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barbszy 09-18-2008 09:23 AM

Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale: Is Your Child's Backpack Too Heavy?
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If children are carrying 10-20% of their bodyweight in their backpacks it could be the source of low-level trauma, and chronic back pain. When a heavy backpack is situated incorrectly on a child’s shoulders, or is over just one shoulder, the weight can pull a child backward. Children are then compensating by bending forward at the hips or arching their backs, causing the spine to compress unnaturally. “In 2001, backpacks were the cause of 7,000 emergency room visits and countless complaints of muscle spasms, neck and shoulder pain” (

The Balanzza digital luggage scale is a handy solution to this problem. This hand held, light weight & affordable device simply clips onto the strap of a bag. Lift the bag using the Balanzza and wait a few seconds until you hear a beep. Place the bag down and read the weight on the display. The weight of the bag should be no more than 10% of the child’s weight.

Balanzza Digital Luggage Scale

Lift luggage with scale- wait for beep- read measurement on digital display

Weighs in pounds or kilograms

--Weighs items up to 100 pounds
--Compact and weighs only 10oz., allowing you to bring it with you and assist you on your way back
--Requires two AAA batteries
--Avoid having to redistribute belongings at check in counter
--Avoid excess weight surcharges

Available at
: $24.99

barbszy 09-18-2008 09:28 AM

This is a really cool product! It's very easy to use--just press a button to turn it on, then clip it onto the strap of your child's schoolbag (or your luggage). Hold the balanzza and lift the item off the ground. In a few seconds it will beep and display the weight of the item.

My 12-year-old daughter's schoolbag weighed 12.9 lb., more than 10% of her body weight. It should be interesting to see what my high-school-age son is hauling around each day.

I weighed my purse, too, and was surprised that it weighed 4.4 lb. :. Maybe I should lighten the load...

This item is small but very sturdy and well-made. The package says you can lift a 100-lb suitcase with it; but I don't think I could lift a suitcase that weighed that much!

This is handy if you travel a lot or if you're concerned about the amount of weight your children carry each day in their schoolbags!

ajrsmom 09-18-2008 11:51 AM

:. I can only imagine what my purse weighs. :.

ellenmelon 09-18-2008 05:38 PM

Every school on the planet should have one of these and then give the results to the teachers who assign homework.

mom2-4 09-19-2008 02:18 AM

Ellen, that is a good idea!

Thanks for sharing this Barb.

Once my kids hit the middle school grades, they stopped carrying their backpacks, and just carry their stuff.

barbszy 09-19-2008 03:35 AM

Amen to that, Ellen!

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