The Vortex Ranger 1800 Rangefinder

All you need to know about the Ranger 1800

This is possibly one of the best rangefinders of its kind. The Ranger 1800 from Vortex speaks for it’s self, with the top notch build quality and the best warranty of Vortex.


  • Horizontal Component Distance is Vortex version of angle compensation. This is a must have for archery hunting
  • Scan mode
  • Fully waterproof
  • Tripod Adaptable
  • Rubberized exterior
  • Fully Multi-Coated
  • It will range up to 950 yards on a reflective surface, and 800 on standard targets or natural targets.

What’s in the box

  • User manual
  • Lanyard
  • Nylon case with belt loop
  • Rangefinder MRAD measurement and MOA measure card
  • CR2 battery

Stand out features

– The warranty is the best we’ve ever seen

If you aren’t familiar with Vortex products, you may not know but they have possibly the best warranty I have ever heard of they call their VIP (Very Important Promise) warranty. Many people whoa re familiar with Vortex know this is a huge reason people buy from them.

In essence, this warranty means that you can buy any of their products and not have to worry about needing another one ever again. As long as you have the product, you can send it back and expect it either repaired or replaced. No questions asked. As they call it their “unconditional” promise, it doesn’t matter who did it or what happened to it. Personally, I don’t know of a lot of companies with this customer service quality level.

– Most popular and widely loved rangefinder

Another thing that is great about this rangefinder is that it is extremely popular. Tons of users means tons of feed back. And as you can see on Amazon, this product has a ridiculous rating for how many reviews it has! That is a huge plus in my book, because you know they have a consistently good product.

– Very clear display

Something else we noticed is the display is very clear. It just has a very high contract lens and it makes it great for low light as well as very bright situations. Here is what it looks like through the lens.

Things to think twice about before buying this

There really aren’t a ton of cons about the Vortex but here are a few things that are worth mentioning. The issues we found basically just relate to when ranging into the 800-900 yard range or so. So if you plan on taking the long shot all the time, you may want to invest in something a little more built for that. Here were the main cons:

– Slower than other range finders in its price range

– Does not range quite as far as it’s competitors

– Can get shaky

What’s the verdict?

Again, if you are into the long range game like 1000 plus yard shots, this might not be the one for you and you may want to take a look at some other great options.

If you are looking for a one and done rangefinder that has all the capability for archery and rifle hunting, this is your rangefinder. Combined with Vortex’s amazing warranty and the countless reviews online, it’s hard to go wrong with the Ranger 1800. You really won’t have to buy another rangefinder ever again!

Rick Smith

Rick Smith

As young as I can remember I loved being in the outdoors. My dad would take me for walks in the woods and fishing at my grand-dads pond in L.A. (Lower Alabama). I grew up in Birmingham Al. in a place where the woods weren't far from my house. It is my hope that I could make a living doing what I love. -- Being in the outdoors.

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