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REview - SHAHE Digital calipers


SHAHE Digital calipers Product page .


I love measuring tools , especially accurate measuring tools . For about 30 years now I have owned calipers and I just don’t know how I could possibly have gotten on without such . Dial or Digital calipers may not be the most supremely accurate tools in the world , and there may be some variance from one to the next but that does not matter if you use just the one and as long as the measurement is consistent and repeatable .

I have for a long time thought about a better or higher grade of digital caliper so when Banggood offered me the opportunity to review the SHAHE calipers I could simply not resist the opportunity . I have owned / do own quite a few calipers already and the idea of adding another caliper was just to good to resist . What comes in the plastic case is a very nice caliper / two batteries / a plastic tool for removing the battery cover / a test certificate / and instructions in Chinese .

Not sure how useful the instructions are but the calipers are very easy to use . Simply by opening the jaws the calipers will turn on , all the user needs to so is clean the surfaces of the jaws and zero the calipers . Then simply chose if you wish to measure imperial or metric . ( It really is that simple ) . Now since the calipers turn on automatically , how long does it take them to turn off automatically —- 6 minutes is what I got . ( That’s a little on the long side ) Another nice feature is the O ring on the battery cover to keep out fluids and other rubbish . ( A nice touch )

I did check the accuracy of the SHAHE calipers on a steel rod I have that’s been measure by lots of other calipers and I am happy to report that these calipers were right on the money . There was one thing I did not care for and that was the slop on the depth measuring blade . It really put a wrinkle on what was a really nice caliper . The screw used simply allowed for too much movement up and down in the recess the depth measuring blade runs in . I removed the screw and fitted a washer under it , there was still a bit of play ( a little more than I liked but so much better ) . So I very gently put a bit of a bend into one corner ( does a washer have a corner ? ) of the washer and made sure the bend was situated just over the depth measuring blade . Now there is very little slop .

Testing the depth measuring accuracy I put the caliper in a flat bit of knife blade and consistently got 0.0005 inch . ( That’s half a thou ) I really don’t know if you could expect better than that ? As getting 0.0000 could mean you are actually in the positive and don’t know it . ( If the depth measuring blade extended beyond the body of the caliper a thou or two , it would be hard to tell ) So from a accuracy stand point , I am tickled pink by the SHAHE calipers .

Now from a quality stand point , there is no play in the jaws . Movement is extremely smooth and for that I have to give full marks . But that screw at the tail end for retaining the depth measuring blade ? ( What the heck was with that ) It’s almost like some one design a really superb set of calipers and then decided not to try when it came to the tail of the calipers . ( Ok a washer fixes it ) . But why not spend that once cent for a washer and install it at the factory ?

With the washer fitted 10 out of 10 , without the washer 9 out of 10 . The SHAHE calipers are really nice , I mean nice . The USB data recording (?) I guess in a factory where you might be measuring hundreds of items it could speed up data recording greatly . ( Personally I have no need of such but then these are a higher grade of caliper – but that begs the question – what software to log the data ? ) Oh well !

Really smooth
No play in the jaws
Accurate to 0.0005 inch
Metric + imperial
Nice case
2 Batteries
Turns on automatically
6 minutes to turn off automatically ( ? )
Depth measuring blade is too sloppy at the tail end ( A washer fixes it )




Would I recommend these calipers , hell yes ! If you do a lot of depth measuring ? You will want to remove the screw that hold the depth measuring blade inside the caliper body and add a washer .. ( You really want to ) . Look , 9 out of 10 without the washer , and 10 out of 10 with the washer .

I would like to thank Banggood for the opportunity to review / test the SHAHE calipers , thank you ( They really are great )

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

Edited by: old4570 on 02/15/2017 - 17:31
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Thanks for the review. Did the measurement vary at all on the test bar from the outside to the inside of the jaw? Also do you have anything you can check the internal jaws with?

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Internal measurement …

yes , tricky bit of business that … I don’t have anything of a known dimension .. The only things I have are piston cylinder assemblies ( model airplane ) And the tolerances are very tight ( Microns ) … But the issue would be the flat blade that introduces a variable .. I can measure a piston , and then the cyl it goes into , but the variable would be the flat of the blade ( int measurement ) I would require something square , with a object that is a firm fit inside .. but even then ? there are variables .. I will pull out a piston cyl assembly and see what it returns …

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Ok measured a piston cyl assembly

Piston Measured 0.591 inch ( external )
Cylinder Measured 0.5905 inch ( internal )
Half a thou smaller measured , this would be due to the flats on the blade inducing an error on a cylindrical object .
( 2.5cc Piston Cyl assembly from a K&B Conquest )

Seriously , that’s good .. ( Measurement was expected )
that 0.0005 accuracy is sweet ..

