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Portable Luggage Scales

Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:52 pm

I was in the luggage/travel section of my local Target store yesterday, and I noticed they were selling a luggage scale similar to this one. I didn't even know that product existed previously, but now I think it might be a handy tool to have.

Does anyone else have one of these? How reliable are they? Are they particularly accurate, or do they just give you a ballpark idea of what your bag weighs? (I wouldn't want to weigh my bag with one of these and have it tell me it weighs 49 lbs, only to go the the airport and be told that according to their scale it weighs 52 lbs or something like that.) Are there any models that are better than others, or are they all pretty much the same?
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RE: Portable Luggage Scales

Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:13 am

Yea I have one like that. I also got it on amazon, and it is accurate. I think it's easier than putting your bag on a scale that's meant to weigh humans. Us Indians tend to pack a lot when we're going to India, and since I fly to India a few times a year, it comes in handy. I leave one at home in NY, and one at my house in India. I even got one for my grandparents, bc they thought it was very useful. If you know you overpack, i think it's worth it to buy. It's not like burning a hole in your wallet, bc it's only around $30-40. And yes, they are all pretty much the same. Read the reviews of the one your gonna buy, as some might have some accuracy issues.
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RE: Portable Luggage Scales

Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:07 am

I have an analog one similar to this one...


One can calibrate it to read 0 in case it gets out of whack. It works well for me
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RE: Portable Luggage Scales

Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:42 pm

Quoting Yflyer (Thread starter):
Are they particularly accurate, or do they just give you a ballpark idea of what your bag weighs?

I've taken a set of luggage scales with me on pretty much every flight for the past 5 years. They're invaluable to avoid expensive excess baggage charges. The ones I have are similar to the ones in your link and are as accurate as the scales at check-in, ie they normally give the same weight as the check-in scale, certainly within 0.1kg anyway so very reliable.

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RE: Portable Luggage Scales

Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:21 pm

Bought one for around 8 € IIRC a while ago. Invaluable if flying with airlines that enforce a strict rule for overweight bags. Last time I used it the scale at the airport was showing a little bit less.

Function testing the scale at home around the critical mass can be done using a large bucket able to hold 20 liters of water. Just weigh the bucket empty at a digital kitchen scale then add enough quantities of water weighed on that kitchen scale to make up the desired 20 kg or the equivalent in lbs. If you have an option to fairly precise measure water by volume this is an option, too.

Other option would be to compare against the readings of a balance formally certified by the relevant authority allowing it to make cost calculations by weight.
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