Last updated: April 13, 2021
It’s a good idea to have a scale on hand whenever dealing with a lot of cannabis. After a grow, for instance, checking the weight while drying can easily let you know when a cure is finished. Bulk weighing needs to be taken into account when purchasing a scale for this purpose.
Furthermore, if making edibles or other concentrates, pinpoint accuracy is needed to make sure the end product isn’t too strong or too weak to suit its purpose, medicinal or otherwise. A more accurate, but somewhat smaller scale may be more suited for this type of work.
However, issues arise when dealing with online reviews and it can be difficult to truly find a reliable product that also fits the exact accuracy needed for whatever type of measuring you’re doing.
There are a few good options out there that we have found and we’ll have them listed below to browsed whenever you need them.
|Best Overall||JamBer Digital Milligram Pocket Scales||
|Best Value||American Weigh Scales Pocket Weight Scale||
|Premium Choice||Truweigh Digital Mini Scale||
|AccuWeight 255 Mini Digital Weight Scale||
|Homgeek CX-128 Digital Milligram Pocket Scale||
The JamBer Pocket Scale is an exceedingly accurate milligram scale ideal for pinpointing the exact amount of cannabis needed for recipe or tincture, but is on the smaller size for dealing with larger quantities.
The reliability of this product is actually fairly well regarded online, and from our experience, we agree. It has multiple different modes to switch between imperial and metric, and handles milligram measurements just as well as full grams.
It can technically hold up to 50 g of weight; however, the diameter of the scale is on the small side, so cannabis tends to be a bit too large to accurately get measured in any large quantities.
However, using this for quickly measuring out a small amount of cannabis for an edible or concentrate is really hard to beat.
The American Pocket Weight Scale is a 1-kilogram scale at a very reasonable price that handles bulk products fairly well but lacks accuracy when getting down to smaller numbers.
When we were using this to measure ounces and other large quantities of cannabis, we were very happy with this purchase. However, we began to notice when dealing with quantities of around 0.1 to 0.2 grams, the accuracy seemed to go off a bit and it wouldn’t always register tiny increases in weight immediately.
This isn’t a deal-breaker by any means, for the most part; small variations like this are completely acceptable and normal for cannabis anyways. However, it’s enough to keep it directly out of the number 1 spot on this list.
Otherwise, it’s a great bulk scale that is big enough to handle an ounce or so of cannabis at a time. It’s one of the best digital weed scales for the money and is fairly accurate until you get down to very minute quantities.
A ruggedly durable scale meant for handling quantities up to a kilogram while also handling smaller quantities fairly well, but lacks the precision of a milligram scale. Ideally meant for outdoor environments, but works equally well for weighing on the go or as a grow room tool.
This works great for measuring out a curing batch to see when it’s ready to leave the drying room, as the build quality here is hard to beat. It’s also exceedingly readable even in dim environments with a high-quality backlit LCD screen.
Once again, this is a scale meant for larger weighs so it’s not the best when going below .1 grams, but it does seem to be accurate once we calibrated it. At least as long as it was being used on a solid, flat surface.
The AccuWeight 255 is a nice choice for an on-the-go scale that can handle large weights well and for a great price; however, its accuracy tends to have some variance.
Straight to the point, we noticed it had a variance of up to 0.2 g and once even 0.3 when we were weighing out an ounce onto this. To be fair, when it was left on a table for long periods and calibrated multiple times, this variance tended to go down.
However, it’s a pocket scale so it’s supposed to be moved. This means it’s not the best for a completely accurate weigh, but it will get the job done and the price is fairly good for a pocket scale that handles this much weight.
The Homegeek Milligram Pocket Scale is very similar to the previously mentioned JamBer scale but seems slightly less durable while also being a hair more expensive.
It handles milligram weights quite well and is still a great choice for pinpoint accuracy even when on the move. However, it lacks a certain sturdy feel the JamBer scale has. This being said, it will do the job and there are definitely worse choices to get accurate results from.
