I’m one of those people who can go on holiday and only take a small bag of essentials – pants, socks, a couple of T-shirts and a toothbrush – and unless I have to carry liquids or sharps I never check baggage. The last time I did that, my bag had a lovely vacation in Lisbon. I was in Frankfurt.
So it sends me in to a seething British rage – the type where you never say a word but wish unholy inflictions of warts upon a person – when the family in front of me in a check-in queue starts unpacking their bags, distributing undergarments across the terminal, in an effort to avoid an excess baggage charge.
This little electronic scale from Go Travel (you know, the guys with a carousel of last-minute impulse purchases in every airport shop in the Western world) is just the ticket for making sure that the snaking queue of people at the airport isn’t making daggers into your back next time you fly.
Running off a single cell battery it displays the weight of anything you suspend from it in either KG or LB (handy if you’re flying to the US). It’ll weigh up to 35Kg (77Lb) which, frankly, if you’re over then you should probably re-examine how much stuff you’re taking away with you.
The scales come with a webbing tail which you loop around a bag’s handle and then thread back over the scale itself. Then you can simply lift the handle-shaped scale and read the display.
The Micro Scale isn’t the most comfortable thing to lift, by virtue of the fact that it’s designed with two ridges. If your bag is very heavy, these can cut in to your hand somewhat, which is a shame.
However, they appear to be accurate and easy to use, and pretty much foolproof.
SUMMARY: Lightweight and compact digital scales to prevent embarassment at airline check-in. Small enough to carry with you, accurate and foolproof. Just not perfectly comfortable when lifting heavy bags.