Pocket balances, also known as portable balances, are small and lightweight weighing devices designed for easy portability and convenience. They are commonly used for simple weighing tasks and are compact enough to be carried in pockets or small containers, hence the name "pocket balances." Their portability is particularly useful for fieldwork, outdoor activities, or situations where a larger, stationary balance would be impractical or unavailable.
Compared to more sophisticated and precise laboratory balances, pocket balances are generally more affordable. This makes them a cost-effective option for basic weighing needs, especially when high precision is not essential. They provide quick and straightforward measurements, making them valuable tools for on-the-go applications and situations where larger, more precise balances are not practical or necessary.