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soehnle kitchen scales

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caviar

soehnle kitchen scales

I'm trying to find a source for a replacement battery for my scale. It is one that fastens to the wall and folds down for use. It shows 1gram for 1000 grams and 2 grams from 1000 to 2000 grams as we;; as in similar range in ounces. It is really very usable and barely noticeable. Unforunately I cant find any  literature showing where I bought it or where to get service or replacement battery. I've been unable to conctact the manufaturer through email because its in Europe and my server says i can't. I bought a battery from Radio Shack sith the same battery number but it was too small to be held in the battery slot. Going through other sources there seems to be hundreds of different sizes.


 Does anyone have an idea how I can find a replacement? I really like to weigh my ingredients and would rather not have to but a new one, none that I have seen that have the advantages this one does. As they all like to say in speaches today, having said that, does anyone have a favorite scale?

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LindyD

Copied from the Q&A at the Leifheit site.



The battery looks like a quarter, what should I buy?
You have a lithium battery and the following batteries will work for your scale: Duracell DL2430, Eveready ECR1616 & ECR2430, Panasonic CR2430, Toshiba CR2430, Casio DBX-103.


Where can I purchase a lithium battery?
RadioShack and online at batteries.com and batterybarn.com to name a few as well as your local camera shop.



I prefer the Escali digital scale because it works well and uses AA batteries, available everywhere.

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caviar

Thanks for your response, The package at Radio Shack had the right number but was too small and wouldn't stay in the spot for the battery. I'll sites for the other brand names and the camera shop. The latter sounds like a particularly good one because you can sometimes get help not just handed a package you can't check.


 Also thanks for the scale recommendation it may come down to that.

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Judon

and got my battery at Radio Shack...we have 2 in our relatively small town and one carried the right battery - the other didn't.


I agree there are some drawbacks to this scale but it works like a charm and I'll gladly use it until it quits!


Judy

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caviar

Thank you for the response. Were you able to check the physical size in the store or did you have but it and take it home or what? Maybe I relied too much on the salesman.


Even on the internet most sites don't list the actual physical size which is crucial because of the configuration of the battery receptacle.


I guess that you have been able to find a replacemant and that is very encouraging.

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baltochef

caviar


I too own a Soehnle digital kitchen scale, although not the model that you own..This is my third digital kitchen scale in the past 15 years..I have decided that when this scales dies that I am going to purchase two analog, manual, balance beam scales to replace the digital one..Digital scales are dependent upon either batteries or a plug-in AC to DC converter with a cord connecting the scale to the converter..They also have a far shorter lifespan compared to a balance beam scale..I already have close to $150.00 invested in these three scales, a very decent downpayment on the analog scales I would like to own..


The first scale will be a traditional bakers scale from Edlund with a 8000g capacity (8kg)..The beam is graduated in 5g increments with a 500g capacity..


http://www.instawares.com/scale-baker-s-dough.edl-bds8kg.0.7.htm


For the accurate weighing of light materials such as salt, yeast, chemical leavening agents, ground spices, etc. I will purchase an Ohaus Model 310-00 Dial-O-Gram scale..This is a pricy tool, but it is one of the few remaining analog scales that will accurately weigh very light materials..Almost all other choices are now digital..Most digital kitchen scales, and mechanical balance beam scales, only weigh down to 0.1g, or 1/10th of a gram..The Ohaus 310-00 weighs down to 0.01g, or 1/100 of a gram..It has a 310g x 0.01g capacity..


http://www.itinscales.com/ocentdl.htm


Both scales can be found on e-Bay for far less than their retail prices, if one has time to shop..Other, similar, used baker's, and balance beam scales that are no longer manufactured can also be found at quite good prices on occasion.Reloading scales are usually quite cheap, do a bang up job of weighing small quantities of light ingredients, and all one has to do is to convert from grain measurements to gram measurements..


It will be nice to free myself up from batteries, being tethered to an electrical outlet, and with the relative fragility of digital scales..All of the digital scales that I ever saw used in commercial bakeries were constantly malfunctioning due to the incursion of airbourne flour dust into the weighing mechanism..They were also super expensive..The drawback to the two scales I have mentioned, other than their prices, are the extra space that they occupy in one's kitchen..I am willing to rearrange my life somewhat in order to accomodate these two scales..


Bruce


 

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caviar

Thank you so much for your thoughtfull  reply. You bring up a number of facts I was not aware of that could lead to weighing errors and subsequent problems.  I am going to  check out the scales you mention. Your findings remind me of another digital scale I use for weighing loose tea and therefore measures very small quantities. It is quite expensive and recently I had to buy a new one as it went wildly off. Now I keep it in a sealed box toprevent grease and dust getting in to it. Thanks again.    Herb