Last Updated on December 7, 2020
In addition to being a powerful hunter’s tool, a good range finder can improve your golf game as well. There are many brands available, and it can be a challenge to choose the best one for your needs. To make matters worse, some of these brands can cost hundreds of dollars. No matter what the price, online shopping reviews are full of contradictory comments that won’t make your decision any less challenging.
We have gone through dozens of budget-priced range finders to make a list worthy of your attention. Whethbudger you are a first-time buyer, or on a tight budget, this list of range finders under $100 is going to give you the most powerful and reliable tools from which to choose. Any of these models are a great choice and will get the job done.
We’ve dug through dozens of models and these are the ones we believe are worth your time.
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The Gogogo Laser Rangefinder is our top choice for golf and hunting because it has all the features you’re likely to need in any situation. It can detect any object large or small up to 900 yards away and guarantees accuracy to within 1 yard. It also features 6x magnification to zoom in and help you get a better view of your target and the surrounding area. One of the primary trouble points of many range finders is hard to read viewscreens, but this viewscreen is brightly marked and easy to read.
The Gogogo Rangefinder provides three modes of operation: The Normal Scan Mode is for general applications with continuous scan. The Speed Mode helps you measure the speed of an object up to 300 km/h, and it’s easy to work with one-button mode selection and one button meter and yard switching. The Golf Mode has a pin seeking feature that can see pins 170 yards away, and a flag lock feature that can reach up to 350 yards. These features will help you navigate the course and help you improve your game.
The Golf Mode can detect slope angles and will correct the distances based on those angles. No more guessing how hard to hit the ball! JOLT technology helps ensure that you lock on to the correct target. Once your target is locked, it will stay locked, making it easy to find in the viewscreen at all times.
The TACKLIFE Rangefinder is our top choice for hunting. It can accurately detect an object up to 900 yards away. Zoom in on your target with 7x laser magnification, a higher level of magnification than any other model on this list. The viewing lens is crystal clear, and you can adjust focus and zoom by turning the eyepiece. The body is water-resistant and equipped with a tripod screw hole for hands-free operation.
The TACKLIFE features four modes of operation that include range, speed, scanning, and pin. It is capable of measuring the distance of straight lines and angles, as well as verticle height and horizontal distance. These measurements are very helpful when planning golf and archery shots on uneven ground. It can detect speed up to 300km/h, and the unit is accurate within one yard, one degree, and 5km/h.
Operate the TACKLIFE using just two buttons, charge it via USB, and the auto shut off feature will extend the life of a charge. It does seem to have a little difficulty locking on to smaller objects like a golf flag, so it’s not a great golf rangefinder. It excels in the woods and has no trouble locking on to animals, making it the best hunting rangefinder.
This sturdy and lightweight range finder can accurately detect objects up to 700 yards away. It features four modes of operation to help tailor the device to your needs. The four modes include a Speed Mode for detecting the speed of moving objects up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Scan Mode features a continuous scan while Range Mode will give a distance to an object you select. Fog Mode improves object detection when there is a lot of water vapor in the air.
The AOFAR is waterproof and comes with a battery and carrying case. There is no screw to connect the device to a tripod, though, so all measurements are handheld. There is also no angle measurement for this model, so you will need to make those calculations yourself. The auto-shutoff is a nice feature that will prevent you from accidentally leaving it on and wasting battery.
The Visionking 6×25 Rangefinder is the perfect example of a tool that does what it’s supposed to do well, without extra gimmicks. It will accurately measure distant objects up to 650 yards away and is capable of a continuous scan allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand. It uses an invisible infrared beam to detect distance making it one of the safest rangefinders on this list.
The Visionking features three modes of operation. The first mode is for rangefinding in poor weather, one is specifically for hunting, and another for golf. There is no speed detection or angle detection, but it does detect targes very quickly. The Visionking’s lightweight, water-resistant body, will keep you in action longer. For some reason, the target has to be several yards away from the device before the Visionking recognizes it, and at different times of the day, the display can be a little hard to read.
The ergonomically designed Halo XL450 Range Finder is lightweight and well suited for any situation. It accurately measures distances up to 450 yards with accuracy and is equipped with 6x magnification. An adjustable eyepiece allows you to zoom in and focus. The Halo rangefinder uses a Class IIIA laser to do the work, one of the most powerful lasers available to the public. The long-lasting CR2 battery can power the unit for more than a year under normal circumstances.
