Scale Magazine Series 2006

"Really Really Cheap Digital Pocket Scale"


  • Capacity 200g

  • Readability:  0.1g (full spectrum)

  • Accuracy (as tested):  0.2g

  • Modes: Grams, Ounces,  Pennyweight, Grains

  • Tare: Yes

  • Calibration:  Digital Auto Calibration using a 200 gram weight (not included)

  • Warranty:  90 Days

  • Included Accessories:  Batteries, Tray, Backlight

  • Size: 2 x 3

  • Price (avg) $14

This Generic pocket scale has been sent to us by three different companies in the past.  We see it on eBay and various websites for incredibly low prices,  so we thought we should give it a review.  The design is very basic,  just two keys and a simple flip up cover.   The scale is very small and easily fits in a front pocket.

This scale is another bare-bones model in the marketplace.  It is sold by various companies under various brands but it's all the same basic scale.  For purposes of this article we will call it the Digi-200 (that's what 2 of the samples say on them). The scale survived our drop tests but not very well.  The magnet on the lid came off and became the first casualty,  then the battery door splintered.

The performance of the Digi-200 was reasonably good.   We calibrated the scale and then ran through our standard series of tests.   All numbers were within +/- 0.2 gram as long as we placed the items in the center of the tray.  The tray is very small which skewed our 4 corner test because the 4 corners were so close to each other (more on this later). Drift was minor and within tolerance (no drift within 40 seconds).

Our main complaint about this scale is it's tiny recessed weighing tray.  We found it impossible to weigh a bag of grains because the bag would always touch the sides of the scale,  distorting the results.  The Digi-200 comes with a small items tray but again it's so small and awkward that we couldn't weigh anything other then small rings and gems.  Anything larger is extremely difficult to weigh. 

Overall:  Thumbs Down
his scale is relative nice for the price,  performed reasonably accurately, has 4 modes and is extremely inexpensive. However we just don't feel very confident about it (given it's a trading company scale) and the design of the weighing tray is really a problem.  Therefore we do recommend purchasing a different model instead.

Recommendations:   As noted above,  we felt the tray was the Achilles heel of this scale.

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*Within reason - we stepped on the platform,  dropped the scale from 4 ft, all without any damage except for cosmetic.

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