Whats no bigger than a flip phone comes in fashion colors and can weigh up to 50 grams with .01g accuracy? Dont look now, but the traditional jewelers traveling scale is all fashioned out and style conscious. Pocket scales, used by jewelers, hunters and field investigators for dozens of uses, have taken the same route that turned cell phones into fashion accessories. You can now buy pocket scales that weigh less than a pound and are the size of a small flip phone yet still promise to weigh substances with accuracy up to .01g one hundredth of a gram. They come tricked out in camouflage, flames, translucent blue ice and hot baby doll pink. These are not your Uncle Jakes pocket scales, son.
There are more modern uses for pocket scales as well. Chemists and chefs find them handy for measuring minute, precise amounts of chemicals and ingredients, and according to at least one manufacturer, many law officers now carry a pocket scale with them for a quick preliminary reading on the amount of illegal substances found in searches and traffic stops.
Some of the more unusual and notable features of particular models of pocket scales on the market now include: