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Old 04-26-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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My new scale gives inconsistent and inaccurate weights

I brought a brand new scale but haven't used it until I tried today. I have a lb of chocolate (which is 16oz, right?) and the dumb thing is reading 5oz. That can't be right! To test it again, I have polenta that reads 18oz on the tube. The scale is reading 6oz. Is there something I'm doing wrong? It's a digital scale. On the back there is a high and low switch and a reset button. I've tried these different things, getting different readings each time but not a reading that is right! The scale didn't come with an instruction booklet or anything like that.

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Old 04-26-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
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I don't have an answer for you, but I wish my upstairs scale read like that!

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Old 04-26-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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Test it with water. Often times, a container of food is reporting fluid oz, and not weight. 1 liter of water weighs about 1 kg. Doing some math, 1 quart of water should weigh 33.4 oz. 1 cup of water should weigh 8.3 oz. Remember to tare the scale (account for the weight of the container).
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:38 PM   #4
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There should be button that says tare which brings scale to zero but usually thats when you are weighing in a containet you set container on scale and hit tare then add ingredients.But I dont think thats your problem.Can you post a picture?
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:45 PM   #5
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I'm with jpmcgrew. It sounds like it needs to be zero'd put. Try holding the on button down for 5 seconds or so and see if that does anything.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:26 AM   #6
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A cup of water weighs exactly 8 ounces.

"A pint's a pound the world around" and all ......

But the water would have to be in a container and the container would have to be weighed and if you don't know if the scale is accurate you will end up like a dog chasing it's tail.

I think it needs to be zeroed out. Or replace the battery, if it is a battery model.

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Old 04-27-2006, 11:36 AM   #7
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I did zero it, right off the bat. I know how to use a scale and this is giving me such mixed readings. I'm gonna take it back today. Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:46 AM   #8
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Yeah I would bet it is defective if you zeroed it and it is giving you wrong readings like that.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:51 AM   #9
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It's not only that the readings are wrong but they are inconsistent. My lb of chocolate weighed anywhere from 5 to 7 oz.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:58 AM   #10
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That is because you ate a piece in between weighings
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