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    Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

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    Hi all, thought Id share this (hope its ok with the mods, feel free to remove otherwise).

    I was looking around for a digital scale for weighing my pre/post roasts and checking my doses when I spotted one of these babies from Peters of Kensington for only $26 (normal RRP$70)!

    Salter Electronic Kitchen Scales

    Features:
    • Measures in kilograms and pounds.
    • Easy to read LCD display.
    • Liquid measure feature converts weight to millilitres when you weigh liquids.
    • Put ingredients directly onto the weighing platform, or use with a bowl.
    • Measures from 1g to 5kg, 1ml to 5 Litres.
    • Add and weigh function lets you weigh one amount, reset the scales to zero and add another ingredient.
    • Includes batteries.


    Dimensions: 20 x 15 x 4cm.
    Weighing Platform Diameter: 14.5cm.



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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales


    Well spotted, good brand and a great price.

    Look forward to hearing the review!


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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Thats a pretty big range on it too.... 1g - 5kegs.

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    Great buy. Great brand for scales too. I have a different style of Salter digital scales, so accurate, but they cost me $135 on special but I reckon if these scales at Peters were reduced from seventy bucks they would definitely be the goods.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Yeah I have the same scales from Peter of Kensington........they work really well, been using them for a few months now.

    Enjoy! :)

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Do these read in 1g increments all the way through to max (5kg)?

    Hard to tell from the ad, but thats what I think is on the picture.

    tks ...

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Yes it does, from 1g through to 5000g.

    I ordered mine online on Monday and it was delivered the following day! Will be longer for interstate of course. Ive only just pulled it out of the box and havent had the chance to try it out yet... hope to put some notes around this.

    Oh, and 10 years warranty :o

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    Thanks. Just ordered one. We do have one that goes up to 2kg, but it has
    been getting a bit erratic recently. And 5kg capacity makes it a lot better
    for sorting green beans as I have been doing recently (69.5kg at last
    count :( ).

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    HI 30in30. Big thanks for spotting this. I picked one up on my way to work. Good one.
    Robert

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    Thanks for posting this. Just ordered a set as well.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Postage is the killer for me - scales cost $26, postage to Tas $25 :o

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    I just ordered one of these too. They also have Grindestein knock-boxes on spec for $24 instead of $35.

    [s]Note that prices are pre-GST. Add 10%[/s]

    Oops - read the invoice wrong. Ignore that.

    Steve

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    If you want cheap scales--try this--
    http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.406
    Up to 1kg in .1 gm. $10.90 (US) delivered.
    I got 2, they arrived in 10 days from Hong Kong, and work well.
    Greg

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap Digital Scales

    Not so much "cheap" Greg but excellent value where the Salter Scales are concerned. Lotsa places to buy cheap scales......

    Mal.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Mal,
    I agree about the Salters, I have some food scales by them and they are excellent.
    For the coffee I wanted some small ones, with 1/10 gm accuracy, and when I Googled for Australian sources the postage was more than the Hong Kong scales. Phoning around Adelaide resulted in a low price of about $75!!!!, so if cheapies are available where you are, they sure arent here.
    Greg

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1213707901/0#14 date=1214016123
    For the coffee I wanted some small ones, with 1/10 gm accuracy, and when I Googled for Australian sources the postage was more than the Hong Kong scales.
    1/10gm accuracy? Are you sure these are for coffee? ;) ;D

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Quote Originally Posted by ajayro link=1213707901/0#15 date=1214054057
    Quote Originally Posted by GregWormald link=1213707901/0#14 date=1214016123
    For the coffee I wanted some small ones, with 1/10 gm accuracy, and when I Googled for Australian sources the postage was more than the Hong Kong scales.
    1/10gm accuracy? Are you sure these are for coffee? ;) ;D

    I have scales that start at 0.1 gr to 1kg with Tare
    Was given to me by a jeweller acquaintance
    Itís the 0.1 increments thatís most important for me to weigh fresh ground coffee

    KK

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    "Are you sure these are for coffee?"

