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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Smart Weigh---Precision in Your Pocket (a review)

 

Looking for a small scale with exceptional precision to add to your homeschool science kit?  We recently had the opportunity to review the Smart Weigh Digital Pocket Scale.  This bitty wonder almost fits into the palm of your hand but can weight up to 500 grams (about a pound) within 1/100 of a gram. 

Perfect for measuring chemicals, small apparatus, marbles, washers, and all the other bits and pieces from your science experiments. 

Smart Weigh, perfect scale for your homeschool science kit...review at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Smart Weigh Digital Pocket Scale

      • stainless steel 3.94” x 3.7” platform
      • backlit display
      • 2 covers that can be flipped to use as trays
      • readings in g, OZ, OZT, dwt, GN, and CT
      • accurate to within .01 g
      • tare and hold functions
      • powered by 2 AAA batteries (included)

The Smart Weigh Pocket Scale is easy to use and features all the functions you’ve come to expect in larger digital scales. 

The hold function allows you to hold the reading while you remove the object from the scale.  The tare function allows you to set your container’s weight to zero so you can weight just the object in the container.  You can easily switch from ounces to grams and back again. 

There is also a cool counting function---you can place a certain number of same objects on the scale and program it to “count” how many similar items there are in random lots.

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Here I weighed a stack of pennies.  Then I set it to the number of pennies that were in the stack.  Then I put random handfuls of pennies on the scale and the Smart Weigh could tell me how many there were.

IMG_0331It’s very accurate, every for very small objects.

IMG_0323The tare function works perfectly and the covers can be flipped to use as a tray to contain any objects that might roll off or dirty your scale.

What did I think of the Smart Weigh Pocket Scale?

This is a solid little piece of equipment that feels like it will hold up (it has certainly held up to my 5-year-old trying to weight everything she can lift on it).  It’s very accurate, even for very small things, and easy to use. 

The only negative I found was that the clearance between the scale’s platform and the buttons is so small that if you have an object that’s bigger than the weighing pad (say a manila folder) and you center it to get an accurate reading, you cannot see the display, but you also cannot get your finger under it to press the “hold” button so you can remove the object and then read the display without jostling the folder and messing up the weight measurement. 

This is a minor flaw in my case, since I plan to use it for science experiments and am unlikely to weigh many flat things that go beyond the platform, but worth noting if you wanted to use it as a light duty mail scale.

Overall, I recommend the Smart Weigh Pocket Scale as a good addition to your homeschool science kit.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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