Fairhaven Micro Vario



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When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page

Status: Current model

Condition: New

The Fairhaven Micro Vario is designed for paragliding, hang gliding and paramotor pilots who want great flights with the minimum of equipment.

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 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 just over one inch square (35x35mm), the Fairhaven micro vario is 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 backup vario too! 

Main Features 

  • Great tone range, sensitivity and damping for optimal lift and sink indication.
  • Easily switch between sensitivity settings - no multiple button sequences.
  • Supplied with hook and loop fastener riser/harness fixing and backup strap.
  • USB charging from PC or car - lasts up to 7 days flying!
  • Weight: 15 grams
  • Dimensions: 35x35mm
  • Vario Resolution: 10cm
  • Audio Socket
  • Easy recharge 

Audio tones 

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 and tones are loud with the bleeper operating at 8 volts!


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 hook and loop fastener 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 hook and loop fastener wrap for riser mounting and there's a cord provided as a backup, although the hook and loop fastener 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 we include 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, without having to rely on the sun shining and there are no expensive batteries to buy! 


Next to the headphone jack is a sensitivity switch. 3 settings are provided to suit most requirements while being very easy to change. Just slide the recessed switch as required: 

Switch Position

Lift tone sensitivity

 Level m/s


Sink tone sensitivity

Level m/s


Max sensitivity



High sensitivity



High sensitivity



Low sensitivity



Lower sensitivity



Dangerous sink warning



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.

Headset and volume settings 

You can set the vario to match your headset type or external bleeper inside the case. 


The Fairhaven mini vario is fully guaranteed for 12 months.


Download the Fairhaven Micro Vario User Manual

Fairhaven Micro Vario Reviews

Flybubble's first impressions: Fairhaven Micro Vario review

Additional Information

Condition New
Shipping Details When in stock, UK approx 2-5 workdays, other countries see shipping page
Model Status Current model

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