The 7 Best Handheld Counters

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in March of 2020. Whether you need to tally objects or monitor the number of people entering an establishment, handheld counters let you get an accurate total without the use of pen and paper or trying to record numbers in your head. The units on this list include inexpensive mechanical and electronic clickers with either four or five-digit display screens to help speed up the counting process. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Digi 1st TC 895

2. Ktrio Mechanical Tally

3. DB Happy Digital

Editor's Notes

July 09, 2021:

The biggest change to the list this time around was the removal of three models that were virtually identical to the Ktrio Mechanical Tally but lacked the high-quality knurled metal knob. Of course, some digital models like the Digi 1st TC 895 offer dual lockable tallies, but mechanical options like the Horsky Clicker are generally more satisfying and easier to count with consistently. If a low-profile construction is important to you, consider the DB Happy Digital or EQ LED Electronic Tally.

April 03, 2020:

Handheld counters can be used for a variety of uses, from taking headcounts of students boarding buses to getting reliable inventory numbers. While there's not much to say in terms of added features, some models perform better for different activities. For instance, if you are going to be recording the number of people moving swiftly through doors, you want a counter that responds quickly to the touch like the Horsky Clicker. In the same vein, a model that delivers an audible click like the Ktrio Mechanical Tally or a produces a beeping sound similar to the Digi 1st TC 895 ensure you get a precise count.

Special Honors

Robic M467 The Robic M467 is a durable counting device with a dual-screen. It is designed to record throws during pitching practice to prevent pitchers from overworking arm muscles before the big game. With adding and subtraction functions, it comes in handy for other applications, too. The counter comes ready to use and has a one-year warranty.

4. Digi 1st TC 880

5. Horsky Clicker

6. EQ LED Electronic Tally

7. Afunta Electronic Counter Set

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