Scales are very useful but they need to be accurate. Today for review I’ve got the Smart Weigh shipping and postal scale and it’s a very well made product that looks nice and it has numerous features
but one large problem, it’s just not accurate and that’s not good. Edit 11/21/15: Re-Did my testing today with new weights, and it turns out the scale is accurate. Read on to learn more…
Specifications and Features
The Smart Weigh Stainless Steel Digital Shipping and Postal scale is the perfect solution for all your package and parcel weighing needs. It features a large, extra wide metal platform that allows for ample room to weigh any item, large or small. This top of the line weight scale features a maximum capacity of 440 lbs / 200kg. and a minimum readability of 2 oz. It can be powered by one 9V battery or an included USB cable. Its extendable cord makes it a convenient and versatile postal scale that can be used anywhere from the home to the warehouse or office. Weight can be measured in kg / g / lb / lb:oz. Though it can handle heavy duty items it is lightweight at only 4.6 lbs. It’s additional features include a tare function for net weights, and a PCS function that can weigh individual pieces. It is fully equipped with an energy saving automatic shut off and a large, easy-to-read LCD display. All Smart Weigh products include a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
-This postal scale is ideal for all your shipping and weighing needs.
-Features a durable and wide stainless steel platform and large LCD display.
-Includes batteries, USB cable, and extendable cord.
-Can handle weighing items or packages up to 440 lbs. / 200 kg.
-This weight scale is equipped with a minimum readability of 2 oz. / 50 g.
Price: $34.99 (from Amazon at time of review)
Let’s start with a video unboxing and then move on:
The scale ships in a plain white box with a label on it and inside you’ll find the scale covered in a blue plastic for protection along with a user guide and USB cable.
The scale itself is stainless steel and it’s fairly heavy but seems very well made and it looks good. The scale has a remote display attached to it with a coil spring style cord on it so you can place the display away from the scale.
The remote has the display and function buttons and on the bottom is four rubber feet along with the battery compartment. The scale uses a 9v battery for power which they include for you.
There are four buttons on the right side for power, PCS or pieces, Mode to change the measurement units and then Tare.
The display is nice and large with easy to read numbers, but there is no backlight, not a big issue but it would be nice if there was one.
What good is a scale if it’s not accurate so I grabbed a 5 pound weight to test the scale and the scale said it weighed 4.7lbs which is wrong. I moved the scale to numerous locations to make sure I was on a flat and steady surface and it read the same thing every time, 4.7lbs for a 5lb weight. So that’s that, it’s not accurate from what I can see.
NEW Testing Done 11/21/15: Bought three new weights: I grabbed a 5 pound weight to test the scale and the scale said it weighed 5.0lbs so then I grabbed a 2.5lb weight and weighed it and the scale read 2.5lbs, so I have to say it’s accurate. I then put two 5lbs weights on and the scale read 10lbs, so yes it’s accurate.
The user manual is rather worthless it doesn’t even mention what the included USB cable is for, in fact there’s no mention of it at all in the manual.
From what I can see there is no way to calibrate the scale, which I don’t understand, it’s a scale so you should be able to calibrate it right? I found no mention of calibration in the manual either.
I wanted to like this scale, in fact I needed a postal scale but it seems I still need a postal scale.
So I like this scale, it turns out it is very accurate after testing with a new set of weights.
The scale is very well made and it looks great and it’s easy to use with several measurement options
but all that doesn’t mean much if it’s not accurate and this one isn’t at all. Sure I could continue using it and just have to adjust the results but adding the known weight difference to the result but I shouldn’t have to do that, you buy a scale so you know what something weighs accurately and this one doesn’t.
The user manual is very lacking, yes it has basic info about scale operations but not what I needed to know and there’s no mention of the USB cable and what it’s for.
EDIT (11/21/15) : I went and bought three new weights (two 5lbs and one 2.5lb) today and re-did my testing and it turns out this scale is accurate and the weight I had used for testing was actually off or not correct in its weight. I stand corrected, this is a decent product.
+Easy to use
+Multiple options for weighing
-No way to calibrate
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