How To Calibrate a Digital Scale

There are different digital scales available for the home, or in your business (like your kitchen scale, bathroom scale, weight scale or food scale), but you have to calibrate them first before you can use them. There are different brands of digital scales like Primo and Tanita, and each of these brands has different instructions on how to operate them for calibration. You have to keep in mind that you are dealing with electrical gadgets so proper care and configuration should be kept in mind. Whatever model it is, here are some tips for you to remember to set your digital scale ready for use.

  1. Power supply. Whether your scale will be for grains or a pocket type scale, you must refer to your manual on the proper power supply to support the maximum use of your digital scale. It could either need an AC adapter, or a specific number of a certain type of batteries. Once you have plugged it in or placed in the batteries, switch it on, and wait for it to power up for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. It usually takes some time before it turns on, so don’t panic and start pressing other buttons. If it doesn’t start up in the allotted time window, refer back to your manual or check the connections or how the batteries are placed.
  2. Find the calibration button. There are different buttons designated for calibrating your digital scale. More often than not, they could be labeled as any of the following: "Function/FUN," "CAL," "MODE" or "CAL/MODE," "LB/KG." Once you’ve found the right button, press it for a certain amount of time until “0”, “000”, “CAL” or “CAL0” appears on the screen. Again, refer to your manual or search for your digital scale brand online to look for other extra instructions, because some might have different indicators to show that it is ready for calibration.
  3. Place the designated calibration weight. Your scale comes along with a specific calibrating weight. If you cannot find it, you can buy another one wherever you bought your digital scale. Place the weight on top of your scale for a maximum of five seconds, or until your scale screen says “0”, “CAL”, “CAL1” or “END”. Whichever one appears, it means that your scale has recognized the weight. Turn off your scale and wait one minute before turning it back on. Keep in mind to not press any other button aside from the power button to prevent your scale from malfunctioning. Your scale would then be calibrated and ready for use.

Whether it is a body fat scale or a hanging scale, you have to follow the specific procedures for using electrical gadgets, and proper use. Remember to check for the weight limit that your digital scale can handle because it may throw off the calibration and will not give you accurate weight measurements. So aside from learning how to calibrate it, make sure to keep in mind the proper care for your scale. For further information on the different scales, look for them here:


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