For close work as an artist, modeler or craftsman, magnified inspection of a surface or small area is frequently critical. Hand-held glasses are awkward because they leave you with only one free hand. A hands-free, headband-mounted magnifier is usually the preferred solution, but there are a intimidating number to choose from. Out of the dozens of designs available, we recommend this as one of the very best.
First, the headband is comfortable to wear for extended periods (most are too stiff to fit well). Second, there are focused lights on both sides of the headband (4 AAA batteries - not included). Third, there are three sets of fitted lenses: two are double lenses - one is fixed, and the other folds up and down before your eyes on an interior hinge - and the third lens is an outside rotating single eye loupe. The combinations of magnification (using the three) ranges from 1.8X to 4.8X, depending on which lenses you select. Taiwan.
This is written in the spirit of constructive criticism. I have shopped with you for several years and am impressed with the high quality of your offerings. I have just bought over a thousand dollars worth of stuff for this Christmas season. However, there is one glaring exception to the high quality of your merchandise and that is what I am writing about:
19R05.01 Headband Magnifier.
I have purchased three of these over the years, each time forgetting how poorly made they are. Except for the plastic headband, which becomes sweat-covered quickly, the design is a good one. However, they are so poorly constructed that they are not usable. The lens hinges break easily, the lenses fall apart, and the lights don't work for the few hours before they also fall apart. If I had paid ten dollars for them I would regret the purchase. Having now paid nearly $150 for three units, I find myself almost ready to stop shopping with you.
Find othes with a similar design, but with LED lights and reasonably solid construction, and I will buy several.
I urge you to stop offering these for sale. If you do, I will continue to shop with you. If you decide to continue to offer them, I will cancel my catalogues, or, worse, let you send them (your cost), and just throw them away.
Donald B. Roberts, M.D.
- Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Cameron Servick (Oro Valley, AZ)
Picture looked like just what I was after, the side lights were a real plus. I would say the workmanship was just okay, but not what I expected from Garret Wade. The right headlight would not operate, the bulb/battery assembly was cheesy. Sent it back. Too bad.
- Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Cindy Utick (Duluth, MN)
I bought this gift for my son. He is thrilled with this item. He will be using it to tie flies for fishing! I would recommend this as a gift for the fisherman in your life!
- Friday, December 26, 2014
Mel (Avon, CT)
I've been looking for a headband magnifier for a while. This one caught my eye, and I have not been disappointed. The image is clear; the fit is very comfortable; and I like being able to select just the right amount of magnification for the job. I don't use the battery-powered lights since my workshop has plenty of good light.
The quality of the magnifier is excellent, and the cost is very reasonable making it an excellent value!
- Sunday, March 30, 2014
Great idea, could be made better
Jerald (Santa Clara, CA)
I use the hand-band magnifier very frequently and I find it to be one of the most useful tools that I have. I found that lights on the side were not always staying on. The batteries were loose. I used a small screwdriver to spread the battery retention spring out a bit and now that the batteries are snug, it works like a charm.
- Saturday, March 29, 2014
SMP (Greenville, TX)
Cheap with lousy velcro strap, I opened the box and the light switch had already fallen off. I ordered two and both were the same. I'll send them back.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department Thank you for your review on the Headband Magnifier. We are sorry that you had this problem. We are looking into how this could have happened. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
- Monday, February 17, 2014
Juan R. Diaz (Apple Valley, CA)
The magnifier works great. They are especially excellent for getting out small wood slivers. Thanks again for a great product!!!!!!!!
- Thursday, February 06, 2014
Dave C (Greenbrier, AR)
Really helps to see small parts but the lights go dim to quickly. they are not very bright to begin with. I think they should use LED.
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013
First Time Buyer
James M. (Baltimore, Maryland)
First the catalog was so impressive,I decided to make a purchase. The Headband Magnifier arrived on time. It was exactly as stated in catalog and what I wanted. works great and will visit again soon.
- Monday, September 23, 2013
Cris Ruiz (Okeechobee, Florida)
I like this this thing except, loading and unloading the batteries is a mystery and the bulbs (one came broken) they need to be a bit brighter.
- Monday, April 29, 2013
Close Up Clarity
David Simpson (Lakewood, Colorado)
I felt it had a good feel as head gear. The magnification was good, but the lights could have had a brighter light. I used it as an aid in re-soldering a control board, it was very useful in this role.
- Friday, February 15, 2013
I Can See Clearly Now
Pete (Mobile, AL)
Even though the rain is not gone, here in the rainiest city in America, I can see things I couldn't see before with this magnifier. Makes building small models, with all those darn small parts, a cinch.
- Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Allen (Fargo, ND)
I like the magnifier but not to much on the light not bright enough.
