To be honest, I didn’t spend much time “shopping” for the digital calipers I’ll talk about in this post. This last November, my father-in-law was asking for my “Christmas list”, and I thought to myself: “how about a set of digital calipers?”. I spent all of 5 minutes perusing Amazon glancing at products and reviews, and saw how popular the iGaging products were. In a hurry, I sent my father in law a link to the iGaging ABSOLUTE ORIGIN 0-6″ Digital Electronic Caliper on Amazon, and didn’t think about this product again until Christmas. When I opened the calipers and turned them on I was surprised to see them read 0.0000″ when I closed the jaws. WOW! I then read the instruction sheet and learned about the absolute origin feature- very cool. At that moment I thought: “I need to do a blog post on these”.
Here’s the product details:
- Unlimited measuring speed
- Resolution: 0.0005″/0.01mm
- Accuracy: 0.001″/0.02mm
- Range: 6″/150mm
- IP54 splash water and dust resistant
- Measuring speed: Unlimited
- Protection rating: IP54 (Humidity and dust resistance )
- Battery: 1x 3V CR2032 Battery (spare included) life:2 years under normal operation
- Hardened Stainless steel, lapped finished
- Operating environment:temperature 0°c+40°c; relative humidity: 80%
- Battery life:more than 2 years under normal operation
- SPC Output with USB connection available (search amazon for: B00INL0BA2)
- Meets DIN Standard 862; ISO 9001 certified manufacturing
- 2 Year warranty
Overall, I’m very impressed with these calipers in short time I’ve used them. It will be interesting to see how long the battery lasts compared to the 2-year usage estimate the instruction sheet lists. Here’s a couple pictures of taking a headspace reading for shoulder bump on .308 Winchester cartridges:
With the Hornady Headspace Gauge zeroed on the first piece of brass, it’s then just a few seconds worth of measuring to determine the relative shoulder bump for the second piece of brass:
There we go! -0.001″ difference between the two pieces of brass. That’s pretty consistent.
So far I’m liking the iGaging calipers- the fit and finish is great, and I will certainly keep you all posted with how these calipers hold up over the years. There’s one thing for sure: you can’t get too many sets of digital calipers! One in the kitchen, one in the truck, four at the reloading bench, two by the lathe, and a couple at the milling machine- something like that! Anyone else here using iGaging OriginCal products? Please leave a comment sharing your experiences!