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Digital BF% Scale VS Fat Clipper?

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which is more accurate?

the digital scale that reads bf%, water weight vs 10dollar fat clipper?
 

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I've only had 1 digital scale that came close to getting my bf% correct. I wish I could remember the model number/brand.

I've bought 6 different brands now and I always get a reading of over 25%. I'm well hydrated, I enter all the correct info, and it still screws up. The calipers tell me I'm around 12%. I know what 10%-14% looks and I'm in that range. So in my experience the calipers are more accurate then the majority of scales.

That 1 scale that worked for me had a setting to indicate if you were sedentary, mildly active, or athletic. Maybe that made the difference because I had it on the athletic setting

If your going to buy a digital bf scale, save you receipt, and return it if it's garbage.

These guys came to a fitness fair at my work. They had a machine that I held two things in my hand. It looked pretty expensive but also seemed to be accurate.
 

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Depend on who's doing it. But in my experience $10 calipers work the best and are very accurate for people with a decent bf%.
 

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I think the scales are a waste for a BBer. I have been tested by both and the scale read me 35% while the calipers read 19%. Then again after losing some weight the scale read me at 18% while the skindex read me at 10%. I have the cheap home Accumeasure which is a rough/relative guideline but better than a scale IMO.

Hawk
 

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I have a Tanita scale that measures my BF pretty damn close.
Several times now I have double and even triple checked it by getting a trainer at my gym to do calipers and another personal trainer I know who uses the bodpod and this scale is always with 1 or 2 %of what I'm getting from the others.
I have tried other scales like this one and only one other was as accurate as this one.
Most were off by at least 5% some were so random you could do 3 different measurements with in minutes of each other and all 3 would be 5 or 10 percent from the previous.

Anyway I take good care of this one so I don't have to do calipers and such if I don't want to.

War
 

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Ive never seen a worse reading than a scale. My buddy was hydro tested at %5 when he did his show and the scale said %16 Said i was like %23 and im around 11/12.
 

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so the skindex read half of what digital scales read... im really surprised to see digital scales are off?
do u trust skindex more because its been used for many years or because its reading lower numbers?
 

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Tanita are specialized into impedancemeter, there is lot of controverse and with all the competitive brands and prices, i choosen the accumeasure fat caliper, pinch an inch and follow progress. Easy and Cheap.
 

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Calipers anyday. Those scales are often misleading.

Calipers, Calipers!!! hahahah thanks Alin.. im over here calling it "Clippers" lol :banghead:
it would be nice if it clipped all my fat away.
i will buy this fat caliper and test it out.
 

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