Tuesday, January 22, 2013

(Product Review) Produex Ultra Thin Glass Scale

Produex Ultra Thin Glass Scale Review

Produex Ultra Thin Glass Scale

Reviewed by kelly60 on 2013-01-21

Product Rating: 4

Community Rating: Very Helpful

Pros: Ultri-thin, attractive, tap on/automatic power off, large display, inexpensive, works well

Cons: Made in China (would have preferred USA product),  must tap hard to turn on

Summary: This is a nice looking scale and seems fairly accurate. It has a 396lb capacity, tap-on and automatic shutoff, and it is much less expensive than similar scales.

On a recent visit to Kmart, I found the Produex Ultra Thin Glass Bathroom Scale on sale for around ten dollars. This is about half of the price as similar scales I have seen online.

This scale comes equipped with four non-skid feet which keep it firmly in place so you don't need to worry about it sliding around the floor when you step on it. The sleek silver color of this scale goes well with my bathroom, and would probably look nice with most color schemes. For those who wish to tuck the scale away between uses, the slim styling makes it a breeze to slip into even a small area. As the name implies, this bathroom scale is ultra thin, measuring approximately 3/4 inch thick. The platform is 11.75 inches square, and made of durable tempered glass that is approximately 8 mm thick and impact-resistant. The scale has a digital LCD display that measures 3 1/8 inches by 1 1/4 inches. The numbers are a good size so it is easy to read, even with my failing eyesight.

The Produex Ultra Thin Glass Scale uses one 3-volt lithium battery which is included in the package. Just pull the plastic strip out, and the scale is ready to go. To use the scale, just give it a tap to turn it on or zero it out then wait for it to calibrate. When the number stops blinking, it is ready for you to step on the scale. I was happy to see that I had lost a few pounds when I stepped on the scale but wanted to find out how accurate it was, so I asked various other family members to check their weights as well. Everyone agreed that their weight was within a pound or two of their last weighing, so this scale seems reasonably accurate. When weighing ourselves repeatedly, the readings are very close, if not exactly the same for multiple weighings. The scale even turns itself off when finished to save power.

This personal electronic scale displays increments of .2 pounds (0.1kg) is rated for weights ranging from 13.2 pounds to 396 pounds. According to the box, it measures in pounds, kilograms and stone by pressing a small red button on the bottom of the scale, however I have never changed the setting since I prefer having my weight measured in pounds. It also has an error display to notify you in the event of overload or low battery, however I have not seen either of these warning messages as of yet. My son did get some sort of an error message on his first attempt to use the scale however, after stepping off and back on the scale it registered his weight correctly. I'm not sure, but I think he may have stepped on the scale before it finished calibrating, causing the error because it has worked correctly every other time we have used the scale.

This scale is available in 3 different capacities. This is the mid range one with the other two having top weight ranges of 330 and 440 pounds. It appears that all three scales are identified as model number PEB-215N, with the capacity being the main difference among them.

I had no trouble using this scale. It powered on easily, and was easy to read. After the first use I was certain that I would be happy with my purchase. My daughter in law was the second to try the scale, but when she tapped it to turn it on, nothing happened. She tapped again, and still nothing. She took the battery out and put it back in, then tapped again. She ended up having to tap it a bit harder, and it finally came on. She then checked her weight, and the weight of my grandson with no trouble. After this, two of my sons tried the scales out for me. The first had no problem, but the second said that there was an error mentioned above. His weight did register correctly on the second attempt, and every attempt since. I have not been able to duplicate the error, so I can only assume that it was a calibration error as mentioned earlier.

Because of the difficulty my daughter in law had in getting the scale to power on I thought that I might need to replace the battery, however after a bit of testing, we discovered that we just needed to tap the scale harder. It takes a good, firm tap to turn this scale on, not a gentle touch like some similar scales I have used. Even so, it works well with a harder tap.

I can't really comment on the battery life of this scale because we have only owned the scale for a couple of weeks, although it is working well so far through multiple weighings. I haven't always had good luck with pre-installed batteries, but this one is doing fine so far. Either way, the button cell batteries that fit this scale are inexpensive to replace, and since the scale automatically powers off after use, I don't think that this will be a problem.

Overall, I am happy with my new Produex Ultra Thin Glass Scale. Just be aware that it may be necessary to tap the scale harder than you might think. Maybe we were being too careful because of the glass, but it seems sturdy enough to take it.

Originally published on Epinions.

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