Since a few months ago I have been learning to work with silver and make jewelry at home, in the kitchen, so when Focalprice contacted me to send a product sample for review, I decided to pick something essential for my jewelry toolbox, a digital caliper. Before choosing the right model, I spent some time browsing reviews to see what others think about this product. As I’m a beginner in working with metals, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a caliper and I discovered that this caliper offers quality for an affordable price.
The caliper comes in a padded envelope together with an extra button battery and the instructions sheet. There’s no pouch or box for storage, but the padded envelope seems to be enough to protect it while inside my toolbox.
I have to say I didn’t know much about digital calipers and, although it was the first time I was holding one, I could use it right out of the box because a battery was already in it. The measuring process is easy because the tool is lightweight, easy to handle with one hand and the 3 buttons provide access to the basic functions. There is a blue button that switches between inch and mm whenever you need to make the conversion, while the yellow button resets it to 0 at any time. The red button is for turning the display On or Off, but if you don’t need to use the caliper for a long period of time, you should take the battery out. I read that even when Off, the battery in a digital caliper still drains.
The caliper is made of hardened stainless steel and has a plastic display casing. Some say that the plastic part is fragile but it seems to me it has a good construction, just don’t drop it.
Why would you need a digital caliper at home? Well, besides measuring different items to find out the length, width, inner diameter, depth, and step, when creating custom components, or in jewelry making, a digital caliper helps you find out your gauge for piercings. For example, I never knew the gauge of my eyebrow ring, nose ring and belly ring, and I had to throw away money on rings that didn’t match. With a digital caliper I now know what thickness and length to order for these rings. Balls at the end of an eyebrow ring, or the size of a jewel on a belly ring, is also very important, especially because your tape line won’t help much.
In jewelry making, a caliper is an important tool because you often need to create 2 identical pieces or measure small pieces, wires, sheets, stone settings, and so on.
A digital caliper like this one is not big and can measure up to 150 mm, or 6 inch, lengths, with high accuracy, providing a helpful conversion chart on the back. It also features a small locking thumb screw for locking the jaws in place. There is also a data output interface that I don’t know how to use but I read that it can be used as positioning sensors in the robotics field.
The 150mm 6-inch Digital Caliper Vernier Micrometer Gauge is available for purchase for $14.49.