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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.