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- EASY-TO-READ DISPLAY: Read measurements quickly and accurately with the clear LCD display. The scale features an 11 lb (5000 g) capacity; 0.05 oz (1 g) increments; units include ounces (oz), pounds + ounces (lb:oz) and grams (g).
- SIMPLE TWO-BUTTON OPERATION: The controls are user-friendly for quick and efficient measuring. Tap the left button to turn on the scale or use the Tare Feature, and long press the left button to turn the scale off. Tap the right button to switch between measuring units.
- EASY TO CLEAN: The display and control buttons are sealed under a protective shield to guard against accidental spills. The scale is easy to wipe clean with a dry towel or damp cloth. Do not submerge in water.
- TARE FEATURE: Clear the weight of a plate or bowl from the scale. Independently measure multiple items in one container. The weight of an item placed on the scale before it is turned on will be cleared to zero automatically.
- LONG BATTERY LIFE: An automatic shut-off feature will turn off the scale after four minutes of inactivity to help conserve and extend battery life. Batteries included.
- Lifetime warranty; Accurate, easy-to-use digital scale in chrome for the kitchen or office
- Spill-proof, quick-clean, compact body and large LED face
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Measure Ingredients with Accuracy and Consistency
When you are cooking or baking, the Escali Primo Digital Scale will give you the confidence of a professional chef through accurate and consistent ingredient measurements.
Measuring ingredients by volume using cups and tablespoons can be inconsistent. You can easily over-pack a cup of flour by 25% when you scoop flour directly out of the bag, which is enough to dry out your chocolate chip cookies!
Measuring by weight with a scale will give you the confidence that your ingredients are measured accurately, every time.
Portion Control for Diet and Weight Loss
The key to achieving healthy weight loss is often expressed as a simple equation; burn more calories than you consume. While that may sound simple, many people struggle to reach their goal weight.
If you are only focused on how many calories you burn then you are missing out on half of the potential of this powerful, yet simple, equation.
Your secret weight loss weapon is using the Escali Primo food scale for portion control. Use it to perfectly portion meals when counting calories and dieting for maximum weight loss results.
The Primo will consistently provide accurate measurements that you can trust.
Easy to Read Display
Quickly and easily read measurements with confidence.
Sealed Control Panel
The display and controls are covered by a shield to guard against accidental spills.
Clear the weight of a container or multiple food items from your kitchen scale.
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Lifetime Ltd. Warranty
Escali protects this scale against defects in material and workmanship under normal use for as long as you own the scale.
Non-slip Rubber Feet
Feel confident that the scale will not move around underneath you.
Two AA batteries are included with your scale so you are ready to go out of the box.
Low Battery Indicator
Your scale will never be sidelined with the advanced warning of a low battery.
|Primo Digital Scale||Arti Colorful Glass Scale||SmartConnect Kitchen Scale||Tabla Stainless Steel Scale||Pana Baking Scale||Pico Pocket Scale|
|Capacity||11 lb (5000 g)||15 lb (7000 g)||11 lb (5000 g)||11 lb (5000 g)||13 lb (6000 g)||11 lb (5000 g)|
|Increments||0.1 oz (1 g)||0.1 oz (1 g)||0.1 oz (1 g)||0.1 oz (1 g)||1/8 cup, 1/2 tablespoon, 0lb:1/8 oz, 0.1 oz, 1 g||0.05 oz, 0.002 lb, 0 lb:0.1 oz, 1 g|
|Units||lb:oz, oz, g||lb:oz, oz, g, fl oz, ml||lb:oz, oz, g||lb:oz, oz, g, fl oz, ml||cups, tablespoons, lb:oz, oz, g||oz, lb, lb:oz, g|
|Platform Material||BPA-Free Plastic||Glass||Glass||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel & Silver||Silver|
|Color Options||9||12 + Bamboo||1||1||1||1|
|Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty||Lifetime ltd. Warranty|
|Batteries||Two AA (included)||Two CR2032 (included)||Three AAA (included)||Three AAA (included)||One 9V (included)||One 9V (included)|
|Optional AC Power Adapter||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||Not Available||Available (not included)||Not Available|
|Product Dimensions||8 x 6 x 1.25 in||9 x 6.5 x 0.75 in||6 x 10 x 0.75 in||9 x 6.25 x 0.75 in||7.5 x 9.75 x 1.25 in||4.5 x 3.75 x 1 in|
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|Item Dimensions||6 x 8 x 1.2 in||1.75 x 8.25 x 6 in||8.6 x 11.25 x 2.12 in||7.48 x 9.84 x 3.54 in||5.31 x 4.75 x 1.19 in||3.75 x 4.5 x 1 in|
Colors galore! Make your scale match your kitchen or office. The Primo line comes in 11 eye catching colors from a warm red to a sky blue. These digital scales are economically priced and very easy to use with its two-button operation.
Measures in Lb + Oz and Grams,Capacity: 11 Lb or 5000 gram,Graduation: 0.05 oz / 1 gr,Tare (Add + Weight),Automatic shut-off,Stylish design,2 AA batteries included
Easy to use operation manual is included
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The problem is that when this scale is zeroed it goes into an auto-zero mode where small changes (1g or so) in weight cause the scale to continuously re-tare and stay at zero. I discovered this when I put a dish of almonds on the scale and hit tare. I removed almonds 1 at a time and the display always returned to zero. I had removed 15 and it still read zero. I put the 15 back in all at once and it read 15g!. Almonds conveniently weigh between .8 and 1.3 grams.
If you zero out a bowl and try to add a few grams of salt by slowly pouring it in or weigh out some small garlic cloves, you could end up with significantly more than you think you have, depending on how you pour or add. Pouring continuously and quickly instead of dribs and drabs works better.
