I'm in the lucky position to building my own home lab and I'm looking to get a nice balance, but I don't want to waste money on something I won't use though.
I'm currently about to start second year chemistry (Organic) and I plan to take at least a few courses beyond this as time allows (I already have my Comp Sci degree and a full time job and I've been in and out of grad school for Mathematics and Computer Science). So this is just a hobby. As far as what I'll be doing I honestly don't know chemistry well enough to say exactly, but I think it'd be fun to synthesize various molecules you come across and see what kind of purity I could get after running the experiment a few times.
I probably won't ever get much past 4th year undergrad or 1st year graduate level knowledge since I can only take one night class at a time.
I understand that analysis and p chem have a decent amount of use for sub-mg level accuracy, but how often do these situations come up in practice?
Should I spend the extra on a 0.1mg balance or just go for a 1mg balance? This decision won't affect future lab purchases much more likely just the timeline of the purchases. Eventually I'd like to get additional useful instruments as I start needing them like a centrifuge and/or autoclave. But I probably won't ever get a FT-IR for example.