Boblov Rangefinder Review (Are Cheap Rangefinders Worth It?)
Is the Boblov Rangefinder any good, can it help your game, and should you spend more on an expensive rangefinder?
So is the Boblov Rangefinder any good, what features does it have and how does it perform on the course?
I’m Craig and welcome to Fun Golf, we provide the best golf equipment reviews – well I think so anyway.
Now before you read this review, I have tested this rangefinder out, I don’t use it on a day to day basis – I use Peakpulse Rangefinder, but I get asked about the best cheap rangefinders a lot so I thought I’d dive a bit deeper into this model.
Boblov are not very well known, similar to Peakpulse rangefinders they mainly sell via Amazon and direct from their website. You might not realise what a bargain they offer in their laser rangefinder.
This is classed as a budget rangefinder; the price comes in around £110 or $145 so certainly at the entry level versus other rangefinders on the market. However, it is excellent, and I’ll tell you why.
What’s the quality of the Boblov Rangefinder like?
In the box you receive the rangefinder, along with a handy looking carry case; this is quite similar to the types you’ll find in similar priced rangefinders, I liked how it looked. Similar to the Peakpulse rangefinder there was a the magnet which holds it closed and seems very secure.
The main difference between this model and other similar priced rangefinder is that it is USB battery charging. This is useful but it might not suit everyone, particularly if you forget to charge it before your round.
In my experience of playing twice a week I’ve found the battery life in rangefinders usually last around 6 months. The USB charging feature on this Rangefinder though can be particularly useful as you will not have to worry about fiddling around with batteries and can simply plug it in the night before you go out to play as it has one battery that you can simply recharge.
This rangefinder also has a helpful clip so that you can attach your rangefinder carry case to your golf bag. I think this looks pretty good and means it’s easy to access during your round.
It looks quite premium, except the grip at the top, in comparison to other rangefinders is quite plastic feeling on the top and bottom it functions absolutely fine but I wonder if there is a risk of it slipping in very wet weather.
How much does the Boblov Rangefinder weigh?
It weighs 168 grams, which is important to know, as if a rangefinder is too light it will be hard to stabilise when aiming for your target and you might need to use two hands. Now this rangefinder is a good average weight and you should be able to lock on your target easily using one hand, but for me I often use two hands to stabilise anyway, so it makes no difference to my game.
This rangefinder comes packed with features, see below some of the key specifications.
|Lithium Battery USB Charge||Adjustable Slope Button|
|650 Yards Distance||Vibration Target Lock|
|168g Weight||Secure Carry Case|
One of the important features to note is that it comes with target lock vibration, so when you focus on the flag the rangefinder will vibrate to let you know you’ve correctly locked on your target. I had no issues with the target lock but some reviews stated they it took longer for them when trying to lock over 200 yards away. It’s worth noting that another difference here is that you can also turn off the vibration function.
Also, by pressing the mode button on the top, you can easily switch between yards and metres, don’t do what I did however, and complete a hole using the wrong measurements!
How far can the Boblov Rangefinder measure?
The rangefinder can also lock onto the target from up to 656 yards, which seems like a standard distance for the budget rangefinders, also it has a magnification of x6, so from a long way out this will help you dial in the perfect yardage!
However, when comparing rangefinders, you’ll see some which have a range of up to 1000 yards, which is great but in golf do you really need to have that much distance? Most golfers will need less yardage than a Par 5 hole, so I don’t think this is a feature you should worry about too much.
Now in all the reviews I watch they get really hung up on the accuracy of the rangefinders, now the Boblov is accurate to 1 yard but +/- 1 yard, but I use a rangefinder to compliment my GPS watch. I use a Garmin S10 which gives me a front, middle and back reading, so I usually just use the rangefinder to confirm the specific yardages and give me a little bit more confidence when selecting the correct club.
So, for example when I’m aiming for a flag which is slightly further than middle but not quite back of the green, this is where a rangefinder can be really helpful to help dial in the specifics, particularly if the greens are very big.
As I’ve previously said in reviews, if you’re a single figure handicapper, or better, you might need a rangefinder which you can really rely on. However, during my rounds when I checked the yardages against my GPS watch they seemed pretty accurate, and at my level of golf, as a mid-handicapper that’s fine with me.
The other point I see reviewers focusing a lot of time on is how long it takes the rangefinder to return the distance, but don’t worry, with this review I won’t need to get out a stopwatch – the measurements come back almost instantly with no unnecessary delay.
Is the Boblov Rangefinder legal in competition?
One of the features I think you should always get on a rangefinder is adaptive slope technology.
In simple language this helps you correctly measure the distance to the target even if it is high or low. So, if your aiming for a raised green it will tell you how much extra yardage to add onto your shot and vice versa.
Now this is actually illegal in competitions, and you can get you disqualified from your weekend medal should you use it.
The Boblov rangefinder slope function is really easy to switch on and off during a round, there is a button underneath the eye piece. There is no LED light to indicate it is on or off but I don’t think that really matters either.
But that aside this is a really good rangefinder, as I said earlier it’s packed with features, I found it really accurate, very quick to return a yardage, and the slope function was really useful.
I love the carry case and it fits nicely on my bag, I also like the black colour it comes in, as it blends into my bag and isn’t too bright.
I genuinely believe this rangefinder can help improve your game, whether you use it on it’s own or to compliment your GPS watch it can help.
As I said earlier, I use a Peakpulse rangefinder which I paid for it out of my own money. I wouldn’t pay over £120 for a rangefinder after using this one, and I’d certainly recommend that you get yourself one of the best cheap rangefinders on the market.
Why not check out my other article on the best cheap rangefinders with slope if you think the Boblov rangefinder is not for you? Alternatively, if you’re not sure perhaps check out my review of the Shot Scope Pro L1 rangefinder, which is a mid-range priced laser rangefinder.
Thanks for reading, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below, and what products I should review next time