When you’re training to be the best out there (or you’re training someone else to be the best), you’ve got to keep track of your time. And unless you’ve got an amazing mind to keep track of your time down to the millisecond, you’re going to need a stopwatch. Don’t know what kind you want? It’s surely going to be tough to choose with hundreds of different kinds available in the market. Worry not, because you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading to figure out what your choices are and which one is the best stopwatch for you.
- Accusplit Pro Survivor A601X
- Marathon Adanac 3000 Digital Stopwatch Timer
- ProCoach RS-013
- SportCount Lap Counter and Timer (90010)
- Oslo Silver 2.0 Twin Chronograph and Countdown Timer
- Digital Professional Handheld LCD Sports Chronograph
- Travelwey Digital Stopwatch
- Marathon Adanac 4000 Digital Stopwatch Timer
- What to Look For
Accusplit Pro Survivor A601X
From the company dedicated to producing quality pedometers and stopwatches, it comes to no surprise why their Pro Survivor A601X is on the top of our list. It’s easy to use with its large display and buttons and is the all-around stopwatch for the serious athlete with the capacity to clock in down to the hundredth of a second for up to 40 minutes then proceed with 1 second intervals.
The Pro Survivor A601X is great functionality-wise because it also has a clock, a calendar, and split-timing. With a 5-year battery, you don’t have to worry about it for so long and because of its comfortable and exclusive Accusplit ‘X’ case, it’s shock resistant and even water resistant up to 100 ft. That means it’s a sturdy stopwatch that won’t hold you back. Lastly, the stopwatch features “No Fail Switches” which means you’re going to tire yourself out before those large buttons do – perfect for training nonstop.
Marathon Adanac 3000 Digital Stopwatch Timer
Although it came in at a close second in the popularity contest, Marathon’s Adanac 3000 Digital Stopwatch Timer takes the gold when it comes to purchase reviews. What’s not to love? It’s brought to you by a company that also makes lasers and calipers so you just know you’re getting accuracy when you go with Marathon.
Complete with a clock, a calendar, an alarm, and split timing, it’s a mystery how this stopwatch could be so affordable! This stopwatch is worth your money because it’s laser tuned to guarantee that it can measure to the hundredth of a second for up to 30 minutes, then measure in 1 second intervals for the whole day. It’s comfortable to use and comes with a 46″ nylon lanyard. The cherry on top is that for its price, it’s also dust and water resistant.
This is for all the coaches out there training their star athletes to be the best. ProCoach offers a premium stopwatch that is lightweight with the usual functions at a relatively low price. The company says that their stopwatch is used by coaches and referees around the world and we believe them.
With the usual functions the other stopwatches offer such as a clock, a calendar, an alarm, and split timing, this stopwatch can also measure your time down to the centisecond, Moreover, this stopwatch packs a pretty lengthy battery life due to its LR44 alkaline battery and efficiency in energy processing. Not bad for a stopwatch under $10.
SportCount Lap Counter and Timer (90010)
Made by SportCount, this little stopwatch is a little different because it’s specifically for swimmers and runners. This adorable device fits around the athlete’s finger like a ring, making it convenient for athletes to track their time with the least amount of effort so that they could focus on their laps.
With the sole purpose of counting laps and timing them down, the SportCount Lap Counter and Timer doesn’t do that much more but because of it specificity, whoever needs it will have all they need in the little stopwatch. It can give you the number of laps completed and the time for laps, both individually and as a whole. It’s whole design and functionality is aimed for swimmers as it is streamlined, easy to use without disturbing the athlete’s form, and is water resistant of up to over 160 ft.
Oslo Silver 2.0 Twin Chronograph and Countdown Timer
If you’re looking for a stopwatch to help you train, you can never go wrong with the Oslo Silver 2.0 Twin Chronograph and Countdown Timer by Robic. If Frankenstein and Dracula had a baby then this would be it because this stopwatch is a monster!
This stopwatch has it all: split timing, countdown timers, large display, water resistance (up to 30ft), an LR44 alkaline battery, alarm, and can read to the hundredth of a second up to 10 hours! Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a clock or calendar in it but it’s a powerful stopwatch nonetheless.
