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Weigh Your Bodybag With a Portable Scale

August 27th, 2008
http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/08/weigh-your-body.html
By Jose Fermoso August 26, 2008 | 8:03:55 PM

When traveling, I adhere to this rule: The usefulness of a travel accessory is directly proportional to A), the number of times it is (efficiently) used and B), the level of importance to the trip. A passport is used a couple of times, but it’s key. Downy portable toilet paper? Important, my friends.

Judged by this standard, the Ergo digital luggage scale from Balanzza isn’t special. But it might prove to be useful for heavy travelers and those constantly on the move.

The scale is a handheld intended to weigh luggage, and is secured by a tough band to handle heavy loads. Unfortunately, airlines have pushed up prices based on weight, (a passenger is usually charged, on average, about $50 extra for every 50 lbs), and making weight at each stop doesn’t fit my other vacation rule: no worries.

Of course, you could always keep the packing super light like you’re supposed to, but some people are hardheaded pack rats and want to take everything with them.

I think I would use this device differently: To measure the weight of my daily backpack, which often feels heavy and overloaded. If it doesn’t fit the body max of what I should be carrying (15% of my body weight), it could force me to lighten it up. But I already have my local grocery’s meat scale for that daily weigh-in.

Technology Live in USA TODAY

August 8th, 2008

Nifty little “must have” for the frequent flyer; the Balanzza

August 8th, 2008

Jodie Andrefski
on Jul 8, 2008 at 01:14 AM
www.gadgetell.com

With all the latest changes to weight restrictions on baggage by practically all of the airlines, more and more travelers find themselves trying to figure out if their stuffed suitcase is going to make that new 50-pound limit or be slapped with a whopping $125 (or more!) surcharge.

Well, you could try to stand on your scale and weigh yourself with and without bag and hope your scale is on. (Although this method is rather cumbersome trying to lean around the bag attempting to see the display, and can also be a problem once you are on the return flight and jammed in all those goodies from your trip to Kalamazoo). Or, you could purchase Balanzza. Absolutely brainless to operate; the Balanzaa weighs your bag in seconds. It runs on 2 AAA batteries, and itself weighs in at a mere half-pound, so you can even throw it in your suitcase without much worry of tipping those scales too much. The model pictured here is their latest available.

All you have to do is slip the Balanzaa’s strap through the handle of your luggage, pick up your bag and wait for the beep. The LED will quickly show just how much your bag weighs in at…and if you have to remove a couple trinkets or that pair of extra Docs to hit the new airport weight limit. The Balanzaa can measure up to 100 pounds, so if you are carrying something over that, well, I suggest you bring your Visa for that surcharge.

Balanzza lets you weigh your bags

August 8th, 2008

The New York Times

Published: July 17, 2008

As if air travel wasn’t already stressful and expensive enough, getting stuck with overweight baggage charges on check-in can only add to the surly feelings. It is even worse if you have to open the bag - exposing your life and your underwear - to the impatient crowd in line behind you.

Balanzza’s compact digital luggage scale is small enough to bring along and strong enough to weigh up to 100 pounds, or 45 kilograms, of suitcase so you can reallocate the contents of your bags before getting to the airport.

Weighing in at less than a pound itself, the Balanzza scale can be ordered on the company Web site (balanzza.com) A more ergonomic edition designed to let you use two hands to lift the bag is also available at the same price.

To use it, loop the scale’s strap around the suitcase handle and lift the bag off the ground for a few seconds. Once the scale beeps, set the bag down and read the large digital display showing the total weight. Repack as needed to get the weight down.

- J.D. Biersdorfer

Check the article photo HERE.


Gadget Helps You Avoid Overweight Baggage Fees

August 8th, 2008

http://cbs2.com

May 28, 2008 4:32 pm US/Pacific

No more wondering if your luggage is going to cost you extra at the airport weight-in! Balanzza is a hand held scale for a quick check before you head out the door.

All you do is clip the strap to your luggage handle and lift. Balanzza will beep after a few seconds to indicate it’s gotten a weight reading. Set your luggage down and look at the display for a quick indication of whether you’re good to go…or if you need to reassess all those extra outfits.

Airlines generally allow a luggage piece of up to 50 pounds for free - although American is trying to change that by charging $15 even for the first piece of luggage. Overweight luggage fees range from $50 to $100, so Balanzza could pay for itself the first time it catches you overpacking!

Balanzza Digital Scale Weighs Luggage on the Spot

August 8th, 2008

http://www.chipchick.com

June 5, 2008

Plane tickets are getting more and more expensive. Forget that they are even starting to charge for peanuts on national flights. Balanzza is there to save you from an unneeded expense while traveling. The device is a digital luggage scale for travelers. The compact device can weigh your luggage in Lb. or Kg. The device works right on the spot; attach it to your luggage, lift your luggage and it will display the weight. Gift it for that friend of yours that always asks you to sit on their suitcase so they can zip it up. You know who they are.

How much does that suitcase weigh?

August 8th, 2008

Wed Jul 2, 2008 4:10PM EDT


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If you’ve ever tried to lug a 50-pound suitcase on to a bathroom scale to see if you’re over the weight limit for your airline, you know how hard it can be to accurately gauge the weight of your bag before you get to the airport and get it up on that metal platform. You also know the consequences for going over the weight limit: Go over 50 pounds and you could be slapped with an extra fee (or more!) for oversized baggage.

Now I bet you’re wondering just how much your bag weighs, aren’t you?
Like I said, figuring that out isn’t always easy. Home scales aren’t made for weighing items that large, and it can be impossible to get your bag into position where you get both an accurate reading while being able to actually see the display.

Balanzza is an ingenious and very portable that lets you easily weigh any item with a handle. Just strap the Balanzza’s built-in leash around your bag’s handle, pick up the bag via the Balanzza unit, wait for the beep, and look at the LED display: You get the weight of the bag to the nearest tenth of a pound, or kilogram, if that’s the way you roll.

Operation is pretty much brainless: If you can push the power button you can use the Balanzza. And accuracy is spot on, and the display goes up to 100 pounds before Balanzza croaks. The design even makes it easy to pick up your bag with two hands if it’s extremely heavy (an older model is still being shown on the Balanzza website; the picture above shows what it looks like now).

I seriously doubt you’ll find a better gift for the frequent traveler all year. If it stops you from overfilling just one bag, it pays for itself immediately, five times over.

Oh, and as for the Balanzza: The gadget itself weighs exactly half a pound… should you be considering packing the item so you can weigh your souvenir-stuffed bag again before your return flight. Maybe not a bad idea…

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GEAR AND GADGETS: Digital Luggage Scale

August 8th, 2008
Posted on Sun, Mar. 30, 2008

WEIGHT AND SEE: A portable handheld luggage scale can be a valuable tool for making sure your bag meets airline weight restrictions, both outbound and on your return. Most handheld scales work on an old-fashioned hook and counterweight system, which demands near contortionist capabilities as you try to lift an unwieldy bag while simultaneously reading the weight indicated by the little needle. Thank goodness for the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale, which beeps when it has registered the weight, then keeps that number displayed, so you can set the bag down before checking the nice big LED read-out. The scale attaches to the luggage handle via a sturdy strap with a buckle clasp instead of a hook. Can be set to either pounds or kilograms and accommodates up to 100 pounds (44 kg). Measures 6- by 3.5- by 1-inch thick and weighs less than a pound. Runs on two AAA batteries, not included.

JUDI DASH


Balanzza in the Sun-Sentinel, Monday July 28th, 2008

August 7th, 2008
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