Digital Timers

Written by Robert Mac
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Digital timers are just as accurate as most mechanical stopwatches, but since they operate in the digital mode, they have the ability to be much more functional. If you are planning to time a complex event, such as a track meet, or will need to run a countdown clock, digital timers are a must. For simpler uses, an old-school mechanical timer with a single timing device is all you'll need.

The best thing about digital timers is that they are electronic and can process a number of stopwatch functions. You can tally lap speeds, check split times, officiate three races at once, calculate speed, plus a whole lot more. Digital timers, like computer processors, run on zeroes and ones and can easily sort out data that mechanical stopwatches don't even receive.

Digital Timers Have the Digital Advantage

We are fortunate to live in the digital age, as information becomes digitized and is easier to process than any time in history. Not only can digital stopwatches time events, but they store, recall, and calculate all their data--some of them can even print out race times or average speeds. Digital and electronic timers, just by technical innovations, are more functional that the previous era's 2-button stopwatch.

Keep in mind that for most common activities in the home, school, or workplace, only a single event needs to be timed or recorded. In these cases, a digital stopwatch might be overkill. If cost is a consideration in purchasing a timer, you get what you pay for: digital ones cost more than the mechanical ones.

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