Review laser distance meter LOMVUM LV40

Cheap Chinese laser distance meter LOMVUM LV40. Which calculates the distance from 5 centimeters to 40 meters at a fairly high speed. And of course it has a number of additional functions for calculating various values. But about everything in order.

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Looking ahead a little, I would like to say that a cheap laser distance meter can be a very interesting option to buy.

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appearance Lomvum LV 40

Technical parameters

  • Measuring distance: 0.05 – 40 m
  • Accuracy: ± 2mm
  • Laser class and type: II, 635nm, <1 mW
  • Min / max function: yes
  • Addition / Subtraction: Yes
  • S / V / P calculation: yes
  • Indirect calculations according to Pythagoras: yes (2 methods)
  • Memory for the last measurements: 20 cells
  • Sound accompaniment of measurement: yes (switchable)
  • Screen backlight: yes
  • LCD display: 4 lines
  • Reference points: rear / front
  • Measurement units: meters / feet / inches
  • Automatic laser shutdown: after 30 sec (inactive)
  • Automatic switch-off of the device: after 3 minutes (if idle)
  • Number of measurements from a set of batteries: 5000 measurements
  • Batteries: 2pcs AAA x 1.5V
  • Working temperature: from 0 ° С to + 40 ° С
  • Storage temperature: from -10 ° С to + 60 ° С
  • Dimensions: 116 x 52 x 28mm
  • Weight: 135 grams

Housing laser distance meter Lomvum LV40

The case is made very high quality without any cracks or gaps. The only thing is that the battery cover does not have a rubber o-ring.

Therefore, the dust and moisture protection index should be assigned to IP44. In other words, it is not advisable to use the laser distance meter in the rain.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the cover is almost perfectly paired with the battery compartment.

Body Lomvum LV40
Body Lomvum LV40 2

Among the design features of the case, we can distinguish the presence of two bubble levels. With a smooth flow of the bubbles themselves. Which will undoubtedly help in calculating the perpendicular. And calculating the bisector in one of the indirect Pythagorean calculations.

The Lomvum LV40 laser distance meter fits well in the hand thanks to the ribbed and hard rubber. Running along the entire side face of the case.

Rubber LV40

For convenience and additional security, a hand strap is provided.

All the buttons of the meter is made of soft rubber. Which practically do not get dirty and do not attract various dust. As for example, also a cheap laser distance meter SNDWAY SW-T40.

buttons Lomvum LV40

Functional laser distance meter Lomvum LV40

For this ridiculous amount of money, this device has serious abilities.

Minimum and maximum function.

Instead of the usual tracking (continuous measurement), it has a more advanced and convenient min/max function. This mode allows you to quickly calculate the diagonal from corner to corner. And also quickly find the shortest distance to the wall (perpendicular).

min/max function LV40

Addition and subtraction

Beyond simple addition and subtraction of distances. It can also add and subtract area to area and volume to volume. This greatly speeds up work without additional entries.

adding and subtracting areas and volumes LV40

Calculating area and volume

The functionality of this laser distance meter allows you to calculate the area and volume of something just a couple of clicks on the button.
In other words, you select the area calculation function. Next, measure the length and width of the room and that’s all. In the final line, the screen displays the area value in square meters.

area calculation LV40

The same thing happens with the volume, but you still measure the height and the final line shows the desired volume in cubic meters.

volume calculation LV40

Here it is necessary to note one unique feature of this laser distance meter. Namely, when calculating the area, in addition to the main value, the screen displays the calculation of the perimeter of the room!

That is, counting the same skirting boards around the perimeter becomes literally a matter of seconds.

perimeter calculation LV40

Indirect Pythagorean calculations

The Lomvum LV40 laser distance meter can calculate the inaccessible height using the Pythagorean theorem. There are two ways to do this:

1st method

Based on two measurements from the same point. The first measurement is made at the top point of the object (the length of the hypotenuse is recognized).

The second measurement is made at the lower point of the object. In which the length of the adjacent catheter is recognized.

Based on this data and the angle of 90 degrees (the angle of the lower measurement relative to the wall). The screen displays the length of the opposite leg of an imaginary triangle. Which is the height of the object.

