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2016 Product Resource Guide: Balances

Some tips to get you started in the balance buying process.

by Lab Manager

6 Questions to Ask When Buying a Lab Balance

  1. What type of samples will you be weighing and do you need to take into consideration the securing of a tare container or the size of the weighing surface?
  2. What is the lightest sample you will weigh and what is the heaviest (including container weight)?
  3. For the displayed weight, how many decimal places in grams do you require
  4. 4 What +/- tolerance of your lightest sample is required?
  5. What service options are available? On-site or off-site? Manufacturer or a third-party company? Are the company’s service technicians familiar with your particular balance and are they factory-trained?
  6. Do you need to interface the balance to another device such as a bar code reader, printer, or computer, etc.?

What Kind of Balance Is In Your Lab?

Precision Balance 63%
Analytical Balance 89%
Micro Balance 26%
Ultra-Microbalance 5%
Other 4%

Top 10 Features/Factors Respondents Look For When Purchasing A Lab Balance

Reliability 93%
Durability 81%
High Precision 72%
Low Maintenance 60%
Easy Cleaning 60%
Past Experience 56%
Manufacturer's Reputation 55%
Price 54%
Auto Calibration 44%
Warranty 38%


Looking for a New Lab Balance?

Lab Manager’s Balances Product Finder utilizes a query-based system to quickly narrow the field of available balances to those that specifically meet the requirements demanded by your application.