"Weights & measurements may be ranked among the necessaries of life to every individual of human society."
- John Quincy Adams, 1821
In 1998 we introduced the original i250, 3001 and 6001 series scales. They were a huge success and we sold more than 100,000 units during their production. However we made one fatal mistake - we neglected to file design patents for the model and in 2001 we began to see various copies of our original design in the marketplace. Thus we set out to design a new model (patenting the new design of course). We wanted to improve the scale to add all of the features and innovations that our customers had asked us for over the years.
First we applied "Basic" improvements by building our own software program and IC chips with advanced functions. We added many advanced features including:
An adjustable or disable-able auto off feature. This is very important to consumers because there are times that you may want to use your scale continuously for a long period of time. If the scale was turning itself off every 5 minutes (for example), this could really interfere with your work. Other times you might want to conserve power and have the scale turn off automatically after 1 minute of use.
An adjustable audible beep function. Some people want to hear a "beep" whenever they press a button as confirmation. Other people get very annoyed by this and want the scale to be silent. Thus we made our beep function with an electronic on/off feature.
An adjustable backlight time. When you turn on the backlight of your scale - do you want it to remain on indefinitely - or would you like it to turn off after 30 seconds to conserve power? With the i300 you can decide how long the backlight should stay on for.
A HOLD feature. We were often asked to add a HOLD feature to our scales. People complained that they would put an oversized item on the scale and couldn't read the display. So, we added a HOLD feature that holds the weight of an item on the display (simply put the box on the scale and press HOLD, then you can remove the box and see what the weight was on the display).
An adjustable angle display. A common consumer complaint about the old i250 is that it was difficult to read the numbers on the display. This is caused by a multitude of reasons but the biggest has always been viewing angle. It is impossible to design a fixed - angle display that can encompass all customers' needs. This is because every kitchen and office has a slightly different counter height AND every consumer's eyeballs are at different heights (this also varies due to varying shoes, distance from the scale, room lighting, reflections, glare and much more). These factors had to be considered over and over again. We realized the only solution was to invent and adjustable angle display. This way the consumer can move the angle of the display up or down until they find the optimum viewing angle. Next we made the display more than 3X larger then the previous display and added a backlight. Now we are confident that we have overcome the viewing angle problem entirely, and that the new i300 is the best designed mid-sized precision scale created to date.
The iBalance Series are the standard by which all other precision scales are judged. There is simply no better mid-sized scale in their class.