Scale Magazine Series 2006

"Low cost capacitance digital pocket scale"

Proscale CP120

  • Capacity 120g

  • Readability:  0.1g (full spectrum)

  • Accuracy (as tested):  0.1g

  • Modes: Grams, Ounces,  Pennyweight, Carats

  • Tare: Yes

  • Calibration:  Digital Auto Calibration using a 100 gram weight (not included)

  • Warranty:  2 years (No Fees)

  • Included Accessories:  Batteries

  • Size: 2 x 4

  • Price (avg) $17

The Proscale CP120 is a basic digital pocket scale that uses a capacitance weighing system.  Capacitance is an older type of weighing system that is mostly used by Tanita brand scales.  Capacitance for the most part is not as accurate as a load cell weighing system,  but it's much more durable.  Indeed it is virtually impossible (within reason) to damage a capacitance system via overload or reasonable shock.  Another benefit to Capacitance weighing is that the power requirements are about 70% lower then a load cell.  Thus battery life is extremely long, especially given the smaller, low power LCD display.

The Proscale CP120 is therefore an extremely durable scale,  you can overload it,  sit on it, drop it,  all without causing any damage to the weighing mechanism*.  The design of the CP120 is very basic.  It's a regular "old style" rectangular thin black pocket scale with a large weighing tray,  two operation buttons,  and a small LCD display.   It's basic,  but provides an adequate design for most weighing functions.   It lacks the flaws of other pocket scales that have recessed trays (leading to embedded dirt and eventual damage).   Indeed the only negative things we can say are that the scale is quite boring in appearance and function. 

The performance of the CP120 was within specifications.   We calibrated the scale and then ran through our standard series of tests.   All numbers were within +/- 0.1 gram as long as we placed the items in the center of the tray.  We did experience a 0.2 gram variation in 2 of the far corners at higher weights (so if you buy one of these scales place all items in the center of the tray for optimum accuracy).   Drift was minor and within tolerance (no drift within 40 seconds).

Overall:  Thumbs Up, but this scale really is a "snoozer".
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his scale is really just a basic durable weighing scale.  It is very similar to the Tanita 1479.  It doesn't have any bells or whistles that you'd find on higher end scales.  However it's extreme low cost and above average durability make it the perfect choice if you're on a very tight budget.  If you can afford to spend a little more for a better model,  then we do suggest doing so.

Recommendations:   As noted above, if you can afford to spend a little more for a better model that comes with accessory trays or other features such as rechargeable batteries,  then we do suggest doing so.   However, this scale gives quite a bit of bang for the buck.

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*Within reason - we stepped on the platform,  dropped the scale from 4 ft, all without any damage except for cosmetic.

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