SHAHE Digital calipers Product page .
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 !
No play in the jaws
Accurate to 0.0005 inch
Metric + imperial
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 )
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