Spigen E500 Luggage Scale

Luggage scales have become a more useful product since airlines have started enforcing overweight baggage and reducing baggage allowances. Previously they were more of a “nice to have” but in the last 5 years they’ve become as important as packing your toothbrush.

The Spigen E500

Overview:

Interestingly enough, we discovered this scale while packing for a trip out to Cuba. After packing up, we realized our trusty Heys xScale Pro had completely broken down due to having the button depressed in a bag while in storage (not an uncommon problem). So armed with an Amazon Prime account and under 2 days to spare, we found the Spigen scale at a fair price (about $16 CAD at the time). Since we were in a pinch, and Spigen’s products have worked out historically for us (albeit for phone cases), we took the risk.

Packaging is a super simple white box with a grey Spigen logo across the front – nothing impressive, but hey, it’s a box. The first thing to notice is how small this unit was, about an inch smaller than our old Heys unit. The other difference with this scale was that it used a luggage strap and buckle to hook onto the bag as opposed to our xScale which used a hook. While both are great options, the buckle helps ensure the bag you’re weighing doesn’t slip off.

The shape of the unit is nicely designed, using a curved handle and a rubbery coating on the underside for comfort. This does make holding the unit more comfortable but may not matter to some. Since the unit is an auto-off type, there’s only one single silver button on the top beside the screen. The button turns the unit on and changes the units (kg/lb/oz/g).

Accuracy:

This is what really matters. Spigen claims that this unit is accurate to 0.1kg/0.2lb and we’ve found it to be extremely close to spec. Our test process involves comparing the scale measurement on the portable unit against the luggage scale at the airline counter. In 8 uses, the scale was accurate to 0.1kg 6 out of 8 times and twice the Spigen scale reading was exactly the same weight as the airline scale (when rounded to the nearest tenth). That much accuracy should be good enough for luggage-weighing needs.

Things which could be improved:

  • The constant fluctuation – Because this unit has a fabric strap and buckle, it flexes a bit as you lift the bag. This flex can cause the scale to continuously adjust the number on display. Not a deal-breaker but worth noting.
  • The metal ring between the strap and the unit – I’ll be honest, the small metal loop between the unit and the strap looks a bit flimsy. To date, it hasn’t shown signs of breaking or bending, but it was a little bit odd that it wasn’t the same thickness as the triangle piece on the strap.
  • The battery cap isn’t the most secure – This is some feedback we’ve seen on the device from other users, but have yet to experience. It seems that once the battery cap is pulled off, it doesn’t stay on too well. This may be limited to some units but we haven’t had an issue so far.

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