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Old 01-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default How often do you change the scale batteries?

This is my first battery powered scale, so I wondered, how often do you change the battery? Is once a year sufficient?

I've read several posts about people who changed the scale battery and suddenly gained five pounds or so. I figure being proactive with changing the batteries will prevent such heartache! LOL
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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I've had my scale for almost 3 years now and I've only changed the battery once (when light came on telling me the battery was low).

I didn't notice any screwy with the weight reading either before or after switching batteries.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:25 PM   #3
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I change it when the machine tells me it's low. I haven't noticed any big difference in weight.

I think some people just ignore the low battery message or don't know what it means, and then wonder why their weight goes wonky...

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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I changed mine once when it got all wonky and told me I weighed 172 pounds. As much as I WANTED to believe I had lost like 50 pounds overnight... I bit the bullet and changed it
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:55 PM   #5
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I think I've had mine for ten years.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:34 PM   #6
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I started getting on it every day about 16-17 months ago, and I have only changed the battery once in that time. When it wouldn't turn on, or at least the lit numbers were really dim -- not remembering right now. The numbers weren't different, though.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:41 PM   #7
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I've had mine for years, although have not always used it regularly. I've never changed the batteries - I think they were lithium and not a normal battery, but of course, I don't have the paperwork anymore.

It's digital so I guess I figured it would either say it was low or just die on me and then I'd worry about it.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #8
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I change it when it says , low. Makes no differance in scale reading.
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