It was only when a friend complained that every time she came over to my house she weighed a few pounds more that I realized my scale was incorrectly calibrated. At first I thought it was just because she usually came over at the end of the day and weighed herself at home in the morning. But then I packed for an overseas trip and weighed my bag on my digital scale. It was just below the weight allowed by the airline which I was taking. When I got to the airport, the bag was overweight and that’s when I realized that my scale needed to be recalibrated.
Recalibrating your digital scale is not a complex operation, but it should be done from time to time to ensure accuracy. Calibrate your scale at least every 4 months. The man reason why digital scales drift is through handling and temperature differences. Here is a step-by-step guide:
- Turn the scale on and locate the calibration button. This will usually be marked “Cal”, “Function”, “Mode” or “Cal/Mode”. If you are not sure where to locate this button, consult your digital scale user’s manual.
- Press the calibration button on your digital scale until the digits on the scale read “0”, “000” or “cal”. Again, if you are unsure, consult your user’s manual.
- Place an object of known weight onto the scale. Do not let the object wobble or move and place the object in the middle of the scale for accuracy.
- Adjust the scale reading if it shows something other than the known weight of the object.
- Turn off your scale once the calibration is complete.
Now you can rest assured that your digital scale is accurate!
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