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Balanzza Digital Luggage Scales
I decided that I needed to invest in some luggage scales a few years ago when I went across to the States to work. The thought of getting to the check-in desk and my bag being heavier than what was allowed haunted me. I have been behind others in the queue before who have had to try to stuff clothes into their hand luggage or put on additional layers in order to lighten their suitcase. I have always dreaded this happening to me and so I decided to travel prepared and know the weight of my suitcase so that I could approach the check-in desk more confidently.
When I started looking for some luggage scales, I was after some that were accurate, easy to use and light so that I could pop them in my suitcase and take them on my travels with me. A friend recommended getting some digital scales, as they are much more reliable and easy to operate.
I first came across Balanzza Scales on amazon.co.uk. I did some brief research into which luggage scales were the best and all the positive reviews that I could find led me to these scales. Balanzza are a company which specialise in luggage scales and are in fact the number one best sellers of such devices! Their aim is to make travelling carefree and to prevent you being caught out by excessive airline luggage fees!
I settled on the Ergo Digital Luggage Scale, as it was exactly what I needed. I paid about £15 for the scale and I bought them from amazon.co.uk. The scales RRP is £19.99 so I managed to save a few pounds and I got free delivery too! At first I thought that this was quite a high price to pay but the scale is such great quality that it is definitely worthwhile investing in.
The scale is a great size, compact and light. It weighs just 200g and is literally one handle, which has useful finger grooves for extra grip. There is a small screen on the top of the scale and a few buttons to operate it. There is also a strap on the side of the scale which you use to attach to your luggage in order to measure its weight. The screen is the ideal size so that the measurements are easy to read and the strap is easy to attach. I really like the design of the scale and its simplicity makes it even more fantastic. The scale operates on two AAA batteries that come included.
Using the scale could not be simpler. Simply attach the strap onto the luggage in question, secure the clasp, hit the on button and wait for the screen to display zero, lift the luggage, wait for a beep, set the luggage down and then read your results! There is a reset button so that you can double-check or add to/take-away from your luggage and try again. The scale will measure in both lb and kg and it is easy to change the settings by pressing the button next to power. It will lift up to 44kg or 100lbs.
The scale is useful because of how easy it is to use and the peace of mind that it gives before you go on your holidays. Nobody likes paying excessive luggage charges, so travel prepared with a device like this.
I can safely say that I would no longer fly without my Balanzza Scale! They have always been consistently reliable and have never let me down. The measurements that this scale has given me have always been spot on!
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who loves to travel and is conscious about weighing his or her luggage beforehand. They are a fantastic help and have probably saved me hundreds of pounds in luggage fees over the few years I have had them!
Thank you for reading : )
Review also on Ciao under luceey.
I travel a lot for various reasons; work related trips, trips to visit various friends and family in far flung places, and obviously just for general holidays. You'd think that by now I would have learnt to travel lightly i.e. to pack less stuff, especially as a lot of the time I'm travelling on my own and so I will have to carry it all myself and lug it all around myself. But sadly no I haven't, and I don't think that I'll ever learn the act of travelling lightly.
I've had lots of lucky escapes over the years where my luggage has been exactly the allowed checked in weight, or just a kilo overweight and the check in agent has just let it pass. I've even had a very lucky escape with Aer Lingus in Dublin Airport a few years ago where my case was a whopping 7 kilos overweight! (this was actually even after I'd stuffed my hand luggage full to bursting as I knew that my case would be overweight!), and the fab check in guy took pity on me as I burst into tears and explained that I'd just travelled from Canada via the US and had already missed one connecting flight etc etc, and very kindly just let it go. Looking back now I'm not even sure how I actually managed to lug that case around!
So it was after the fateful Dublin Airport episode that my husband decided that we should get a set of luggage scales, a set that were easy to use, light to carry, and something that I could easily take with me and then weigh my case on the return journey too. I'd previous just used our digital bathroom scales to weigh my case on the outward journey and they were normally fairly spot on, however it's the return journey where I would struggle the most as most hotel rooms don't have any scales or even if they do you don't know how accurate they are. The return journey would normally be the most crucial part for me too as I invariably would have lots of extra purchases in my case for the journey home.