The Halo XL450 Range Finder also has angle detection and will tell you the degree of a slope. It will also calculate and adjust the distance based on the angle so you can improve your golf swing or archery shot.
The WOSPORTS 1000 Yards Hunting Rangefinder, as the name suggests, accurately detects the distance of an object up to 1000 yards away. It has the most extended range of any rangefinder on this list, and it is also equipped with 6x magnification to help you get a better look at those long-distance targets.
The WOSPORTS Rangefinder sensors can detect the intensity of sunlight, the concentration of water vapor and other particles in the air, and the deviation angle of the light. In other words, it knows if it’s raining, snowing, foggy, or hazy, and can react accordingly.
This rangefinder can measure angles up to 60 degrees, making it suitable for golf. It features easy to use controls and comes with a durable magnetic close case for safe traveling and storage. It also comes with a free CR2 battery, a strap, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a quick start guide to get you started as soon as you make your purchase.
The final model of rangefinder that we are going to look at is still a lot more powerful than many that didn’t make this list. The Borbede Golf & Hunting Rangefinder is powerful enough to measure distances up to 656 yards accurately to within one meter. Its 6x magnification is as useful as every other rangefinder on this list and will help you choose targets well into the distance. Ordinary AAA batteries power the device so you can buy new ones at the closest convenient store.
The Borbede rangefinder features four modes, distance, fog, pinseeker, and speed. Its 905-nm laser works well in bad weather, making this model a decent choice for hunting or even golfing in light rain or fog. The twist to focus 16mm eyepiece is easy to use and read. That’s not to say the Borbede rangefinder is perfect. It does not calculate angles, reducing its usefulness in golf, and it doesn’t work well in low light.
There are several critical components in a rangefinder that you’ll want to know about before you buy.
Most range finders collect the information they need by using some form of laser. Lasers are divided into classes, from Class 1 to 4, with Class 4 being the strongest. A stronger laser can extend the range of a device and will be less susceptible to airborne particles like dust, pollen, and water vapor. We are not trying to say a good range finder needs to have a powerful laser; the Class 1 infrared model on this list is very competent.
A more powerful laser will also increase the cost of a device and will use more power, which will drain batteries faster. Any laser more powerful than Class 1 can be potentially harmful to your eyes if misused.
For golf, and even for hunting, we only need our range finder to work accurately at a few hundred yards. However, the extra range can come in handy if you saw Bigfoot, or a UFO, or needed to know the distance of some other distant object. A longer-range usually equals better quality.
Magnification is all about the lens. A higher magnification factor will mean you can zoom in closer to your target. Magnification helps you see the target better. It also enables you to point the device at your target more accurately, which will help your device lock on.
There are two things to consider about angles with range finders. First, you want to know if the device will “see” and inform you of the angle of the terrain. Second, you want to know if your device will make calculations based on that angle.
If you are next to a hill, you will need to hit the ball harder, lighter if next to a valley. Some devices can make the calculation and tell you how much harder or how much lighter. Other devices give the angle, and you make the calculation.
Your ability to see the information your device is presenting you with is as important as any other feature the device might have. Most devices have an eyepiece that you can look into to read the information and see the target. Unfortunately, they are not all created equal, and some can be very difficult to read in certain lighting situations.
There are a lot of other features that many range finders have that you might want to give some thought. Speed detection is pretty popular and could be something you need. If you consider yourself an extreme enthusiast, you might feel water resistance is more important than someone who golfs on sunny days. You might need to have a place to connect a tripod.
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Now that you have read our reviews, we hope that you have found a favorite. We feel the Gogogo Laser Rangefinder is the best buy because of all the high-quality features packed into an inexpensive unit. It has long-range, angle detection, and angle correction. It locks on targets quickly and has several modes to choose from to fine-tune your experience. The Gogogo also has a speed sensor and JOLT technology.
No matter which device you choose, we hope we made it easier for you to make that decision, and you enjoyed reading. If you learned something new and decided on a new rangefinder with the help of our reviews, please share this post on your favorite social media platform.
Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.
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