(Video Size and Quality was reduced to meet Amazons limits, Watch the full video on my YouTube GadgetClass channel)
The stock pics on Amazon need to be updated, because they don't really feature this caliper well. The pics don't do it justice.
The iGaging EZ Cal digital caliper easily stands out in quality and accuracy when compared to the other 2 main contenders in the under $30 price category (the Neiko and Carrera). Comparing them side by side it is no contest in terms of build quality and finish. You can tell they took extra steps in the polishing and finishing process which makes them look more sleek and professional. It is also obvious they they build these to much tighter tolerances than the Neiko and Carrera. There isn't any "slop" or "wiggle room" between the measuring body and the ruling body which is why it scored the highest of all of the calipers for accuracy and repeat-ability. The display is HUGE and covers most of the measuring body. Very smooth over-all.
While it's bigger brother,the iGaging OriginCal, took first place due to it's absolute origin feature, I would not have any hesitation trusting the EZCal for critical measurements down to .0005" which is not something I would say for the Neiko or Carrera.
~ Good Accuracy over-all.
~ Solid build design!
~ Well polished/finished which makes it look better than the others
~ Takes a Commonly available CR2032 (comes with an extra battery)\
~ Battery Compartment is Not Going to Break On You
~ IP54 rating for moisture and dust resistance
~ Large, Clear, Easy to Read Display. Largest Display of all of the calipers
~ Auto-Off After Inactivity Feature
~ Fractional measurement to the 128th
~ Over-All, the best $25 you can spend on an entry level caliper
~ No Auto-On when you start moving the body. (this might help with battery life?)
Watch the full video series to make an informed buying decision.
WHICH CALIPERS DID I REVIEW IN THIS VIDEO?
Mitutoyo ABSOLUTE 500-196-20 Digital Caliper, Stainless Steel, Battery Powered, Inch/Metric, 0-6" Range, +/-0.001" Accuracy, 0.0005" Resolution
iGaging IP54 Electronic Digital Caliper 0-6" Display Inch/Metric/Fractions Stainless Steel Body
Carrera Precision CP9806-TF Titanium 0-Inch to 6-Inch Electronic Fractional & Decimal Digital Caliper
Carbon Fiber Digital Caliper Central Storm
Neiko 01407A Stanless Steel 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Extra-Large LCD Screen and Instant SAE-Metric Conversion
Capri Tools 6-Inch Digital Caliper with Fractional Display/MM/SAE & Extra Large LED Screen