There are six modes to choose from, both imperial and metric weights, and handles weights up to 50 grams without issue. Once again, the diameter of the scale itself is fairly small so it isn’t the best choice to deal with bulk.
It’s a good little cooking scale though to get an accurate edible recipe going.
The Weigh Gram Digital Pocket Scale handles up to 100 g fairly accurately with multiple modes, but needs quite a bit of calibration to stay accurate. Bluntly, it’s a bit fiddly.
It’s kind of the in-between of the aforementioned bulk scales and pinpoint milligram scales. It doesn’t handle the large quantities of a KG scale, but it does handle twice as much as the 50g scales. However, not as accurately.
Furthermore, this product seemed to need nearly constant calibration to keep the readings honest. If we were just weighing a small amount of product, this wasn’t so bad, but when measuring multiple batches, it became a bit annoying to deal with.
It did work, though ,and seems to be fairly accurate when calibrated correctly. The price is also quite reasonable.
The LuckyStone Portable Scale is a cheap weighing option that will get you in the ballpark of accuracy but doesn’t really stand up to anything else in this list when you want to ensure exact weights.
The plus side of the item is that it does indeed work and gets you somewhere near the weight, however it seems to be off by about 0.3 grams even after a lot of calibrating. But not always. Sometimes it’s 0.1 or 0.2, making it a pretty unreliable way to get accurate small measurements.
The case itself seems to smudge as well. There’s something about the material that seems just really lick up the oil from your skin. It eventually becomes pretty unsightly and needs to be cleaned, but be careful as the electronics are not waterproof.
All this being said, it handles up to 100 g and if you’re measuring out a lot of bulk, then maybe accuracy to that scale isn’t important to you. It’s a cheap scale that does the job well enough to be mentioned, but not well enough to be recommended for everyone.
Buying a good weed scale can be a bit of a burden when you need to get accurate results. There are a few things to look out for when considering this, and we’ll go over the way we determine a good candidate for accurate measurements dependent on the situation.
How long the calibration of a scale lasts is pretty important to ensure you’ll be getting accurate readings, no matter the weight, without a lot of frustrating issues. A lot of scales come with their own weight, but some have instructions such as using a coin or other object of consistent weight to calibrate the scale.
We look for scales that not only come pre-calibrated, but don’t need to be redone constantly. Maybe every few weeks to months is fine, but when you’re having to readjust the scale daily or even in the middle of a lengthy weighing procedure, you’ll be thankful to have a scale that holds its calibration well.
That being said, if you’re not weighing things constantly, then calibrating every now and then might not be a big deal. Generally, it is going to be more expensive to have a scale that holds calibration so decide if that extra price is worth it for you.
Scales tend to have a margin they view weight from, with ones that handle heavier weights being less apt at hitting smaller numbers accurately or even showing them at all.
For most people’s needs, a 50-gram scale that handles down to the milligram fairly accurately should be plenty for both weighing out plant matter in small quantities and using it for recipes such as wax or edibles.
However, if you’re trying to weigh out a whole grow before and after curing then maybe complete accuracy down to the milligram isn’t what you need. In cases like this kilogram scales handle weight down to the tenth of a gram very well, and should be plenty to get a good ballpark of the total weight of a grow.
For standard use of weighing out cannabis for the use of recipes or small weights, then the JamBer Digital Milligram Pocket Scales is probably the best bet. It handles up to 50 grams very well and you can get some very narrow accuracy out of it.
However, if you’re looking to measure out a lot of bulk there’s a couple of options that might be better suited. For budget needs and just getting a good, simple estimate of weight go for the American Weigh Scales BL-1KG-BLK Pocket Weight Scale. It has a nice spacious scale area and is reliable enough for these purposes.
Otherwise, if you’re looking to pinpoint some bulk weight then go for the Truweigh 8541976180 Digital Mini Scale. It’s a bit pricier than the other recommendations but it’s accurate, sturdy, and will last for a long time.
Hopefully, this has helped you figure out the massive amount of scales out there and the reviews have given you a bit better idea of what you look for. It’s an important purchase when dealing with cannabis.
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