4 pounds in weight is the same as 16 ounces, which is about 1.81437 kilograms.
Getting a feel for 4 pounds is not t that difficult, seeing as how many everyday objects weigh about that much. In this guide, I will show you 9 common items you can use as a reference for estimating what 4 pounds feels like.
2-Liter Soda Bottle
Soda and water do vary much in terms of weight to volume. That means a single liter of soda and water will weigh about 1 kilogram or 2.2 pounds. So, if you have an unopened 2-liter bottle of soda, it should weigh roughly 2 kilograms or 4.4 pounds, which is only slightly more than the 4-pound weight we are trying to measure.
An unopened 12-fluid-ounce can of soda, on the other hand, has an average weight of 368.7 grams or 0.8 pounds. That means you will have to collect roughly 5 of them to get to the 4-pound figure.
Like any electronic, laptops will vary in weight based on a number of factors. For instance, the size of the laptop’s screen and what sort of hardware it will significantly impact its overall weight. In addition, a fully charged battery can weigh a fraction of an ounce heavier than a dead or empty battery.
On average, 16-inch ultrathin laptops can weigh as little as 4 pounds, whereas 14-inch standard-sized laptops can weigh 4 to 6 pounds, give or take a few ounces. According to Guinness World Records, the lightest 16-inch laptop in existence is the LG Gram 16”, which weighs a mere 40.83 ounces. That is about 5/8 of the way to the 4-pound mark.
In accordance to the American Society for Testing and Materials, modular red bricks typically measure 8 × 3.625 × 2.25 inches (L × W × H) and weigh 4.2 pounds. A non-modular brick—i.e., a standard brick—will typically measure 8 × 4 × 2.25 inches and have a weight closer to 5 pounds.
The type of brick you use will depend on a number of variables, including color and texture, stacking height, mortar color, and indoor or outdoor usage. For building BBQ pits or pizza ovens, a standard red clay brick may suffice.
14.5 Cups of AP Flour
Measuring baking ingredients by weight rather than by volume will allow you to stay truer to the recipe. This is especially true for flour, which is a finer powder as opposed to sugar crystals. Measuring flour by volume requires scooping and leveling the measuring utensil, which still allows for a wide margin of error.
So, you will need to scoop and level 14.5 cups of all-purpose flour to get 4 pounds. Bread and all-purpose flour generally weigh the same, but cake flour is much less dense and thus lighter by volume. This is also true for almond flour.
7-2/3 Cups of Water
Measuring the weight of water by volume is a lot easier when using the metric system. This is because a single cubic-centimeter or milliliter of water will weigh precisely 1 gram. That means a liter of water will weigh exactly 1 kilogram.
In imperial units, the water volume-to-weight ratio is a lot different. 1 cup of water weighs 8.345 ounces or 0.5216 pounds. So, to get to 4 pounds of water, you would need 7-2/3 cups.
Steel-Toe Work Boots
Work boots are any type of boots used for working in factories, mines, or other fields that involve dealing with large machinery or dangerous substances. Therefore, workers must wear boots that are made of durable materials that last for several years and protect the wearer’s feet from falling objects.
Steel-toe work boots have a weight range of 3.5 to 4.5 pounds. In comparison, a composite toe work boot can weigh as little as 2.5.
8 Tissue Boxes
The weight of a tissue box will vary depending on how many sheets it contains, the tissue paper’s thickness, and the materials used to make the package. On average, a Kleenex box containing 125 sheets of 2-ply tissue weighs 0.55 pounds, so you will need about 8 of them to get to the 4-pound mark.
If all you have are fresh rolls of toilet paper, you should know that a modern roll measures 10 × 12 centimeters (W × D) and contains 150 sheets. A single roll of toilet paper will weigh about 8 ounces each, meaning you will need just as many tissue paper rolls and Kleenex boxes to get to 4 pounds.
Small Cordless Drill
Power drills come in an assortment of sizes and weights. Cordless power drills are power drills that have a portable source of power—i.e., a rechargeable battery. These drills have a weight range of between 3.5 to 10 pounds.
A lighter cordless power drill will have a smaller battery, a brushless motor, and a smaller chuck. In addition, cordless drills are heavier than their corded counterparts due to the fact that their source of power is connected directly to the tool.
A football helmet is an essential piece of football gear. It protects the football player’s head from sustaining long-term injuries during intense moments of gameplay. On average, a football helmet can weigh 4-6 pounds.
One way of testing the effectiveness of a football helmet is determining how much force it can handle when an object drops on it from 8 feet in the air. A high-quality football helmet will withstand the force of a 35-pound object.
And there you have it, boys and girls—9 common objects and their quantities that measure a total of 4 pounds, give or take a few ounces. Knowing how to measure weight by feel is a great skill to have, especially when you don’t have a weight scale or a project doesn’t prioritize accuracy—e.g.., DIY home renovation and gardening jobs
If you have any other suggestions of common items that weigh 4 pounds, I would love to read about them in the comments section. Also, make sure you share this list with your friends who do not know what 4 pounds feels like.