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Added convenience, functions boost body fat analyzer selection

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.

Body fat analyzer scale
This body fat analyzer scale from Care can also measure hydration level.

User-friendly features in high-end versions include USB capability to enable data transfer from the device to a computer. Select upscale variants have a built-in printer.

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
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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.

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Body fat analyzer
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Best Fortune Mfg Co. Ltd

Model: MB98D
Description: ABS case; 12 or 24hr time display; alarm; 5 to 50% body fat measuring range; eight-user data memory; for 10 to 99 years old; 10 to 250kg weight; CR2025 battery; 116x61x25mm

Body fat analyzer

Care Electronic (Scale) Co. Ltd

Model: CR9901
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Tempered-glass platform; high-precision strain gauge sensors; tap or manual on; 10-user data storage; 5 to 50% body fat, 20 to 70% hydration measuring range; 2 to 150kg capacity; kilograms, pounds, stones; 100g intervals; large LCD; LED light, overload, low-power indicators; removable infrared wireless display panel; auto-off, auto-reset; 9V 6LR61, 1.5V AAA batteries; 350x40mm; 2.4kg; CE, RoHS

Body fat analyzer

D&S Products Mfy Ltd

Model: 7102
MOQ: 3,000 units
Description: LCD; handgrip; three memory slots; 1min to read body fat content; 152x76x38mm; CE

Body fat analyzer

Dongguan Hengchen Electronic Co. Ltd

Model: HCF-3B
Description: Strain gauge precision technology; measures weight, fat, water, muscle, bone and calorie content; 16-user data storage; 150kg, 330 pound, 23st capacity; 100g, 0.2 pound, 0.5st intervals; overload, low-power, error indicators; two CR2032 batteries; CE, RoHS

Body fat analyzer

EKS Asia Ltd

Model: 9800
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 30 days
Description: Measures body fat, water and muscle content, bone mass, daily calorie intake; 180kg, 400 pound, 28st capacity; athlete mode; TAMM technology; automatic recognition; interprets values; 130mm display; 330x314x36mm; 1.55kg; CE

Body fat analyzer

Shenzhen Double Power Electronics Co. Ltd

Model: DP-898 Body Fat
MOQ: 3,000 units
Delivery: 25 days
Description: Metric and Imperial systems; five-user profile storage; body fat percentage indication; calculates calories burned and distance traveled; alarm; 1/100s chronograph; time display; with clip; 68x46x33mm; 0.041kg; CE, RoHS

Body fat analyzer

Xinyu Electronic Co. Ltd
Model: XY-6169
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 45 days
Price: $5.50
Description: 300x280x6mm tempered-glass platform; high-precision strain gauge sensors; 5 to 50% body fat, 20 to 70% hydration measuring ranges; 2 to 150kg capacity; also displays in pounds, stones; suitable for 10 to 80yrs old; 10-user data storage; 78x36mm LCD; tap, manual on; auto-zero, shut-off; overload, low-power indicators; two 3V CR2032 lithium batteries; 1.5kg; CE, RoHS

Body fat analyzer

Yang Fit Co. Ltd

Model: BF020
MOQ: 2,000 units
Delivery: 25 days
Description: 5 to 50% body fat content measuring range; LCD; 12 or 24hr time display; alarm; for 10 to 99 years old with 900 to 2,400mm height, 10 to 250kg weight; six-user data storage; two AAA batteries; 230x125x38mm; RoHS

Body fat analyzer

Zhongshan Transtek Electronics Co. Ltd

Model: GBF-950
MOQ: 1,000 units
Delivery: 35 days
Description: Measures body fat, water and muscle content, bone mass; 8-user data storage; 92x50mm LCD with white backlight; ultraslim design; 180kg, 396lb capacity; 100g, 0.2lb intervals; sense-on function; 320x320x25mm; 1.95kg; CE, RoHS

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