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Thanks. Thumbs Up

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No problem …

Love good tools …

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Very nice unit, thanks for the review. Do you think that this unit will hold its measuring precision over time? I’ve found that all my digital calipers (cheaper ones) all work good at the beginning. Then they start to act “funny” and I lose confidence in them.

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Cula wrote:
Very nice unit, thanks for the review. Do you think that this unit will hold its measuring precision over time? I’ve found that all my digital calipers (cheaper ones) all work good at the beginning. Then they start to act “funny” and I lose confidence in them.

I find no reason to think these will go bad !
I own quite a few calipers and none have gone bad , I have one that was bad from day one …
I was planning on a Caliper Article …
The good the bad and the ugly so to speak …
I have a set of digital calipers that I have had for years , dont ask me how many years and they have worked extremely well … ( Not expensive ) . So if you purchased a pair that is NQR , well stuff happen ..

So far I have seen nothing that might lead me to believe these wont be good .. But like I mentioned , I am planning on doing a article (?) on calipers in general talking about some of the ones I own .

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A firberglass vernier is handy to have for messuring cells as an steel vernier will short them out and we all know what happens then, they are quite cheap £5-10 on eBay.

I have a Mitutoyo digital vernier i bought 20 years ago for £80 and it`s great when accuracy is required.

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Yeah , I have the fiber vernier’s ( plastic ) ..
I have dial and digital ..

My Mitutoyo Calipers are Dial and around 30 years old …
I also have a digital Mitutoyo Micrometer that measures microns , for some serious accuracy …

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My calipers …

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Hi, first of all, thank you for taking the time and writing a review on this caliper. However, unfortunately there is hardly any technical value in your tests and it rather reads like an advertisement for the caliper rather than a thorough testing, since you could come to the same conclusions with a 10$ caliper. I know it is never easy to test measuring tools, but here a few tips:

  • Usually you use precise objects to judge the precision of a measuring tool. That could be a setting ring for inner measurements and a gauge block for outer measurements.
  • If you don’t have any of the above things, you should have something that is more precise. For example a micrometer as well as a precisely ground steel rod, since judging the precision with other measuring-tools which are equally precise does not work.
  • Perform measurements with objects at different places in the chucks. For example measure something right at the tip of the chucks and the same thing completely inside the chucks. (Like the guy here does for example)

Further it would be interesting whether or not the caliper came with a specification sheet and more importantly an actual calibration/ testing sheet.

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fritz15 wrote:
Hi, first of all, thank you for taking the time and writing a review on this caliper. However, unfortunately there is hardly any technical value in your tests and it rather reads like an advertisement for the caliper rather than a thorough testing, since you could come to the same conclusions with a 10$ caliper. I know it is never easy to test measuring tools, but here a few tips:
  • Usually you use precise objects to judge the precision of a measuring tool. That could be a setting ring for inner measurements and a gauge block for outer measurements.
  • If you don’t have any of the above things, you should have something that is more precise. For example a micrometer as well as a precisely ground steel rod, since judging the precision with other measuring-tools which are equally precise does not work.
  • Perform measurements with objects at different places in the chucks. For example measure something right at the tip of the chucks and the same thing completely inside the chucks. (Like the guy here does for example)

Further it would be interesting whether or not the caliper came with a specification sheet and more importantly an actual calibration/ testing sheet.

The steel rod mentioned was measured by all my calipers ..
So that’s the tested caliper + 8 other calipers ..

Technical value ? / How so …

Even high priced Mitutoyo has variance from one caliper to another to some degree .. ( I have worked in several engineering environments over the last 3 decades )
It does not matter if there is variance as long as you work with the same calipers and the calipers are reliable ( offer repeatable measurement )

Ok I did not elaborate on how I tested the calipers , so what ?
I tested a steel rod for OD and LENGTH , this gives two vastly different readings …
And the steel rod was measured with all my calipers .. ( See picture )
And yes , I did measure at different points ( jaws ) to see if there was variance ..
These days I cant be bothered talking about stuff that does not need talking about ..
If its good , its good . Why go on about it ?
If something is NQR , yes talk about it , even offer a solution if there is one .

