USB and FM radio capability, and solar panels are among the features of the latest models.
Enhancements on functionality and convenience dominate R&D efforts to improve the body fat analyzer line in China. Suppliers are implementing product upgrades at all price segments.
Several entry-level body fat analyzers come with a selectable system of measurement. Results can be presented in either metric or Imperial units. One example is Shenzhen Double Power Electronics Co. Ltd's DP-898 model, which also has an alarm function and a 1/100s chronograph. It goes for $1.56.
Other options include time display, calendars and thermometers. Dongguan Hengchen Electronic Co. Ltd equips the HCI-1 model with these functions. The unit is priced at $10.50, or 20 percent more expensive than alternatives without the above features. Europe, Japan and the US are the supplier's main markets.
With regard to energy sources, many designs that double as pedometers now have solar panels. Highlighting enhanced entertainment value as well, some come with an FM radio function.
Meanwhile, overload and low-power indicators are installed in a number of scale-type versions, including the XY-6169 model from Xinyu Electronic Co. Ltd. It is quoted at $5.50.
Apart from adding features, companies are utilizing better materials such as thicker and stronger tempered glass and stainless steel. This has resulted in a capability increase in the latest scale-type units from the previous 150 to 180kg.
Besides extending the load limit, manufacturers are augmenting data storage. Low-end versions that used to keep information for fi ve persons can now accommodate eight.
Their midrange counterparts are receiving a memory boost as well. The earlier capacity of 10 persons has been pushed to 15. Saved details include sex, age and height. Dongguan Hengchen's improved HCF-3B model is quoted at $8.50.
Body fat analyzer selection
China suppliers' body fat analyzers can be categorized according to function, construction and price.
For product capability, companies offer DC, AC and BMI types. Most releases are under the last classification. These low-end units go for $6 and below.
Quoted at between $6.50 and $9, DC alternatives provide more accurate results than basic models.
AC variants yield the most precise readings. Such options can measure fat, water, muscle, bone and calorie content. Units exceed $9.
Body fat analyzers are typically available in two constructions. Handheld versions have two poles that are pressed and held with fingers to prompt reading. These come in ABS housings and have built-in LCDs.
Alternatives similar to bathroom scales measure weight, hydration level, muscle mass and body fat. Quotes start at $5.
Suppliers offer products across all market segments. Models in the low end are often for promotional purposes and double as pedometers. Prices do not reach $8. Those that count only calories and steps go for less than $1. Some can tell time. Versions with storage for data on weight, height, age and sex for up to eight users are between $1 and $1.50. Units providing a five-level analysis of body fat content are $3 or $4.
Midrange releases are quoted from $8 to $20. Most come as multifunction scales. Tempered glass and stainless steel are popular housing materials because their durability makes standing on the devices safer. The units store information for up to 10 persons. Those at $8 to $10 measure body fat content between 5 and 50 percent, and hydration level from 5 to 80 percent. Products at $10 to $15 boast an extended capacity of 10 to 80 percent for both parameters.
High-end options, priced above $20, have features similar to midrange models but come with larger LCDs, and can recommend ideal body fat percentage and daily calorie intake. Such items save details for up to 15 persons.
Releases considered body fat machines are quoted at more than $500. These versions are for professional use, and intended for beauty and sports clubs, and medical institutions. The devices offer three measuring modes: normal, and amateur and professional athlete. They are fitted with high-precision strain-gauge sensors, data analysis software and touchscreen LCDs. Some have microthermal printers and ultrasonic height testers.
Model: DP-898 Body Fat
Xinyu Electronic Co. Ltd
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