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What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:33 pm
by gear-report
Not sure if I'm putting this in the right forum.

Ok, I finally decided that I need a digital scale for weighing the gear that I make and buy... just finding it difficult to decide what to get.
I want the cheapest thing that will work reliably.

I want to weigh really light things like alcohol stoves, as well as bigger things like hammocks, tarps, TQs, UQs, etc.
Maybe even some DIY backpacks.
Would be nice if it could handle weighing boxes for postage also, maybe up to 10 or 15 lb.

Is there a scale that will do up to 10 or 15 LB and still be accurate to small-ish fractions of a gram... and still be relatively inexpensive (as in, less than $35)?

If you have a digital scale that you use and like, please share what it is and why you like it.
Or if you have/had one you didn't like, warn me about it please.

Thanks!

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:31 pm
by ConnieD
I take my stuff to USPS and they weigh my stuff on their postal scale.

I see the YouTube video digital weigh scales are in ounces and in grams.

http://www.breadtopia.com/store/escali- ... scale.html is up to 11 lbs which would individually weigh each piece of backpacking gear I have. There are other weigh scales on the page you may like better, maybe the thin flat one at the bottom of the page.

I am interested in purchasing a weigh scale.

These are the best prices I have found online, so far.

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:09 pm
by zelph
I use a weightwatchers digital for small stuff and a vintage postal scale (spring type) fir stuff up to 20 lbs.

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Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:17 pm
by sudden
I think you might need two scales.

I purchased a scale for bread baking and it does fine for hundreds of grams but not accurate enough for tens of grams.

Look for a "pocket" scale if you want to weigh your small stuff. Some of the more accurate low weight scales are sold for hand loading bullets. I think you can get one for ~$50 at any sporting goods store that caters to hunters. Make sure it comes with a calibration weight.

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:21 pm
by sudden

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:30 pm
by sudden
This has good ratings but no calibration weight. Looks like you can add a weight for !$5 but you need to be sure the scale can be calibrated.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SC ... MF6JRC16CS

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 6:26 pm
by ConnieD
1/10th gram?

I don't think anyone into backpacking weights needs more than grams and ounces.

The full pack, at least my "usual" full pack, can be measured on the post office scale.

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:21 pm
by gear-report
From a similar thread I posted on hf.net:
[QUOTE=TZBrown;423175]After reading all I could about a pocket scale I decided to follow these guys on BPL

Here is a link to a thread on BPL
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin ... gination=1

And a link to the scale, sacle cost less than $3.00 but shipping was over $5.00.
http://cgi.ebay.com/0-1-2000g-2kg-Digit ... 5060523557.
...[/QUOTE]

Thanks everyone for the feedback. The money miser in my jumped on this pocket scale that TZBrown mentioned. I thought about it some more and figure 98% of what I want to weigh will be at or under the 4.4LB limit on this scale. Anything bigger I can take to the post office after hours. :)

My challenge now is to wait patiently until the scale arrives from Hong Kong.:scared:

I think I'll just make up weights for stuff until the scale gets here. :)

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:48 pm
by zelph
I think I'll just make up weights for stuff until the scale gets here. :)
Every thing can then be under one ounce :D

Re: What scale for weighing gear?

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:25 am
by realityguy
I have several..but use a 3 beam one for grams down to tenths of grams(..use a couple of small kitchen scales for the 1-5lb range(accuracy?) and a digital baby scale("Weigh To Grow"...low end seems to be 12oz..up to about 44lbs by 1/2oz) for my loaded backpacks and that.
I like the digital baby one..but can't give you a retail price since I get all my scales at thrift stores. :roll:
I paid $5..you'll probably pay more.. :roll: ... :lol:

Ouch!
http://www.nextag.com/Redmon-7462-Weigh ... rices-html