Cheap coffee scales - any to beware of?

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JavaBeans

#1: Post by JavaBeans »

I have an Acaia Lunar and a Brewista, but I would like a cheap extra scale that can get knocked around. Has anyone tried the cheap Acaia copies on AliExpress, like this one

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004 ... 8958%21sea

Are there any ones to steer clear of?

luvmy40

#2: Post by luvmy40 »

I just bought this one, but I haven't even unboxed it yet. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09MVZJWKF? ... ct_details

I have been using this one for several years now when travelling, Maybe 30% of the last 2 years?https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07 ... UTF8&psc=1 It has survived airline baggage handlers and being, occasionally doused with hot or cold water. After one flooding, the display did go wonky until it dried out. But, it works fine now. It is apparently accurate and very repeatable, but a little slow in response.

Quester

#3: Post by Quester »

JavaBeans wrote:I have an Acaia Lunar and a Brewista, but I would like a cheap extra scale that can get knocked around. Has anyone tried the cheap Acaia copies on AliExpress, like this one
Response time is one of the biggest factors for me. I didn't see it listed on the aliexpress page.

LewBK

#4: Post by LewBK »

I recommend going cheap with the scale because very few scales are truly water proof despite their claims to the contrary. If you spill coffee or water on your expensive scale and it breaks, how bad will you feel? Even the Acacia scales says, "water resistant," not "water proof" so spilled coffee or water can still damage them.

jgood

#5: Post by jgood »

I have had a Lee Valley "Mini Digital Scale" (currently 16.50 on the Lee Valley Tools website) for several years and it's been fine. It does read only to the nearest gram - for me that's not an issue. If you look under the tray (where you put the object to be weighed) there is a little raised rim that is designed to keep slight spills out of the guts, a good feature. I did run a little tape around the battery compartment cover, which is on the bottom, to seal it.
I just noticed you're in NZ -- but I have seen what appears to be an identical scale on Amazon.

cebseb

#6: Post by cebseb »

$25 Bluetooth capable scale! I have it and it's been rock solid. Response time is fast.

Reflex 500g / 0.01g Digital Pocket Wireless Smart Food Kitchen Scale Grams and Ounces USB Rechargeable, Portable, Accurate, Metal Stainless Steel Surface, Keto Calculator, Baking, Counter, Reloading https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LCM8YY/re ... UTF8&psc=1

Highly recommend it.

luvmy40

#7: Post by luvmy40 »

luvmy40 wrote:I just bought this one, but I haven't even unboxed it yet. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09MVZJWKF? ... ct_details

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I finally tried this one out. It looks nice, the controls are easy to use, but if you don't get it sitting just right on the drip tray, it drifts all over the place. It's fine on the counter and even good if you get "just right" on the drip tray, I would not recommend it.

JavaBeans (original poster)

#8: Post by JavaBeans (original poster) »

luvmy40, when you say "sitting just right" does that mean that the scale doesn't rock from side to side? I think that any scale that is not sitting square on a surface will probably jump around.

luvmy40

#9: Post by luvmy40 » replying to JavaBeans »

I figured out what's happening.

I f I set it too far back, the bottom edge of the "skirt" makes contact with the cove at the rear of the drip tray on my BDB, It doesn't look like it's touching, but it is. Pull it forward a couple mm and it seems to be fine.

I'll give it another try. Like I said, it's aesthetically pleasing and easy to use. The response is not great. Maybe a little better than the $10.00 scale I have been using in my travel kit, but not by much. For that matter, the response is just noticeably slower than my Brewista. It does not have many functional options. No auto tare or auto timer. I never use those functions anyway, some do, I'm sure.

cebseb

#10: Post by cebseb »

luvmy40 wrote:slower than my Brewista. It does not have many functional options. No auto tare or auto timer. I never use those functions anyway, some do, I'm sure.
How do you like your brewista? I had one previously but was very frustrated with its response rate.