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The Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale (With BIA) That I Adored Goes On The Blink. I Am Bummed.

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Anura Guruge


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>>Jan 24, 2013.


The last two days have not been good when it comes to electronic equipment. Not sure whether it is a coincidence to do with the ‘instant’ heat wave we are having. Thursday night my workhorse PC blew up! Much to Deanna’s amazement I did not go off the rails — mainly because I had taken the precaution, years ago, of having a 95% the same, backup system, pre-configured and ready to go.

The next morning, as is my wont, I weighed myself. Scales worked fine. I then went for my run. When I came back I hopped on the scales again because it amuses me to see how much water I have expended during the run. I do that most days too. So nothing new. Same routine.

The scales went ballistic! Told me I weighted 420 pounds! I wish. I would write a book about that. The damn scales were going crazy. Numbers rotating on the display like non-stop.

I removed the batteries and re-seated them. It was still demented. I tried again. Tried to rest it. Then it started saying that my batteries were low. As it happened we happened to have two spare batteries — and it takes those round, flat batteries as opposed to AA, AAA or 9V.

Still won’t work. Now it won’t register a weight. It will give me all my stored information but when I stand on it it displays NADA.

I am not amused. I loved those scales. I sang their praises.

They have a 1-800 number. That is a joke.

Checked with Amazon. I had bought them in January. So the normal return window has expired. Yes, I can still return it for a partial credit. I only paid ‘$20’ in total for these scales due to some Amazon promotion. So in the end not worth bitching too much.

But, Ozeri — I would never buy one of your products again.

Deanna has found a few possibles … in the $40 range. Given my diet regime I do need to keep track of my weight. So … yet another expense.

A pox on Ozeri.

My New Ozeri Gen II (ZB011) Digital Bath Scale With BIA-Based Body Fat Calculation; I Love It.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Automatically BMI Calculating Digital Scales … — Jan. 27, 2013.
>>
It Sure Is Cold. I Vetoed My 5°F (-15°C) Threshold …
>>Jan 24, 2013.


My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

My Ozeri Gen II on our bathroom floor.

As I talked about in my earlier post I ordered this digital scale because the old, analog one we had was obviously wrong. We have since worked out that it was about 6 – 8 pounds out! Then I remembered. I had bought it because I liked what it read.

We have had the Ozeri for about 2 weeks. I love it, though it tells me, daily, that I am heavier than I would like to be. It is uncompromising and with its decimal readings you don’t get to round up or down. It is as it says.

But, indubitably, the best $21 I have spent in a very long time — since Amazon still gave me free shipping even though it was under $25, and for a change, I wasn’t ordering anything else.

It is $39.95 on Amazon today. Not sure how I got it for $21. It was on sale for $29 that day.

As I had suspected it does ask you to enter your age, height and target weight. It uses that to identify you, it being able to identify 4 separate people based on the target weight specified.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

My 21.2% body fat ratio from few days ago. I think it might have gone dowin since.

That you enter your height means that it can work out your body fat, or Body Mass Index (BMI), by just dividing your weight in pounds by your height in inches. But, it insists that it does not and instead does so by measuring your Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). I was skeptical, and as a professional cynic, I still am. But, from day one it insisted that my Body Fat Ratio as it calls it was good. I was impressed. For my advanced age, according to its handbook, my Body Fat Ratio should be in the 11 to 22 range to be ‘Healthy’. 22 – 28 is overweight and 28-80 is obese. When I turn 60 in a few months I can have a 13-25 range and still be in healthy.

Day one it had me a tad over 22. I was cool. I knew I was overweight. But, as I started to lose weight it came down. In a few days I was down below 22. But, per this scale it was impossible to shed even a pound. I went for about 4 days at the same weight. Then slowly it started to agree that I was losing weight. The decimal readings are unforgiving. So, if I am 182.3, I am 182.3. Not 182 and I can go at 182.3 for 3 days. But it is also scarily precise. On Saturday after I had been shoveling snow for 90 minutes I weighted myself. I had not drunk or eaten anything since I had weighed myself before going out to shovel. It said I had lost 2.25 pounds! That is just dehydration.

Love the scale. It is a work of art too. So far so good. I will get myself properly weighted again soon as I can get a feel as to its readings.

I will keep you posted.