As for my Micrometer , it is limited to 25mm and is accurate to microns .. But it is hardly relevant as it offers a much more precise result .
So I compared a Vernier Caliper with my other Vernier Calipers …
And since they all gave pretty much the same result ( depending on capable accuracy scale )
All the calipers pictured are good and accurate within their capability ( accuracy scale )
The only calipers I would and could not recommend are No4 …. These were bad from day one ..
I only kept them around for this picture and for when I do a caliper write up ..

And then I will do a more detailed description on all the calipers I own .. + Known issues that may plague a caliper ..

But thank you for taking the time to share your expertise …

since judging the precision with other measuring-tools which are equally precise does not work. = Gee , Im glad I am not an expert !
( Imagine owning several vernier calipers that all give the same measurement – on any given object ) = That does not confirm anything now does it .. ( ? )

And how can a tool that measures 0.1mm compare with say a tool that measures 0.02mm or with a tool that measures 0.001mm .. or to a tool that measures 0.0001mm and so forth .. I think a little common sense needs to be applied .. You have tools for measuring ball park ( near enough is good enough ) like 18650 batteries ( do you need more than 0.1mm ? ) Plastic calipers are great for this .. And then when you need a more precise measurement , one thou usually does the trick .. When working with model airplane parts ( Making pistons , crank shafts ) then a more precise measurement might be needed ( usually work in Microns here ) Working in engineering shops , I never encountered a need for more accuracy then + – 5 thou .. So if you have calipers that can measure to half a thou ? Anyhow , these days I measure screws , batteries , and other nick nacks and 1 thou is serious overkill .. Anyhow , vernier calipers in engineering environments are usually used to get you within a certain tolerance range ( that you are machining too ) and if it has to be + or – 1 thou , then you usually switch to the micrometer before reaching critical dimensions ..

Oh !!!
And lets not forget , the more accurate the measuring tool , then the more sensitive it is to variables like temperature ..
When you have a tool that can measure say a micron , then the temperature of the tool becomes critical ..
I fondly remember having to constantly re zero because of temperature induced variance ..
And the same goes for what you are machining ..

Been there done that …

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

The steel rod mentioned was measured by all my calipers ..
So that’s the tested caliper + 8 other calipers ..

Technical value ? / How so …


Because you could have come to the same conclusion with a cheap 10$ caliper since we don’t know what kind of testing you did. This caliper is around 35$, that means it’s overkill for anyone who wants to measure cell length and “normal” every-day things and consequently its is expected that the caliper plays in the same league as some good 50$ – 150$ calipers, otherwise there’s no point in ordering it from china and sacrificing warranty and local customer service. And for this price range it would be good to have some hard facts.

old4570 wrote:

Even high priced Mitutoyo has variance from one caliper to another to some degree .. ( I have worked in several engineering environments over the last 3 decades )
It does not matter if there is variance as long as you work with the same calipers and the calipers are reliable ( offer repeatable measurement )

Yes, but Mitutoyo calipers have a way smaller variance than a 10$ caliper. And it would be interesting to know how much off to the true measurement the SHAHE one is. Of course it’s only one model and doesn’t tell us very much, but it’s a start.

old4570 wrote:

Ok I did not elaborate on how I tested the calipers , so what ?

Why elaborate about how you came to the conclusion? Well that’s the most important part and a crucial part about a good review. Otherwise we’d have light reviews saying “I recommend this light” and nothing more. But that’s not the case, because it is important for the reader to comprehend what led the review-writer to the decision that it’s a good light and tells the reader what kind of standards the reviewer has. This includes measurements, thoughts, and so on. Ideally I can come to my own conclusion based on the review, if I think the light/ caliper/ … is good for me or not. For example for me this caliper is of interest because it would be nice not having to use my expensive one when there’s a lot of oil and dirt around, but I would like to know how it compares to the caliper I use.

old4570 wrote:

I tested a steel rod for OD and LENGTH , this gives two vastly different readings …
And the steel rod was measured with all my calipers .. ( See picture )
And yes , I did measure at different points ( jaws ) to see if there was variance ..
These days I cant be bothered talking about stuff that does not need talking about ..
If its good , its good . Why go on about it ?
If something is NQR , yes talk about it , even offer a solution if there is one .

