Boblov Rangefinder Review: A Bang For The Buck?

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The Boblov Rangefinder is classified as a budget rangefinder as the price comes in at around $125. It is normal to have skepticism for cheap golf devices, especially when they advertise as rivals to premium models such as the Bushnell Pro XE and Voice Caddie SL3, which cost hundreds of dollars. I decided to test the Boblov Rangefinder to see how it performs, and my findings were rather satisfactory.

In brief, Boblov may appear premium, but it doesn’t feel that way. Despite being cheap, it offers the necessary features of an ideal rangefinder—range mode, flag-locking mode, and speed mode included. I love the toggleable vibration when a measurement is completed and the adjustable eyepiece to get clearer images. Sadly, the slope function is only available for the premium version, and it’s not the best option on the market for shaky hands. I’d recommend this to entry-level players on a tight budget.

In the rest of this article, I will walk you through the performance of the Boblove rangefinder, how it operates, and every other relevant detail about this device you should know before getting one.

Boblov Rangefinder Review

As we dive fully into this review, let me mention that several differing units are available on the web from this manufacturer, and the study you are reading is on the LF600G only. However, I have attempted to compare it with other variations in the Boblov line.

Also, I currently use the Gogogo Vpro Sports rangefinder. But many people have been asking for budget-friendly alternatives, and Boblov occasionally comes up. So, I dedicated my next three rounds to the course to test it.

Here’s a rundown of the key features of the Boblov rangefinder:

Range6.6 to 656 yards (for LF-600G)
Range Measuring AccuracyWithin 200 meters, +/-1M; Exceed 200 meters, 0.4%
Measuring Range of Speed20 to 300 km/h
Magnification6X
Effective eyepiece16mm
Exit Pupil Diameter3.7mm
Object Lens Size24mm
Field Angle7.5°
BatteryBuild-in lithium battery 3.7V/800mAh
Weight168g/5.9oz
Dimensions118x75x40(mm)/4.6×3.0x1.6(in)
Power Adapter5V/0.8A
Price$124.99 (LF600AG with slope function) $104.99 (LF600 without slope function)

Boblov Rangefinder

Boblov Rangefinder

$125

  • Rechargeable with a USB cable
  • Takes only 1 second to complete a measurement
  • Measures distance up to 594 meters
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty

First Impression 

The first attractive aspect of the Boblov rangefinder is the price category, which is the leverage of many under $200 rangefinders. They immediately appeal to players on a tight budget.

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Unfortunately, the Boblov brand itself isn’t popular. They sell via Amazon and on their website. The appearance of the LF600 looks premium, except for the top grip, which has a plastic feel, which is the same for the bottom.

But aside from the looks, the performance is actually what matters. Meanwhile, the rangefinder has a helpful clip to attach your rangefinder carry case to your golf bag.

The packaging:

When you purchase the Boblov rangefinder, you get the following in the packaging:

  • The Boblov rangefinder
  • Carrying bag
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Manual
  • USB Cable
  • Hook 
  • Wrist strap

How Does the Boblov Rangefinder Perform?

How it operates: Boblov advertises the LF600 as 600+ meters or about 656 yards in range. When you press the “mode” button for about three seconds, the yard changes to meters and back again. Meanwhile, powering the unit measures in the last used mode, but the default is yards.

The target lock vibration: Another applaudable aspect of the Boblov is that despite being a cheap rangefinder, it comes with target lock vibration, as seen in many premium units. When I focus on the flag, the rangefinder vibrates, letting me know I’ve correctly locked on my target. Meanwhile, you can also turn off the vibration function.

However, during my research, I read some reviews where a few users complained that the unit took longer when trying to lock over 200 yards away.

Accuracy: Accuracy is like range on this device. You won’t have a problem getting repeatable readings, provided you’re steady when you measure. The unit won’t display readings at much less than 6.6m, but you can probably estimate shorter distances.

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Handling the unit: The Boblov rangefinder weighs 168 grams, which is good because I have tested too light rangefinders, making it difficult to stabilize when aiming for my target and requiring me to use two hands. You can lock your target easily with the Boblov with one hand.

The Battery: The Boblove rangefinder has a built-in lithium battery of 3.7V/800mAh. I am not inclined to purchase stuff that does not have a replaceable battery.

However, the manufacturer says the unit will take 800 full charges if re-charged from about half full. Since it discharges at 1/3 capacity, this gives you about 900 to 1500 cycles, and each process will power 30,000 readings! So, the battery performance is a huge plus.

Who is the Boblov Rangefinder best for?

The Boblov rangefinder is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a decent golf rangefinder within the $100 range.

Generally, it works as advertised. It’s also a solid option for recreational golfers who are yet to see reasons to justify spending $300 and above for a yardage measurement device.

Meanwhile, serious golfers can also find value in this $125 rangefinder. It depends on your priorities.

It’s not the best option for players with shaky hands or those who want sophisticated features like the hill adjustments, visual jolt when locking on to a target, and top-quality optics and magnets as seen in the Pro XE and similar high-end models.

Is the Boblov Rangefinder legal in competitions?

You can get disqualified from your weekend medals if you wrongly use the adaptive slope technology in rangefinders. This technology helps you correctly measure the distance to the target, whether high or low.

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Fortunately, on the Boblov rangefinder, you can switch on or off the slope function using the button underneath the eyepiece. So, it’s legal to use this device in competitions. (It could have been better if an LED indicated when this function was on or off.)

Pros

  • Rechargeable with a USB cable
  • Offers range mode, flag-locking mode, and speed mode.
  • You can activate or deactivate the vibration when a measurement is completed.
  • It takes only 1 second to complete a measurement.
  • Adjustable eyepiece to get clearer images
  • 6x magnification, which is a steal for its price.
  • Measures distance up to 594 meters
  • The product comes with a 1-year warranty.

Cons

Verdict Summary 

  • Performance:  7.5
  • Design: 6.5
  • Features: 7
  • Battery: 7
  • Value: 9.5

Overall Score: 7.5*

I did not test any other golf rangefinder in a bid to do a comparison. So, the Boblov rangefinder probably won’t garner this rating when placed side-by-side with higher-end options. However, I am impressed with its price range and would also recommend it to others.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Boblov is a reasonable golf rangefinder for the price. I now see why it has a level of popularity across many online golf communities.

One nice thing I won’t easily forget about this device is the speed measurement, but it was a little more confusing. You have to press the power button and point at the moving target. But it’s a relief that the manual gives direction on this.

It would have been nicer if I could have mp/h and km/h. Also, the LCD cannot be lit, so if you use it at night, it is a little difficult to see the readings.

The manufacturers can look into adding a little LED on the inside near the LCD in future models. But in the grand scheme, that is minor.

What do you think about the Boblov Rangefinder? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Fredrick

Hello, I'm Fredrick, and I have a genuine passion for golf. With over 15 years of immersion in the golfing industry, I've not only played the game extensively but also honed my skills in crafting informational guides on golf. Golf is not just a sport to me; it's a way of life, and I'm thrilled to share my expertise with fellow enthusiasts.