Starting it up
- The Flipscale is only 2¼ inches wide and 3¼ inches long. It has a huge 400 g capacity and up to 0.05 g accuracy. It is tiny, and exact, and it is one of the first pocket scales to come with an easy-to-read LCD screen. The first thing to do in this electronic device, is to insert the batteries. This scale takes two "CR2032" button style batteries. First, release the battery cover on the bottom of the device by sliding out-wards, place the batteries into the battery compartment--making sure they are aligned correctly--and re-install the battery cover. Your scale is ready to be turned on. Do so, and allow it to warm up for 20 seconds or so before trying to weigh anything.
- If this is the first time turning it on after battery insertion, or the first time turning it on in a while or even if the scale just appears to be weighing things incorrectly, it is a good idea to calibrate the machine. Place the scale on the scalepad that is included on the box your scale arrived in--if you no longer have that, use a very flat, smooth surface. Once placed there, press the On button; press and hold the Unit Key for three to five seconds until the LCD screen shows CAL (for calibration). Press the unit key again until the CAL display flashes, and the switches to show a number (usually like 100.00g). The number depends on the make and model of your scale, but it is essentially the weight that the scale is asking you to place on the tray, in order for it to know, exactly what 100 g is. Place a calibration weight that matches the number of g asked for, onto the scale. If you do not have a calibration weight, they are inexpensive to buy, or you can use 20 U.S. nickels (100 g) or more nickels depending what the scale asks for. Once the weight is added, the scale will flash PASS and then 100g. You have successfully calibrated your scale.
- There are three buttons on most pocket scales: On/off, Zero, and Units. Pressing the on/off switch turns the device on and off. Pressing the Zero button takes the weighed object back to 0g. If, for instance, you wanted to weigh some food, but didn't want to put the food directly onto the scale, you could put a tray on the scale, zero it out. So with the tray on the scale, the scale read zero, and once the food was added, the scale only showed the weight of the food, and not the tray. It's a useful device. The Unit button changes the units that you are measuring in: grams, ounces, pennyweight or troy ounces are common ones. Most of these buttons are not necessary for simply weighing however--except to turn the scale on, of course. Just place the item on the scale, and the device will read it and display the weight immediately.