Acetech AC5000 and AC6000 Airgun Chronograph
The Acetech line of chronographs is one of the simplest and best value for money methods of measuring your air rifle’s power currently on the market. Instead of spending hundreds on a full-bore chronograph, which also has the disadvantage of being large and awkward to use, the Acetech chronograph is simple to mount, and quick to set up and use.
Testing the Acetech AC series chronographs
On test, both chronographs performed excellently. The AC5000 is no less user friendly than the AC6000, though the OLED screen is slightly easier to see and use, simply by virtue of it’s size and colour display.
I tested each device with a couple of different air rifles and air pistols, in both .177 and .22, against a couple of larger (significantly more expensive) chronographs I have available, and the results were accurate to 0.1ft/lbs on each shot. Considering how little set up time is required compared to the larger chronographs (which require calibrating etc), the Acetech series of air rifle chronographs really holds it’s own. They are easy to use, and certainly accurate enough for any airgun use, and either one will perform just as good as a chronograph costing several times the price.
The AC5000 is slightly smaller than the AC6000, though the size difference is negligible and not really a consideration between the two, though I found the AC6000’s larger display better, and the fact it allows the user to select ft/lbs as a readout option gives it the edge in my opinion. That said, both chronographs offer excellent value for money, they are not full-bore rifle chronographs certainly, but I nonetheless challenge the reader to find a better air rifle/airsoft chronograph for the price.
Technical specifications and features
The premium Acetech chronograph, the AC6000, offers all the features of the AC5000 and more, retailing at £69.99. Slightly larger and more robust than the AC5000, the AC6000 has a larger display and therefore easier to use than its smaller counterpart, and every bit as accurate. The AC6000 features a larger OLED display, which is easier to read, and is operated in the same way via the operating buttons to the left of the screen. The AC6000 chronograph has the capacity to measure either metric or imperial, so values can be set in either m/s, ft/s, and the projectile value can be entered to either grams or grains. The power result can also be set to either joules or ft/lbs easily through the units menu. The AC6000 is also capable of measuring rate of fire, though this is more of a feature intended for airsoft.
The AC6000 features a larger aperture of 36mm, compared to the AC5000’s 24mm, meaning there is less chance of an errant shot hitting the device itself, though both chronographs are very well shielded around the sensors, and seem very robust and resilient. The AC6000 can be mounted either horizontally or vertically on a table or mounted to a camera tripod via the standard fit 1/4x20 UNC mounting in the base. The A6000 is light, only 290g without batteries, and is small and portable enough to be taken out when required without a great deal of set up hassle. The AC6000 is a step up from the AC5000 in terms of ergonomics, with its OLED screen, larger buttons and larger aperture, though still with fantastic accuracy and precision. The AC6000 takes 4x AAA alkaline batteries, though can also be powered by the micro USB port at the rear.
The Acetech AC5000 is slightly smaller than the AC6000, though internally functions pretty much the same, allowing the same parameters in terms of projectile weight and velocity. The AC5000 is slightly more limited in terms of unit selection, displaying the power in joules only, though the conversion to ft/lbs is simple and this feature doesn’t really detract from the chronograph’s usability. The chronograph is capable of measuring from 30m/s, all the way to 400m/s, (or 90ft/s-1200ft/s), more than sufficient for any airgun, be it an air rifle or air pistol. Programming is accomplished by using the built in LCD display and operation buttons, which is simple and easy to use, and can remember up to 5 different projectiles for quicker testing. The AC5000 is also capable of measuring rate of fire, though this is more of a feature intended for airsoft.
Once the pellet weight is programmed, it is simply a case of shooting through the 24mm aperture on the right of the device, with the results being displayed on the LCD screen. Once the shot is taken, the results are displayed instantly on the screen, and the user can then go into the second screen to see the results from the previous 25 shots taken, including averages, or alter the settings through the options menu for the next shot.
The A5000 is powered by 2x AA Alkaline batteries, though can also be powered by a micro USB power input in the rear of the device. To save on battery power, the device will also automatically power off after a user set amount of time. The tube diameter in the chronograph is 24mm, plenty of clerance for any airgun. Like the AC6000, the AC5000 chronograph features a standard fit camera tripod mounting in the base, along with rubber feet to prevent slipping on a bench. Weighing only 200g, the AC5000 is the lighter of the two chronographs, making it light and portable enough to take to the range and test an airgun’s power easily.
For quick set-up to test an air rifle or air pistol for power:
- To use the device, firstly either insert the required batteries in the compartment on the underside of the chronograph or plug a 5V/0.5a micro USB cable in the back.
- Switch the device on by the on button located underneath the operational buttons. The first screen will be displayed, with all readings at zero.
- To change pellet weight, press the right direction button until you reach the menu screen at screen 3, and select UNIT
- On the unit screen, navigate up the options and press right or left on each to choose the unit of measurement of the speed readout, pellet weight and energy. Once this is set (default is grams and joules), navigate back to the menu screen and select AMMO.
- On the ammo screen, there is 5 spaces for pellet memory, simply navigate to the first option, and enter the pellet weight by selecting either the hundreds, tens, units (or non-integers), and changing the value with the up and down arrows. Pellet diameter is set likewise under its respective column.
- Next, you can either change the display options if you wish (I didn’t bother, the OLED screen on default seemed fine), or navigate to the first menu, and simply shoot.
- Once you have fired through the aperture, the results will be displayed on the screen. There is no need to touch the device at all between shots, the chronograph will simply display the new reading on screen.
- To see previous shots, navigate to the second screen.
- Once you’ve finished shooting, the device can simply be powered off, or the user can select their own automatic power off.
Chronograph Comparison Chart:
|ACETECH AC6000||ACETECH AC5000|
|Velocity Range||30 m/s - 400 m/s||30 m/s - 400 m/s|
|Outlook||Built with high quality materials, rubber keypad, powder coated plastic, Aluminium||Built with Plastic|
|Panel cover||2.7mm thick PC plastic||1mm thick plastic|
|Screen||128*128 OLED grey scale||Mono colour 128*64 LCD|
|Detecting sensor||12 IR sensors||7 IR sensors|
|IR sensor calibration||Yes||Yes|
|Hot key for Ammo||Yes||Yes|
|Ammo Parameter||5 sets||5 sets|
|25 Speed recordings||Yes||Yes|
|Auto shooting test||Yes||Yes|
|Certification||FCC, CE, ROHS||Yes|
|Battery||AAA Battery * 4||AA Battery * 2|
|Dimension||130 x 108 x 61mm||117 x 97 x 59mm|
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