Note – this review has two options. The first is the one I own and I know it works, the second is another option that should be a good one. I am doing this due to lack of available in some markets for the primary one. I really recommend that you consider buying the one made by Greater Goods, I don’t care what Amazon deliver says, I have now heard from many people who ordered it and got it same week. I will once again refer TSP folks to this article I wrote on Amazon Delivery times for in stock items.
Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Item of the day is a two item choice. The first option is the Greater Goods Digital Pocket Scale which is the one I own and love. I have verified its repeated accuracy and done so by measuring the weight of bullet in grains from 35 grains up to 405 grains. It has shown itself to be within one grain accuracy for all the tests. Honestly it is more likely that some of the bullets are off by a grain then the scale is. Precision reloaders often cull bullets by doing this to all of them.
Why two then when the first one is only 10 bucks? Well, with the Pandemic in some markets it could take 2-3 weeks to get one. So I found this one, American Weigh Scale AWS-100 Digital Pocket Scale. (In most markets it seems to be shipping the same week you order it). Solid reviews and it seems like a decent scale. I can’t be 100% sure but it is low cost and I bet 99% or better odds that it is accurate enough for what I am recommending it for anyway. I mean it is 9 bucks and Amazon has a great return policy right?
This is a piece of kit many of you need if you want to do well with hydroponics that we discussed recently. When mixing a product like Masterblend by the gallon your weaker solution is going to be two parts at 2 grams to the gallon and one part at 1 gram to the gallon. You need a scale that measures accurately at a very small weight to be on the money.
That said you should be checking your solution with an EC meter anyway so if you are a little light you just add a bit, if a little heavy dilute with a bit of water. And I don’t strive for perfect anyway. Rather than EC I use the PPM reading for most of my work, it is just as good. I am looking for a PPM of about 550 based on my starting PPM with rain water of about 2. If it says 520, I am fine, if it says 600, fine, get it? Unless it is way out of wack I just roll.
Hence both scales should be more than accurate enough. What I will say though is I am so confident in the Greater Goods Digital Pocket Scale that I would use it for pocket reloading of ammo too. Now I would always check with a known weight for calibration first, two is even better say a light and a heavier one. The American Weigh Scale AWS-100 I don’t know if I would yet as I don’t have one and have not checked the accuracy, but if it checked out I would.
So if you want to take your hydroponics to the next level get either one, depending on how long you want to wait for it. If you know you want to use it for reloading too, I personally have confidence in the Greater Goods Digital Pocket Scale and think it is worth the wait. Again you want to use and EC/PPM meter with hydro anyway. So damn close is good enough.
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P.S. – I would not use this scale or anything like it as a primary reloading scale, I see it more as a shirt pocket scale where you stay say 10% under maximum at all times, for like shooting bench reloading with something like a Lee Loader, just to be clear. Also if you really want to test out a scale you can get a gram calibration weight set, but I think for this level of use it may be over kill, especially if you have access to pellets or bullets of known weight in grains to use instead.
Also note, I have found a few things with shipping lately.
1. Ship times seem lower in major markets especially those less effected by CoVid.
2. Ship times seem faster for prime members.
3. Some stuff that says 5 days or even 2 weeks to ship is still showing up in 2-3 days. The stuff that doesn’t is the stuff that does not just have long lead times but also says not in stock. Almost all stuff in stock has been beating longer lead times for me, but some not by much.
* Your mileage may vary but again see this article, it has only gotten more true since I wrote it.