Bench Scale Face Off: Adam Latitude vs Adam LBK
Updated: 23/04/21 (Please note that the LBK is no longer available)
Adam Equipment has announced the release of a new compact bench scale called the Latitude. As the Latitude is the spiritual successor to the popular Adam LBK bench scale (at the time of writing the LBK is still currently available but very low on stock) we thought we should do a little a comparison between the two and see what new features, if any, make the Latitude a step-up from its predecessor.
Bench scales are essentially weighing scales that are designed for use on a worktop or workbench surface. These scales are highly versatile and are often used in packing warehouses, parcel weighing, counting screws and tools in manufacturing, and measuring ingredients in commercial kitchens.
Comparing the Latitude and the LBK
|Dimensions (WxDxH)||255x290x105mm||250x307x110mm||Whilst ever so slightly wider, the Latitude is also slightly less deep and just a touch shorter. The two machines are basically similar in size.|
|Pan Size||245x180mm||250x180mm||The pan size of the Latitude is 5mm smaller so they are pretty much the same. They can both take the same scoops. The pan on the latitude has a slight indentation making it easy to place the scoops centrally.|
|Power||AC adaptor and rechargeable battery with 240 hours battery life. Chargeable via the mains adaptor or a USB cable.||AC adaptor and rechargeable battery with a battery life of 70 hours. Chargeable with the mains adaptor.||The Latitude is the clear winner here, boasting an impressive 240 hours battery life. The USB charging socket is a welcome addition meaning the weighing machine can be charged from a USB battery booster when out and about if needs be. We all have USB charging plugs these days too so this is super handy.|
|Capacity / Readability / Repeatability||Four models: 3kg x 05g, 6kg x 1g, 12kg x 2g, 30kg x 5g||Four models: 3kg x 05g, 6kg x 1g, 12kg x 2g, 30kg x 5g||Both the Latitude and LBK offer 4 models with matching capacity and readabilities.|
|Below Balance Weighing||Yes||No|
|Checkweighing||Yes with audible alarm and red/yellow/green light indicators||No||This is a notable and welcome improvement over the LBK.|
|Stabilisation Time||1s||2s||The Latitude has a faster stabilisation time|
|Weight||2.5kg||1.8kg||The LBK is slightly lighter but both products are light and easy to move about.|
The LBK has been a stalwart product for Adam Equipment for around 10 years. In the Latitude we see a great replacement product, with more versatility at a decent price. The checkweighing indicator lights in particular are a great improvement for helping to achieve consistent food portion control and precise small parts counting.