Types of Magnifiers

A magnifier can save you a lot of trouble when doing your daily tasks. Handling your magnifier can become a challenge when it comes to certain tasks, so picking something with maximum convenience will help you perform much better.

When it comes to usage, magnifiers can differ widely, but for the sake of simplicity we will put them in two categories - hand-held and hands-free.


Hand-held magnifiers

Hand-held magnifiers are perfect for tasks, which do not require both of your hands to perform and are super convenient and quick to use outside.

If you have parks around you, chances are that you have walked around one in the summer, where a kid would walk around holding a loupe in order to search for insects in the grass. Loupes are extremely convenient for usage out of your home. In general they do not offer too big a magnification, but it is enough to perform a similar task.

Same goes for pocket, necklace and foldable magnifiers in general. Those types are amazing for small tasks, like reading tiny fonts on documents and packaging, when you are not in the comfort of your home. Mobilent LED Illuminated Folding Pocket Magnifier is among the best solutions when you need to see something up close or to aid low vision, coming in different ranges of magnification and are extremely compact. Thanks to its LED light, it can serve you in as well in poorly lit places, as it does in the lit ones.

Binoculars are among the most popular types of handheld magnifiers that find use outside your home. They are super popular for terrain and wildlife observation activities. While telescopes are much better at the job, stargazing could be done to a degree with binoculars too and is also great for beginners. As for wildlife, many bird enthusiasts enjoy observing our feathered friends with binoculars too. Eschenbach Magno X Binoculars are a great choice in every situation, with a good field of view and 8X magnification.


Hands-free magnifiers

Hands-free magnifiers are in general either stand or clip-on magnifiers, which allow the performing of tasks, which require the use of both hands or tasks which you would prefer not to use your hands for.

Dome magnifiers are one of the best solutions, when it comes to visual aids for performing reading tasks. In general they offer good magnification and a larger field of view, being very handy for older people and people with impaired vision. They require minimal involvement of your hands and some of them come in lit variations. Eschenbach Menas Zoom for example is a dome magnifier with adjustable magnification, which reaches up to 3.4X and easily tackles the smaller fonts in books.

Clip-on magnifiers are extremely convenient for model working and reading tasks as well. Some of them allow for the use of more than one lens, which can significantly boost their magnification capabilities. They can be clipped onto your prescription spectacles and some of those models can reach over 4X magnification. Coil Monocular Magniclip offers a great field of view and up to 4.75X magnification, making working with electronics a breeze.

Spectacles are a fantastic choice, as well. Their magnification can come in many different levels, allowing for use both inside and outside too. Some models are perfect for handling glare, for people suffering from light sensitivity , They are among the most popular hands-free magnifiers and are a great solution for milder cases of visual impairment. Looking at photos, sewing or just sitting in front of your pc, they offer a wide range of solutions for each of those situations. Daytona Seaspray Ready Reader Glasses are one of the best solutions for tasks that do not require too much magnification and fit for any computer related work and work with documents. They also come in higher diopter variations for more precise work.


Those are just a few of the different magnifiers available, as an aid for vision impairment and hobbyists. For more options, make sure to check out our store.