    I think they are commonly used for purposes other than
    coffee :) We got some quizzical looks when we bought ours
    (at crime converters).

    But very useful for *dosing if you want to
    check weight; tenths make a difference.
    I also use them for mixing small amounts
    of darkroom chemicals.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Not quite a review but as promised some notes on thoughts on the scales since opening the box...

    Even though I couldve dropped by and picked it up from the PoKs store, I decided to order it from the website and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived promptly the following day. Given the cost of petrol nowadays, it was still probably just as much for me to get it delivered anyway...

    Aside from the features advertised... here are the pluses:
    • Digital screen is easy to view
    • Good weighing range from 1g to 5kg (1g increments)
    • Automatically accounts for bowl/cup holder (see note below)
    • Wide weighing base... I was even able to weigh by CS bag o beans when positioned properly
    • Automatic shut-off to save battery
    • 10 year warranty
    • The price for a Salter brand product ($26 special from $70)
    • Reasonable freight for SYD/MEL/BNE&ADE ($7/$11/$13)

    And the minuses
    • Accurate to 1g increments and not precision to 0.1g (but enough for my use anyhow)
    • Anything on borderline weigth would see read-out jump back and forth e.g. flicker from 150gm to 151gm and back
    • Cost of freight for WA/TAS is ~$25 (but still cheaper than cost of RRP). There is a postage calculator on the website anyhow.

    This model has a nice feature that automatically accounts for the weight for a holder (bowl/cup/etc). Cheaper models would see you have to adjust or manually account for the extra weight. To do this is quite simple: just place the empty bowl or cup on the scale first. Then turn on the unit. Youll see it automatically starts at "0". Removing the bowl/cup will show the difference in weight (e.g. -55gm... which happens to be the weight of my Ikea plastic bowl shown in the picture).

    Ive only used it once to date so there may be more minuses yet, but overall on first use must say Im happy with it... and certainly cannot complain given the price and value of a good brand!

    Check it out at Peters of Kensingtons website:
    Go to http://www.petersofkensington.com.au...spx?id=1621384


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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Thats a shame about the increments.
    The kids bought me a scale for Christamas that has 1g increments that Im very happy with.
    Id be interested in one with 0.1g scale for use near the grinder.
    The one I have now is with the BM.

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    Thanks for the review, I agree. Its so easy to use compared to my old spring scales

    Other features: *

    Automatic zero: Once you place your bowl on the scale press the button ( there is only one button) and the readout goes to zero.

    Auto Power Off: *With nothing on the scales, zero it as above then press the button again. Unit turns off to save battery.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Thanks for the heads up on these scales 30..

    With those features, that brand name and at that price (!) I jumped straight on their web site and ordered one. Arrived within 2 days and already used it in weighing a batch of Yirgacheffe. So good to have this accuracy compared to the old spring scales.

    Doesnt seem fair to accept a 10 year warranty on a $26 item but. Imagine taking advantage of it if it conks out after 9 and a half years ;D.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    "Id be interested in one with 0.1g scale for use near the grinder."

    Yes, very useful, use them a lot.

    I think those mentioned by GregWormald in reply 12 above
    will do the trick.

    Prices seem to have come down. Ours secondhand a few years
    ago were $50+, and only go to 200g.

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    Ive been using this scale for some time now. Very happy with them.

    www.multipointtechnologies.com.au/Pocket Scale/

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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

    FYI most of this type of digital electronic scale will automatically tare when turned on. Just be aware that if you tare say a 200g container on a 500g capacity scale you will only be able to weigh out 300g of beans.


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    Re: Spotted: Cheap (Good Value) Digital Scales

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile link=1213707901/20#24 date=1214257364
    FYI most of this type of digital electronic scale will automatically tare when turned on. Just be aware that if you tare say a 200g container on a 500g capacity scale you will only be able to weigh out 300g of beans.


    Java "Isnt the electronic age fun?" phile

    Because it bottoms out at its stated total limit

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