The luggage scales my husband chose are the Balanazza Ergo digital scales, we bought ours about 4 years ago and if I remember correctly they were about £15.00 at the time, they do seem to be in the region of about £20.00 currently. The Balanzza Ergo digital scales are really compact and sleek looking. They are literally just a handle which is the scales themselves and then a luggage strap dangling from the handle which you attach to your suitcase or bag.
These are really easy to use; you just attach the luggage strap around the handle on your suitcase or bag and click the clasp shut, press the power button to turn on the scales and wait for the display to show zero - this just takes a couple of seconds, lift your luggage using the scales and wait for the scales to beep - this just takes a few seconds and this means that the scales have locked in the weight of your luggage, you can then either just read off the display whilst you still have a hold of your luggage or lower your luggage to the floor and then read the digital display, I always set my luggage back down before reading the display as the weight does remain on the display for a good minute or so.
The scales are easy to use and lift as the design of the handle has grooves on like finger grips, these make it easy to grip and to pick up with one or two hands. I'm a little weakling and so will always use two hands, my husband however will just lift my case up for me with one hand if he is weighing it for me.
The scales will weigh up to 44kg or 100lbs, it's easy to switch between kg or lbs by just pressing the unit button next to the power button until kg or lb shows in the top corner of the display, I always just leave ours set on kg. There is also a reset button for if you want to reset the display back to zero to weigh another suitcase without having to actually wait for the scales to automatically reset themselves after about a minute or so. The digital display is quite large and is really easy to read if you do choose to read it whilst still holding your luggage. The scales take 2 AAA batteries which were included initially, and that we've only had to replace once in the time that we've had the scales.
These are really accurate and I've never had a problem with anything being overweight since using these. I always double check the readout on the scales at the check in desk at the airport and it has always been exactly the same as the weight recorded on these scales or just within a few hundred grams difference. I always make sure to take the scales with my for my return journey, they are really small and compact and take up no space whatsoever, they will even just go in my handbag if I've already locked my case and can't be bothered opening it again. They are also really lightweight and so you don't need to worry that by then putting these in your already weighed suitcase you will tip it over the edge, they weigh just 200g.
I've had absolutely loads of use out of these and I wouldn't be without them now. They are an invaluable asset for a frequent traveller, well any airline traveller really with the airlines getting stricter on luggage allowances and reducing luggage allowance in a lot of cases. They are quite expensive but to be honest you only need to get stung for excess baggage the once and these would then pay for themselves.
I love checking for cheap flights abroad via Ryan Air or EasyJet. But there is always a small problem and thats the weight of the luggage you can bring along. The luggage with Ryanair & EasyJet is restricted and when you take too much then you have pay extra. We regulary travel and I hate worrying about the weight of our luggage. We eventually went looking for a "compact" scale to take on travel. A friend of ours had a Balanzza and told us he was very pleased so we decided to buy one to.
The Balanzza is a compact travel scales and weighing only 83 grams. It is made of sturdy plastic. He is very easy to take because he is not large he fits in almost anywhere, size 12cm long, 4cm wide and 3.1 cm high.
- Of course, the Balanzza
- 2x CR2032 batteries
- Quick Start Guide.
He is very easy to use as you put in the batteries and he is ready for use. Put the suitcase / luggage on the ground and open the strap of the Balanzza. Connect the belt and make sure the bag is connected to the Balanzza, turn it on and wait until it reaches 0. Lift it up and you will see that instead of 0 a another number comes up. That is, the weight of the bag.
There are 3 buttons on the Balanzza, from left to right
- Power: Self-explanatory.
- Unit: Allows you to choose between kilograms and pounds
- Reset: Allows you to put the scale back to 0.
In the end we are very pleased with the Balanzza. It's easy to use and very compact with a lightweight design. Since it only weight 83 grams it's no hassle to take with you on travel. It has a clearly readable display and 2 different weighing untis. It weight up to 44 kilograms or 100 pounds precisely. Five stars for me.
