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Your Guide to Compact Balances


A compact balance is a small precision weighing scale, designed to be compact or small. They are an inexpensive and lightweight option for basic precision weighing tasks, and are ideal for use in areas where space is limited.

Compact balances can range in accuracy from 0.001g and weigh up to 20kg. These balances often include battery operation.

Among their benefits:

  • Portability
  • Ease of storage, some with stackable cases
  • Small footprint
  • High accuracy
  • Value for money
  • Easy to operate

Not all compact balances are designed the same. They can range from the basics up to models which offer exceptional features such as:

  • Water resistance
  • Trade approved
  • Intrinsically safe
  • Comparator function
  • Multiple weighing units, such as g (gram), oz (ounce), ozt (troy ounce), ct (carat), GN (grain) and more
  • RS232 or USB connectivity
  • Battery or rechargeable battery operation
  • And more

What are compact balances used for?

Compact balances are very versatile. They can handle simple weighing tasks in offices and shipping facilities, as well as more demanding work in labs or field operations.

There are models to suit most industries, including but not limited to:

  • Cosmetic and beauty products
  • Pharmaceutical and laboratories
  • Education
  • Jewellery
  • Fabric manufacturers
  • Food processors, packers and growers
  • Chemical, paint and industrial
  • Soil sampling

These weighing devices are also useful for those who need to use the same scale in multiple locations, or for remote work areas where electricity may not be available. Compact balances are also convenient for trade shows, fairs and expos, as well as farmer’s markets.

Many compact balances can be used for multiple applications. Before purchasing, determine which features are necessary and how much precision is needed.

Whatever your business or industry, Able Scale has options to suit you. We carry a wide range of compact balances, including:


Industrial Compact Balance - A&D EK-I Series

A&D EK-I Series

The A&D EK-I series is a range of high accuracy portable top pan balances. There are 10 models available, with 4 being trade approved. Features include RS232, WinCT software, large backlit LCD display, 9 weighing units and comparator function. There is also a security ring to prevent theft, and an optional underhook weighing for some of the models.

Compact Balance - Ohaus Scout SKX Education

Ohaus Scout SKX Education

The Ohaus Scout Education balance is designed with the classroom in mind, with inbuilt software for educational applications. Features include 10 times overload protection, fast stabilisation time at 1 second, easy use 4 button operation, multiple weighing units and optional connectivity for communication needs.  It also has weighing, density and mole weighing modes, and comes in ABS housing and stainless steel platter.


Besides compact balances, Able Scale also carries a range of other laboratory scales and more. For more information on our products, or if you need help choosing a scale, please contact us any time.

Don’t forget that scales need to be tested or calibrated to ensure they are accurate. All our equipment are thoroughly checked and weight tested before they are sent out, so you will know that you are receiving a product that is accurate on arrival.

Call us today at 1300 731 360 or email [email protected].


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