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rich y
(gkine) - F

Locale: NorCal
Looking for a cheap, good scale. on 02/02/2014 19:34:51 MST Print View

What do you guys use? Something cheap.

Timothy Epp

Locale: Southwest British Columbia
Check Walmart on 02/02/2014 19:39:12 MST Print View

I got a cheap gram/ ounce scale from Walmart for around 15 bucks.

Mark Heiser

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Amazon on 02/02/2014 20:14:57 MST Print View

Picked mine up off Amazon, but my one regret is that it doesn't have a raised platform. Makes it hard to weight larger items without having to put it in a bowl or something and then tare the scale.

Kenneth Jacobs
(f8less) - F

Locale: Midwest
Polder on 02/03/2014 14:51:48 MST Print View

This is what I use. Found it at Costco for $19.99. Has worked great for my needs:



Edited by f8less on 02/03/2014 14:52:21 MST.

Angelo Radano

Locale: New England
Re: Looking for a cheap, good scale. on 02/03/2014 16:36:21 MST Print View

eBay. Get something cheap shipping from China. You can easily spend under $10 (with shipping). Search for something like "5kg scale" or whatever you desire.

Leigh Baker

Locale: Northeast Texas Pineywoods
"Looking for a cheap, good scale" on 02/03/2014 16:43:39 MST Print View

Here's a recent thread discussing scales.

scale on 02/03/2014 17:05:35 MST Print View

really depends on what you want to weigh.

I have two.

A little one that weighs 0-500g

And a bigger kitchen one that weighs up to 11 lbs

99% of my weighing is on the little one. Weigh your big stuff once a the Post Office, and you seldom need that capability again.

The little scales can get messed up and need calibrating. You can order a 100g standard weight for this for ~8. The calibration is linear, so if your 100g wt weighs 102.5 g, its off by 2.5%. Some scales take 200 or 500 g calibration wt. All you need to do is calculate though off the 100g wt. If you need 500g, weigh out a cup of water that weighs 410 g (4x102.5)and use it in addition to your 100g wt, and then calibrate the scale. Recheck your 100g wt and it should be on the money.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Scales on 02/03/2014 17:44:32 MST Print View

Grab a "digital pocket scale" from eBay for $6-$7 shipped. You can get ones that read up to 2000g, yet measure to 0.1g.

On eBay search for "digital pocket scale 2000g" and then sort the results by price. I've got access to very high quality scales at the science lab I work at, and these eBay cheapo's are within 1%.


If you need to weigh something bulky, either tare a coat hanger on the scale, or tare a whiskey glass and then set your tent/sleeping bag/whatever on top.

Edited by dandydan on 02/03/2014 17:45:23 MST.