My girlfriend doesn't really know how to 'travel light' and our last holiday to Gran Canaria ended up costing us £140 more than it should have done thanks to excess baggage charges! I already knew we were over weight, my car was sat on it's arse the whole way to the airport, but my girlfriend insisted they would come in way under the 20kg limit. Her case actually weighed 33kg.
As this was a very stressful and embarrassing start to the holiday, I wanted to make sure it would never happen again. I searched the internet for luggage scales and managed to find the Balanzza for just £15 plus P&P. If you need them in a hurry, Argos sell them for £19.50.
We never actually used the scales until we next went on holiday, firstly you need to put two AA batteries in order for them to work. There is an LCD screen on the front which displays the weight in kilograms, to actually weigh the cases you just use the provided strap around the handle of your case, and then clip into the actual scale itself. The hardest part is holding the case up as still as you can until you hear the beep, the beep means it has recorded the weight of the case and that will be displayed on the screen. The display keeps the weight showing until you turn the scales off.
This is a really great product, it's so well made and no matter how heavy the suitcase is, it still feels very sturdy and at no point feels like the strap is going to snap. I have always found the weights to be very accurate too, usually only 50grams away from the airports scales.
It is nice and compact too, so its worth while taking on holiday with you. When my girlfriend is spending hours in shops I can always threaten her with the scales; anything over the weight gets left in the hotel room!
It has saved me a fortune in baggage charges and also saved my arms a fair bit of work, my girlfriend doesn't do carrying cases, she has the passports to look after and carrying a case as well would be far too risky.
For the money this is well worth it, really well recommended
We are going away to Disney Paris next week for half term and when I got our suitcase down out of the loft I saw these travel weighing scales in it. I remembered how good they were and thought I would write a review to share my thoughts.
There are so many restrictions now with baggage allowance, especially on low cost budget airlines as we found out after a trip to Scotland, we did a little too much shopping and the excess baggage would have cost us £76, we decided to throw some of our stuff away as it was worth a lot less than that. After this luggage mistake I went and bought these scales to prevent any more costly problems.
Our next holiday was to Turkey and I had heard so many stories about Dalaman airport charging everyone and anyone for excess baggage, these are great because they don't have a metal hook like some of the non digital luggage scales, this means they can be carried in your hand luggage, ready to be whipped out if the need ever arises. Lucky for us it never did.
The scales are so easy to use, they are hand held on the front they have a rectangle screen which shows you digitally how much your luggage weighs in kilograms.
There is a strap that fits around your baggage handle, this simply clicks into place. You then lift up the scales and wait for the beep, you can then put the bag down and look at the scales as it automatically holds the weight until you turn it off.
The scales take two AA batteries.
These luggage weighing scales are made by a company called Balanzza, I bought mine from Lakeland but you can buy them from Argos or Amazon. They cost about £19.99. I think that they are well worth the investment , you could even share the cost with other family or friends if you holiday at different times of the year.
No more balancing on the bathroom scales, no more worring if you should have bought that extra souvenir. Just great I love them.
After getting stung for excess baggage coming back from Crete last year, I decided it was time to invest in a slightly smaller and definitely lighter suitcase. But to make doubly sure, I bought a digital luggage scale.
After cashing my old mobile into Mazuma, and getting £22 Argos voucher for it, I bought the scales for £19.49 at my local store.
Have to say, the first ones didn't work. But Argos were happy to replace them. The second ones work a treat.
Ok, here's what you do. You unsnap the clip, and slip the strap through your suitcases handle. Snap the clip together again. Turn the scales on, and lift.
It takes a few seconds to weigh, so make sure the lifter is pretty strong!
When it's registered the weight, it will beep. Set your case down and read the display.
They are also small enough to slip into your hand-luggage so you can take them with you to weight before you return home.
I managed to weight both of our cases myself, and i'm not that strong. The scales handle it just about big enough for one hand, and you can't actually get two through, but I managed alright by holding my wrist with the other hand.
