LapMonitor Timing System
Having grown tired of my old practice lap timing system, I wanted something new that worked together with my phone. After some research, the product that appealed most to me was the LapMonitor Training kit.
I decided to order one of these, as live laptiming is not available on all tracks, and doing any useful testing is impossible without a reliable timing system.
Here are some key features advertised by LapMonitor:
- Multi-user lap-timer for RC cars and motorbike
- Accurate and easy to use
- Start a race or a training in less than 2 minutes
- FREE Android and IOS application
- Multi-language (FR, DE, EN, IT, SP, PT)
- Spoken Lap-times, live race commentary
- Share, export your results
- Wireless, range up to 80m
- Low power, up to 150 hours race time with 2xAAA Batteries
- Designed and made in France
As I mentioned already, the key for me was the Android app, with the spoken lap times also a welcome feature when testing things on track.
My order arrived super quick, and the support from LapMonitor was very good from the start.
Let’s then take a look at what you get in the training kit. Different versions are available in the LapMonitor shop.
The kit comes in this simple box.
With the different items placed in separate compartments.
Here in the picture below you see the full contents of the LapMonitor Training Kit (JR).
As listed on the LapMonitor site, these are:
- 1 LapMonitor
- 1 Support
- 1 Tripod
- 1 Transponder with JR connector
- 1 Male-female 15 cm JR extension
In addition, in the kit received were these items:
- Another different tripod
- 2 x AAA batteries for the LapMonitor
- Sticker + some small accessories
A closer look at the transponder.
The transponder weighs 6g, and measures 25x16x10mm, and is very easy to mount due to its shape. The transponders are obviously available separately as well.
Here, the LapMonitor unit is held by the support, then mounted to the smaller tripod, in the way you place it beside the track you’re driving on. The unit is powered by the two small AAA size batteries included, and turned on by bluetooth from the app on your phone.
Another view of the LapMonitor and support, here mounted to the larger tripod.
I received my LapMonitor just as I was to leave for a testing session at a track far away, so I had no real time to get familiar with it before the test. This was not a problem though, as the app and timing system is super easy to use. The system also worked reliably throughout the day with no problems, so it very much did what it was supposed to do.
As far as I understand, LapMonitor is a very small one-man project. There are for sure lots of features that can be added and fine tuned to make the product even better. But that’s the great thing about a product like this; The fact that the app can be updated (and is being updated) constantly with more new features and improvements through user feedback.
Overall a very positive experience, and I will continue to use the LapMonitor whenever I go testing on a track with no live timing.