A luggage scale is a convenient device used to measure the total weight of a piece of luggage. Because many airlines are now charging extra fees to customers when luggage is over the weight limit, many people choose to use a luggage scale in their home to avoid these fees, and save time at the airport. There are a number of different types of luggage scales available.
Luggage scales are available in digital or analog versions. A digital luggage scale will display the weight as a numerical readout, either in pounds or kilograms. An analog scale uses a spinning dial to display the weight of the luggage. Some analog scales are designed to lock the dial in place even after the weight of the luggage is removed, to make it easier to read. Either type of scale is very accurate, of course, and which one is purchased is primarily a matter of personal preference.
In addition to digital or analog versions, a luggage scale might have two different types of designs. The first is a more traditional type of scale, which will sit on the floor, and the piece of luggage can be placed on top of it. The weight will then be displayed.
Another type of luggage scale, however, features a small, portable scale with a handle atop a small hook or strap. The luggage is placed on the hook or in the strap, and the user then lifts the scale and the piece of luggage using the handle on the scale. The scale can then give a readout of the weight of the luggage. It also helps the user to determine if his or her luggage is to heavy or uncomfortable to lift. Most of these types of scales have a fairly large weight limit, and they are easy to take while traveling to be sure the luggage on the return trip does not weigh too much either.
A luggage scale is a fairly inexpensive and simple piece of equipment that can save even occasional travelers money in luggage fees. It may even be a good idea to purchase one scale for home use and one compact, portable scale to pack in the luggage and use while traveling. These scales are especially popular with business travelers or other frequent travelers who want to get through the airport quickly, without needing to pay any unnecessary fees that could easily have been avoided.