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REVIEW - Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale

November 25th, 2008

Monday November 24, 2008 4:53 PM CST - By: Michael Kwan
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You may be getting ready to visit your relatives this holiday season and this could involve all the fun associated with flying through the airport. As you know, airlines have all kinds of restrictions as to what you can and cannot bring with you onto the plane, so it’s good to be aware of these restrictions before you hop in that cab to the airport.

Arriving at the check-in counter, you don’t want to be told by the airline representative that your luggage is overweight and you have to pay some rather nasty fees for that extra bulk. Cash is tight enough already. Forking out an extra hundred bucks because your luggage is too heavy just exacerbates the situation.

That’s why it’s a worthy investment to consider something like the New Balanzza Ergo. This is a digital luggage scale that will easily fit in any bag, giving you a a near-instant reading of just how heavy your bag happens to be.

First Impressions

The New Balanzza Ergo comes from the same people that brought you the first Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale, except this one has been redesigned to be more ergonomic (hence its name). The grooves in the handle make it a lot easier for you to pick up heavier weights.

The bold green paintjob is a little off-putting and I would have preferred some different color options, but you are buying something like the Balanzza Ergo for its functionality and not its aesthetics. The included strap is a little shorter than I expected, but you should have no trouble wrapping it around the handle on your luggage or day bag.

Unfortunately, the strap (at least I think it’s the strap) comes with a weird new product smell. It’s that weird blend of new plastic and new rubber, but I imagine that this odor will dissipate over time.

How to Use the Balanzza

After installing the included pair of AAA batteries, using the Balanzza Ergo is a remarkably straightforward process. You have a simple monochromatic display and a trio of buttons that’ll do everything you need it to do.

First, you’ll want to turn the thing on by hitting the power button on the far left. The middle button lets you swap between pounds and kilograms, and the right button resets the scale back to zero in case you happened to be pulling on the strap when you turned it on.

Next, you’ll want to unbuckle the strap and wrap it around whatever it is you want weighed. While the Balanzza Ergo is designed as a digital luggage scale, there is no reason why you can’t also use it for other purposes, like shipping boxes across the country. You’ll need to come up with some clever way to use the strap to pick up a large box, but the possibility is there.

After securing the strap, you simply lift the luggage (or whatever) using only the Balanzza and your luggage will tug on the strap accordingly. After determining an accurate weight reading, the Balanzza will beep and you can set your item down. Read the display and you know how much it weighs. Simple.

Pros, Cons, and Final Thoughts

There’s not much that I can find at fault with the Balanzza Ergo. I like how the battery is replaceable and not a built-in thing, because it makes this a lot easier to swap when you run out of juice. The display is simple, but effective, as are the three buttons used as the interface.

It would have been nice to see this in a color other than bright green, especially if you’re a corporate type that needs a more conservative appearance for everything that you carry while traveling. The relatively short strap could be a pro or a con, depending on your perspective. The shorter strap makes this product more portable and less dangly, but it also means that it won’t wrap around larger items.

The Balanzza Ergo Digital Luggage Scale is not the sexiest product on the market, but it is a very useful gadget for travelers who tend to pack on a few more pounds (I’m talking luggage, not your waistline) during the holidays. It’s priced at an affordable $24.99 and is available now.

Balanzza Gadget

November 20th, 2008

Travel Girl
Nov 2008

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Chicago Tribune - Gear review: Digital luggage scale

November 7th, 2008

Gear review: Digital luggage scale
November 2, 2008

Name: Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale

What it is: Handheld portable scale for weighing luggage

How it works: Hook the sturdy fabric strap around the handle of your suitcase, then use the device’s plastic handle to lift your bag off the ground for a few seconds. After the beep, set the bag down and the digital scale shows the bag’s weight in pounds or kilos.

The good: A winner for the heavy packer or souvenir collector tired of unhappy surprises at the check-in counter. Carry this device and there’s no more embarrassing digging through your suitcases at the counter to redistribute weight among your bags. No more overweight luggage charges. No more trying to translate pounds to kilos on overseas flights. And no more worrying on your way to the airport about just how far you’ve overshot the limit and how lenient that desk agent might be.

The bad: If you’re packing up to the very last ounce, this battery-powered device adds 10 ounces more to the load. The battery door also has a tendency to pop off with wear and abuse, but it’s nothing a little tape can’t fix.

Gadget Gifts

November 3rd, 2008

Sun Sentinel
Sunday November 3, 2008

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