Danger lurks on a covert IR patch that is not properly made

Listen up.

Are you among the thousands of military and law enforcement who use a covert IR patch?Beware of Hidden dangers on covert IR patch

Not ALL IR Patches are the same… they just aren’t.  

Even though the descriptions say they provide IR protection, you need to find out if your patch has the IR protection you expect.

Unknowingly, you could be putting yourself in a dangerous position. 

The purpose of a good covert IR patch is protection against friendly fire. A night vision device (NVG) will illuminate the patch so you can be identified as friendly.   

If your patch fails, well… we won’t go there. 

To avoid becoming a friendly casualty be sure your IR patch :

  • resists white light reflection 
  • glow is bright up to 700m

Good IR Protection is all in the Design

Let me try to simplify it for you.

A bike reflector uses white light reflective film materials.  When a bike reflector and car headlights meet, the light from the car bounces back from the bike reflector to the driver. The driver can now see you on the bike and you aren’t run over.  

In comparison, when making a covert IR patch, the reflective film selectively reflects infrared energy only.  Unlike the bike reflector, if light meets the film it will not reflect back. The film absorbs the light and you will remain hidden. 

Only a night vision device (NVG) will be able to locate and identify where and who you are. 

You are in danger if your covert IR patch reflects white light

So the danger arises when a patch is advertised as covert IR protection but still reflects white light.  Some processes take short cuts and don’t properly cover the reflective film.  Therefore an operation in the dark can be compromised and your life could be in danger.  While you believe you are hidden from white light reflection, it may not be the case and you don’t want to find out too late. 


Double check your patch IR glow

The other potential danger in an IR patch would be the glow radius.  If the glow on the patch is dull and can’t be seen at a distance of 700m (with PVS-14) you are at risk.  Be sure to double check the glow on your IR patch before the job calls. 

Now what? How to be sure your patch meets safe criteria

How do we know these faulty IR patches exist?  Because we answer the calls and hear the complaints from Military and Law Enforcement personnel who have experienced these problems.  

Do you need protection from friendly fire?

So after much research and testing, we rolled out a proprietary process, SandStorm Technology™ on our IR patches.

SandStorm Technology™ assures you can confidently do your job without fear of your IR patch reflecting white light or failing to glow.

Not only will an IR.Tools™ patch protect against white light reflection, emit an adequate glow, but won’t fall apart when exposed to crazy rain and sand. 

We realize there are others who make quality IR patches but we want you to know we stand by our IR patches and all our ID products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. 

Yes, I want a safe covert IR patch

 The Author

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  Tom founded IR.Tools™ in 2006. He has embraced manufacturing premium IR patches, panels, thermal markers, and thermal targets to better protect and train the military and law enforcement communities.  Always the innovator, he is always thinking out of the box. Currently he has 21 awarded patents, and 14 patents pending.  Tom received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of MD, College Park and his MBA from Regents Univ.


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