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Eagle Optics Energy Binocular

Hands-on Review

by Diane Porter

Tiny and light and low priced

Eagle Optics EnergyA lot of the people get Eagle Optics Energy binoculars to give to a child. It's a starter binocular that is a real binocular, not a toy.

It's also nice for theater and sport events. Easy to take along for a closeup of the action.

Classes and home-schooling associations often order several at once for their educational activities.


It's got suprisingly good optics for the low price. It focuses as close as 8 feet, which is unusually good for an inexpensive binocular. If a person decided to move up to a higher quality binocular, this one could become a spare, perhaps to loan to a friend who wanted to go birding with you.

Eye relief and eyecups

The eye relief of the Eagle Optics Energy works well for a person who does not wear glasses. Rubber eyecups fold down to accommodate people who wear glasses. They eyecups are soft and comfortable.

However, the eye relief will not be adequate for most glasses wearers, who may find that they don't get the benefit of the full field of view. We recommend a different choice in binoculars for use with glasses.

Interpupillary distance

The two hinges allow you to fold up the binocular into a compact position, so it would fit in a men's shirt pocket. An advantage of the two hinges is that no one will ever find it difficult to see through both barrels at the same time.

That can be a great advantage for a person with close-set eyes. For small children, this means they can see through both barrels of the binoculars at once, something that is often not possible with full-size binoculars.

The usability by children and people with close-set eyes is one of the reasons the Energy is among our best-selling binoculars.


We like the rubberized paint that covers the binocular. It's pleasant to touch. The focus knob is easy to turn but not too easy, and it operates smoothly. A slight indentation in each barrel is well placed to facilitate grasping the binocular.

Diopter adjustment

Although this is an inexpensive pocket binocular, it has a well-engineered and well-made diopter adjustment. It's at the base of the right eyepiece. It has a scale so help you replace the adjustment to your liking if someone accidentally turns it for you. It turns just hard enough to minimize the danger of its being turned off its position accidentally.

Weather resistance

The Eagle Optics is not waterproof.


The binocular carries a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. The warranty is transferable in case you sell or give away the binocular.

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