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Top pocket magnifier

Ökolux Mobil Plus LED Hand Magnifier 7x / 24dpt

I like this magnifier it can be carried in a pocket or a purse and is therefore useful on the move. I still prefer the simple Eschenbach 172020 as it cant breakdown, but this is superior due to the light.


There are a selection of powers of magnification, the useful ones are the 5X and higher the 7X is probably the most useful. You aren’t going to read War and Peace with it, but out and about shopping it is an ideal size for your purse or pocket.

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Very Handy magnifier

Coil AT Max Round 7x Illuminated Magnifier


This series of magnifiers has it own unique selling point. The most useful addition to any magnifier is a light which this one possesses. However the downside to having a light is it needs batteries and then you leave the light switched on. Next time you go to use it the batteries are dead… Coil steps forward with these mags, the clever bit is the handle as you grip it the light comes on. When you put it down the light goes out. This makes these great for the forgetful.

They come in a range of powers. The one drawback is that after prolonged use the handle grip may get rather sticky and the switch itself may fail.



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Useful stand magnifier

3.7x Hi-Power Stand magnifier from COIL

This is a slightly specialised magnifier I don’t recommend it for everyone but it has a particular use.


The stand is great if you need a magnifier that you want to write with. You can maneuver a pen under the lens and write, the main use for it is for signing cheques, (remember them?) or any document. There are various different powers of magnification. The problem with the stronger powers is that the lens gets very close to the page not giving enough room for a pen. The 3.7X mag is a very useful one depending on your level of vision.

How to use a magnifier…

Sherlock Holmes isn’t always right! The classic image of Sherlock is him examining some object for clues as in the picture of Basil Rathbone playing Holmes. Most people subconsciously copy Holmes when using a magnifier. Unfortunately in this instance he is wrong.

basilrathboneassherlockhomes3 The proper way to get the best results with a magnifier is like this.

img_20160909_192714The closer you hold the magnifier to your eye the better image you get, it is bigger and there is a bigger field of view. The magnifier in the picture is ideal, it is self illuminated and the housing means it is resting on the page at the correct distance. The person is also wearing their reading glasses, if you don’t wear reading glasses it will be slightly out of focus and you will have to hover the lens above the page.

If the magnifier is a simple design which you just hold and find the focus point by moving it back and forth it doesn’t matter if you are wearing your glasses or not.

The other major error is that people move the magnifier across the page. Normally you read a book by holding it still and letting your eye rove across the page. With a magnifier you should not move the magnifier. You move the page under the magnifier. This sounds and feels completely wrong initially but as you practice it gets easier and reading will be more fluent and faster. You need to stick with it and it will become your preferred way of reading.