This will be tucked away in the suitcase when I travel...
May 27, 2013
The biggest trick when traveling (at least for me) is to try and get as much in my suitcase as possible without going over the weight limit. Davidsbeenthere.com asked me if I'd like to check out their Portable Travel Digital Luggage Scale, so I gave it a try. This is a nice addition to the travel bag, and might potentially save me some real money.
There's a single button on the top, and pressing it starts the scale. After about a second, it beeps and is set to 0.0 lbs. The strap simply loops around the handle of your suitcase and hooks back onto the triangular holder under the scale. Lift up the suitcase while holding onto the scale, wait a couple of seconds, and you'll hear a beep that locks in the weight. Read the total, and adjust as necessary... it's pretty simple.
I tried it out on two 45 lb kettlebells I have, and they both weighed in at 44.3 lbs. When I tried using a different weight scale we had, the results were even more varied than that. So, I'd recommend weighing something you know the weight of first, just to make sure you won't get any unpleasant surprises at the airport. In my case, I'll figure that 49.0 lbs is probably as high as I want to go for a 50 lb limit.
To switch between kg and lb, just hold the button for three seconds when starting the unit. It then turns on, and the weight unit flashes. Select the one you want and then just wait for three seconds. You're all set.
This is going to be a definite traveling companion from here on out. It's light, easy to use, and doesn't take up much room. It's a no-brainer to use this scale to avoid unpleasant (and costly) airport surprises.
Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more