Pelouze PS20DL Review
This Pelouze PS20DL Internet Downloadable Digital Postal Scale has a capacity of 20 lb and can weigh items in 0.1oz increments and even calculate postage for a number of carriers. The postal rates for USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL can be updated by internet download using a serial cable and supplied software. The scale can then calculate the letter and package postal costs. It can compute costs for USPS First Class, Priority, Express, Parcel Post and International rates (actually only limited to Mexico and Canada at the time of writing).
The power is supplied to the scale by 9V battery or an AC adapter (both sold separately). The Pelouze PS20DL digital scale also has a tare function to calibrate itself when turned on. The main disadvantage of this digital scale is actually the postal rate download function. The serial cable needed for PC connection is outdated, and not all serial-to-USB converters work with the supplied software (click here to buy one that works). Also, each rate download incurs a small fee except for the first time.
If the rate calculating feature of PS20DL is the purchase deciding factor, you should consider the Pelouze 10lb scale with USB connection (click here to check the price on Amazon.com), which has a much better implementation of rate calculation, postage printing capabilities, and will keep you worry free. It only has smaller weight capacity of 10lb.