meta BroodMinder-W3 installation

BroodMinder-W3 installs on any kind of support (bricks, palets, flat ground..). Although it is not very sensitive to leveling, it is a good practice to check that all four feet are firmly pushing on the ground. You can use the scale graph in to assess the L/R unbalance and verify that the loads are evenly distributed.

Depending on your specific support you can think on what scale dimensions are the most suitable. Some beekeepers design their own scales taking into account specific constraints and use the Partially-assembled-calibrated or the Parts-kit unassembled-uncalibrated versions to make it fit to their own needs

If you’re willing to have an accurate monitoring of nectar flows and winter food store consumption we recommend installing at least 2 scales to have multiple hive measurements and overcome any single-hive specificity that could mislead your decisions. 

Another best practice is combining Broodminder-W3 scale with a BroodMinder-T internal hive monitor. Monitoring both weight+brood you’ll have the most accurate description of what’s going on.

If you wish real-time data transmission, you should consider one of our Data transmission hubs.


If it is the first time you install a BroodMinder device, follow the next generic steps. 

  1. install BroodMinder Bees app (Android, iOS), create your account 
  2. open the box and pull the tab to activate the scale
  3. make your first manual sync
  4. install the device under your beehive
  5. view and explore the data on mobile BroodMinder Bees app and on the web

To learn more read our User guide and watch the installation Video guide