9 Common Items That Weigh 3 Pounds

Last updated on October 27th, 2022 at 11:32 am

In this article, I will show you some very common items that weigh around 3 pounds.

Knowing a list of items that weigh 3 pounds can be very beneficial for everyday use. It’s also educational and you might just find it interesting to know that a small bag of potatoes weighs the same as a laptop.

If you knew the average weight of a standard household item that you use quite often, this could help you when it comes time to buy something you need with the same weight.

Let’s say you are looking to pack a small bag for traveling on a plane and you need it to be 3 pounds for you to use as a carry-on bag at the airport.

If you knew that your average 2-slice toaster weighs 3 pounds, you can get a really good estimate of how much you should pack in your bag to be around the same weight.

There are many reasons why you would want to know the weight of certain items. Here are 9 items that weigh around 3 pounds.

Did you know? 3 pounds is equivalent to 1.36078 KG or 48 ounces.

#1. Laptop

person typing on a laptop

Laptops these days are much lighter than they used to be many years ago. Many laptops now are small and portable making them very convenient to carry around and use anywhere.

The weight of the laptop really dictates how portable it is.

Depending on the type of laptop being used, they can range from 2 – 8 pounds with the most common weight being 3 pounds.

According to Lifewire.com, the Ultrabook and Chromebook weigh between 2 and 3 pounds. Ultraportable laptops weigh between 2 and 5 pounds. Thin and light laptops weigh between 3 and 6 pounds.

#2. 1.4 Liters of water

2 full glasses of water

Water at room temperature (70F) weighs 8.33 pounds per Kilogram. The density of water at room temperature is 0.99802 g/ml.

You need 2 figures to calculate water weight. The volume of water and the density of water.

First, convert 1.4 L to ml = 1400 ml (1.4 x 1000)

Next, multiply volume x density. 1400 ml x 0.99802 = 1397.228 grams.

Then convert grams to pounds. 1397.228 g = 3.08 LBS. 

1.4 liters of water weighs 3.08 pounds at room temperature. 

Of course, this doesn’t take into consideration the weight of water bottles.

#3. 12 Small apples

group of red apples

In a standard bag of apples, there are usually around 12 apples per bag. Depending on the size of the apple you may have more or less.

On average a standard bag of apples that contains 12 apples will weigh around 3 pounds with each apple weighing about 0.25 pounds.

With over 7500 different types of apples in the world, the weight of them will vary.

The next trip you make to the supermarket for apples, pick 12 of your favorites and they will weigh about 3 pounds. Provided they are small of course.

#4. 2 Slice toaster

2 slice toaster

A standard 2-slice toaster that you would use almost every day will weigh around 3 pounds. Without the toast. Of course, this will depend on the brand and materials used by the manufacturer but on average they will be 3 pounds.

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#5. Travel weighted blanket for kids

young kid with a blanket on the head

If you are planning a trip with your kids, a smart item to add to your packing checklist is a travel blanket for kids. You can use these for any getaway including camping, beach, airplane, or road trips.

Kids love to use these blankets as they are comforting and will keep them warm. They will feel relaxed and help to keep them calm.

These weighted blankets are affordable and come in very handy for all kids. Depending on the size you need and the materials being used, these blankets can vary in weight.

But I did plenty of research and found the average weight for a kid’s travel weighted blanket is around 3 pounds.

#6. 60 AA Alkaline batteries (1 = 0.8 oz) 48 oz = 3 pounds

group of aa batteries

I was curious about the weight of batteries since everyone typically has them in the home. AA batteries are commonly used to provide power to many items around the house.

I was shocked to see that 1 AA alkaline battery weighs 0.8 ounces.

A pack of 60 AA batteries will weigh 48 ounces which is equivalent to 3 pounds.

#7. An Axe

2 axes shown on a wall

You can do a lot of damage with an axe and there are many different purposes for using one. The weight of the axe plays an important role in determining its effectiveness.

Depending on the size and type of the axe and the materials being used, the weight will vary greatly.

The average weight is between 3 and 7 pounds. Mauls can reach up to 40″ and weigh up to 7 pounds.

Felling axes are smaller between 32 – 36″ and weigh around 3 pounds.

#8. Fire extinguisher

red fire extinguisher on a wall

A fire extinguisher is a crucial piece of safety equipment that many people have in their homes, campers, cottages, and more.

They are normally labeled A, B, or C which indicated what type of fire to use them on. The size of the fire extinguisher is important with the larger ones usually being better but they are also the heaviest.

A large and heavy fire extinguisher may be too difficult to move around and use. It’s important to use the right size for you and your home.

Fire extinguishers can range from 2 to 10 pounds and can have different uses.

It’s common for a 3-pound fire extinguisher to be used in smaller settings like a car or kitchen area.

#9. Exercise ball

lady using an exercise ball

Exercise balls are sometimes called medicine balls and are great for working out at home or at the gym.  They can increase your coordination, agility, and strength.

There are many different types of exercises you can do with a medicine ball. The great thing about them is they are available in many different sizes and weights. It is easy to find one that suits you.

They normally start at around 2 pounds and go up to 8 pounds.

3 pounds is a very common size for an exercise ball.


As you can see, there are many common items that weigh 3 pounds. These are just a few examples. Knowing the weight of certain items is not only interesting and fun to know but it can be very beneficial to know for everyday use.

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