Fairhaven Micro-Vario: the lightest & smallest micro vario worldwide!
The Fairhaven micro vario is designed for paragliding, hang gliding and paramotor pilots who want to find thermals and other rising air to maximise their flight times, while using the minimum of equipment. It is easy to operate, ultra light and highly sensitive, making it the ideal companion for Walk & Fly trips!
It uses the latest, most sensitive digital air pressure sensors which are incredibly small and immune to temperature change and radio interference. At only 15 grams and 35mm x 35mm small (just over one inch square!), it's the world's lightest, smallest and toughest little vario. Small enough to fit in your pocket and forget you have it, so it makes a great back up vario for XC pilots, too!
Tones are typical for an audio vario with a modulated "pip-pip" that increases in rate to indicate lift and a lower frequency "buzz-buzz" for sink. Frequency and interrupt rate vary according to rate of climb/descent. Averaging is typical, at just over one second settling time and tones are loud with the bleeper operating at 8 volts!
The audio volume of the vario can be adjusted from 1 = low to 3 = high inside the case.
Headphone/external bleeper socket
In addition to the internal audio sounder or "bleeper", the vario has a socket for an external bleeper that can be worn under the helmet, even with open ear types, or it can be slipped inside your headset. This is particularly useful to paramotor fliers who use thermals, tandem and hang glider pilots and if you have impaired hearing. And even if you fly with a full sized alti-vario, the Fairhaven mini vario will be easier to hear and is just as sensitive.
Use the optional Fairhaven external bleeper or any type of stereo earbuds, or connect the micro vario to an intercom for tandem or sailplane gliding, or to your paramotor headset auxiliary input.
Next to the headphone jack is a sensitivity switch. 3 settings are provided to suit most requirements while being very easy to change without multiple button sequences. Just slide the recessed switch as required:
|Switch Position||Lift tone sensitivity||Level m/s||Damping||Sink tone sensitivity||Level m/s|
|1||Max. sensitivity||< 0.1||High||High sensitivity||2|
|2||High sensitivity||<0.1||Medium||Lower sensitivity||3|
|3||Lower sensitivity||0.3||Low||Dangerous sink warning||4|
Damping (or response time) varies across the 3 switch positions to give a faster response when the thresholds are wider (position 3) and a slower response in position 1 to detect very small rates of climb. Position 2 has an intermediate degree of damping and we recommend this as a starting point.
In use the vario may bleep occasionally with the finer threshold settings and will indicate any transition from sink to lift. On the ground or in buildings, the vario will indicate if wind causes pressure changes around the vario. Once you are flying the vario will tend to silence until lift is detected.
The vario can be mounted on the back of your helmet or inside the helmet's collar, to avoiding line snags. You can also fit it to your flying suit or harness, or it can be panel mounted and we supply 5 adhesive Velcro pads that will stick to most surfaces and can be sewn onto clothing.
It's tiny size makes it ideally suited to fix on your risers, right next to your ear! So we also supply a Velcro wrap for riser mounting and there's a cord provided as a backup, although the Velcro is surprisingly strong
The battery is a 100mA re-chargeable Lithium Polymer type that is automatically re-charged when the vario is plugged in to any USB 5 volt supply, such as a computer, phone charger, satnav lead or solar charger and the vario comes with a neat little charger that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter socket.
The vario lights up when charging and a full charge of one hour will supply the vario for up to 7 days of typical use.
|Article weight||0.015 kg|
|Scope of Delivery|| |
|Vario Properties||Mini Vario|