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Compact Lighted Magnifier
Bausch & Lomb Optics
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness
Bausch & Lomb's compact, lighted magnifier is one of the handiest devices that I've come across in quite awhile. The magnifier has a 2X powered optical quality acrylic lens that measures 2" x 2". The magnifier is housed in a compact case that doubles as a protective casing and a handle for holding the magnifier. When compacted, i.e., closed, this product measures a mere 3 3/4 inches long and 2 ½ inches wide, and is less than ½ inch thick. This slim shapes makes it a perfect size to slip into shirt, dress, or pants pockets.
To engage the magnifier, all you have to do is to simultaneously depress two buttons, located on either side of the case. These buttons are raised, and very easy to locate by touch. Once the buttons are depressed, the magnifier will pop out. This magnifier has an added feature in that it is also lighted. To turn on the light, you simply press the buttons a second time. To retract (close) the magnifier, you just push it pack into the case. This also turns the light off. This light in this magnifier uses a 2.2 volt bulb, which is powered by two AAA (triple A) batteries, which are included with the magnifier.
Its small size makes this magnifier perfect for taking to the store to read labels, and for reading menus. Being lighted, it is also a handy magnifier to have in low light situations, or for reading maps and such in the car at night. The light provides enough illumination to read by, but not so much as to be distracting to others around you. The light also makes it an ideal magnifier to use when hunting for splinters, or key holes :) I was impressed with the usefulness of this magnifier, as well as its sturdy construction, which should enable it to stand up to constant use.
This review was originally published - January 13, 2002
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