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UpScale / Rite Weight pocket scale

  • Capacity 120 / 150 / 250 / 360g
  • Readability 0.1g / 0.2g
  • Accuracy (as tested): 0.3g
  • Modes: Grams, Ounces, Troy Ounces, Pennyweight
  • Tare: Yes
  • Calibration:  Digital Auto Calibration using a 100 gram weight
  • Warranty:  90 days ($10 fee)
  • Included Accessories:  Batteries
  • Size: 3 x 5
  • Price (avg) $50

This series of Pocket Scale is by far the cheapest on the market. We checked online and were able to find them selling for very low prices.  Sadly, after our review we realized that even $20 is too much to pay for this scale.  The size of the scale is a bit larger then it’s competition (about 15% larger then the Pointscale / Pocket Tech and 35% larger then the MX120/200) yet the tray size is peculiarly smaller (in most cases, larger scales have larger platforms, that is the whole point of having a large scale, so we are concerned why this larger scale has such a small weighing platform).  The Scale is made from form-molded plastic (rather then durable ABS) and this causes the scale to flex and make a “creaking” sound when you weigh on it or open it.

We tested an Upscale 120,  Rite Weight 120,  Rite Weight 150, Rite Weight 250 and a Rite Weight 360.  All of these are the same scale made in the same factory in China (with different capacities) Upscale and Rite Weight are not scale companies, they’re just small importers who apparently don’t know much about scales.  We contacted both companies to ask them questions about this scale.  One company didn’t answer the telephone (apparently Barmes Wholesale, the owner of Rite Weight is now out of business and the ex-owner is a fugitive) and the other told us “I don’t know I just import them”. The accuracy of this pocket scale fluctuated to 0.3g.  The drift was the worst we’ve ever seen on a pocket scale.   For example if you put a 100g weight on the scale, it would show 99.5, then a moment later 99.9 then a moment later 100.0, then a moment later 100.1, etc..  It was impossible to get accurate readings from these pocket scales.  

We took apart one of the scales and found that the load cell was “homemade” with metal shavings and rough edges (a big no-no for load cells).  It is part of the reason this scale is not accurate and drifts so terribly.  We have to also mention the “child’s toy” scoop and tweezers that are part of this scale – there is no possible way to actually use them!  They are both about 1 inch long and (see picture) it is impossible to pick anything up with either of them!  We’ve seen some silly ad-ons but these were pathetic and made all of us laugh and feel sorry for whoever designed them.

Overall:  Big thumbs down! 

We hate to say this (because surely some other cheap scale will soon take it's place) but this scale is the worst pocket scale we ever tested.  It looks and feels cheap and the performance matches it’s looks.  If you haven’t made the mistake of buying one of these already – DON’T.   These novice scale importers have a lot to learn if they ever expect to compete with the real scale companies.

Recommendations:  Price isn’t everything.  This scale proves that point.  It is probably the cheapest digital pocket scale to make in the world, but you can’t possibly use it for anything of value or anything that you really need to know the actual weight of.   Just imagine if you are a coin dealer at an auction – you take out your Rite Weight pocket scale to show someone how much your coin weighs,  it shows 4.9 then a moment later 5.0, then a moment later 5.1.  So you try again, this time it starts at 4.7 and proceeds to drift upwards again.  Now you feel like a crook trying to pass off a bad coin, only because you bought a bad scale.  We strongly recommend buying a different scale made by a trustworthy large scale company.


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