Tried & Tested

Balanzza Digital Luggage Scales

5 Aug 2009 by Sara Turner

The Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale is a useful piece of kit, much better for its purpose than your average bathroom scales.

It’s simple to use, the screen is easy to read, and you can choose to weigh your luggage in pounds or kilos. It has a strap that you clip around the handle of your bag – you then use the scales to lift your case off the ground for a few second until the device beeps. You then put the bag down and take the reading from the display.

You can also tare the weight, so if you only want to weigh the contents of your bag, you can weigh the empty bag, press a button, and then put what you want to weigh inside. It can be used to measure up to 44kg, which is plenty, as most airlines have a limit of around 25kg.

While the Balanzza Scale doesn’t weigh very much in itself (229g), it is quite bulky (13cm x 7cm x 2.5cm). If I had limited hand luggage, I wouldn’t take this on a Ryanair flight, for example, but would definitely weigh my bag before leaving as the airline has a strict weight policy (10kg for cabin baggage).

For a longer trip, it wouldn’t take up too much room in a suitcase and would be worth packing to take with you, especially as many hotels don’t provide bathroom scales. You could then be sure of the weight of your suitcase before arriving at the airport, which after shopping abroad or collecting paperwork en route might help avoid a hefty excess baggage fee.

After weighing my luggage, I took to weighing other things around the house and was surprised to find that my handbag weighs a hefty 3kg. Just what do I have in there?

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Quite bulky and a bit awkward to use when trying to weigh large, heavy suitcases

Price: £19.99

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