a 552 as well but i really don't need the NV feature
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:41:42 PM EDT
I went with the 551. Good enough battery life for my needs and it's shorter length allows more room for a BUIS without spending money on more rails.
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 5:54:20 PM EDT
how much less it the 551?
Link Posted: 3/25/2006 9:31:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By filefish:
how much less it the 551?


Model 551 is less than $60 than the 552.

The MSRP of 551 is $419 and the 552 is $479 per EOTech's website.

It's possible to get $100 or more discount from the MSRP of the 551 if you really look hard for a good deal.


www.eotech-inc.com/lawe_hwsmodels.php
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 4:10:41 AM EDT
So what will the differance be between the 552 and the 553.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 5:40:49 AM EDT
The N cells are just fine.

I buy my N cells from Batterstation.com for $0.75 each. I have also been able to find them at most local stores.

I put my N celled Eotech in the freezer until nice and frozen (a few hours) and it turned on with no problem. I also di it with it already turned on and left it on in the freezer for a few hours. Neither had an efect on performance.

The N cell size is just perfect and there is no gain in the AA for what most people or LEO's will notice in real life.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 9:50:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By QuarterStickNick:
So what will the differance be between the 552 and the 553.




EOTech 553 prototype model at the '06 Shot Show originally posted by team member 7KOPPER

EOTech 553 Warning**Found This Out at Shot Show - 7KOPPER's thread link


The 553 uses CR123 batteries same as most tac lights, built-in ARMS mount (levers) and tan (coyote/ FDE) color.
Link Posted: 3/26/2006 12:26:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/26/2006 12:30:33 PM EDT by FMJ]
123 bats cool

I bought the 551 because its shorter only reason besides NV

I dont want it close to my BUIS

The 551 cost less! Now if we can get it another inch smaller.


BTW here in Punta Gorda FL I had a hard time finding batteries

But after bitching they carry them now Walgreens
Link Posted: 3/27/2006 3:44:33 AM EDT
If size and weight are an issue for whatever your putting it on,
then I'd go for the 551 .
An inch doesn't sound like much length to save,but it can be
with some weapons.

I prefer the 552 for commonality of batteries.

I've been trying to convert all of my power using equipment to
rechargeable AA batteries.

Try getting a good price on a flashlight ,NVGs ,communication equipment,
GPS,and whatever other items you want all with N type batteries that
are rechargeable .

If you accomplish that ,try finding N type batteries after a disaster.

If you do choose the 551 ,you can always just stock up.
I just find using AAs easier overall.
Link Posted: 3/28/2006 7:14:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FMJ:
BTW here in Punta Gorda FL I had a hard time finding batteries

But after bitching they carry them now Walgreens



They have a lot of old people in FL don't they? I always see the N batteries marked as medical. They should be available all over the place.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 9:24:26 AM EDT
I can't wait for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan to end so; A.) We can bring our people home, and B.) so black and OD green accessories and tactical gear will be "in style" again.

I just don't like the desert tan 553 model.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 11:47:53 AM EDT
why are they marked for military use only???
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 1:09:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By THOLL223:

Originally Posted By FMJ:
BTW here in Punta Gorda FL I had a hard time finding batteries

But after bitching they carry them now Walgreens



They have a lot of old people in FL don't they?

I always see the N batteries marked as medical. They should be available all over the place.




I hear ya on that one
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 1:11:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2006 1:12:41 PM EDT by FMJ]

Originally Posted By SSGRob:
why are they marked for military use only???



To make it sale more?

Tan sucks!

once you go black
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 1:14:12 PM EDT
so all those thirty round mags the army has are legal to posses???
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