Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Even The Simple Things - Dual Magnifying Glass

Tiny Serial And Model Numbers!
    Although I will never admit it, sometimes I need to see something better. Clearer and nearer. I won't use glasses (not yet at least!) but I will use a magnifying glass. I've been afraid to keep a good glass one in the RV since it would likely break or would require lots of care to keep in good shape. As everyone already knows, I haunt quite a few dollar stores and merchandise liquidators all over the place. You never know what you'll find. This time I came up with an acrylic plastic dual power hand held magnifying glass that actually works well. Yup, you guessed it...only 1 dollar.

Nice, Big Design.
  This one has a large (4" across) main lens and a smaller 1" double power one. They look to be about 2X and 5X respectively. Now, don't go thinking this will magnify with the same quality as a glass lens, it won't. However, for jobs that don't require perfect precision it's just fine. Reading tiny serial numbers on electronics, the stick-on appliance label behind the the dark...with a problem. Taking a look at a tiny eyeglass hinge screw hole to see if it's stripped? Yup, the smaller lens works fine. Not perfect, but good enough. And since it's worries about shattering. I wrap mine up in a microfiber cloth that came in a pack of three for, yes, you guessed it, 1 dollar! It stays clean and scratch free until I need it.

It's really handy to have the double power mini magnifier built in. You can simply move your hand a bit and get a "zoomed in" view of any detail. Some folks swear by their cell phone camera lens and use it to zoom in on items. That would work, but just pulling out this beauty and taking a look is simpler and doesn't require any power. It also works WAY better in full daylight than any LED screen I've seen on a phone or tablet. Just in case you were wondering....yes, you can start fires with it.  In a pinch...that could save your life.

Like everything...YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). I'm happy to have found this looking glass. Perhaps I have a bit of the Sherlock Holmes fantasy left over. Indubitably.

Be Seeing You...Down The Road,

Rich "The Wanderman"


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