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Tim Testa
(MichaelRedbeard) - F
Dymo Scales on 08/28/2009 02:41:56 MDT Print View

I have the opportunity to get the following scale for $27.50 all together with shipping and taxes already included. Does anyone know if this is a good scale? Also judging by the specifications, this scale does measure grams right?

http://global.dymo.com/enUS/ProductSpecs/SP5_-_5_lb_Digital_Mailing_Scale.html

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
Re: Dymo Scales on 08/28/2009 04:19:10 MDT Print View

Yeah it looks like a good scale. I've found my $3.99 scale to be extremely accurate (to the gram) so I'm sure this scale with a $50 MSRP is quite accurate too. From the discription, it appears to measure grams....it says it's accurate to 1g so that's gotta mean it measures grams.

One thing to keep in mind is portability. I never thought of this when I bought my tiny pocket scale, but since I got it I've taken it with me a lot. Whenever I buy gear now I bring the scale so I can verify weighs. It's come in handy several times already.

Tim Testa
(MichaelRedbeard) - F
Don't Buy!!! on 08/28/2009 21:31:09 MDT Print View

Thanks for the advice Dan. I think Ebay will be my next stop after buying this one. I put a 2lb 8oz weight on it and it weighed it in at 2lbs 9.6ozs. I tried a couple of other things on it too. Complete crap. I returned it immediately! Stay away from Dymo!

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
which scale? on 08/29/2009 13:31:39 MDT Print View

Dan, where did you get your scale and what model is it? Tim, if you find a good one, let me know. Looking as well. Think there are some old posts on the topic too, but no time to search them now.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - M

Locale: Cascadia
scale on 08/29/2009 13:42:47 MDT Print View

Mine is a pocket scale I got from ebay that is good up to 2000g. Just search for '2000g pocket scale' on eBay and there is lots. This is exactly like mine:

http://cgi.ebay.com/2000g-0-1g-DIGITAL-POCKET-ct-MINI-LCD-Jewelry-SCALES_W0QQitemZ140341388492QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item20acffa4cc&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

I know mine is accurate because a lot of my gear I had weighed previously at work on an expensive scale and with this scale everything weighed within a gram of those weights.

To use this small scale with large stuff I either hang a hanger on the scale, zero it and then hang the item on the hanger OR I set something on the scale that is tall and wide (ie. a Nalgene bottle), zero the scale, and then set the item on the bottle.

Tim Testa
(MichaelRedbeard) - F
Re: which scale? on 08/29/2009 23:35:02 MDT Print View

Hey EJ, I sent you a PM, feel free to look it over when you get a chance ;)

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: Re: which scale? on 08/30/2009 07:52:24 MDT Print View

Timothy can I ask what kind of 2 lb 8 oz weight you put on it? As in a weight plate?

Tim Testa
(MichaelRedbeard) - F
Correct. on 08/30/2009 16:28:36 MDT Print View

Yes I put a 2.5Lb Olympic plate on it. I also put this tote on it was that stated as being 4.25ozs on it and it ended up weighing in at 3.9ozs. There was no way that I planned on keeping it with these kinds of varations. Why? What were you going to say? Or what are you going to say having heard this information =)

Jonathan Boozer
(anywayoutside) - MLife

Locale: South East
Re: Correct. on 08/30/2009 19:35:34 MDT Print View

You more than likely sent back a scale that worked just fine. The 2.5lb plate probably had a manufacturing tolerance even if only +/- 5% that falls well within the range that the manufacturer will pass as a 2.5lb weight (the plate probably weighed 2 lb 9.6oz). I'm not saying for certain the scale wasn't crap, but I would suggest a much more specific testing on your next scale. Test with things that you can verify the weight on. You cannot count on manufacturer spec. If you don't have anything else you can always use 5 quarters. They weigh in @ 28g or 29g (1oz) total. Good luck with the next one. Hope this helps a little.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Feedback Sports Summit Scale on sale; Prefer even cheaper on 08/30/2009 19:54:12 MDT Print View

FYI I found the BPL Feedback Sports Summit scale on sale for only $42 (cheaper than BPL) below. I'm sure it's excellent, but I'd prefer an even cheaper one.

http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?ID=84974

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: scales on 08/31/2009 09:24:56 MDT Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 05/02/2010 08:14:50 MDT.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
which one? on 08/31/2009 10:16:27 MDT Print View

Hi Anna, thanks for the link - which one are you recommending? Most of them look pretty expensive.

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: which one? on 08/31/2009 21:35:00 MDT Print View

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Edited by annapurna on 05/02/2010 08:13:21 MDT.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
Ultra 35 on 08/31/2009 21:47:03 MDT Print View

thanks, how accurate is the Ultra 35?

The Feedback Sports model measures in 1g increments (1 gram = 0.0352739619 ounces), so it should be more accurate, but I think the Ultra 35 should be accurate enough; it's also nice that it goes up to 35 lbs for weighing heavier items like a pack.

Edited by mountainwalker on 08/31/2009 21:58:21 MDT.

Jack Newton
(figster) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
MyWeigh on 08/31/2009 22:02:26 MDT Print View

I sell scales for a living.

I use MyWeigh i5000. They're perfect as they weigh up to 11 pounds, are durable, and accurate.

Jack

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
i5000 on 08/31/2009 22:08:06 MDT Print View

Thanks - i5000 seems to give you the same resolution of the Feedback Sports model but with the ability to weight to almost double the weight.

Specs:

i5000 Bowlscale
Specifications
Capacity
5000g x 1.0g | 11lb x 0.05oz | 11lb x 0.002lb
Accuracy/Readability
+/- 1.0g / 0.05oz / 0.002lb
Calibration
Digital Auto Calibration
Accessories
Acrylic Bowl, 4AAA batteries (included), AC Adaptor is optional (6v). Integrated Parts Counting Feature is included standard.
Tray/Platform Size
9" x 4" (23cm x 10cm)
Dimensions
8" x 5 1/2" (20cm x 14cm)
Operation temp.
64f - 85f
Warranty
Lifetime/30 year worldwide warranty

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
i5000 or i5000H? on 08/31/2009 22:10:20 MDT Print View

Jack, what's the difference between the i5000 and i5000H?

Jack Newton
(figster) - F

Locale: Central Arkansas
Hemp on 08/31/2009 23:02:30 MDT Print View

H is for hemp! Its made of some hemp plastic composite. I only stock the H. Looks great and less like a scale. Very accurate, but don't throw them into a wall.