Digital Professional Handheld LCD Sports Chronograph
What do you get when you’re running low on funds and you still need a decent stopwatch? You get the Digital Professional Handheld LCD Sports Chronograph! It’s a pretty straight forward stopwatch that won’t break the bank.
This little stopwatch will show you it’s got some fight with some features such as a clock, a calendar, and an alarm. It also has a count timer mode and comes with a wrist strap which is great for runners. However, it can only count down to the millisecond. It may not have all the bells and whistles but you’re getting what you paid for.
Travelwey Digital Stopwatch
Next up on our list is the Travelwey Digital Stopwatch. If you are a little on the younger side of the spectrum, then maybe the Travelwey Digital Stopwatch is the one for you. Marketed as a “child-friendly” stopwatch, it’s supposedly easy to use, perfect for that budding athlete. It’s easy to use and could be considered to be your startup stopwatch.
The Travelwey Digital Stopwatch is easier to use because it is less complicated, that means it has less features. But don’t even worry about that because it’s still a great stopwatch nonetheless with just the features that you’d need. It has a clock, a calendar, alarm, and even split timing too. Made with a hard plastic case, it’s very light and sturdy, just right for those playful kids. Then after using this stopwatch, you could just move on to a stopwatch with more features if you’re getting serious with your sport.
Marathon Adanac 4000 Digital Stopwatch Timer
The last but not the least is another Marathon stopwatch: the Marathon Adanac 4000 Digital Stopwatch Timer. Another goodie from Marathon, the Adanac 4000 is another stopwatch from the company’s Adanac series, so we know it must be good.
The Adanac 4000 isn’t that different from the Adanac 3000. It has a clock, a calendar, alarm, and split timing too. The one big difference for the Adanac 4000 explains the price range. It’s because you can order the Adanac 4000 in a jumbo size! This means it has a bigger display and bigger buttons. This could be especially helpful for people that have difficulty with the tiny displays other stopwatches have. It can also time a hundredth of a second up to 30 minutes and resume with 1-second intervals.
What to Look For
Don’t know what you want in a stopwatch? Well, it all boils down to what you’re going to need for your specific activity and your budget. Would you need a big display or are you comfortable using a stopwatch with a small display? Do you need so much precision that you would need to measure time down to the hundredth of a second or would you need it down to the thousandth of a second? Is your sport rigorous enough that you’d need a stopwatch to be shock resistant? Would you be doing your sport outdoors that you might possible need your stopwatch to be dust or water resistant? How much are you willing to shell out for your stopwatch? All these questions boil down to what you are doing and how you’re going to use your stopwatch.
For instance, I believe that if I was a swimmer, I would go for SportCount Lap Counter and Timer because it’s the most convenient for my sport. I could just put it around my finger and go do my laps and not worry about it falling or messing up my form. Or if I was a coach on a Formula 1 racing team (that’d be so cool), then I think I would go for the Marathon Adanac 3000 or 4000 because they are dust resistant and I think it’d be pretty dusty when there are race cars speeding past me over and over. And then maybe if I was some old timer like Mr. Miyagi and I had to train someone in my golden years, then maybe I would opt for the Marathon Adanac 4000 because of its large display and buttons or else I wouldn’t be able to see how long it takes Daniel-san to wax on and wax off. Everyone’s situation is different and a stopwatch that might work for someone else might not necessarily be the right stopwatch for you. Overall, you must choose a stopwatch that you can afford, know how to use, and use efficiently. You don’t need too much features if you’re just going to need a basic stopwatch.
So have you decided what to get? Are you going for hardware reliability with stopwatches that have sturdy builds and long battery lives or are you going for functionality with stopwatches with multiple features like time lapping and split timing? Resistance to water, dust, and shock is good to have too, especially if your sport might bring the elements to your stopwatch.
In the end, no matter what you choose, you’re going to end up with will be a great stopwatch. With the information listed down and the great selection of stopwatches to choose from, you can now make an informed decision when purchasing a stopwatch depending on the features you’ll need and the price range you’re after. As long as it does its job, you’ll be timing down your training and notice that with a stopwatch, you can finally see how fast you really are and how your training is improving your skills.