2nd method

Calculating the inaccessible height using three measurements. It is also done from a single point. Froze at the top point. Then he froze at a strict 90°angle. And froze at the bottom point. After that, the desired height of the object is displayed on the screen.

I must say that these calculations are indirect. Therefore, the accuracy of such measurements will largely depend on the accuracy of observing the angle of 90° with the corresponding measurements. Otherwise, there will be quite a large error.

Pythagorean theorem Lomvum LV40 (2)

In addition to all of the above, the Lomvum LV40 can count in meters, feet, and inches.

You can also switch the reference point for more convenience. Either from the end of the range finder or from its beginning. By default, the countdown starts from the back edge of the device.

And the last feature of this truly inexpensive model. This is the presence of memory for the last 20 measurements. A nice bonus that is not often found in more expensive models from other manufacturers.

Control buttons

Control buttons Lomvum LV40

1st button “MEAS” – turns on the laser distance meter when held down for 2 seconds. In the following it acts as a metering button.

2nd button “MAX/MIN” – calls the corresponding function, calculates diagonals and perpendiculars, and also uses it as tracking.

3rd button – alternately switches 4 calculation modes: area, volume, 1st indirect calculation according to Pythagoras and 2nd indirect calculation.

4th button – is responsible for changing the reference point: front or rear.

5th button – alternately displays the last 20 measurements on the screen.

6th button (+/-) – speaks for itself, and is responsible for adding and subtracting values.

7th button “Unit” – responsible for changing the units of measurement (with a long press). And for turning off the sound accompaniment of the measurement (with a short press).

8th button “CLEAR/OFF” – clears the last measurements from the display. And when pressed for a couple of seconds, turns off the laser distance meter.

How to make a calibration

To enter the calibration menu, hold down four buttons simultaneously. Namely, the buttons 1,2,3,4 (see the button layout above) for 2-3 seconds. Until the laser distance meter will not be included in the special settings mode. (See the photo below.)

calibration menu Lomvum LV40

Accuracy adjustment is available in the range from – 10 to + 10 millimeters.

By briefly pressing the “+/-” button, the value will increase in 1mm increments with the “+” sign up to the maximum value of 0.010.

Long pressing (holding for 1 second) will decrease the value in 1mm increments, up to a maximum of 0.010.

calibration Lomvum LV40

After performing calibration of the laser distance meter, it is necessary to record the changes in the device’s memory. To do this, simply click the “MEAS” button. The laser distance meter turns off. When you switch on again, all measurements will be made taking into account the correction made.

Possible laser distance meter errors

Error codeCauseTroubleshooting method
204Calculation errorMeasure again
208Memory errorContact the service center
220Low batteryReplace batteries
252High ambient temperatureUse a laser distance meter within the operating temperature range of 0 ° C to + 40 ° C
253Low ambient temperatureSee permissible operating temperatures
255Reflection signal too weakMeasure on a stronger reflective surface
256Reflective signal too strongMeasure on a target with a lower reflectivity
261Measurement is taken at a greater distanceTake a measurement in the range specified in the specifications from 0.05 to 40 meters
500Hardware errorSwitch the appliance on and off several times. If the error persists, contact the service center.

Delivery set Lomvum LV40

The Lomvum LV40 laser distance meter is delivered in a compact box. In which fits: device, protective case for carrying, hand strap, small reflective plate and instructions in English.

Delivery set Lomvum LV40

Pros and cons

Cheap, well-assembled, high-speed measurements, a good set of additional functions, a four-line backlit display, bubble levels on the case, perimeter calculation, min/max, addition and subtraction of areas and volumes, a switchable beeper, there is calibration.

Sometimes tracking slows down a little

Accuracy check and video review

Sergei Mikhailuk

For seven years I was engaged in various interior decoration and construction of country houses. Then I opened a shop selling laser and geodetic instruments. For nine years I have been selling and making alignment of laser levels, so I have accumulated a lot of experience in this area. Now I am writing and shooting detailed reviews of the laser instrument. For more details, see the page about me.

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  1. Bilawal

    How fix error 261, I am having in my device?

    1. Sergei Mikhailuk author

      The review has a table with possible errors. 261 the error appears when measuring too long a distance (which exceeds the declared distance from 0.05-40 meters)