There are several ways to work-around this "feature":
1. Make your first addition or subtraction to the zeroed scale large enough to get it to register, add quickly (not slowly as the directions state). With the almonds, if I first took out 2 or 3 at one time, the display went to non-zero and then went down by an avg. of 1g for each almond removed after that (sometimes 0 sometimes 2) and the total weight remained correct.
2. You can also put 2 nickels on the scale after tare then subtract 10g from the weight (2 nickels weigh 10g).
3. You can also just press down on the scale with your finger until you're sure you added or subtracted more than 2g or so.
The only other con about this scale is that it might display a reading that seems stable, but 1-2 seconds later it re-adjusts to the correct value, don't be in a rush. If you put an object on it and press tare it may go to zero then 1 second later it has some value displayed, just press tare again and it will zero. Never assume it is zeroed unless you wait 1-2 seconds for the display to stabilize.
I'll try to give you some info here that I didn't find in the 400 or so other reviews:
I've verified the accuracy with calibration weights from 2g to 200g and the scale is accurate and repeatable within +/-1 gram ( a digital display of *any*device can't be more accurate than +/- 1 unit)
The scale has 3 weight modes, grams, ounces and pounds & ounces. Resolution for pounds/ounce mode is .1oz, for ounce mode it displays to .01oz but the resolution is usually .04oz (sometimes it increments .02oz, it depends what weight you are at).
This scale works fine near a running microwave, my old Salter would go crazy within 5ft of a running microwave.
I don't know what people are saying about how small it is, I think it's big, but just the right size. It's 6" W x 8.5"L x 1.6"H. Any smaller would make it hard to use with large bowls and any larger is unnecessary.
It would be nice if the display faced forward or at a slight angle for large objects. If you measure a lot of bulky objects this could become a problem for you. For medium size objects like large bowls or boxes just put something like an empty box or container on the scale first and tare it, this will effectively elevate the platform. The display will be easier to see when bulky objects are placed on the elevated platform.
I love the 4 minute auto off, most scales are 1 minute and that is too short when using the tare feature.
One issue is that if you power it on with more than 120g or so on it, it gives a cryptic (undocumented) error of "0ut2", if you remove the object it then zeros out without having to power cycle it.
I'm a geek so I measured the current consumption of the scale, 3.5ma when on and negligible (2ua) when off. The scale still turns on even with batteries as low as 2.6v (maybe even lower). What this means is that you should get around 800 hours of "on" time before needing to replace the batteries. For the casual user this could be 5 years when used for 30 minutes a day!
My old crappy (discontinued) Salter burned through 2 expensive 2032 lithium cells every few months with very light use (and you couldn't turn it off, you had to let it time out!). I would never buy a scale that uses expensive lithium cells again.
I like that this scale can be turned off (hold the on/tare button for several seconds), although with this kind of battery life, I don't bother.
UPDATE: 8-12-2010--We did order a second scale for use in our summer home. The performance of the scale was satisfactory for about 2 Months. At that time it began to show all kinds of error messages. Escali gave us instructions to return it for repair/replacement. We sent off the scale with the understanding that the turnaround time would be prompt. At the three week point I called to inquire as to the status of our little Primo. I spoke with Andrea who, at first, seemed not to know where our scale was. Then she said that a replacement was in the mail as of that very day! We received a new(?) scale (hard to tell--she described it as "a replacement")two days later. Meanwhile, since we depended on this little scale to weigh food portions, we had to buy another new scale. This time NOT an Escali. I re-rated this scale from 5 stars to 4 stars because of the defect, and because of the disappointing turn around time from Escali. Now that we have two scales here, we have elected to use our Ozeri scale, which is pretty much the same in function and appearance....The Escali is being held in reserve!
The device is very simple. It's also very lightweight. It comes with two Duracell AA batteries that you pop into the battery compartment in the back. That's all the setup it requires. There are two buttons: An on/tare/off button, and a g/oz button (to shift between grams or ounces). You can put a plate/ bowl etc. on the platform (which is the size of a small saucer) and then press the "on/tare/off" button, and it will be set to zero; you can then add food on the plate and will give you only the food's weight. You can press the button each time you want to reset it to zero and measure a new ingredients separately. You have to hold the button for several seconds for it to turn off, but it does auto-shut off after a couple of minutes.
The "grams/ oz" button allows you to switch between grams, total ounces, or lbs + ounces (for example, 17 ounces would be displayed as 1 lb 1 oz.) It also remembers your previous setting; if you place it on "ounces" and turn it off, it will turn on displaying ounces.
The scale has a precision of 1 or two grams. When I placed a nickel on it, it displayed the proper 5 grams; 2 nickels yielded 10 grams. However, sometimes it seems to waver between displays, but only by a gram or two (for example, one time it couldn't decide between 6 or 7 grams). Also, a quarter coin is 5.67 grams, and the display read 5 grams. This may be a problem for the stricter dieters, but I really doubt it would make a difference in most cases.
The biggest problem (for me) is the small platform; if you place a plate or similar container on the platform, it will obscure the reading on the display. This can be remedied by placing the plate further back on the platform, so long as it doesn't fall off. Also, if the platform were bigger, it follows that the scale would be bigger, and take up more valuable counter space.
Also--and I don't know if this is true for all digital scales--don't place this near a microwave, as the reading will be way off. I was quite shocked when weighing something, and the display of numbers was going haywire. I finally realized the microwave was on, and moved it to a place nearby; the display was fine again. Again, this may be simple common knowledge, but in case you didn't know, now you do!
Overall, this is a great, affordable kitchen scale which I would recommend to anybody.