Review of Cyalume VisiPad
The Cyalume VisiPad is compact, measuring 110 x 65mm but just 5mm thick, making it ideal for packing into tight spaces without having items hanging off bergens or webbing. There is a choice of colours, including IR, the latter being of limited use without the appropriate night vision gear. The device is activated by bending in the centre - which releases the chemical reagents – and then massaging the VisiPad until an even distribution is achieved. In my opinion, compared to the Cyalume sticks, this item does not fluoresce as brightly.
Having tested the red colour VisiPad I found this piece of kit ideal for close quarter actions such as identification of friendly – the adhesive backing sticks well to rigid fabric, such as the cadet helmet. It can be used to identify certain areas, such as command tents, especially useful at night, either by sticking the patch directly onto the basha, or tying it in place through one of the four holes at each corner. Likewise, it can be stuck on doors to indicate room clear during CQB.
Overall, this is an easy to use, versatile specialist piece of equipment, which works very well in close operating conditions.