3D Printing out parts for a drone is a very cool experience. You get the satisfaction of knowing something you built can fly! If you’re anything like me though, you wont just stop there. Once you’ve flown it, you’ll probably wonder how you can improve it. Of course with any quadcopter one of the best improvements you can make is weight reduction. With a bit of prototyping and redesigning of parts that can safely be trimmed down (definitely not impact-withstanding parts!) you can easily improve flight time, and every gram saved will be worth it. So how do you get a good idea of your gloriously redesigned weight reduced awesomeness? Enter the American Weigh Scales 1000gram digital pocket scale.
For less than $10USD on Amazon you can get this highly accurate scale and start making things lighter.
As the name suggests, the scale itself is small enough to fit comfortably in your front pocket, making this an easy addition to any field kit for a day of flying. The case has a clasping lid to keep the scale bed nice and protected and has all the instructions printed on the inside of the lid should you ever forget how to zero out the scale or what some of the features are.
Speaking of features, one of the interesting things this scale can do is tare weighing, which is essentially placing a container on the scale, pressing the Tare key which then zeros out the scale allowing you to subtract the weight of the container from the calculated weight, which would be a handy feature for the kitchen, or other recreational activities (Dude, I don’t judge, party on!).
As this is a high precision scale, it is not without the need for occasional re-calibration. It is recommended to have a set of weights to recalibrate. This scale in particular uses a 500 gram weight to calibrate so make sure you pick one of those up as well. They can be had for very cheap. I bought a set of these which come with a nice protective case.
Measurements are taken in 0.1 gram increments.
Scale takes two AAA batteries (included).
Backed by a 10 year warranty.