Depending on if your shooting interests are competitive, developmental, or personal a quality shot timer is essential. The Pocket Pro II by Competition Electronics offers a simplified timing platform that covers all the bases needed to accurately track skill progression. Initially introduced circa 2012 as a more ergonomic model to its predecessor the Pocket Pro, today it remains one of the most visible and readily found timers on the range.
The Pocket Pro II is a simplified, stand-alone audio-detection shot timer that can be worn in any number of locations (belt, pocket, vest) thanks to its integrated, large clothes-pin style belt clip. Additionally, it features a 3/4″ x 2.0″ LCD display screen that can be modified to three different shot time configurations. Because of the Pocket Pro II’s overall size (5” x 3” x 1.5”) it is clearly designed to be worn or hand-held, which makes it ideal for formal matches. The Pocket Pro II also comes with a 9-volt battery that powers the shot timer for 20 hours of run-time that is extended thanks to an automatic shutoff feature if the device records 10 minutes of inactivity.
Specifications for the Pocket Pro II
- 1.5kHz (105 dB) start buzzer frequency transmits well through hearing protection
- Accurate to 1mSec with times rounded to the nearest 10mSec
- Separate and independent shot sensor and buzzer
- Large buttons
- Top-mounted display is readable from your belt or the bench
- Review four shots at once, forward or reverse with split times
- Large, easy to read lighted graphics LCD displays full words and description of functions
- 2 year warranty
The Pocket Pro II comes configured in the “Quick Start Mode” that allows the user to power up and start shooting thanks to the platform’s factory pre-programming.
Start time for the Pocket Pro II can be customized between Fixed (.5 – 9.9 seconds), Random (.5 – 9.9 seconds), or Instant.
The main display can be customized between Review Direct, Rounds Per Minute, or Single Time Only.
The shot timer stores up to 99 shots per timing cycle, with customizable par time between 0 and 199.9 seconds. The sensitivity of the device’s “Shot Dead Time” can be adjusted to mitigate echo, while the audio-detection sensitivity of the timer itself can also be adjusted. Display backlighting can be customized between 0 and 99 seconds, but the longer it remains on, the shorter the battery life.
Product Evaluation Scores:
- Cost – Average (3/5): At $136.95 the Pocket Pro is about the median for what a reliable shot timer costs in the current market. However, for its basic programming as a static shot timer the Pocket Pro II is in the higher end of that group given there are other timers available, with more functions at a lesser cost.
- Comfort – Good (4/5): The size of the Pocket Pro II was very comfortable in the hand. As an RO or MD timing a shooter, it’s large enough you don’t worry about dropping it and the buttons are simple and large enough to maximize the user’s experience. The included belt clip allows you to determine the best placement so as not to interfere with shooting, were as a neck lanyard may.
- Durability – Average (3/5): The Pocket Pro II is made of a commercial-grade plastic and does the LCD screen comes with a replaceable polycarbonate lense. But it’s large enough that it is unlikely to be damaged if dropped. Competition Electronics does offer a two-year warranty to cover any defect or damage to the unit shy of the owner purposely destroying it.
- Functionality – Good (4/5): As a simplified, basic shot timer the Pocket Pro II offers users the ability to skip the formalities and dive right into shooting. The ability to customize the main display screen allows one to determine what fits best for them in terms of displayed data. However, the lack of programming diversity in the unit does not allow for it to hold multiple shooting styles (Comstock, Cowboy, etc.) and requires the settings to be adjusted whenever changing between them.
- Weight – Average (3/5): At 7.2 ounces the Pocket Pro II is of average weight for its size and utility. When worn on the belt the unit is hardly noticeable, and when held its size and weight doesn’t make it difficult to keep raised.
Overall Rating – Above Average (17/25)
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