Have you ever been in a hotel with your souvenirs packed in your luggage, wondering helplessly if you’ll be penalized for overweight baggage, while wishing the hotel staff had provided some bathroom scales? At times like that, you might be wondering if packing some bathroom scales would have been helpful, or it could have made your weight problem worse, possibly causing you to ironically leave your scales behind.
Somewhere down the line, someone came up with the idea to make small portable scales that could be used for weighing luggage, using existing weight measuring technology. That’s all they are, analogue or digital weighing scales, which are sized and shaped especially for weighing luggage, while being as light and portable as possible. Today the digital versions are more popular, though analogue versions are still available. The analogue versions are sometimes slightly cheaper or equal in price with the digital scales, and very rarely cost more. All of the top portable luggage scales reviewed here, are digital.
These devices can literally save you multiple times their cost, in overweight baggage fees or wasted items thrown into a trash can. So there’s really no excuse why every traveler shouldn’t have one. And if you’re thinking bathroom scales are good enough, do you really want to add those big bulky scales to your luggage? Don’t expect to find scales anywhere you go. It’s not uncommon for bathroom scales to be very inaccurate, and that could cost you hundreds of dollars in overweight baggage fees.
Tarriss Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale
Number one stands alone, with a lifetime warranty. It is a quality gadget, embodied in stainless steel, with an overall weight of only 3.3 ounces. Instead of a potentially hazardous and unsightly hook, this scale uses a strap. It is powered by a non-rechargeable lithium battery, just like all the other scales, here in the top five.
Its automatically switches off after 30 seconds of idleness, to save battery power. Don’t worry about this scale suddenly telling you the battery is dead, because it’ll give you an early warning. So in an emergency, weigh your luggage, then buy a battery when time permits.
There is a backlight for reading the display in dark places. The display of these scales is so clear, and can be read from different angles. So you won’t need to strain your eyes or bend over just to read a number. It is accurate to a deviance of up to only 0.1 kilograms, and has a maximum load limit of 50 kilograms, just like all the other scales in the top five. It weighs in pounds or kilograms. When the device detects a steady weight, it will hold the number on the display for you to clearly see.
Camry Luggage Scale
You can get this scale in plastic or steel casing. It has a temperature sensor using Fahrenheit or Celsius measurements. This helps if you packed temperature sensitive belongings. It is powered by a primary cell, lithium battery, which is included with the scale.
This product only comes with a one year warranty. This is a big disappointment compared with the Tarriss Jetsetter, ranked here at number one, with a lifetime warranty. The weight difference between these two “rivals” is “unnoticeable” at only 0.1 ounces lighter for the Camry. But the Camry does have rubber ergonomic hand grip for comfort.
The display will flash three times with the number of the weight of your luggage, after it has detected a steady weight. It has a maximum load limit of 50 kilograms. Weights are measured in increments of 50 grams for kilogram readings, and increments of 0.1 pounds for the imperial scale. At least one person complained that the tare function is inaccurate for weighing items less than 1 kilogram.
EatSmart Precision Voyager Digital Luggage Scale
This scale looks like a hanging strap from a bus or train, or maybe someone ripped the handle off of somebody’s luggage. But this unique, boring appearance, has an advantage because normal people won’t want to steal it. It has a proprietary open handle character, compared with the other four reviews, which all have compact closed handle “stick” designs. Whether or not you like or can tolerate the appearance, there is a benefit from the closed handle design. It makes it easier to hold heavier luggages for some people, and many can do this using both hands on the handle.
This device has a maximum carrying load of 50 kilograms. A few people have claimed faults like no functionality or faulty weight straps. It weighs in pounds at increments of 0.1 pounds, or in kilograms at increments of 0.1 kilograms. The scale has a backlight to enhance visibility of the electronic display, and automatically switches off when idle for too long. When the device has determined the steady weight of a load, it will beep. Then you can prepare it for the next bag, just by pressing the power button. The scale is accurate, even when weighing light, non-luggage objects.
Etekcity Digital Hanging Luggage Scale
Another luggage scale with a 50 kilogram weight limit, and support for kilograms and pounds. It also has a tare function, like the others reviewed. It is the second scale in the top five with a digital temperature sensor. But the temperature feature can be a nuisance, for example if you weigh something in pounds and then you want to convert it to kilograms, it must first cycle past Fahrenheit and Celsius before it arrives at kilograms. Unfortunately, by switching from pounds to temperature, this causes the weight reading to be reset by the time it is set to kilograms.
This gadget weighs only 2 ounces. It uses a non-rechargeable lithium battery. If the battery is low, it won’t warn you early enough for emergency usage. You might suddenly find yourself with a notice that the battery is weak, just before it switches off. Some users have claimed it drains batteries when not in use. When the device detects a steady weight, it holds the display reading for a few seconds, so you can see it. The handle can be difficult to hold, if wrists are facing toward the sky, due to the handle shape pushing uncomfortably into your palms.
Camry Luggage Scale
Another Camry luggage scale made it in the top five. This one has a big blue display screen, no temperature sensor, and a travel bag for the scale. It seems this might have been intended by Camry, as the choice for those with certain visual impairments. It also has the tare feature, allowing you to weigh packed items one-by-one. It uses a non-rechargeable lithium battery, and does an automatic shutdown after 60 seconds of idleness.
The scale takes a maximum weight of 50 kilograms, and measures weight in increments of 50 grams or 0.1 pounds. One customer claimed there is deviation of between 1 and 3 pounds. When it detects a steady weight, it beeps to let you know. When you hear it beep, you can immediately place your luggage on the ground. This feature is called “data lock”, where it locks the number for you to see. Despite the data lock feature, some people still find it difficult to weigh heavy luggage. The old analogue version could be hung, rather than held by hand.
What to Look For
Do not overlook comfort for your hands, because this might matter a lot if up to 50 kilograms of luggage are forcing that scale handle down on your hand. A clear display that can be read at different angles and in poor lighting conditions, is also important to prevent you from bending over, while holding heavy luggage in the air suspended by nothing more than a single strap. A lifetime warranty ought to be essential, because electronics are not as rugged as analogue scales.
Sadly none of these luggage scales had a rechargeable battery, although such luggage scales are available. Perhaps most people are not interested in packing a power cable with the scale to recharge it. So all the top five portable luggage scales, use toxic lithium batteries. When the battery becomes low for the first time, you will need to buy a new one. Please dispose of these batteries with the proper battery disposal facility nearest to you, because lithium is harmful to people, animals and the environment.
The price differences between these scales are negligible. So why not get number one, so you can have peace of mind with a lifetime warranty? Many people have already claimed faults with other types of portable luggage scales. Why take a risk with a limited warranty, when a few bucks more can have you set for a lifetime without portable luggage scale hassles.
All scales had an overload warning feature and maximum weight limits at 50 kilograms. Most of them mentioned tare functions. They all supported measurements in kilograms or pounds. They were all around the same price or off by just a few dollars. All of them were digital, and used straps instead of hooks for holding luggages.