Illuminated hand magnifier - changing batteries and globes

Illuminated hand magnifiers use batteries and globes to create light. They either use regular globes or LED (light-emitting diodes) globes. The most common type of light source is the LED globes. The type of globe used is identified by the grey (regular) or blue (LED) on/off switch. Both types use two 'AA' batteries.

Changing the batteries

  1. Turn the magnifier over, so the grey or blue on/off switch faces down. On the front surface facing-up, locate the small grooved button to the left of the globe.
  2. The battery compartment is located in the handle that opens up like a book when the catch is released. To release the catch, rest the handle in one hand being careful not to hold the top and bottom of the magnifier handle together, as this stops it from opening up like a book. With the thumb of your other hand, push the small grooved button towards the magnifier lens. This should release the bottom section of the magnifier revealing the two ‘AA’ batteries.
  3. The batteries are each inserted in opposite directions. The battery on the same side as the grooved button should have its flat end pointing to the magnifier lens/button end. The other battery on the same side as the globe should have its flat end pointing in the opposite direction.

Press and click the top and bottom sections of the magnifier handle back together (“closing the book”). Switch the light on to ensure it is working. If the light does not switch on after replacing the batteries, the globe may need replacing.

The image below shows a 3.5X LED illuminated hand magnifier.

Looking though a 3.5x LED illuminated hand magnifier

Replacing the globe - non LED

The LED globes will last longer than the magnifier and will never require replacing. For the regular globe type (the grey on/off switch), follow these instructions on how to replace the globe:

  1. Turn the magnifier over, so the grey on/off switch faces down. On the front surface facing-up, locate the small grooved button to the left of the globe.
  2. The globe/battery compartment is located in the handle that opens up like a book when the catch is released. To release the catch, rest the handle in one hand being careful not to hold the top and bottom of the magnifier handle together, as this stops it from opening up like a book. With the thumb of your other hand, push the small grooved button towards the magnifier lens. This should release the bottom section of the magnifier revealing the globe and batteries.
  3. Choose either the spare globe (one only) in the handle or purchase a 2.5 volt globe. These globes are available from Vision Australia.
  4. Inside the magnifier, screw the globe into the metal holder next to the grooved button (see photo below). The spare globe is stored in the magnifier handle at the opposite end of the grooved button.

The image below shows the illuminated hand magnifier with the globe/battery compartment exposed.

Opened illuminated hand magnifer

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