Model selected after a disproportionate amount of testing!

Four-power lighted magnifier

- Requires 3 AAA Batteries (not included)
- Magnification: 4x
- Lens Size: 3" diameter
- Magnifier Length: approx. 6.25"

$16.95   ...item# 1828

The UltraOptix LED Lighted 4x Aspheric 3-Inch Round Magnifier features a 4x magnifier power distortion-free, optical quality lens. Large (3" diameter), lightweight, scratch-resistant, and shatter-proof acrylic lens.

Good for small print in low light, chart work, and general ship's applications.

Here is our "Trader Joe's" Report.

We have been testing hand-held magnifiers now for some 8 months. We had 6 models in the office, 3 lighted, of various sizes and shapes, and tried them all on several projects in various conditions, keeping in mind mostly the typical applications underway, even if not directly navigation related.

It became clear relatively soon that the 4x was notably of more use than the 3x, and that increasing size from 3" to up to 5" did not really change most uses. Some felt better in the hand than others, but we tried to overlook this really-not-important factor.

Then it boiled down to basically two models of lighted units. Even in a well-lighted room, the light helped in fine work, which is the typical call for such a tool anyway.

And the winner is... this inexpensive unit from Ultra Optix. We did find that for a lot more money one can get a better still glass instrument, but it is hard to justify that expense for the typical job of this tool. This one does a more than adequate job in all the applications we had, which were varied.

In short, what we did was set the two finalists in ready reach and then reflect back on which one we ended up using, time and again... simple as that. No real science.

Picture below taken with a cell phone in a completely dark room.


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