It may feel a bit longer waiting than a few seconds for that beep, but have faith, it will beep!
In my opinion, the next thing every traveller should buy after the suitcase
I've always had problems with weighing my suitcase when I go abroad. This is partly due to my unreliable bathroom scales but also because when the suitcase is on the scales it's nearly impossible to see the weight. So I would spend the journey to the airport worrying about whether my suitcase would incur excess baggage charges. My mum is even worse. She always overpacks (largely due to her instence to take 20 pairs of shoes and 3 boxes of teabags away with her). She always has to distrubute her stuff to other peoples suitcases and then still has an overweight suitcase. So I was browsing my Nans Sunday People magazine one day and saw these scales and thought they looked an ideal solution to my luggage weighing predicament. So I bought them as a little extra Mothers Day gift for my mum (with plans to borrow them myself!)
The website was listed as www.thepeople-shop.com but when you type this in it actually comes up as www.easylifegroup.com. The scales were priced at £19.99 on the website which was a little more than I thought they would be but figured they would be worth the money. The postage was around £4.00. I couldn't find anything about delivery times but thought it wouldn't take any longer than a week. However, it took around 3 weeks for them to be delivered. I was annoyed because they were delivered to me after Mothers Day so had to give them to my mum a couple of weeks late. I therefore do not recommend you get them from this site. I have since found out that people sell them new on ebay for about £10 and the delivrey time would be much quicker. There are also some that are a different make but very similar on Amazon for £12.99 or you can get these exact ones for around £15 on Amazon.
Despite the long delivery time, I was very impressed by the product itself. They are very easy to use, my mum finds them straightforward and she's a technophobe! To use them you simply turn them on by the press on a button, then press the 'unit' button to choose whether to have your luggage weighed in lbs or kgs. You then attatch the strap to your luggage then pick it up by the handle on the scales. Then just hold it for a few seconds until the scales beep and then the exact weight is registered on the screen. The weight can be left on the screen when you set down the suitcase or you can press 'reset' to start again. It's fantastic to know the exact weight of your luggage before you leave so you know if you need to get rid of anything. They require 2xAAA batteries, which are included.
They are pretty sturdy - the handle looks a bit fragile at first but is very strong and reliable. They scales can also be used for hand luggage as well as other things such as weighing parcels. They have a max weight of 44kg so don't panic and think your suitcase will be too heavy for them.
The scales are very light and quite small (exact dimesnsions are 13 x 7 x 2.5cm) so they will fit in your suitcase making it easy to weigh your luggage on the return journey. This is useful if you have a tendency to go a bit mad on the gifts and sounvenirs! They also have a great little feature that tells you the temperature in celcuis and farenheit. This is useful as it's interesting to know the temperature when abroad. It also means you can boast about how hot it was when you get home!
Overall, I highly recommend this product. It's easy to use and very useful. It saves you from the embarassment of being whacked with excess charges at the aiport and stops your poor credit card suffering any more uncessary abuse.
Bought these recently as i was fed up on paying excess baggage charges. The scales are incredibly simple to use. You just attach the adjustable strap around the piece of luggage (i always attach it to the carrier strap on my suitcase) lift up the luggage, a few seconds (literally) later you`ll hear a beep, drop the luggage on the floor and then you can check what the weight it. The scales are very accurate and have since helped me to avoid excess baggage charges. They retail for around £18- however i believe this to be good value for money. They are built well, takes 2 AAA batteries and is compact so you can take it on your travels. I would definetly recommend this product.
Balanzza is the innovative, easy to use digital luggage scale which allows travellers to quickly and easily check their luggage weight, so there are no nasty surprises at check-in. Simply place your bag or suitcase on the strap and lift from the ground until the beep sounds. The weight will then be clearly displayed on the screen, ready for you to start your travels secure in the knowledge youre not going to incur extra costs before youve even left the UK! The Balanzza is compact, lightweight and weighs in both kilograms and pounds up to 44kg (100lbs), far exceeding any airline baggage allowance. It has a large easy-read digital display, strong handle and is accurate to within 0.1 kilograms.