Digital scales can help provide accurate and easy readouts for food ingredients as well as to identify exactly how much you weigh. While digital scales are available in many variations adjusting the scale, or calibrating it, will ensure the accuracy of its weight readouts. Refer to the operating manual for information on calibrating the specific scale.
Gather a weight. Use a small weight, such as nickel for smaller digital scales. A nickel weighs 5.0 grams. Larger weights, such as those used to measure your body weight, should be calibrated using a dumbbell as they are precisely the weight stated on its exterior.
Make sure the scale is on a flat surface. If a scale is not on a flat surface, it will not provide accurate weight readouts.
Turn the scale on. Make sure the scale reads “zero.” If the scale does not read correctly, toggle the readout by using the Tare button or the sequence of buttons necessary to adjust the readout weight.
Place the weight on the scale. If the scale is not reading the weight correctly, calibrate by pressing the Tare button or the necessary button sequence to calibrate the scale. The numbers should match the exact weight placed on the scale. Remove the weight, and turn off the scale.
Turn on the digital scale and place the weight onto the scale. If calibrated correctly, the scale should show the correct weight of the item. If not, repeat Step 4 or review the operating manual to ensure you are pushing the correct calibration buttons.
If you need to measure a sample, such as herbs placed within a Tupperware container, place the container onto the scale when it’s on. Calibrate the scale to zero with the container on the scale so it only measures the items placed into the container.
Do not use an item to calibrate the digital scale unless you are certain of its exact weight.