Why go on about it? Because someone who wants to find their way around the house and isn’t into flashlights will rate a 5×5mm led light as good. Someone who is searching for a professional search- and rescue-light might give a TN42 an acceptable rating and decides to go with a Polarion. So you can’t say uniformly that a product is good for everyone, again that’s why it’s important that the readers are able to comprehend why you think it’s good.

old4570 wrote:

As for my Micrometer , it is limited to 25mm and is accurate to microns .. But it is hardly relevant as it offers a much more precise result .
So I compared a Vernier Caliper with my other Vernier Calipers …
And since they all gave pretty much the same result ( depending on capable accuracy scale )
All the calipers pictured are good and accurate within their capability ( accuracy scale )
The only calipers I would and could not recommend are No4 …. These were bad from day one ..
I only kept them around for this picture and for when I do a caliper write up .. And then I will do a more detailed description on all the calipers I own .. + Known issues that may plague a caliper ..

But thank you for taking the time to share your expertise …


You don’t seem to appreciate it… I did not mean to discredit your knowledge on measuring tools, I am sorry that I came off as rude.
old4570 wrote:

since judging the precision with other measuring-tools which are equally precise does not work. = Gee , Im glad I am not an expert !
( Imagine owning several vernier calipers that all give the same measurement – on any given object ) = That does not confirm anything now does it .. ( ? )

And how can a tool that measures 0.1mm compare with say a tool that measures 0.02mm or with a tool that measures 0.001mm .. or to a tool that measures 0.0001mm and so forth .. I think a little common sense needs to be applied ..

If they all give the same reading then it good, then we know that they are all equally much off and it requires either a referenced thing or something that measures in a more precise range in order to tell how much these are off.

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My boss as well as my dad (use to) have Mitutoyo calipers, my boss has a few of them. One is about as long as my arm, now you know that cost him.

I have 3, 1 major hunk of junk no possible way to be accurate. Both the other are digital and of decent brand but still affordable. I learned something one day. Now trust me I am NO expert on this subject but here is what happened.

Our resident know it all (honestly he is pretty intelligent and can do his job well) but the one thing he can't do we learned about a year ago.

He was measuring some carriage bolts that had gotten mixed up and he was using the bosses Mitutoyo. I had just bought the newest caliper I have and had just started getting use to it. So I started helping him.

Long story short we started getting different readings on the same bolts. Well he yelled and cut up like usual until the boss came out to see what was going on.

We explained it to him and Russel (the know it all) insisted I had to be wrong because he was using a far better caliper than I was.

 Well the boss being the boss took both calipers and measure himself, both were dead on. Turns out I happen to be right that day. Russel was way too heavy handed.

I think going digital changed all of it but there are still plenty out there that are just not constructed well enough to compete with the accuracy of a very high end set, and then the human factor comes in as well.

Before I forget if ever decide to sell those analog Mitutoyo's please let me know. I collect all kinds of old mechanical things. Watches mostly, but I would love to add that to my collection.

I'm curious..... What would be the chances that each of us would happen to have an item that should measure out to close to the same, /if we could think of such an item we could each measure and see how far apart we are...

Either way I know one thing for sure, if I try to hurry and am not paying attention my numbers come up way off.

Always got the human factor... IMHO. 

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I emailed Mitutoyo in Japan years ago about finding an resell in the UK, I was told they are sold under the Kennedy brand and mine has their name on it, not Mitutoyo, I bought mine from Cromwell UK

 

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Oh dear ! …

There are international measuring standards ..
Depending on the industry , measuring tools may or may not need to meet certain standards ..
Same goes with certification …

To what level of accuracy ?

To correctly certify measuring tools ..

Certification / verification may need to be done under laboratory conditions .. Temperature controlled clean room …
Even the items measured may need to be at a certain temperature range ..
Same with the tools being verified .
The more accurate the measuring tool , the more critical the temperature range it is verified under ..

Again , a $35 caliper is most likely not going to be used in a environment that requires certified tools … And if you say one caliper can’t be used to verify another ? Then you may need to double check the standards used to check / verify measuring tools .. ( Industry Standards )

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Oh !
Lets not forget whats important about calipers = Repeat-ability / consistent repeat-ability ..
It does not matter if they are a thou or two this way or that way ..
Because :

If I measure a part , then manufacture a matching part using the same calipers .. Guess What ! There going to be the same ( depending on your machining skills )

The only time TRUE accuracy ( True reading ) is important is if you make stuff for others from blue prints and the item requires seriously tight tolerances ..
+ or – 1 thou or half a thou would already be most likely beyond calipers ..
Nobody uses calipers for such tight tolerances ..

Obviously this review has gotten under your skin …

And I dont have a temperature controlled clean room , so ?
I certainly cant verify anything to the standard you would like …

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….