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Top Pan Balances

The term Top Pan Balance or Top Loading Balance refers to weighing scales and balances that have a pan that is not enclosed by the body of the machine. Top pan balances commonly attach the weighing plate to the top of the balance and relates to machines that have a resolution not requiring a draft shield to protect the weighing surface.

Inscale offers a wide selection of top pan balances that feature high performance and high quality precision. Our selection of balances caters largely to laboratory-based applications and are frequently used for conducting science experiments in school, college and university chemistry labs; they are also used or to cover precise weighing functions. We supply a large range of top pan balances from Adam Equipment, A&D Weighing and Kern.

If you require more information about our top pan balances or would like us to recommend a balance for your needs then please contact us.

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    From: £204.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £240.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 12kg
    Readability Range
    0.01g to 1g

    A&D's EX-i compact balances are a top-selling product designed for a range of applications including chemical, cosmetic, food and jewellery weighing. These digital balances incorporate a hygienic and chemically-resistant stainless steel weighing pan, while a unique triple-range weighing mode allows operators to conveniently change between standard precision to higher precision measurement for weighing tiny samples.

    Affordable, dependable compact balance suitable for entry-level weighing applications.

  2. From: £340.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £400.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    200g to 10kg
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.1g

    Kern PKS Precision Balance has the same features as the Kern KB but with an easy operation graphics display. The five models have a host of different features, including tolerance weighing (check weighing) useful for portion division, dispensing and grading.

  3. From: £113.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £130.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    100g to 10kg
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 1g

    The Kern PCB Precision Balance incorporates a range of economical compact balances with high precision. The PCB series has a wide range of pan sizes and weighing capacities to suit many requirements. Ideal for science labs and animal weighing.

  4. From: £225.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £260.00 (Excl.VAT)

    M - Trade Approved
    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 10kg
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.1g

    The Kern KB precision laboratory balance is a series of compact weighing machines offering extensive weighing functions at a cost effective price. Suitable for weighing chemicals and compounds in laboratory-based environments.

  5. From: £165.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £220.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    120g to 6000g
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.1g

    Adam Equipment’s Highland balances are well-suited for Education, lab work, field use, and many industrial applications. The HCB features Adam’s unique patented HandiCal® internal calibration with a built-in mass, and ShockProtect® as a safeguard against shock loading and accidential overload. Calibrate whenever you want without external masses, or use your own certified masses for traceability.

  6. From: £335.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £480.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    160g to 24.1kg
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 0.1g

    The 572 Kern series of precision balances offers a variety of capacities and increments ideal for precise measuring in science labs and research development. The balance has a metal housing and simple easy to read display.

  7. From: £111.00  (Ex.VAT)

    RRP £160.00 (Excl.VAT)

    Max Capacity Range
    60g to 6000g
    Readability Range
    0.001g to 1g

    The 440 Precision Balance from Kern offers customers a low entry basic model with simple to use functions, ideal for general purpose weighing applications. This model would be commonly found in schools and college laboratories, offering a series of capacities and resolutions suitable for these environments.

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Top Pan Balances Help

Q: What are top pan precision balances?

A: With a top pan balance the weighing pan is usually directly above the weighing mechanism. They typically have resolutions from 0.001g to 0.1g.

Top pan balances are used to weigh solid masses that do not require exceptionally high resolutions, which is where an analytical balance may be used. Whilst top pan balances offer less readability than an analytical balance, they allow measurements to be made quickly thus making it a more convenient choice when exact measurements are not needed. Top pan balances are also more economical than analytical balances.

Q: What is a top loading balance used for?

A: The top pan precision balances are used more often than not in laboratories or higher education chemistry classrooms, where there is a requirement to measure items below 0.1g, such as chemicals. There are other applications such as weighing of precious stones and even gunpowder for competitive shooting applications. Often preferred to be used for their speed and lower cost than the high precision or analytical balances.

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