Scale Magazine Summer 2003

  Reviews 2003  - Jennings JS Pocket Scales

Jennings JS-120 & JS-500     

  • Capacity 120g or 500g 

  • Readability  0.1g

  • Accuracy (as tested): 0.1g

  • Modes: Grams, Ounces, Pennyweight & Parts Counting

  • Tare: Yes

  • Calibration:  Digital Auto Calibration using a 100 gram weight (optional)

  • Warranty:  5 years ($10 fee)

  • Included Accessories:  Batteries & Leather Style Pouch

  • Size: 4" x  3"

  • Price (avg) $34 (JS-120)

The Jennings Pocket Scales are a wonderful addition to the marketplace.  Jennings (also known as JScale) is a 30 year old brand of scales that has recently launched a line of value-packed pocket scales.   These beautiful scales are sure to take the market by storm with their incredible low price and extensive features.

The design is quite contemporary and resembles the modern PDA.   The buttons have a nice tactile touch and are made of soft rubber.  The LCD is a 6 digit display which allows for extensive readings.  The hinged protective cover has a magnet to keep it closed when not in use and each JS Scale comes complete with a protective leather styled pouch.

The Advanced Parts Counting function worked quite well and allowed for sample sizes of 10, 20, 50, or 100.  Most counting scales only allow for 2 sample sizes so it was a nice bonus to have 4.  

Accuracy was good,  the scale was accurate plus or minus 0.1g throughout our testing spectrum.  The Speed of the JS was notable, readings were very fast and stable.

Overall:  WOW - Great Bang for the Buck!

This is the lowest priced pocket scale that we have ever seen.  It has more features then most other pocket scales yet costs significantly less.  The reason for this is probably the lower term warranty and lack of the "Platinum" customer service from bigger name brands such as My Weigh or Ohaus. 

Recommendations:  If you're on a budget this is a scale that we recommend considering.  Also - if price is all-important to you then this is the scale that we strongly advise purchasing. It's better then any of the ultra-low end scales but not quite up to the caliber of the Big Name scales.    However if you can afford it,  you should spend the extra $$ to buy a name brand scale (so that you get the warranty and support of a major player).


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