I searched through the site and was surprised the most recent discussion on this topic was a few years ago. With advances in technology and new products coming out, I thought there might be new recommendations and opinions on the topic.
Yesterday, the LCD on my ProChrono Pal started acting up. The middle “leaf” in the tens place on the display wasn’t showing up on the power up self-test. This meant I couldn’t tell if it was reading “0” or “80”. Guess it’s time for a new chrony,
I think I want to stay away from the inexpensive models, such as those on AliExpress or Banggood. I know some members have had good luck with them, but I’m afraid of shooting out the legs with an opening that small. On top of that, there’s no way I can see to export the data, so I’d have to manually write down the numbers (something that bugs me with my Pal).
I also want to stay away from a chrony that attaches to the barrel, such as a Combro or Magneto. I think that might make cocking a break-barrel or underlever difficult, if not impossible.
On the other end, I really like what I’m reading about the FX chrony. I like the fact that the chance of accidently shooting it is practically zero, but I don’t know if I want to shell out $200. I’m looking for something in the $75 - $150 range.
I’ve been looking at both the Caldwell (~$85) and the ProChrono DLX (~$125). The Caldwell uses a wired connection with your phone for a remote display, whereas the ProChrono is Bluetooth enabled. Both appear to let you include photos of your groups, but the ProChrono has the feature to call out your velocities (similar to the FX). The app for Caldwell hasn’t had an update in nearly five years, so support may be a concern.
Any thoughts/opinions/recommendations on these two (or other brands/models) would be appreciated.