Calipers

Calipers are also known as callipers, they are a type of measuring instrument with a high degree of accuracy and little margin for error when measuring length or distances. They are mostly found in physics labs, machine shops and engineering applications. There are many styles but the principle of measuring are the same, we offer a large selection of calipers to meet your linear measurement needs.

To learn everything you need to know about calipers and their uses, check out our RS Components 'Complete Guide to Calipers'.

What are the key features?

Calipers have a robust construction, most commonly made from stainless steel. Some feature anti-glare, or satin finish that makes measurements easier to read. Some calipers will only allow for measurement of the inside or outside, depth or step of a product. However, many do give the option of measuring all of these. Calipers can display measurements in both imperial and metric.

Types of Caliper

  • Vernier caliperDigital vernier caliper
  • Dial caliper
  • Digital caliper
  • Spring caliper

Vernier Caliper - These are particularly useful when you need to measure something round. They feature a fixed main scale and a moving vernier scale. The main scale is normally in tenths of an inch or millimetres while the vernier scale normally measures to the nearest 0.02 millimetres or 0.001 inches.

Dial Caliper - These provide measurements with the same level of accuracy as Vernier calipers. However, instead of using two scales, a dial is used to read the final fraction of an inch or a millimetre on a dial. The measurement taken on a dial caliper is very easy to read.

Digital Caliper - Digital calipers use linear encoders to measure internal and external distances. This is then shown on a digital display which is simple to use and easy to read. Available with metric and imperial conversions so you can accurately measure objects with ease.

Spring Caliper - The primary purpose of spring calipers is to measure the internal and external diameter of an object. They differentiate by the measuring edges and get the name spring caliper by the spring joint that loads onto the nut. To adjust the size of the measuring tips turn the adjuster clockwise or anti-clockwise.

Are there calibration options?

We offer calibration on a wide range of vernier calipers and digital callipers. Browse our range now to view all our latest caliper offers with free next day delivery.


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Description Price Caliper Type Capacity Imperial or Metric Display Type Accuracy Resolution
RS Stock No. 464-9952
BrandRS PRO
TWD2,042.00
Each
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Vernier 150mm Both Analogue ±0.001 in 0.02 mm
RS Stock No. 486-8305
Mfr. Part No.505-671
BrandMitutoyo
TWD6,433.00
Each
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Dial 150mm Both Analogue ±0.03 mm 0.02 mm
RS Stock No. 794-3604
Mfr. Part No.500-445
BrandMitutoyo
TWD10,220.00
Each
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Digital 200mm Metric Digital ±0.02 mm 0.01 mm
RS Stock No. 268-9100
Mfr. Part No.DW8495
BrandStarrett
TWD889.00
Each
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Spring 150mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 877-1779
BrandRS PRO
TWD4,896.00
Each
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Digital 300mm Metric Digital ±0.04 mm 0.01 mm
RS Stock No. 841-2530
BrandRS PRO
TWD1,390.00
Each
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Vernier 145mm Both Analogue 0.4 mm 0.001 in
RS Stock No. 833-6458
Mfr. Part No.500-161-30
BrandMitutoyo
TWD6,380.00
Each
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Digital 150mm Metric Digital ±0.02 mm -
RS Stock No. 300-6506
Mfr. Part No.DELA.1901.07
BrandFacom
TWD699.00
Each
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Spring 200mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 841-2521
BrandRS PRO
TWD7,303.00
Each
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Digital 150mm Both Digital 0.4 mm 0.01 mm
RS Stock No. 794-3601
Mfr. Part No.500-444
BrandMitutoyo
TWD8,457.00
Each
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Digital 150mm Metric Digital ±0.02 mm 0.01 mm
RS Stock No. 683-0725
BrandRS PRO
TWD919.00
Each
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Spring 170mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 683-0728
BrandRS PRO
TWD919.00
Each
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Spring 150mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 269-1119
Mfr. Part No.DW8507
BrandStarrett
TWD1,044.00
Each
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Spring 150mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 268-9122
Mfr. Part No.DW8513
BrandStarrett
TWD1,241.00
Each
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Spring 100mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 683-0734
BrandRS PRO
TWD919.00
Each
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Spring 160mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 146-5499
BrandRS PRO
TWD484.00
Each
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Vernier 80mm Both - 0.1 mm -
RS Stock No. 683-0721
BrandRS PRO
TWD1,036.00
Each
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Spring 210mm Metric None - -
RS Stock No. 841-2537
BrandRS PRO
TWD547.00
Each
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Dial 150mm Both Analogue 0.4 mm 0.1 mm
RS Stock No. 683-0703
BrandRS PRO
TWD844.00
Each
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Jenny 175mm Both None - -
RS Stock No. 247-161
BrandRS PRO
TWD2,407.00
Each
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Digital 150mm Both Digital ±0.03 mm 0.02 mm