Magnifying Glasses

Magnifying glasses are devices typically used as vision aids that allow you to enlarge the apparent size of something and see it in greater detail and resolution. They feature a rounded convex lens, with light bending and converging at a focal point. Most are small and portable and designed for short-term uses such as reading small print.

How is the power of magnifying glasses measured?

You may see the power of a magnifying glass measured in multiple ways. The most common is ’times magnification’, which describes the number of times larger an object will appear when viewed through the device e.g. a 5x magnifying glass.

Dioptre is another method of measuring a device’s magnifying power. Also known as diopter, this is the measurement of the lens’ ability to bend light over its surface and is a power increase of 25% so 3 dioptres = 1.75x magnification and 5 dioptres = 2.25x.

What are the different types of magnifying glasses?

Magnifying glasses come in all shapes and sizes. Common types include handheld magnifiers, bench magnifiers and surface contact magnifiers.

Handheld magnifiers typically have a handle attached to the lens, allowing you to easily move the device closer or further away from your eyes or an object. This type is the most basic and instantly recognisable.

Bench magnifiers are designed to be placed on or attached to a surface, with an adjustable arm allowing you to move the position of the lens while keeping your arms free. They’re commonly used by dentists and jewellers, and can also be used for inspecting electronics and mechanical parts.

Surface contact magnifiers are small devices without a handle or arm that can be placed directly onto a surface. They’re commonly used in jewellery, watchmaking, photography, among many other industries.

Where are magnifying glasses used?

Magnifying glasses are used in a range of industries including jewellery, science and electronics. A jeweller’s magnifying glass will be used to inspect the quality of gemstones for example, whereas an electronics service engineer may use a magnifying glass to check for faults on an electrical circuit.

If you’re looking for a magnifying glass for personal use, a pocket magnifying glass is easy to carry around and can help with simple tasks such as reading food menus and guidelines on medicine packaging.


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Description Price Magnification Power Optical Power Lens Diameter Illuminated Battery Operated Battery Type Type
RS Stock No. 528-5307
BrandRS PRO
$13.43
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3 X, 4.5 X, 6 X, 9 X - - - - - Pocket Magnifier
RS Stock No. 123-0924
BrandRS PRO
$19.79
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7 - 65mm Yes Yes AAA 1.5 V Illuminated Magnifier
RS Stock No. 683-0844
BrandRS PRO
$363.93
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25 - - Yes Yes LR44 Pocket Microscope
RS Stock No. 780-2825
Mfr. Part No.15113
BrandEschenbach
$142.36
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3.5 10dioptre - Yes Yes 2 x AA -
RS Stock No. 780-2853
Mfr. Part No.1710910
BrandEschenbach
$72.51
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10 38dioptre 35mm - - - Precision Folding Magnifier
RS Stock No. 528-5335
BrandRS PRO
$7.11
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5 - 70mm - - - Hand Magnifier
RS Stock No. 808-7068
BrandRS PRO
$33.54
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4X - - Yes Yes 2 x AAA LED
RS Stock No. 528-5341
BrandRS PRO
$45.84
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3 - 80mm Yes Yes C Illuminated Magnifier
RS Stock No. 432-463
Mfr. Part No.183-202
BrandMitutoyo
$382.62
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25 - - - - - Pocket Magnifier
RS Stock No. 123-4792
Mfr. Part No.1651101
BrandEschenbach
$2,377.54
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4 X, 5 X, 6 X, 8 X, 10 X, 12 X, 15 X - - Yes Yes Li-ion -
RS Stock No. 287-6124
Mfr. Part No.5148/05
BrandCoil
$85.22
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9 32dioptre 45mm Yes Yes AA Pocket Magnifier with Integral Handle
RS Stock No. 528-5284
BrandRS PRO
$75.99
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8 - 35mm Yes Yes C Hand Magnifier
RS Stock No. 780-2838
Mfr. Part No.151110
BrandEschenbach
$130.97
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10 38dioptre 35mm Yes Yes 2 x AA LED
RS Stock No. 849-6235
BrandRS PRO
$17.69
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2.5 - 90mm Yes Yes LR Battery Hand Magnifier
RS Stock No. 342-9375
BrandRS PRO
$86.52
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10 - 21mm - - - Hand Magnifier
RS Stock No. 732-858
BrandRS PRO
$72.99
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20 - 26mm - - - Bi-Aspheric Eye Magnifier
RS Stock No. 780-2847
Mfr. Part No.151112
BrandEschenbach
$186.76
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12 50dioptre 35mm Yes Yes 2 x AA LED
RS Stock No. 123-0925
BrandRS PRO
$17.88
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10 - 30mm Yes Yes CR2016 Illuminated Magnifier
RS Stock No. 224-5299
Mfr. Part No.5206/05
BrandCoil
$76.31
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6 20dioptre 50mm - - - Bi-Aspheric Lens
RS Stock No. 614-1539
BrandRS PRO
$6.55
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4X - 32mm - - - Sliding Cover Magnifier
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