Kitchen Scales

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Tompeters

Kitchen Scales

For years Delia has said that she doesn't recommend digital scales as the batteries can and do fail just at a crucial moment. She's right, of course, and my 1980s LED scales had a battery life of just ten hours use. These days the batteries last for ages BUT the scales have an annoying habit of turning off the very instant you're about to add another ingredient. Mine have telepathy and a really mean sense of humour.

Delia is now recommending (see the Cookery School) the Salter scales but "keep spare batteries to hand".

I write in indelible marker the weight of my key jugs, pots, etc. on the underside (the Panasonic breadmaker tin with paddle weighs EXACTLY 700g). It is a bit of a pain though the accuracy makes them essential kit.

Has anyone tried the Salter scales Delia is recommending? I'd like them to stay on for, say, 20 minutes unless I turn them off or add/remove weight.

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Wendy

Digital scales

Mine do exactly the same thing and it's very annoying when it happens!

I used to have some Salter scales that gave up the ghost a few years ago, mind you they were about 15 years old. They were so good and the display stayed on for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Not much help to you but I will be watching for other posts in case they offer a solution.

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Kilmory

Tom, kitchen scales

I have Salters electronic scales, but not the same as in D's video. I've timed them this week and one has around 4 minutes to add other ingredients. Not enough time to stop for a coffee, but certainly enough to get the next one in!

Kilmory

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Tompeters

Kitchen Scales

Kilmory -- Mine are nice scales made in Germany, glass surface and truly accurate (I use them for weighing coins and they are bang on) but they are plain cussid. When I leave them on to answer the phone they stay on for ages but when I am, say, just opening a new bag of flour, a millisecond before the flour from the new bag hits the basin they turn off! Then I don't know where I am if I am mixing different ingredients.

Some kind of weird Teutonic humour, I think :) I'd rather they had a means to lock them on albeit the battery would run down faster.

While I'd never go back to mechanical scales, Delia is right that turning off is a huge downside whether it's due to battery or timing-out.

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queen jean

scales

well as i said ive just today had the ones bought for me the salter ones in the cookery vid ,so il try them out and see how i get on with them .do hope i dont have any probs with them .

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SonyaK

Kitchen Scales


"Some kind of weird Teutonic humour, I think :) I'd rather they had a means to lock them on albeit the battery would run down faster.

While I'd never go back to mechanical scales, Delia is right that turning off is a huge downside whether it's due to battery or timing-out."


Mine are made in China (like most things now!) but have the same sense of humour!! Really annoying when they time-out.
If it takes me a while to get the next ingredient I give the bowl a quick push down - resets the timer to start again, as if you'd added something.

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Tompeters

Kitchen Scales

I do that, as well, but they sense my intention and go blank just as my finger is a few cm from the bowl! I think the problem for the mfrs is that the strain gauges (load cells) used to measure weight draw quite a lot of power. They are probably pulsed but if you're pouring in flour, sugar, liquids, you need them to respond instantly. I would have thought the answer today would be Li Ion batteries and the ubiquitous USB charger? If the scales Delia is recommending are £9.99 in Argos I'd happily pay, say £10 on top for a rechargeable version that doesn't time-out for, say, fifteen minutes. Save on AA batteries in any case. Still, the difference between digital scales and mechanical is massive and I wouldn't go back.

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Suziekettles

Digital scales

I gave up on these several yrs ago. Bought a Salter pair from JL, I loved them, in theory they have so much going for them. However after a couple of weeks use i realised the weight in the display was nonsense. JL exchanged them for an identical pair and the same thing happened again. I did not abuse them. Went back to my old balance scales, they take up more space, but are consistently reliable.
The weights look a bit manky/rusty & I've lost my 5g weight (kitchen bin??!) but 5g isn't much!

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queen jean

scales

hi used my new scales today .they were fine to use , and would recomend them ,good price too .

 
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