Peakpulse Rangefinder Review (Are Cheap Rangefinders Any Good?)
Is the Peakpulse Rangefinder any good, can it help your game, and should you spend more on an expensive rangefinder?
So is the Peakpulse 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 actually use this rangefinder on a day-to-day basis, I bought one with my own money and I’m not being paid to give a good review – I just get asked a lot about this rangefinder and why I’ve bought a budget laser rangefinder and not bought an expensive one.
Peakpulse are not very well known, they mainly sell via Amazon and direct from their website. When you come across their brand you might quickly scroll past not realising what a bargain, they offer in their laser rangefinder.
First of all, though let’s be clear when comparing. This is a budget rangefinder; the price comes in around £90 or $120 so certainly at the entry level versus other rangefinders on the market. However, it is a hidden gem and I’ll tell you why.
What’s the quality of the Peakpulse Rangefinder like?
So, in the box – you receive the rangefinder, you’ll also receive a cool looking carry case; this is quite similar to the types you’ll find in the more premium rangefinders, so I was impressed with how it looks. What I really liked was how easy it is to take in and out of the case, no messing around and a the magnet which holds it closed has never come open by accident in my round.
It has a replaceable battery, so not USB charging, that’s fine but it might not suit everyone. In my experience of playing twice a week I’ve found the battery life usually lasts around 6 months in rangefinders. This one is really easy to switch in and out and the are CR2 batteries which can be bought from any shop which sells them, no specialist batteries required.
But what I also like about this rangefinder was the 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.
Now it feels quite premium, I like the grip at the top, in comparison to other rangefinders this has a rubbery grip top and bottom and means you get a good grip with no risk of it slipping even in very wet weather.
How much does the Peakpulse Rangefinder weigh?
It weighs only 91 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 very light, but for me I often use two hands to stabilise anyway, so it makes no difference to my game.
This Peakpulse rangefinder comes packed with features, see below some of the key specifications.
|Lithium Replaceable Battery||Adjustable Slope Technology|
|Vibration Lock||6x Magnification|
|Measure up to 650 Yards||Handy 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.
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 Peakpulse Rangefinder measure?
The rangefinder can also lock onto the target from up to 656 yards, and has a magnification of x6, so if you’re a bit of a Bryson and you fancy trying to drive a par 5 like me then 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 Peakpulse rangefinder 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.
I suppose 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 instantly.
How do rangefinders work?
Is the Peakpulse 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 Peakpulse 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 this rangefinder and paid for it out of my own money, I’ve used it for over 12 months, have replaced the battery once and haven’t had any issues with performance. I wouldn’t pay over £100 for a rangefinder after using this one, and I’d seriously 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 Peakpulse 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.