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Weighing in on the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale

2009/11/17by Donna Hull

Baggage Allowance. Don’t you dread those words? Meet your air carrier’s baggage weight guidelines—or pay—big time. What’s a frustrated baby boomer traveler to do? Know before you go.

Balanzza scale2-252x300With the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale, weigh your bags at home while there’s still time to rearrange the contents or leave items behind. The luggage scale, which uses 2 AAA batteries (not included), literally fits in your hands. Attach the Balanzza’s heavy duty strap to the item being weighed, press the “on” button, and lift. The item’s weight (in either lb or kg, depending on how you’ve set it) will appear on the large, easy to read screen.

Alan and I tried out the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale while preparing for our 52-day Vancouver to Singapore cruise. When checking the weight, I could not hold the scale and lift our heavy checked bags; but, Alan could. However, weighing our carry-on luggage using the Balanzza was no problem for me.

Before we departed on the trip, I tucked the Balanzza into a pocket of my traveling purse so that we could weigh our bags again before returning home. The scale made it through airport security without any problems.

Since we were visiting Asian countries famous for shopping bargains, I knew that our luggage would weigh more on the return journey home. On the ship, when we prepared to leave, Alan weighed our bags with the Balanzza scale to determine if they were overweight. Oops! Good thing I had brought along an extra soft-sided bag.

At the Singapore airport, we heard the moans of the couple next to us when the airline scale indicated “overweight.” They took a box the ticket agent handed them and headed to a corner of the terminal for a re-packing job that would meet the weight restrictions. Too bad they hadn’t brought the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale along on their trip.

What do other bloggers and travelers think about the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale? Check out these reviews:
Go Green Travel Green
An Island Life
Gadget Review

Would you like to win a Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale? Post a comment after this post telling me where you would travel with your Balanzza. Please include your email for contact purposes. Contest ends on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 11:00 p.m. Arizona Mountain Standard Time. Winner will be announced as soon as possible. Remember, according to my general contest rules, the winner must be a U.S. resident and respond within 48 hours of receiving the notification email; or I chose another winner.

Disclosure: provided the Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale for me to try. However, they did not pay me to write this post.

UPDATE: November 25, 2009. This contest has expired. As soon as the winner acknowledges receipt of my email, I’ll make the announcement.

A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Andy November 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

For what they cost these Balanzza scales are a great buy. They'll pay for themselves on first use.


Jerry Jackson January 14, 2010 at 3:38 am

Bought the scale today 01/13/2010 Elder Beerman. I puched the ON button, the unit displays HELLO for a moment and the displays “out-0″ and they displays “byE” in about 5 seconds. Absolutely nothing works!!! A piece of junk right out of the box!!


Donna Hull
February 3, 2010 at 2:12 am

I'm sorry that you've had problems with the Blanzza luggage scale. Have you notified the company of your problems? What was their response?


Carmech001 December 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I also purchased one of these and have the same problem. It says HELLO then OUT-0 then nothing works. I tried to call Balanzza and the company phone number(located in Miami, Fla) says” the mailbox you are calling is full. you will not be able to leave a message for this person.” In the middle of the day. This does not bode well.


Donna Hull
December 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm

That’s not good. Is it possible to report the problem to the store
(online or brick and mortar) where you purchased the Balanzaa scale?
Our scale was provided by
and there is a contact form located on their website. Of course you
must have purchased through them for this information to be helpful to

Please report back on how you resolved the problem.



Alex January 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hi everybody, I faced the same problem with a Balanzza Ergo (getting the Out-0 after the Hello…)

I was really close to throw it away when I managed to solved it by re-calibrating the scale. In my particular case I applied the instructions to calibrate one smaller Balanzza, pls take a look at:

After this, It worked fine!

Hope this helps,


Loretta May 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Alex –
Thank you for the calibrating tip – you saved me from alot of anguish as we last minute pack for our trip and needed the scale. We were getting the Out-0 message for the first time. The scale is now working again.



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