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    I would like to get some scales to weigh out my beans before roasting. There are some cheap kitchen scales out there that can weigh from 1 gram to 7 kg. They look alright but with such a range it is dubious whether they are very accurate at the low end of the scale. The extra range would be useful for Ebay use tho

    Any CSers have advice here, before I blow my dough??

    Jason

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    Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

    I bought the Philips 5kg scales a while back. Ive found them fine for roast weighing before and after, when bagging etc. However, I do batches of 500g and over, so my scales dont need high precision for my needs.

    They have also been great for general kitchen use.

    There seem to be a few models around the $15-$30 range kicking around.

    If you want the more precise scales to weigh individual shots, then you might need to look at a different type of scale - although, Ive not really tried with mine. They might be able to do it all.

    In the past, one set of scales that would do 1g to 7kg to a high precision would have cost quite a bit. Perhaps the reasonably priced scales can do the 1g increments accurately.

    Now Ill have to do some tests with my jewellers scales versus my kitchen scales!

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    • #3
      Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

      I have some 100g/0.01g pocket scales I use for individual shots etc... and 5kg/1g scales for roasting and weighing large batches of beans.

      The larger scales are very inaccurate for small amounts, 7g of beans will read 5 to 10g, and if its under 5g it wont register.

      The 100gs and the 5k scales probably have the same division load cell, so that explains a few things :P

      These will cost you RRP about $50 for the 100g and $30 for the kitchen scales from most electronics stores.

      There are also lab scales, they go up to 2.5kg with 0.1g resolution, use a thermistor and zero-tracking to stay just as accurate in all condition.
      These start at about $200 but they will have a 20 or 30 year warranty and last you a lifetime.

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        Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

        These ones are expensive...
        1kg/0.01g resolution!!!

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        • #5
          Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

          I picked up a set of paint scales, 0-7Kg with .01g resolution, at a auction for $40. Go hunting, you will find there are a lot of bargains to be had.
          On the same day I also picked up a Gino Rossi RR45 for $70 with brand new blades, not a great grinder but good for decaf.

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          • #6
            Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

            Electronic 0-500g scales with 0.1g resolution are pretty common and work very consistently and accurately across their range. These are commonly sold as jewelry or postage scales in tobacco stores and head shops around here for $20-$25.


            Java "Weighing in" phile
            Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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            • #7
              Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

              I have a set of 3kg electronic scales which served me well when dealing with that unmentionable site, and have now become my coffee scales.

              I also purchased a 50g standard weight just to check that they are still fine ... and havent had any issues with them. I have no reason to doubt their accuracy in the lower range.

              From memory they cost me about $35 a few years ago.

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              • #8
                Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

                I have a set of "MyWeigh" Scales (Model #7001DX), which have a very good rep and solid credentials. Have a look at their website to get an idea of whats available and then visit the website of the Oz distributors here.... prices are very reasonable.

                As an aside, I checked my scales with a set of calibration weights ranging from 1.0g to 500g and in all cases, the scales displayed the correct weight. They are well engineered and manufactured to tight tolerances, and they have a lifetime warranty. Hard to go past that.... This is a link to an independent review website, lots of makes and models tested and reviewed here. All the best....

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

                  As a side note to this discussion if you want to verify the accuracy of your scale look up the weight of the local coinage. Use various combinations of coins to check the scale across its range.


                  Java "More than one way to skin that cat!" phile
                  Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Electronic scales - any recommendations?

                    I was going to mention that - a dollar coin here is exactly 9 grams (9.00) the rest are all a bit over or under a whole digit weight.

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