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American Weigh Scales Black Blade Digital Pocket Scale, BL-1KG-BLK 1000 by 0.1 G
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- Handy digital pocket scale includes a retractable backlit display, making the most of space-saving efficiency
- Weighs up to 1000 grams in 0.1 gram increments; easy to use with a 3-key operation
- Included carrying pouch holds everything, so taking it on the go is easy
- Covered by a 10-year warranty; powered by 2 AAA batteries, which come included
- Lid can be used as tray.
- Note: Kindly refer user manual below for any reference or troubleshooting.
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The Blade Scale from American Weigh is the original pocket scale with a retractable backlit display. Has a 10 year American Weigh Warranty. Note: Kindly refer user manual below for any reference or troubleshooting.
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I chose this scale because I wanted an inexpensive, compact scale with a high capacity and at least 0.1g accuracy, and because the reviews looked good. I intend to use the scale mostly for weighing small bubble-wrap mailing envelopes and small shipping boxes, but I will sometimes need to weigh herbal supplements, and I need those weights to be accurate to a tenth of a gram or so. I was not sure if a scale with such a high capacity would be sensitive enough to measure small changes in weight, such as when I add a tenth of a gram of herbs to the weighing platform, so I also bought American Weigh's Chrome-201 (200g x 0.01g). With its help, I conducted some tests.
This scale does sometimes report 0.1g changes in weight, but not reliably. It usually requires a 0.2g cumulative change to update the reading, unless I press on the scale or lift and replace the weight, which causes the reading to update and reflect the 0.1g change. The scale does reliably detect 0.2g changes in weight, even when that weight is added very gently and gradually. This is true whether the starting weight is near zero or near 1000g. The scale cannot detect a total weight of less than 0.2g (this is listed in the specifications). The work-around is to use a tray and zero-out its weight with the Tare feature. This scale has an "acceptable tolerance" of 0.2g, so that is probably the reason for these behaviors.
I conducted my tests using powder (gently sprinkled), an eye dropper of water, and shreds of paper. I verified the readings with the Chrome-201. Both scales seem to be accurately calibrated, and usually gave matching readings (though they were sometimes off by 0.1g). The Chrome, by the way, exhibits the same behavior of updating the reading typically only when the weight has changed by at least 2 increments (0.02g in that case), and it only reliably detects a total weight of at least 0.05g.
I have a few minor problems with this scale. See the CONS section below.
AWS Blade-1kg Specifications:
Max Capacity: 1000g
Min Weight: 0.2g
Units: gram, ounce, troy ounce, pennyweight
Acceptable Tolerance: 0.2g
Calibration Weight: 500g (the manual and the scale itself reported this, and I successfully performed the calibration)
Recommended Accuracy Class: OIML M2
Power: 2 x AAA (included - be sure to remove the plastic tab between the batteries and the contact)
Dimensions: 0.8" x 3.8" x 3.8"
Platform Dimensions: 2.7" x 2.7"
Made in China
Seems accurate, both by comparing to the CHROME-201 scale (readings usually match, or are sometimes off by 0.1g), and by weighing US coins. Readings are also reasonably consistent.
The case and lid make good trays, and the case (being taller) can serve as a standoff for large items that would otherwise obscure the readout.
Seems sturdy and the build quality seems good (for a cheap scale).
The bottom tray/case fits so snugly that I can remove the scale from it only by holding the case and striking the heel of my hand sharply against a firm surface to knock the scale out of it into my other hand. I do not like doing that with something so delicate.
The top tray/lid does not protect the weighing platform from pressure. It fits right against the platform and the scale will report weight when I press moderately firmly on the lid, even near its corners. And even though the lid fits within the bottom portion of the case, it sits higher than the top of the case and so even the case will not protect the scale from things being set on top of it.
The swing-out unit would be better if it could swing out all the way so that it would be less easily obscured by large objects on the scale.
When testing the scale's ability to detect tiny changes in weight, I found that the auto-off will activate even when there are small (0.1 - 0.2g) changes being reported in the readout at least every ten seconds. I assume this is because the scale has a tolerance of 0.2g, and so changes by no more than this do not count in the software as activity. I can prevent this by pressing on the scale periodically.
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I don't wanna have to fuss with worrying whether the liquid I'm carbonating is cold or not. That's a pain in the butt that I don't have time for. Top chefs recommend weighing ingredients anyway - rather than using volumetric methods (teaspoons, cups, etc). It's strongly suggested in Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine cookbook. That's good enuff for me. If you are a home brewer, and you know your beer tastes best when force-carbonated to 3.4 grams per liter, well, you can make sure you put precisely that amount in it using a good gram scale like the "Blade".
My only complaint is that it is a fairly tight fit into the storage case and the batteries are easily dislodged. What this means in practice is you have to hold the case upside down gently shake to get the scale out, this causes the batteries to come loose. You then have to open the battery compartment and re-seat the batteries. Not a big deal but a minor design flaw, that is why I only gave it 4 stars.
At $8 this is an outstanding deal. I am very happy with my purchase and would buy this product again.