Vortex Ranger 1500 Review

Vortex ranger 1500 is the best rangefinder amongst other rangefinders. The way it produces clear images, accurate data and an unconditional lifetime warranty gives you a guarantee of a well-functioning device for life. Below is a close examination of the device.

The package contains:

  • Lanyard
  • Carry case
  • CR2 battery
  • Utility clip
Vortex Ranger 1500 Rangefinder


The accuracy is achieved on +/-3 yards which is not a big number but it could have been perfect if it was +/-1 yard.


The rangefinder consists of three brightness settings. With these settings, you are guaranteed to have maximum light transmission in any light conditions. The lenses are multi-coated which gives the user bright and clear images thereby maintaining clear viewing. It is a very small device that weighs 7.7 ounces but works accurately in an impressive way.

Measurement range

It ranges targets from 9 to 1,500 yards accurately. Distance measurements are delivered in both yards and meters. Some users understand meters more than yards and vice-versa. In this regard, it remains a convenient characteristic of the device. Users are made to quickly understand the measurements in either way. The measure button allows you to get the distance measurement. When you keep depressing the measure button, you have just activated the continuous scan mode.

Tips on how to get the best out of it

  • Use a tripod for a steady rangefinder
  • Light colors are better than darker ones as they reflect the laser pulse better
  • Shiny surfaces affect the laser pulse
  • Ranging over water may attract unnecessary reflections
  • When you are struggling with a distant target, you can try ranging a closer target or use the Scan mode to pan back and forth for an accurate range distance

Power Source

It comes with a CR2 battery which is not difficult to install. Once the battery is perfectly installed, the ranger is ready for use. It automatically switches off after some time of inactivity. 


The package contains a lanyard which can be used to hang around the device on your neck. This feels so comfortable and light because the device on its own is not heavy. It is very light that it can easily fit into your pack or small bag. It also comes with the utility clip which is used to attach the device on a belt or pocket so that you can easily access it unlike if it is packed in a backpack. The clip can be mounted on any side of the device that you are comfortable with. If you do not need it at all you can completely remove the clip. This reduces a bit of weight although the clip is very light.

Ease of use

It is easy to operate. Since hunters do not just work on a flat area, angle-compensated distance is quite essential. In this case, it is achieved by using the Primary Horizontal Component Distance mode. This mode provides the required information in a quick and simple manner as it is ready for display and allows the user to make accurate shots. You only have to move the eyecup for focus. It has two buttons: menu button and a measure button.

It also has the Line of Sight mode as well as the scan feature. The set and save mode is achieved in a 3 step selection. As soon as the device is on, you choose the mode between HCD and LOS, then choose between meters and yards and finally the brightness setting.  


It has a lifetime warranty. No matter what happens, you are guaranteed of having a well-functioning device. The O-ring seals make sure that the device is waterproof. When a rangefinder is waterproof, you are not limited due to weather conditions. You are ever-ready to go in the hunting fields even if it is raining because you are not worried about the condition of your device. 


  • Unconditional lifetime warranty
  • HCD and LOS mode
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Waterproof
  • Distance measurements are provided in both meters and yards
  • Easy to use
  • Fully multi-coated lens
  • 6X magnification
  • Textured rubber armor


  • Comes at a steep price

I highly recommend the vortex ranger 1500 as you can easily carry it, has great optics that give you accurate measurements and guarantees you several accurate hits. I deeply recommend the use of the device by hunters, target shooters and bow hunters. It is also ideal in rough ground, up and downhills. I rate it as a 5-star rangefinder.

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