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I recently received a new scale from amazon. I am budgeting so I tried to find something a bit cheaper, and this one had a lot of good reviews.. Well, you get what you pay for sometimes too, huh? I paid under 15 bucks and when making my batch last night, I noticed that weighing liquids was quite an issue. Instead of the numbers evenly increasing, they would jump way up too quickly, no matter how slowly I poured. It seemed better when weighing the lye, though. I also tested it with putting random objects on it.. Mostly, that was okay too, but sometimes it would differ some. According to what I could manage in weighing my oils, my numbers went slightly over the called for amount, but very little. If anything, I would think the superfat would just be a touch higher, no problem.. I do hope it passes the zap test once I unmold in a day or two, it's still kinda soft. I cannot remember the name of my other scale that I used for years, or I would buy another one. I did a search here for scales and found just a few. but was hoping to pay under 40 bucks. Is there a good one out there that is not too spendy? Thanks. Attached is a pic of the one I have, I would steer cleer..
 

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This is the one I have - I'm delighted with it both in terms of price and quality:
 

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I recently received a new scale from amazon. I am budgeting so I tried to find something a bit cheaper, and this one had a lot of good reviews.. Well, you get what you pay for sometimes too, huh? I paid under 15 bucks and when making my batch last night, I noticed that weighing liquids was quite an issue. Instead of the numbers evenly increasing, they would jump way up too quickly, no matter how slowly I poured. It seemed better when weighing the lye, though. I also tested it with putting random objects on it.. Mostly, that was okay too, but sometimes it would differ some. According to what I could manage in weighing my oils, my numbers went slightly over the called for amount, but very little. If anything, I would think the superfat would just be a touch higher, no problem.. I do hope it passes the zap test once I unmold in a day or two, it's still kinda soft. I cannot remember the name of my other scale that I used for years, or I would buy another one. I did a search here for scales and found just a few. but was hoping to pay under 40 bucks. Is there a good one out there that is not too spendy? Thanks. Attached is a pic of the one I have, I would steer cleer..
I have one similar to that one. It's recommended by our local college's culinary program for their students and I didn't really have an issue with it but I wanted something a little more dependable (especially when the batteries go) so I invested in a KD8000. I also have a couple of smaller scales, one that goes to tenths of a gram and one that goes to .001 gm. I like to make mini sample batches of face and body creams so the really sensitive one comes in very handy.
 

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This is the one I have - I'm delighted with it both in terms of price and quality:
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I have one similar to that one. It's recommended by our local college's culinary program for their students and I didn't really have an issue with it but I wanted something a little more dependable (especially when the batteries go) so I invested in a KD8000. I also have a couple of smaller scales, one that goes to tenths of a gram and one that goes to .001 gm. I like to make mini sample batches of face and body creams so the really sensitive one comes in very handy.
Thank you!
 

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I recently received a new scale from amazon. I am budgeting so I tried to find something a bit cheaper, and this one had a lot of good reviews.. Well, you get what you pay for sometimes too, huh? I paid under 15 bucks and when making my batch last night, I noticed that weighing liquids was quite an issue. Instead of the numbers evenly increasing, they would jump way up too quickly, no matter how slowly I poured. It seemed better when weighing the lye, though. I also tested it with putting random objects on it.. Mostly, that was okay too, but sometimes it would differ some. According to what I could manage in weighing my oils, my numbers went slightly over the called for amount, but very little. If anything, I would think the superfat would just be a touch higher, no problem.. I do hope it passes the zap test once I unmold in a day or two, it's still kinda soft. I cannot remember the name of my other scale that I used for years, or I would buy another one. I did a search here for scales and found just a few. but was hoping to pay under 40 bucks. Is there a good one out there that is not too spendy? Thanks. Attached is a pic of the one I have, I would steer cleer..
If you can return it' maybe consider that. Most important tool is our scale IMHO' We gotta be able to relay on it w/ 100% accuracy or as close as possible' if your off a couple of ounces your entire batch could be ruined.
I have the KD-7000 I like that I can plug it in the wall' & turn off auto shutoff. Its a good little scale. & I have a Jewelry Scale for smaller amounts precise weights.
 
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If you can return it' maybe consider that. Most important tool is our scale IMHO' We gotta be able to relay on it w/ 100% accuracy or as close as possible' if your off a couple of ounces your entire batch could be ruined.
I have the KD-7000 I like that I can plug it in the wall' & turn off auto shutoff. Its a good little scale. & I have a Jewelry Scale for smaller amounts precise weights.
I bought the KD-7000 recently and love it.
 

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If you can return it' maybe consider that. Most important tool is our scale IMHO' We gotta be able to relay on it w/ 100% accuracy or as close as possible' if your off a couple of ounces your entire batch could be ruined.
I have the KD-7000 I like that I can plug it in the wall' & turn off auto shutoff. Its a good little scale. & I have a Jewelry Scale for smaller amounts precise weights.
I would second having one that has an AC adapter, it’s great not having to worry about the auto shutoff. I own this one plus a small jewelers scale for 0.01 g measurements. https://www.webstaurantstore.com/av...ct-digital-portion-control-scale/334PC10.html
 

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