Why do I even need a luggage scale?
Simply put: To avoid stress. Imagine you are at the airport and your suitcase is too heavy. An additional charge will quickly apply. With a luggage scale you can check the weight of your luggage at home and save yourself possible additional costs and hassle.
What is the difference between an analogue and electronic luggage scale?
The “analog suitcase scale” works without batteries and shows the weight with a pointer on a scale. This has the advantage that you don't have to worry about empty batteries. The “electronic suitcase scale,” on the other hand, often offers a more accurate measurement and can be easier to read. However, it usually requires batteries or a rechargeable battery.
How precise are luggage scales?
Of course that depends on the model. In general, if you choose a “precise suitcase scale”, you can rely on an accuracy of up to 50 grams. For more expensive models, the deviation may be even smaller. It is always advisable to read reviews and product descriptions carefully.
Are all luggage scales handy and easy to transport?
Many models are in fact designed to be “handy suitcase scales”. This means they are small enough to easily fit in a handbag or even your pocket. A compact design is particularly advantageous when traveling so that you can have the scales ready for the return journey.
How do I use a luggage scale correctly?
It's easy as pie. Hang or strap your luggage to the luggage scale and lift it. Wait a few seconds for the display to stabilize and then read the weight. Electronic scales often also have a hold function that displays the result for a few seconds, even if the luggage is removed again.
How much does a good luggage scale cost?
As with most things, there is a wide range of prices. Simple models can be had for just a few euros, while high-end versions can cost 30 euros or more. But remember: a one-time investment in a good luggage scale can quickly pay for itself if it means you avoid excess baggage fees just once.
Alternatives to luggage scales
Household scales: The kitchen scale at home can also help you in an emergency. However, handling a heavy suitcase is really awkward and not really precise. But hey, you take what you've got, right?
Personal scales: Do you know the trick of standing on the scales first without and then with a suitcase and then calculating the difference? Actually works quite well. But will the back be able to handle this in the long term?
Professional luggage scales at airports: The safe bank! There are always scales right at the airport. But honestly, do you really want the whole world watching while you struggle with excess baggage?