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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.

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Balanzza, makers of the first digital luggage scale for travelers, announces the release of its new model, the Ergo. This improved model comes equipped with a more visible LCD display and ergonomic handle, which makes it easier than ever to weigh your luggage before arriving at the airport. Balanzza helps travelers avoid unexpected overweight charges at the airline ticket counter, as well as the inconvenience and embarrassment of having to redistribute belongings on the airport floor.

The Ergo comes at a time where airlines have begun charging for the first piece of checked luggage and overweight fees are rapidly increasing. Overweight fees are added to the checked luggage fees, which means one piece of overweight luggage can cost travelers an upwards of $65 to $100 depending on the airline (see fee chart below). The need for travelers to pack smart and weigh their luggage has never been more evident.

“We’re very excited to bring travelers the new and improved Balanzza Ergo model in the midst of all the fee changes among all the airline carriers,” said Ronald Kritzler, president of Balanzza. “Balanzza saves travelers money and allows them to be informed and prepared when they reach the airline counter. The Ergo’s new contoured design and easy to read display makes it easier for travelers of all ages to use.”

Weighing only 8 oz and with its compact size, Balanzza Ergo is easy to pack and assist you on your way back from any trip. Whether you are returning with souvenirs and gifts or brochures and samples from a business trip, your luggage can often weigh more than it did when you left home. The Balanzza Ergo digital luggage scale is always with you to help you save money by avoiding excess weight surcharges.

How does it work? With Balanzza Ergo, you simply secure the scale to the handle by using the scale’s strong strap (no hooks). Next, you lift the luggage with one or two hands with the unit’s ergonomic handle and the automatic hold feature will beep indicating that the weight has been registered and stored on the display. Then, set the luggage down on the floor and read the weight on the large digital display.

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

August 8th, 2008

Jodie Andrefski
on Jul 8, 2008 at 01:14 AM

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.

Gadget Helps You Avoid Overweight Baggage Fees

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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


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

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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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