Eighty grams, which is equal to about 2.82 ounces, is a small amount of weight. This can sometimes make estimating that weight challenging, but imagining a few examples can help.
80 Paper Clips
If you’re trying to visualize any weights in grams, a paper clip is often the most helpful item. One standard-sized paper clip usually weighs almost exactly 1 gram.
Because of this, paper clips are also an excellent, easy way to calibrate a scale. You would need 80 paper clips to equal 80 grams.
If you’re measuring with paper clips, however, be careful not to use large paper clips, as these can weigh between 1.5 and 2 grams.
A United States nickel weighs 5 grams, so you would need 16 of them to add up to 80 grams. Nickels are another handy item for calibrating a scale, as their weight is so exact.
Nickels aren’t the only items that can be used for estimating 80 grams. One penny weighs 2.5 grams, so you would need 32 of them to equal 80 grams.
Four AA Batteries
Exactly how much a battery weighs depends on what type of battery it is and how charged it is.
Lithium AA batteries usually weigh about 15 grams, while alkaline AA batteries weigh about 23 grams.
Rechargeable batteries are the heaviest, weighing around 31 grams. A drained battery weighs less than a charged battery.
On average, though, this information tells us that four AA batteries would equal roughly 80 grams, so you can use batteries to estimate in a pinch.
Egg weight varies depending on the chicken type and the health of the chicken that laid the egg. Most eggs, however, weigh between 1.5 and 2 ounces or 42.5 and 56.8 grams.
Two small or average eggs would be equal to just over 80 grams.
17 Pieces of Copy Paper
Depending on thickness and material, paper can weigh different amounts, but copy or printer paper has such uniform size and thickness that each sheet almost always weighs exactly the same. Copy paper is usually 4.5 grams per sheet.
Therefore, you would need just less than 18 pieces to equal 80 grams.
Three or Four Mice
Various mice species weigh different amounts, but most common mice species, such as a house mouse, wood mouse, or white-footed mouse, weigh between 0.68 and 0.83 ounces, which is between about 19.3 and 23.5 grams.
You would need three or four mice to equal about 80 grams, depending on the exact weight of each mouse.
This only gives a rough estimate of 80 grams, but mice are relatively easy to visualize, so it’s a simple, quick way to get a feel for that particular weight.
Five and a Half Tablespoons of Butter
One tablespoon of butter weighs about 14 grams. This is usually the same for all solid butter, although cold butter, since it’s denser, can weigh very slightly more than warm butter.
Some kinds of butter may also weigh a little more or less depending on how they’re made and whether salt has been added.
At 14 grams per tablespoon, however, you would need about 5.7 tablespoons of butter to equal around 80 grams.
20 Sugar Packets
Although different brands package their sugar in packets with different designs and colors, almost all sugar packets weigh the same, at 4 grams per packet.
This makes sugar packets an excellent way to estimate weights or calibrate scales.
You would need 20 sugar packets to equal 80 grams.
The weight of a standard wooden pencil depends on the brand and whether the pencil has been sharpened or the eraser has been used. Most pencils, however, weigh between 6 and 8 grams.
At an average weight of 7 grams, you would need about 11 pencils to equal around 80 grams.
Using pencils to estimate weight isn’t exact, but because they’re so common, most people are familiar with the look and feel of them, making them a handy estimating tool.
Half a Cup of Blueberries
One blueberry weighs between 1.5 and 3 grams, for an average of 2.25 grams.
The size of the blueberry and how ripe it is can cause this weight to fluctuate slightly, but because each blueberry is different, averages work quite well for measuring.
A half of a cup of blueberries generally contains around 35 berries. Multiplying 2.25 by 35, we find that a half cup of blueberries weighs around 78.75 grams, just less than 80 grams.
Three to Four Pickleballs
Pickleballs are lightweight balls with holes punched in them. The pickleball’s design helps to ensure that it will fly through the air quickly while maintaining direction, offering players greater control over their serves and hits.
Most pickleballs weigh between 0.8 and 0.88 ounces or about 22.6 to 24.9 grams. Indoor pickleballs are somewhat smaller and softer than their outdoor counterparts, so you might need four indoor pickleballs to equal around 80 grams.
Picturing three average pickleballs, however, will usually get you very close to an estimate of 80 grams.
16 Credit Cards
Because credit cards must work on standardized machines, they all need to be of similar size and weight, which makes them an excellent tool for estimating various weights.
A plastic credit or debit card usually weighs about 5 grams, so you would need 16 of them to equal 80 grams.
Metal credit cards, on the other hand, can weigh between 12 and 28 grams, so you would need three to seven metal credit cards to equal about 80 grams.
Onions can grow to various sizes depending on where they came from and how they were cared for.
Different onion varieties also grow to different average sizes and weights. In general, however, a regular onion that has been peeled of its outer layers usually weighs between 2.47 and 4.68 ounces.
We know that 80 grams is equal to 2.82 ounces, so you would need one small onion or half of a large onion to equal about 80 grams.
Raw, unpeeled onions can weigh between 4 and 7 ounces, so you would only need half of an unpeeled onion to equal around 80 grams.