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    Default LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Today, German discount chain LIDL is selling a 2.5x magnifying glass with LED lighting.
    I bought one and I'm plesantly surprised. So here comes a mini-review:

    At a price of EUR 5.99 I didn't expect too much, but I was so wrong. The body is nicley-machined aluminium (no HA, for sure). Batteries, a zippered case for storage and a cloth for cleaning the optics are included. There's a 5 year warranty on the product.

    The light switch is a pushbutton that lights up 4 LEDs upon the first click and 8 LEDs upon the second click. The LEDs' brightness is just right to examine small objects clearly without glare. The light is smooth and lights up objects evenly from all angles. The tint is slighly on the blue side, a non-flashoholic doesn't notice it.

    The LEDs run off 2 AA cells, using a very well regulated (!!) converter. The converter is actually amazing, something I would never have expected at this price and on such a product. It maintains constant light power b/w 1.4 and 4.0 V, making the very best use of the batteries.



    If you like to dig deeper, here's the spreadsheet.

    Without having disassembled the unit and based on my electrical measurements only, I assume that all LEDs are connected in parallel. There's however enough voltage drop that this circuit could operate off a fully-charged single Li-Ion cell (but careful, it will discharge an unprotected cell to an unacceptably low voltage).

    Finally, a few photos:


    Here's a scan of the manual:

    Bottom line: This product will stay with me for a long time to come. The only thing that I feel could be improved is the weight. Some stamp collectors might consider it a bit too heavy for extended periods of usage.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Thanks! Might have to pick one up.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Hope LIDL sells it in Spain, too. Just opened a shop near my house

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    I like what I see, but I do not speak German, so I could not find it on their website. Is it available to the U.S.? How much does it cost?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by frankr
    I like what I see, but I do not speak German, so I could not find it on their website. Is it available to the U.S.? How much does it cost?
    Thanks
    I've not heard that LIDL operates branches in the US.
    LIDL non-food offers are usually available for half a week only. Sometimes you can still find an item 1 week later, but after 2 weeks they are definitely sold (if not, the price is lowered so much that they sell).

    Judging from the price or EUR 5.99 this item has been imported so that it should be available globally. Now if you look around you might well find it under another name at a US outlet. LIDL sells this under the locally-known brand name "Bresser". Behind "Bresser" there is MEADE and they do have an English website. I have not found that particular magnifier on their website, though.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Thanks Martin, You provided me enough info for me to find it at http://store01.prostores.com/servlet.../Detail?no=241
    After Christmas discount it cost me $23.00 US

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Nice review, but you should add units to your graph, so that it becomes clear what you measured.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Martin
    Thank you for the review. I have been looking for a lighted magnifier that wasn't junk like some others I have tried.

    Frankr
    Thank you for sluething out a U.S. source. Ordering up one today.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Quote Originally Posted by Spacemarine
    Nice review, but you should add units to your graph, so that it becomes clear what you measured.
    Oops - Done.

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Martin, FrankR, also thanks from me for posting and finding the U.S. source. Picked a couple up for myself and mom.
    WWII 60" Anti Aircraft Carbon Arc (Sold), Short Arcs: 1.6KW NightSun, 1KW VSS-3A, .8KW TrakkaBeam, 600 Watt M-134 Gun Light, 500 Watt X-500-14s, 500 Watt Starburst, 300 Watt Locators, Megaray, 150 Watt Set Beam & Communicator, Maxabeam Gen3, LarryK14@52V

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Bought one of these today in a Swedish Lidl store. Very nice feel and quality for the price, only 69.90:- ($10). Love it. I have been scouting Lidl stores since I saw this review.

    Stefan

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    Default Re: LIDL Magnifying Glass with LED Lighting

    Lidl is offering this same magnifier again on Monday, Dec-17.
    As before, the price is EUR 5.99 and it's covered by a 5 yr warranty.
    Here is the product link.

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