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Adam Equipment HCB Highland Portable Precision Balance

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5 customer reviews

Price: $247.45 - $663.61
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Product Specifications
Brand Name Adam Equipment
Material Type plastic
UNSPSC Code 41111501

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Product Features

  • Portable conventional balance provides precision weighing results
  • Two-second settling time for increased productivity
  • Stainless steel 120 mm diameter weighing pan is corrosion resistant
  • Powered by the built-in rechargeable battery or included AC adapter, for increased mobility
  • Overload protection prevents damage to scale from too-heavy objects

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  • ASIN: B0078RZNSM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product Description

The Adam Equipment HCB Highland portable conventional, or precision, balance has a two-second settling time for increased productivity. The balance can be operated using AC power, or with the integrated rechargeable battery for up to 24 hours for full mobility in the field and when a power supply is hard to find. This balance has an automatic internal calibration system and an overload protection that prevents damage to the weighing cell and balance if too-heavy samples are mistakenly used. Integrated RS-232 and USB ports are available to transfer data to a printer or PC using the included cables. The below-balance weighing hook suspends bulky items beneath the balance for weighing.

The balance has a digital display with a backlight for increased readability in low light conditions. The automatic data accumulation option continuously stores data each time the balance stabilizes on a measurement, and application keys provide shortcut access to parts-counting or percent-weighing mode. The removable plastic draft shield prevents dust and airflow from affecting a measurement. The ABS plastic housing is durable and easy to clean, and is built to withstand tough field and lab environments. A built-in security slot for locks and cables protects the balance from unauthorized use or theft. The balance can be stacked and stored on top of other Core or Highland balances that have a 120 mm diameter pan, with or without the draft shield, to save space. The stainless steel weighing pan resists corrosion and is easy to clean. Warrantied by the manufacturer for two years.

Balances are measuring instruments used to determine the mass of an object, while scales are used to measure the weight of an object. The measurement results from balances are generally considered to be more precise compared to results from scales. Mechanical balances are the simplest type of balance, and use a lever and slide to indicate the measurement. Conventional balances are commonly used in offices, the jewelry industry, and in kitchens, and display results digitally, but are less precise than analytical balances. Analytical balances measure to a high degree of precision and accuracy (0.0001 g or better), and display results digitally. These balances have a cover with doors to prevent dust and airflow from affecting the measurement. Moisture balances analyze moisture content in a material sample, using infrared or halogen heat sources to dry the sample and then calculate the moisture content from the before- and after-drying weight, and display results digitally, on the balance, or transfer the information for display on a computer.

Adam Equipment manufactures balances, scales, and related accessories for laboratory, educational, industrial, retail, and medical applications. The company, which was founded in the United Kingdom in 1972 and has an office in Danbury, CT, meets International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 standards.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doc Wittmer on July 9, 2012
Size: 120g Capacity and 0.001g Readability Verified Purchase
I purchased this on Amazon for less than I could get it from the manufacturer and free shipping too. It is exactly what I needed at a price much lower than anywhere. Duh, isn't that why we shop on Amazon in the first place? The only drawback is that the software to transfer data through the USB cable is only available through the manufacturer and cost an extra $95. For the price a real winner. It has a great hook that come out of the bottom of the scale for doing suspended weights. I needed this feature especially to enable measuring density by Archimedes' method.

Follow-up: January 31, 2013
I have used this scale for several months and it is plagued by having to keep pressing the tare button while weighing. The scale weight drifts as much as 300 mg in a day. The weight is not stable and therefore you can not trust what weights you measure with it. I could not find a way to contact the manufacturer for a fix on this problem. I have since purchased another scale as it is too late to return it to Amazon for a refund. The other scales that I also purchased from Amazon will hold their Zero whether the temperature in 90F or 30F without issue. Research my other reviews to find these products. The latest was a real nice balance, also with under-weighing hook, that holds the zero for several days so far.

I do not recommend purchasing this scale unless you plan on testing it vigorously for the first 90 days while it is still under Amazon's return policy. The best factor that it has going for it is that you can use the USB port on a computer instead of RS-232.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Mills on July 10, 2011
Size: 600g Capacity and 0.01g Readability Verified Purchase
This device is not easy to setup. The instructions are incomplete and not clear. Having said that, it actually works pretty well once setup. I'm not doing high precision weighing and it is a good value compared to the big names.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Safee on September 18, 2014
Size: 120g Capacity and 0.001g Readability Verified Purchase
So far, so good. Very accurate and it has sped up my compounding workflow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John H. Lauterbach on February 16, 2013
Size: 120g Capacity and 0.001g Readability Verified Purchase
This is a good balance, if and only if, you have experience working with analytical balances and you have specialized tools. The instructions that come with the balance are poor. Also, a special key-type wrench is needed to removed part of the packking material. The wrench sent with the balance was the wrong size. Fortunately, Ihad the correct size wrench.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett Roth on September 23, 2012
Size: 600g Capacity and 0.01g Readability Verified Purchase
I was nervous getting a (relatively) inexpensive scale after my $600 Acculab scale died after 7 loyal years (due to a misguided attempt to clean it). This wasn't a major brand, and the price was only $300 and change. I planned to use it to weigh nutritional supplements for a diet formula we will soon be marketing.

I couldn't be happier with this scale. It is better, and more accurate, than my Acculab scale has been for a long time. It warms up in seconds. I've tested it using weights and it was on the money every time. It just feels sturdy and reliable. My Acculab scale had a .001g readability and 300g capacity, but .01g was plenty accurate for my needs and I really appreciate the 600g capacity.

I wish every purchase I made was this satisfying-- highly recommended!
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