Digital Luggage Scales: Still Essential, Now Affordable

balannza2 I've talked up the importance of digital luggage scales before, but the biggest disadvantage has been trying to track them down at a reasonable price. Not any more.

The pictured Balanzza scale — a successor to the one I wrote about last year — can be had in your local Officeworks for $26.98. (I imagine you can probably find it in other retailers as well, but Officeworks is pretty ubiquitous.) Even if you're not pursuing a Hand Luggage Only-style project in the future, it's a good way to avoid unexpected excess baggage charges.


    "The pictured Balanzza scale"

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    Thanks Angus. Nice scale, but (comparatively) expensive. I bought one from DX a while back, mainly for meauring large quantities of grain (I'm an all-grain brewer). But it came in handy for a recent holiday where we had significant luggage weight restrictions.
    This is the one I bought for <US$10:
    40KG (88LB) capacity
    20g / 1oz Precision

      That is just... perfect! I have a clock face luggage scale, but it never occured to me that a fishing scale would do just as well- and sporting shops are all around!

    I managed to buy an analogue scale for $5 from one of those cheap odds and ends stores. Worked quite accurately, except that it won't weigh anything thats over 10kg. The trick seems to be to fill put stuff in plastic bags, hang it off the scale then tally the totals. Keeping in mind I had to fill a large bag for under the plane and it had to be no more than 15kg, as I also had a bike to take.

    I picked up some fishing scales that do the same job on ebay for $20

    It also comes with a built in calculator, clock, thermometor and tape measure in case you really need them :P

    I just normal floor scales. If you can't place the bag on the scales properly, just weigh yourself and then hold the bag and weigh with the bag. Then use simple maths to work out the weight of the bag.

    Price: $Free

    If you request from the hotel, they can bring scales to your room to use if you wish.

    Come on guys, think outside the square.

    I purchased that Balanzza scale online, but it looks like if I'd waited I could have bought them cheaper at Officeworks.

    I can vouch for them too, they do the job really well. Very comfortable and easy to hold.

    has the world gone crazy? luggage scales are just another thing you need to cary what is wrong with the old bathroom scale and common sense. there has never been a time when I haven't known if I was close to the weight limit when I've come home from a trip. a luggage scale would only have confirmed it for me.

      Luggage scales are essential for traveling in the USA. In Australia, a 23kg limit per traveler can be averaged, eg 1 bag 20kg, the other 24kg, average 22kg each, but in the USA, at the San Francisco US Airways check-in, we had to open cases on the floor and move 1 kg between cases or pay excess baggage. Then we bought baggage scales and didn't make that mistake again.

    An australian company is selling them online: $29.95 including shipping:
    Looks pretty fancy too!

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