How To Chose The Right Cannabis Scale
Want to keep track of how much bud you are using, or how much your couple of plants has managed to yield you? You need some scales.
Scales aren’t just for dealers; they can be extremely handy for the hobby grower as well. With a decent set of scales, you can measure your stash, and see how big your harvests are. While not necessary for a hobby grower, this information can help you keep track of your use, as well as give you an idea of how well your growing techniques are working. So which scales to get? Well, there are a few options, so let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each.
Firstly, when it comes to measuring cannabis, you want to do it accurately. For the hobby grower, the marijuana reserves are a finite and precious resource, so having accurate scales that give you a precise measurement, instead of one that gives a general measurement is essential. For this reason, digital scales are often used; however, not any old digital scale will do. If you want to measure accurately, you need one that can measure to at least 1/10th of a gram (0.1g), but 1/100th would be ideal (0.01g). This way, you ensure you do not use more than expected over time, which can happen if measurements can only be as accurate as .5 of a gram.
Secondly, it is important to know that your scales have been made with quality, trusted components. Scales are a very finely tuned, technical pieces of kit, and as such, they need high-quality and sensitive components if they are going to stand the test of time and give you accurate results. Not any old €5 set of scales will do, when it comes to scales, you get what you pay for.
Last but not least is the issue of calibration. A lot of low-quality scales will come uncalibrated. In this situation, you have to calibrate it yourself, but if you get it wrong, even by a tenth of a gram, then your scales will always give you incorrect readings. For this reason, it is easiest to get scales that have been factory calibrated, or if not, a calibration weight like this one.
The Pocket Scale
This is without a doubt the most common set of scales you will see in any hobby grower’s collection of equipment. These tend to be small sets of battery powered digital scales, offering accuracy, portability, and convenience. They usually have an expansion tray to hold a reasonable amount of bud, and will often measure a load of between 50-500g maximum. For someone only growing a few personal plants, they are ideal.
- Small and compact for easy storage and transport
- Accurate, simple readings
- Easy to obtain
- Inexpensive, even for high-quality ones
- Battery powered
- Small weighing surface, even with expansion tray
Stealth scales are basically just pocket scales, but disguised in stealth casing, such as a CD case or a book.
- High degree of discretion
- Small and portable
- Usually as good as their pocket scale counterpart
- Battery powered
- Can sometimes sacrifice quality and accuracy for slim/stealth design.
The platform scale is the big brother of the pocket scale, offering several pros, as well as cons. They tend to be suited to weighing larger amounts of bud.
- Large weighing surface
- Often mains powered
- Usually accurate to a higher decimal point
- Can weigh larger amounts
- Can still be a portable size
- Not very discreet
- Overkill for the needs of most hobby growers
- More expensive
Powder Scales are excellent pieces of kit, but are only for those who like to make concentrates. More often than not, they measure in milligrams, giving extreme accuracy, but not going high enough for normal bud. Great for measuring out your hash and kief, but little else.
- Very Accurate
- They have bowl measuring surfaces to ensure your concentrate stays contained
- Not practical for measuring bud
- Battery powered
As you can see, generally pocket scales are the way to go, but other types of scales do offer their own set of advantages – meaning there is a scale for every situation.