I am looking for a good set of cheapish digital scales for weighing ingredients, any suggestions guys?
I second that recommendation. I actually found the MyWeigh i101 on eBay for $70 but have purchased other scales from the link above with great satisfaction. I think this scale works great for this purpose.
Researched this recently and found a scale I am very happy with, the JS-200XV. I think the brand is J-scale. Found it for cheap at a head shop, and a cute hippy girl sold it to me, as an added bonus.
This scale has a good balance of all the qualities you look for, as well as cheap price. I went on the advice of Chris B and others, as far as criteria. It seems better than the ones some were using, at a better price.
I found a 300 gram/ .001 g scale at Tmart.com for about $150 US.
I have the ibalance Iweigh one and it does have a very serious shortcoming. If one is putting really micro amounts in a blend and being a little slow, the dratted thing cuts out and goes to sleep in mid weigh. It is essential to record every weight as you go along so that if it cuts out, then that blend is not rubbished. Either that or remembering to give it a good poke of the plate every now and again so that it doesn't get sleepy.
In saying that, it is brilliant in every other way.
I must say that this price and performance are very good, Scarletj, Would you tell us how it works out for you?
I see the free shipping price to be $95.99
pkiler, as soon as I've used it enough to have a good sense of its actual performance, I'll let people know.
I found it by accident by looking at scales on ebay, and this model came up. When I researched the model, I didn't find complaints, but found the tmart & much lower price.....
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All right, to report, the tmart balance is ....adequate. You get what you pay for - around $100 US for .001g/300g balance, its directions are rather minimal, I had to figure out how to put it together & I'm uncertain I was able to calibrate it successfully. I did weigh a few things and it seems consistent, which is good.
However, it is as I said, adequate. I think I would only trust to .01g measure for the most part. It does have an air-shield hood, with a convenient little hole where you can use a dropper to add to the material you are measuring.
I think this is a decent balance for a beginner, like me, but I don't think anyone would want to use it for commercial formulations, I think when those of us decide get to that point, it would be time to invest in a name-brand one.
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