|Balanzza on CBSNEWS|
July 21st, 2009
|Balanzza on CBSNEWS|
|Balanzza digital luggage scale on sfgate.com|
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Perhaps you’ve discovered the hard way that airlines are becoming more vigilant about enforcing weight limits for baggage - even, sometimes, for carry-ons. Some international carriers, for example, limit carry-ons to 15 pounds. You can weigh your bags on your bathroom scale, but an easier and more accurate alternative is a luggage scale. The Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale couldn’t be simpler to operate: Attach it to your bag, lift it off the ground, wait for the beep, set your bag down and read the digital printout. If it saves you from a single excess-baggage charge, it has paid for itself.
|KiteBoarding Jan 2009|
|Deal or Dud: Balanzza|
Reported by: Kevin Kelly
The Balanzza is a handheld device that travels with you giving you the power to weigh your own luggage before getting slapped with those sky-high overweight baggage charges. Is it a Deal or a Dud?
Whether you’re heading out of town or coming back home, the cost to travel these days can be expensive. Especially when you throw in all those added and sometimes hidden fees.
Overweight luggage is just one example. Here’s the proof if that Samsonite of yours is over 50 pounds.
American Airlines will charge you $50 bucks, Delta, $90 and Southwest is $25. And transferring personal belongings from one bag to other just to bring the weight down can be embarrassing.
Which is why a Florida based company came up with the Balanzza. It’s the first handheld luggage scale that allows you to weigh your bags before you get to the ticket counter.
Allison Casteel’s family is traveling to the Netherlands. And she packed a lot. “The bigger one is probably pretty close to 50 pounds or as close as you can get,” she said.
With her approval, we attached the Balanzza to her suitcase. Turn it on, and then lift. In a matter of seconds we got a reading of 37.1lbs.
We then put Allison’s bag on a scale that the airlines use. You can find it right next the ticket counter.
It shows her bag weighing 39lbs. Remember, the Balanzza came up with 37lbs, a difference of just 2lbs. “Wow, I was impressed. I would have thought it was heavier,” Allison said.
So what does this frequent flier think of the Balanzza? Time for Allison to weigh in, “I would call it a deal.”
The Balanzza will cost you $24.95. You can find it online.
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|Balanzza Ergo Video By TerryLBrock|
Cortesy of TerryLBrock
|First Look Reviews: Balanzza Travel Scales|
Stuart takes a look at a handy set of electronic scales that, hopefully, will be able to save you time and money at the airport.
|WSAZ 3 - Digital Luggage Scale|
|Let’s face it — flying isn’t easy any more with all the security checks, rules and fees. But there may be some help to avoid some fees with the Balanzza digital luggage scale.The device lets you weigh your luggage before you check in, which gives you the chance to stay under the fifty pound mark and avoid the extra fees.
The scale is easy to read and use. You strap the device to your luggage or whatever you want to weigh and lift the product.
Then wait for the scale to beep and find out the weight of the luggage.
The device features a tare and zero function to help calibrate whatever it is you’re checking out. But don’t just think luggage — the Balanzza can also help weigh your parcel and postage items or even help with outdoors activities including fishing and gaming.
Balanzza can weigh up to 100 pounds. It only weighs ten ounces and requires two AAA batteries.
|Arrive Magazine - Luggage LBS|
Dec, 30 2008
|REVIEW - Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale|
Monday November 24, 2008 4:53 PM CST - By: Michael Kwan
|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.
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.