LabRadar – About to call it Quits

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    txrpls
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    Today I pulled out the LabRadar and set it up outside and started shooting on a previous string and all was well as shown below:

    So then I refilled my rile and set up a new screen and yes I checked the alignment. I could not get any consistent results as shown below:

    I finally gave up and used my cheapo barrel Chronograph. I am going to contact the dealer and ask them to replace the unit. We'll see what happens. This is not the first time I have experienced this behavior. Last time I reset the machine to get it to work. Has anyone else experienced this problem?

     

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    oops
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    Wow.  Hate to hear that you’re having trouble with that.  I’ve been considering getting a Labradar.  Now you’ve got me thinking maybe I should be leaning towards a magnetospeed.  

    Please keep this thread updated with your experiences and their customer service.

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    txrpls
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    The problem has been intermittent; I have been emailing the  US distributor. They advised me to send it in for evaluation. I requested that If I sent it back and they found nothing wrong, that it be replaced. We will see what happens. I will continue to post. When it works, it is excellent. I was hoping some other user would post as well.

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    txrpls
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    UPDATE:  It took a while, but sent my unit in and they replaced it. They could not get it to do the same thing. The did replace with a new unit. I hope this solves the intermittent issues. 

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    txrpls
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    I just realized I have not updated this. Believe it or not, I was getting the muzzle too close to the microphone. No issues since I moved it a couple of inches away.

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    scoutscope
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    I had a bit of difficulty figuring mine out also. The little mike we need for picking up the air rifles can cause difficulty. The offset, position of the muzzle, the velocity range, trigger sensitivity, and wind are all important variables. I contacted the company and they cheerfully went through all of this with me until they got me straightened out. Furthermore if I had comprehended a little better it is all laid out plainly in the instructions. Nonetheless they were happy to help the slow kid. The fact that they replaced a functional unit to make you happy also speaks volumes on their behalf. I can't recommend them or their products enough. They have made the frustration of chrony work into a fun task for me. Now they even have an app that sends the data to my phone and lets me operate the unit from my phone. The pic I posted is a screen shot of a shot string from last night. Pretty cool stuff.

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    MartinT
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    It's an awesome piece of equipment, the only thing that needs a good haulover is the software.

    The app is pretty mediocre:

    -Not having the ability to write details (caliber, type of pellet, which airgun at what powersetting, etc.etc. into a series (this is what Labradar call a shotstring) is a HUGE omission. (checkout the Caldwell app how easy that is, and how should be done!)

    -Not showing ALL the data ON one screen at the same time, while the screen (iPad) has a more than large enough physical size, you still need to scroll down on some screens. (fonts and empty lines are MUCH too LARGE…)

    -Incorrect data in stat screen when in metric units.

    On the Labradar unit itself:

    The projectile weight needs to be the very FIRST item when editing a new series on the settings screen, not halfway (two thrids is more like it) down many other settings that are a ONCE set and forget deal. The weight of the projectile is what changes most of the time when starting a new series!

     

     

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    mtnGhost
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    I'm with @martint 💯 %. The software sucks and is in desperate need of a refresh. The iOS app hasn't been optimized for the newer (Circa Q1 2018 – current) iDevices. They really need to find a development shop to do this brilliant piece of kit justice!

    (Just ranting)

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    ninelives
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    Keeping my eye on this too, because if they can revamp the app I might pony up to get one.

    Right now it does not seem like there is a reliable, easy-to-use, inexpensive chrony out there. I feel like airguns have improved in leaps and bounds but chronys have lagged behind.

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    ninelives

    Keeping my eye on this too, because if they can revamp the app I might pony up to get one.

    Right now it does not seem like there is a reliable, easy-to-use, inexpensive chrony out there. I feel like airguns have improved in leaps and bounds but chronys have lagged behind.

    That depends on what you're looking to get out of a chronograph. If you are just looking to get MV stats, a LabRadar is probably overkill for your needs. 

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    ninelives

    Keeping my eye on this too, because if they can revamp the app I might pony up to get one.

    Right now it does not seem like there is a reliable, easy-to-use, inexpensive chrony out there. I feel like airguns have improved in leaps and bounds but chronys have lagged behind.

    That depends on what you're looking to get out of a chronograph. If you are just looking to get MV stats, a LabRadar is probably overkill for your needs. 

    I don't doubt that it is, but optical chronys are finicky and annoying to set up and tend to get shot eventually, while the new FX doppler model appears to be suffering from reliability and ease-of-use problems. A MagnetoSpeed might be ok, but then you're dealing with the inability to hone in on accuracy at the same time, because it changes your POI. It's just a matter of what problems you want to deal with. I'd prefer an option with none of these problems! 😋

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    cmatera
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    I was at the public range shooting a powder burner chronographing 3 loads.  I was using my Pro Chrono with Bluetooth.  It worked well, setup took me about 2 minutes, but there was a cease fire.  That’ one disadvantage of any downrange unit.  Guy to my right had a Magnetospeed (sporter model).  He said he really liked it and could set it up without going downrange but we all know they can cause POI shift, and the bayonet can be tricky to get and keep aligned.  When I was getting ready to leave, a guy shows up on my left and starts to set up a LabRadar; he said he really liked it.  He too has to go downrange and I’ve heard of problems with small caliber projectiles.  You pick your poison.  It is nice to have choices.

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    The key to getting Labradar working with an airgun is proximity to the shot sensing microphone which triggers the radar.  It'll work consistently with everything including the most docile shooting springers so long as you place the mic 8-10 inches in front of the barrel and offset it by 1-3".  The reason for this is because the pulse wave that comes out of our moderated airguns does so like a garden hose nozzle placed on the "jet" or laser beam" setting.  It needs time to fan out and reach the mic.

    Place it 8-9 inches out in front and offset it by an inch… it'll never misread this way.

    Steve

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    txrpls
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    The only problem I had with the LabRadar was getting the moderator too close to the Mic. After I figured that out, the unit has been great to use but as stated above, the phone app is rudimentary, much room for improvement.  

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    Bandito
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    I'm confident they will get it sharpened up in time. Meanwhile it can be frustrating. Be Well. Bandito

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