Do you travel a lot? If so, then you know how important it is to not have your luggage overweight. You have a few available options, like guessing or using a regular scale. However, I would not recommend guessing, and the scale method tends to be a bit awkward.


But wait, there is a third option, and that is using a luggage scale. I picked up this one over at Walmart for under 11 dollars. It is the Protégé Digital Luggage Scale and here is a short review.

Weight limitations

Given the size, they are some weight limitations. This scale tops out at 88 lbs. (40 KG), however, most airlines have a maximum weight limit of 50 lbs. for checked-in luggage, so you should be good.

Build and quality

At first, glance that max claim may seem a bit questionable, after all, this scale is partially constructed with plastic material. Despite the cheap look, the Protege scale feels very sturdy in the hand and performs with the same level of durability. A CR2032 lithium battery powers the scale and contributes to its compact design.

First time operation

Using the scale for the first time is quite easy and should be a breeze for most. The included instruction manual provides clear instructions on how to power on the scale and switch preferred units. All operation is performed with the use of a single button on the unit.

Once you have made the necessary adjustments to your preferred unit of measure option, it is just a matter of attaching it to your luggage. Loop the strap around the handle of your luggage and secure it using the buckle. Next, make sure the LCD screen is showing zero and proceed to lift the luggage up until the screen displays the weight. It is that simple and the manual goes into detail about each step.


One thing I did find a bit annoying was reading the LCD display at times. When tilted in a certain position the results on the screen seemed almost impossible to read.

Final thoughts

Most individuals should be able to operate this luggage scale with ease. Then again, that all depends on your upper body strength and what you are lifting. Even so, it is still a good scale given the price, and it sure beats the alternatives.