There are several potential explanations for why your scale is returning different or inconsistent readings. This can range from external causes to issues with your device.
Lark has some recommendations for minimizing weight fluctuations due to external factors such as time of day or clothing. These external factors can cause your readings to fluctuate from 5 to 7 pounds each time you step on your scale.
- Weighing yourself a consistent time each day, such as early in the morning or right after using the bathroom.
- Taking your measurement with no shoes and only light/no clothing.
- Selecting one particular day each week for a "weigh-in." This can help reduce the effects of certain eating or exercise patterns on your measurements.
Issues with your scale can also drive inconsistent weight readings. Lark recommends storing your scale on a flat and level surface when it is not in use. Storing your scale upright or on its side can impact the tare value (reset value) of your scale and give you incorrect readings.
Solutions for inconsistent scale readings differ based on the brand of your scale:
- Lark Scale: This device is designed to not require calibration over a five year lifetime. Weights should always be accurate. If you are seeing large discrepancies in your weight readings, please contact our support team using our webform for further assistance.
- Black Bodytrace Scale: This scale performs a self-check on an hourly basis to maintain an accurate tare value. To correct the tare value, lay the scale flat for an hour to give your device time to perform the self-check. After an hour, your measurements should be accurate.
- White iHealth Scale: This model has multiple sensors that calibrate in real time to determine an accurate tare value. Make sure that your scale is placed on a hard, flat, and level surface before taking your reading.
⚠️ Are you storing your scale flat and using it on a hard surface, yet still seeing large discrepancies in readings? Please contact our support team using our webform for further assistance. Please include a description of the weight displayed by your scale and what the reading should actually be.