Brecknell Electronic Postal Scale – Model # 311
Pros: Tare, auto-off feature, comes with batteries, compact, lightweight, easy to operate
Cons: optional AC adapter not included
We needed a new postal scale at work. All it had to do was accurately weigh items. No fancy bells or whistles; I didn’t even need to know the amount of postage required. I also wanted scale that didn’t hog desk space. After some research, I bought the Brecknell Electronic Postal Scale – Model # 311.
The Brecknell scale is termed “low profile” since it sits low on a flat surface. Overall measurements are 9 1/2” x 7” x 1 1/2” high. A round base measuring 5 3/4″ is the weighing area Three push-button controls are to the right of the LCD display. The LCD shows the weight in pounds and ounces or in kilograms and grams. The scale will weigh items up to 11 pounds. Four AA batteries are included. Note that this scale does not come with an AC adapter, though there is a port for one. It comes with a slim instruction pamphlet in multiple languages. No calibration is needed at setup.
This Brecknell scale is simple to use and works well for us. I placed it on my desk so that it is in a central location for anyone to use. If needed, the scale is slim enough to fit in one of my desk drawers. Since one of my job duties is to handle mailings and shipping, this scale comes in handy. The scale is well constructed and sturdy.
The scale is also lightweight and easy to move if needed. It is one piece with the battery compartment located on the bottom. It was convenient that it came with four AA batteries. I like that this scale has an off button to conserve battery power. It also has an auto-off feature as a power-save backup. When the batteries need replacement, the scale displays the letters LLLLL. I’ve been using this scale for quite a while and have not had to change the batteries.
The three press-buttons include the off button, the On/Tare button, and a button to switch between pounds and kilograms. For those who are not familiar with tare … the term refers to the weight of an empty container (ex: shipping box). The scale weighs the empty container, and then the weight of the container with the goods being shipped inside it so that the actual weight of the goods can be determined.
I wasn’t sure how often we would use the tare feature, but several of our departments find it handy. Place an empty container on the scale (such as a box). Press the On/Tare button. The scale then shows zero, eliminating the container weight. Fill the container with the goods being shipped and place on the scale. The net weight of the item is displayed on the LCD screen. Remove everything from the scale, and the display shows a negative weight. Press the On Tare button again to remove the tare weight and to return the scale to zero.
We find this scale accurate. It was also one of the more affordable electronic scale options. The LCD numbers are large at 1-inch high. The numbers are easiest to read when viewing them head-on; however, they are also easy to read if one is a bit to the left or right of the display. Should you need an AC adapter, the instructions say it takes a 6-volt DC, 100 mA with center positive.
I’ve kept the scale clean by simply dusting it. Should something spill on the scale, do not soak it, which can cause a short circuit. The manufacturer recommends spraying a mild soap solution onto a cloth to wipe down the equipment.
This Brecknell Electronic Postal Scale was a great purchase. Affordable, it is accurate and easy to use, plus the compact size fits on my desk. I like that the design is slim, and the machine is lightweight. Everyone who has used this scale is happy with it.
I hope you found this review useful.
Enjoy the day,
Copyright 2016 Dawn L. Stewart