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Things To Think About Precision Balances



Precision Scales

In today’s fast-paced laboratory and research environment, it’s important to know where to get quality, affordable, reliable, and state-of-the-art precision balances. Precision balances are commonly used as a type of analytical balance to determine amounts of substance and obtain exceptionally accurate results including density determination.

Data Support Company (DSC Balances) specializes in high-quality weighing laboratory equipment with advanced weighing technology, discount laboratory supplies including precision balances, moisture, and fat analyzers, other balances and scales, calibration instruments, PH water conductivity meters, and filters. We stock precision balances from brands like Tree, Ohaus, A&D, Adam Equipment, Intel Weighing Laboratory, Radwag, Mettler Toledo, Precisa, Sartorius and other trusted names in the laboratory weighing and testing industry. Whether you need a precision balance for commercial or home use, materials or food weighing, quality control, formulation, or analytical chemistry, we have the precision instrument you need for any precision balancing task.

Things To Think About Precision Balances:

All the topics discussed below will have an effect on whether the electronic balance is appropriate for your application and on a crucial decision factor…the cost.

A 1000g x 0.001g balance with numerous integrated applications, a touch screen, and user-friendly software will come at a premium, so if your budget is only £500.00, you should think about what the most important elements are. Given the wide selection of electronic balances available and our selection of the electronic balances that offer the best value for money for our scales and balances webshop, choosing an electronic balance that has the features you require but doesn’t go over your budget is simpler than it may sound.


The capacity of the balance, or how much it can support, should be considered first. There may be little use in purchasing a 300g balance if you only weigh up to 100g unless you anticipate needing greater capacity in the future for another application. You must make sure your balance has the capacity to weigh the product in addition to the weight of any containers you utilize.

The capacity and resolution/division size of each electronic balance are indicated when you view them on our website, therefore an “Ohaus Pioneer PA213 210g x 0.001go” weighs up to a maximum of 210g with a resolution of 0.001g.

Division Size Or Resolution

Second, choose the increment of the electronic scale. Increment size is also known as readability, resolution, or pitch size. This is the smallest unit that the scale displays, i. H. 0.1g increment means the reading on the scale increases by 0.1g each time. Please note that increment size is not the same as accuracy and you will need to check the scale datasheet to find the accuracy (maximum combined error), but it is usually in the range of +/- 2 divisions


No measuring instrument is 100% accurate and typically the accuracy of scales when new and used in a stable environment is approximately +/- 2 x division size over the entire weighing range

If you require an accuracy of +/- 0.1g a scale with 1g increments would not be able to provide that tolerance and although a scale with 0.1g increments will give you a suitable reading, if you consider the maximum error or maximum accuracy of a balance, then a balance with a resolution of 0.01g (readability) is needed

The smaller the increase, the closer you’ll get to your goal weight, although a smaller increase also increases the price

To clarify; The accuracy of an electronic scale is the difference between the weight placed on it and the weight displayed, and most manufacturers will list the accuracy on the product data sheet

If you want to ensure your scale is always accurate, we recommend that you choose a model with a built-in calibration mass, such as the A&D FZ-i, or alternatively purchase calibration weights to manually check and calibrate the scale.