Harpenden skinfold caliper features

Harpenden Skinfold Caliper

Harpenden caliper is a highly-recognized and highly accurate professional equipment that has been used for body fat measurement and calculation research for over 40 years.

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Harpenden Skinfold Caliper

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How to use the Harpenden Skinfold Caliper

The recommended taking skinfold technique is used.

  1. Lift and hold the skinfold with your thumb and forefinger.
  2. Position the jaws of the Harpenden caliper in the skinfold at a distance of approx. 1 cm from the fingers that hold it, and in the middle between the top and bottom of the skinfold. Do not let go of the fingers holding the skinfold while you measure.
  3. Wait 1-2 seconds before reading the caliper and recording the value. Repeat the measurement with the Harpenden caliper on all other sites on the body.

How to read the Harpenden Caliper

The reading screen has 2 needles, one large, one small. Each full rotation of the large needle represents 2 cm (20mm), indicated by the small needle. For example, if you do one full rotation and then it reaches 5, it would be 25mm.

how to read the Harpenden Caliper


Harpenden Skinfold Calibration

The Harpenden caliper can be checked for proper calibration with a 16mm diameter calibration dowel as follows:

  • First make sure the needle is above zero.
  • Open the jaws of the caliper and place the tips in the dowel, as indicated in the image.

how to calibrate the Harpenden skinfold caliper

  • Compare the dial reading with the following table:




Slim Guide

+/- 1.0mm

15.0 – 17.0mm


+/- 1.0mm

15.0 – 17.0mm


+/- 0.5mm

15.5 – 16.5mm 

  • When removing the dowel, do not allow the jaws to snap shut.
  • If the caliper is not calibrated correctly, you can contact one of these official service centers:

Creative Health Products (USA)


Lange and Harpenden calipers

Baty International (U.K.)


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