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I bought a new kitchen scale a few months ago from KAF.  I found it to be too complicated for daily use.  Most of my weighing needs are very simple and this scale is just too fiddly with charts and charts of codes for different ingredients...the average home cook/baker doesn't need all that.

I ended up putting it away in the pantry and using my old $60 Salton scale that I've had for ages.

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So DH came upon the scene and now we have ordered the following scale: Accuweight Digital Kitchen Scale Electronic Meat Food Weight Scale.  I report back when I use it. 

 

We are keeping the new mechanical scales.  They are awkward to use but we won't be caught scale-less again.

Thanks again for all the help.  (I should add that this coming March it will be 57 years married. LOL)

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Scales arrived and are excellent (so far...).  End of report.


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Digital scales have never been kind to me.  My thirty some year analog scale keeps on working and I've yet to change the batteries.  I use it a multiple times a week.

 

But when I went to using modernist ingredients I needed something that would measure smaller quantities.  The first digital scale I got didn't work.  Amazon took it back.  My second try was an AWS.  Flimsy little thing but it did the job.  Then the on/off switch became erratic.  A few months ago I ordered a Modernist Pantry branded scale, primarily to spend enough to get free shipping on their little powders.  That scale was a dud, but Modernist Pantry replaced it.  The replacement worked well.  For the first two times I used it.

 

It did not work when I was making ice cream two days ago.  Thankfully after some button mashing I managed to get the AWS to turn on long enough to weigh the things I needed.  But there was no joy.

 

Sad fact of life, I cannot afford a $2000 scale.  However I found this on amazon for less than $100 (OK, $99.99).  One day delivery.  It came tonight.  Without letting the scale warm up or stabilize I threw a 200 g weight on the pan and it registered 200.066 g.  I may have low standards but I found that impressive.

 


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8 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Digital scales have never been kind to me.  My thirty some year analog scale keeps on working and I've yet to change the batteries.  I use it a multiple times a week.

 

But when I went to using modernist ingredients I needed something that would measure smaller quantities.  The first digital scale I got didn't work.  Amazon took it back.  My second try was an AWS.  Flimsy little thing but it did the job.  Then the on/off switch became erratic.  A few months ago I ordered a Modernist Pantry branded scale, primarily to spend enough to get free shipping on their little powders.  That scale was a dud, but Modernist Pantry replaced it.  The replacement worked well.  For the first two times I used it.

 

It did not work when I was making ice cream two days ago.  Thankfully after some button mashing I managed to get the AWS to turn on long enough to weigh the things I needed.  But there was no joy.

 

Sad fact of life, I cannot afford a $2000 scale.  However I found this on amazon for less than $100 (OK, $99.99).  One day delivery.  It came tonight.  Without letting the scale warm up or stabilize I threw a 200 g weight on the pan and it registered 200.066 g.  I may have low standards but I found that impressive.

 

 

I use a cheap escali that I picked up somewhere. It’s a horse. 

Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale (11 lb/ 5 kg Capacity) (0.05 oz/ 1 g Increment) 

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I must learn to curb my enthusiasm.  I like everything about the YaeCCC scale except that I can't get it to calibrate.  I wrote YaeCCC for help.  It may just be I don't understand the instructions.  None of the mostly positive reviews on amazon mentioned a problem with calibration.

 

It does seem to be linear and it doesn't drift.  After the scale warmed up two different 200 g weights from two different companies measured 200.076 g.

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I've been using my Salton Electronic Kitchen Scale (my model no longer available) since 2006.  It cost $60 tjen and was well worth it.  I use it every day (no exaggeration) and I think I've only had to change the battery once, maybe twice.

Bought it from KAF.  It's similar to this one.

Kitchen scales have become a whole lot cheaper since then.

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Update:  YaeCCC responded promptly.  This scale comes in three models, the difference being the maximum weight:  200 g, 300 g, or 500 g.  I have the 500 g.  As it turns out the calibration instructions provided are for the 200 g model, using the 200 g weight included in the box.  There is no way any customer would guess how to calibrate the 500 g scale, but it was not difficult once I knew how.  Why YaeCCC doesn't mention the procedure is a mystery.*

 

Calibration also requires additional weights** not included with the scale.  So not only are calibration instructions not provided, nor are the means to do so.  I can only suppose they get a lot of tech support questions and returns.

 

Calibration is at five points:  100 g, 200 g, 300 g, 400 g, and 500 g.  As I said, not difficult.  After a quick run through my 100 g weight measured 100.001 g.

 

The scale runs on batteries or AC.  Blessedly it does not auto turn off.  The weighing platform is removable.  The readings don't drift around.  The scale has leveling feet and a built in bubble level.  As scales go, I like it.

 

I'm tempted to buy a higher range scale of the same type.  Amazon has them up to 30 kg (though only 0.1 g resolution).

 

 

*the amazon product description has been updated to include the calibration instructions!

 

**which fortunately I have.

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23 hours ago, gfweb said:

I use a cheap escali that I picked up somewhere. It’s a horse. 

Escali Primo Digital Kitchen Scale (11 lb/ 5 kg Capacity) (0.05 oz/ 1 g Increment) 

I have one of these.  I bought it, according to Amazon, on September 27, 2007.  It still works fine, and is accurate.  The display has gotten hard to read, there's some thing in between layers of hte display. 

 

I also have a little scale by american weigh scales.  1Kg by 0.1 g.  It sucks.  switch doesn't work right, the tare switch sticks, and it's generally chinese crap.  Amusingly, for a while after I I bought it, Amazon was convinced I needed very small zip lock bags. 

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