Precision Scales – Digital Pocket Scales

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We’ve reviewed the Top 10 milligram scales, but if you need a precise scale that is portable and easy to travel with, then we’ve reviewed a selection of digital pocket scales that could just be just what you’re looking for.

Will the items that you’re weighing only be up to 10 grams? 20? Do you need more than that? In general, the smaller the range of the scale, the more precision it can offer, usually in increments of 0.1g and vice versa.

Many people have several scales to accommodate different scenarios and weight limits. You may have a pocket scale for weighing jewelry, letters, and medicine, a kitchen scale for larger food ingredients, and a bathroom scale for weighing the family.

Things to Keep in Mind when using a Pocket Scale

TARE Feature: This just means that if you happen to place your item into a bowl, the scale can account for its weight and simply show you the weight of the item; not the bowl + item. All the below scales are equipped with this feature.

Keep in mind that a milligram is 1/1000 of a gram. Really small. Do you really need that level of precision? If so, then just know that, short of an analytical lab scale costing thousands of dollars, most scales won’t be able to reliably measure to that level of precision despite what they may claim. However, they should be able to measure out to 0.1g or even 0.01g.

How to Use Your Milligram Scale

If you need very precise measurements, be sure to measure in room temperature on a flat surface with a draft shield if possible to prevent air currents from altering your readings. Keep in mind that, short of using very expensive scientific lab scales, most scales won’t be able to reliably provide accurate readings under 100mgs/0.1g

1. WAOW Digital Milligram Scale – Reloading Jewelry Scale

WAOAW Digital Milligram Scale 50 X 0.001g Reloading Jewelry Scale

For those who don’t necessarily need a large amount of weighing capacity, but rather a precise and accurate scale good for weighing small items like jewelry, the WAOW Digital Jewelry scale may be just the thing.

It can weigh up to 100 grams in increments of 0.001 grams/ 0.1gn. Now, take this with a grain of salt because typically only lab scales costing thousands of dollars offer that level of precision because typically only scientists need accuracy down to that level.

Design: Nevertheless, it’s equipped with a draft shield to prevent air currents and comes with everything you need: a weighing pan, tweezer and a calibration weight. Not bad for a very affordable scale.

Features: It has a tare feature to ensure you get NET readings, PCS,  a HOLD function to lock in your weight readings, auto shut off, and can count in any number of units including carats, ounces, grams, dwt, and gn.

Capacity: Since it can weigh up to 100g, it could work for even weighing heavier jewelry such as gold and gemstones.


2. Smart Weigh SWS100 Elite Digital Pocket Scale

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This portable and pocket friendly digital scale features a black body with stainless steel weighing surface and a bright backlit LCD display. It is an Amazon’s choice and is great for home use.

It holds up to 3.5 oz / 100 grams and can measure in 0.01g increments. It can of course weigh in a multitude of different units as well.

It has a tare function to ensure that you can place a container on the scale to hold whatever it is you’re weighing and it will subtract the container’s weight.

 It doesn’t come with any calibration weights, tweezers, or weighing trays so this may not be your first choice if you’re a jeweler.

Bad: There may be a slight delay in measurement.


3. American Weigh Scales GEMINI 20  

American Weigh Scales GEMINI-20 Portable MilliGram Scale

Design: A sleek and stainless steel finish LCD display, 4 easy to use buttons and a protective see through lid to protect the surface from damage and air current.

It comes with a handy tray for measuring items, tweezers, and a calibration weight for ensuring long term accuracy.

Features: 4 buttons allow you to control the units of mass, tare feature, and power (on/off)

It can weigh in 1 milligram/0.001g increments (which is doubtful for a non lab scale, not to mention a scale at this price) and measures in several weight units: carats, grams, ounces and grains, allowing you to measure anything from supplements, food, spices and jewelry to medicine and…alternative medicine.

4. American Weigh Scales AWS 600

American Weigh Scales AWS-600-BLK

This might be the most affordable scale that you can buy. For under $10, you can get a portable lightweight scale with a 600 gram capacity that measures in 0.1g increments, perfect for measuring medicine, supplements

It has an intuitive design with a 5 digit LED display and 3 button weighing mode control unit allows for measurements in grains, carats, grams and ounces.

Although it comes pre- calibrated, there is an optional calibration weight that we highly recommend you purchase as well. It comes with a Tare feature and a 10 yr warranty.

It has over 8K reviews on Amazon averaging out to 4.4 stars so it’s clearly a popular item so maybe we’re being unfair. That said, we couldn’t help but notice that the first reviews that came up on the listing were all negative.

5. AMIR Digital Kitchen and Mini Pocket Jewelry Scale

This is another great choice for jewelers as this small, lightweight scale can measure up to 50g in increments of 0.001g, perfect for diamonds, carats, powder, medicine, nutritionists and more.

It has a protective lid and a bright blue backlit display and is equipped with 4 easy to operate buttons that allow you to MODE switch between measurement units including carats, grams, ounces, and grains.

It comes with a calibration weight, tweezers, and a container tray. It has an auto shut off feature that kicks in after 180 seconds to conserve battery life.