Jul 25, 2013 at 8:13 am #1305794
@mthyerLocale: Pacific North West
My trusty, old, no-name scale bit the dust. The kink spring that holds the scale plate up has been sagging, and now I can't get it to register anything below a kg-and-a-half. So, I'm looking at the new fancy digital scales that one can find on Amazon and other places and thinking to myself "Sheesh! Option paralysis."
Any recommendations you guys might be willing to make will help me narrow my choices. I prefer to use metric.Jul 25, 2013 at 9:43 am #2009337
The Escali Primo is the only scale I have any experience with for weighing my gear. Great little all-purpose kitchen scale. Does grams and ounces. Maxes out at about 10 lbs I think, so not the most heavy duty. Only cost about $30 and I don't think I've ever had to change the batteries in it. Plus, cute colors!Jul 25, 2013 at 9:48 am #2009342
This cheapy has worked great for me for 3 years now. I'm very happy with it. And the cost.
There's a store in Westminster. You can swing by and get one today.Jul 25, 2013 at 9:53 am #2009343
I think it's Saga (at least that's what it says when it lights up in orange while turning one. anyway, it was around $11 on ebay (shipped from China). Search ebay for kitchen scales, I think you'll find a number of affordable options.Jul 25, 2013 at 10:11 am #2009351
I got one of those cheap scales from Ebay shipped from China. $10 or something. Works fine.
I got another one previously and it broke, but maybe I abused it.Jul 25, 2013 at 10:23 am #2009355
@bzhayesLocale: So. California
This is the one I got and love it. 11 lb capacity and 1 gram accuracy. $25 shipped to your door and 5 stars on 5400 reviews.Jul 25, 2013 at 10:40 am #2009364
If you want to weigh down for each baffle, 0.01 ounce/0.1 gram resolution is good.
Otherwise, 0.1 ounce/1 gram is fineJul 25, 2013 at 10:57 am #2009371
@johnbrown2005Locale: Portland, OR
Has a little pullout display in case the thing you're weighing is bulky. 5 lb max though, kinda wish I had seen the eatsmart.Jul 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm #2009408
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Always good to know if your particular scale is reasonably accurate. No need for calibrated weights.
1 US 5 cent coin ("nickel") is 5 grams. Pretty easy to remember.
1 US 1 cent coin ("penny") is 2.5 grams.
Weights of other US coins are more fractional, but if yor scale is good to 0.1 grams, might be useful. I don't know how much coins might lose or gain from wear and tear and grime.
Pile up more coins to check higher weights. Add coins to existing loads to check sensitivity at much higher weights.
You can probably find coin weights for other countries if you need to.
— RexJul 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm #2009428
One penny weighs 2.5 g, another weighs 2.6, close enough : )Jul 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm #2009434
@bzhayesLocale: So. California
"1 US 1 cent coin ("penny") is 2.5 grams."
Just be careful. Prior to 1982 pennies had a much higher copper content and are heavier. Just make sure you only use post 1982 pennies. Pennies from 1982 can be either copper or copper plated.Jul 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm #2009447
Grab a cheap "digital pocket scale" from eBay for $6 or so. Paying more is silly. These things weigh to 0.1g precision and up to 2000g.
Do an eBay search for "digital pocket scale 2000g" and sort by price. Heck here's a link for the lazy:
To weigh bigger stuff, get creative. I set a mug on it, zero it and then balance the bulky item on the cup. Really large stuff can be done by holding the scale in your hand and using a clothing hanger.
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