How to Choose the Right Battery-Powered Price Computing Scale for Your Farmers Market Business

If you sell fruits and vegetables at the farmers market, then you probably realize having a reliable and accurate price computing scale is crucial to profitable selling and customer confidence.

However, with so many options on the market, it can be challenging to know which battery powered price computing scale is the right fit for your needs. Here are some factors to consider.

Produce Scale Capacity

The first thing to consider when choosing a battery powered price computing scale is the capacity you need. Think about the types of products you sell and the heaviest items you need to weigh. You’ll want to choose a retail scale with a capacity that exceeds your heaviest item to ensure accuracy and reliability. Popular scale capacity choices include 15 lb, 30 lb, or 60 lb.

Legal for Trade Scale Accuracy

Scale accuracy is essential when it comes to weighing produce for the farmers market. Look for a produce scale that has a high level of accuracy and precision, preferably with a readability of 0.01 lb or 0.02 lb. A legal for trade scale with a good accuracy will ensure that your customers receive the right amount of produce for their money. And make sure the scale you choose is 1. A reputable brand and 2. Actually NTEP approved with a CoC#.  There are quite a few non-ntep scales out there in the market currently.  

NTEP scales

Scales That Are Portable 

As a seller at the farmers market, you’ll likely need to transport your price computing scale to different locations. Look for a portable scale that is lightweight and easy to carry, with built-in handles or a carrying case for easy transportation. A compact design is also beneficial, as it will take up less space in your vehicle and booth.

Scale with Long Battery Life

Since you’ll be using a battery-powered price computing scale, you’ll need to consider the battery life. Look for a scale with a long battery life, so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries frequently during market days. Most farmers market scales have a 6V lead acid rechargeable battery these days. 


Easy to Read Scale Display on Front & Back

The scale display is an essential feature of a battery powered price computing scale, as it provides the weight and price information to both you and your customers. Look for a scale with a large, easy-to-read display that is backlit for use in low-light conditions. You’ll want a price computing scale with displays on both the front & back. This will show weight and price information on both sides of the scale for added convenience.

Price-Lookup Function

A price-lookup function is a handy feature for sellers at the farmers market that sell many different types of produce with varying prices. This function allows you to store different prices for different products, so you don’t have to manually enter the price each time you weigh a new item. Look for a scale with a price-lookup function that can store a sufficient number of product prices for your needs. Over the years we have found that some customers like this feature and others don’t ever use this feature.

cas price computing scale

Scale Durability

As a produce seller at the farmers market, your scale will be exposed to various environmental factors. The truth is, most produce scales these days are built in China. Quality is not quite what it once was. However, it does make sense to buy scales from reputable scale manufacturers.  Names like CAS, Detecto, & Rice Lake are a good place to look. Also we recommend asking us about a carrying case as well. A case will come in handy for transporting the scale to and from the market. It also can be a good place to store the scale during the off season.

Choosing the right battery powered price computing scale is essential to ensure accuracy, portability, and convenience. By taking the time to choose the right scale for your needs, you’ll be able to provide your customers with accurate weights and prices and hopefully increase your profits as well.  If you need some assistance call us (919) 776-7737 or complete our RFQ form on our website.