# What weight should I calibrate my scale?

**calibrate the scale**in this example,

**the calibration**technician

**should**be using a mass standard with an accuracy tolerance of at least ±0.3125 grams or finer(1.25 grams divided by 4 from

**the**4:1 ratio).

Similarly one may ask, how much weight do I need to calibrate a scale?

Enter the mass of your chosen **weight** into the **scale** and press the “Enter” key. It's best to start with a smaller **weight** such as 5 or 10 grams. The **scale will** store and use the data entered to **weigh** other items. For example, you **will** enter “5 g” if you're using a U.S. nickel as a **calibration weight**.

Additionally, how do I know if my scale is accurate? **Weigh two objects together.**

- Place one object on the scale. Note the weight. Take it off and let the scale even back out.
- If it matches, the scale is accurate. If it doesn't, try it again and see if it is off by the same number. If it is, it might be that your scale is always off by that amount.

Besides, do you need a calibration weight for a scale?

Normally **you need** special **weights** to **calibrate** the **scale**, however, these **weights are** very expensive and **can** be easily lost. It is also not economical to use these **weights** if **you** only **calibrate** the **scale** once or twice a year. Instead, it is possible to **calibrate** your **scale** with things lying around the house.

What weighs exactly 500 grams?

A very common household item is a package of butter with four wrapped 1/4 pound sticks of butter, these package **weigh** 1 pound which is within about 10%of **500 grams**… 454 **grams** to be exact. Even closer when you add the box. Another common household item is AA Alkaline batteries.