- Monday, January 23, 2012
Inventor (Lakeland, Florida)
I received this for Xmas, 2 weeks after due to work schedules (Nurses & Fireman). I was ecstatic at first, I design products requiring precise measurements, up close & personal, a light source would be helpful too. First thing I did after about 3 minutes was to ditch the batteries, too much weight & the light, very dull, not usable in a well lighted shop. I knew I could not use this for an extend time w/this added weight. After about an hour, I put them back in the box, I could not use a grinder visor shield with this magnifier, the lenses are too far out. The head band is not cushioned with an absorbent material, the itch of plastic on skin & sweat, from the plastic drips into you eyes. My current Old Faithful headband magnifier, looks like crap & I have to change lenses by hand, but the other features far out way this device. And the LAST STRAW, I got my latest GW catalog, A 30% REDUCTION FROM THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE, as were other items THAT I had purchase less than 30 days prior! Wasn't my money, true, it was my son's. Still, makes one wander the internet looking for a better item & price! Not to be totally negative about GW, I do have many products I enjoy, but not as many as I though I would.
- Thursday, November 10, 2011
Todd (Gilroy, CA)
I use these when I'm doing any detail work; sharpening knives, working on my firearms, car parts, etc. They are comfortable and simple to adjust the magnification. The two lights really do help when you're working on small things.
- Tuesday, November 08, 2011
J Muller (Brighton, MI)
I had tried several other visor-style magnifiers in the past, and was never satisfied. I am a jewelry maker, and most of the inexpensive brands produced visual or color distortions that made my work harder, not easier, so just struggled on with my "cheaters". I decided to give it one more try and ordered this item. These lenses seem to be nearly distortion-free, and having two different choices of lenses plus the loupe should give just about enough magnification options for the work they are doing - if not, you can always wear your cheaters under the visor! I use mine every time I work on a jewelry project now!
- Tuesday, June 07, 2011
William (Martinsville, Virginia)
This is such an invaluable tool if you work with models or small scale thing. also great to look at that thing you just pulled off your leg! The Lights on the side are really great addition, it focuses the light at just the right angles to give extra light or the only light when working. The only thing I wish it had was a way to keep the glasses tight, because they do tend to sag a little. the head band is adjustable and works great. I put a little foam pad on the glasses where it meets my nose to make it more comfortable when I wear them for a longer period of time. It is really a great item to have around the house for those jobs where you need to remove tiny screws to the pro modeler!
- Monday, March 14, 2011
Ronnie Goodlund (Cotati, CA)
I'm a jeweler and have been trying out this headband magnifier steadily over a weekend. The visor unit is more solid than most of the several others I own; very competitive with my favorite optivisor I have been using for years. It was the side lights and two lens panels that attracted my interest. The lights are not bright enough, but still very useful. Having one on each side is good, especially with one side pointed a little higher than the other, making for a wider lit work area. Brighter LED bulbs, with good energy efficiency, would be a big improvement. These seem to burn batteries very quickly. The dual lens panels, with one hinged to flip up is a nice feature, but greater magnification would be a serious improvement. The fixed lens has very little magnification, and the hinged lens has a medium level of magnification. Stronger lenses, perhaps as user installed options, would be a big improvement. The small round lens is good for a viewing a very specific small item, but not useful generally for most purposes. The velcro closure on the back the headband is very secure, while the dial on my optivisor headband can tend to slip. I may make a leather band to cushion the forehead band to make extended use more comfortable. Since I sometimes use such a magnifier visor for 6 to 10 hours a day, I'm always on the lookout for a promising model, and this one has some very good features. I do hope that some of these improvements appear in future versions, but this is a good tool. Thanks.
- Wednesday, February 23, 2011
William Gasaway (Atlanta, GA)
I am a coin collector who recently had spinal fusion surgery. After they fused 3 vertebra in my neck, it hurt too much to look down a lot. I constantly was picking up and putting down a lighted loupe and my neck was in constant pain. This little darling allows me to work the coins and not have the constant bending to pick up and put down the loupe. In addition, the light weight and convenience of the operating controls is wonderful. Thank you for putting the enjoyment back into my coin collecting.
- Wednesday, January 05, 2011
A Little More Light, Please!
Vint Lawrence (Santa Fe, NM)
- Thursday, December 30, 2010
Victor Nelson (Staten Island, New York)
Defective. Right side light inoperative, returned and I am still waiting for a replacement .I'll give a review when I get one that works.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Dan Curtiss (The Villages, FL)
Very nice focal options in a well designed head unit. Side lights good addition. Much better then my goose neck light and lens. Happy with the quality and price.
- Friday, November 26, 2010
The Good And The Bad
Ron Auer (Woodinville, Washington)
First the Good: It works and works well. The Bad the headband could use some padding. The lights are ineffective (not bright enough). The whole thing could be made of better materials; for instance, glass instead of plastic, but that said, for the price worth the money.
- Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Good Value . . . But
Steve (Arlington, MA)
Very good performance for the price. But one of the side lights doesn't work.
- Sunday, May 16, 2010
Was Not A Fan
Dan Dutcher (Orem, Utah)
The item almost works as described and the quality for the price wasn't there. I was also disappointed in the fact that the 1.8x could only focus on objects no further away than around 12", which is why (as others point out in their reviews) the lights don't illuminate the object focused on. Also, the higher in magnification I chose the closer the object had to be. It was too much of a strain...so I returned the item and am looking for a nicer one. Maybe my dentist will have an idea.
- Sunday, April 18, 2010
See All To End All
James Axel Wilson (Haines, Alaska)
Whether you are pulling a splinter out of your finger, checking the fine print on medicine bottles, examining the insides of your watch, or evaluating the bevel on your bladed instruments, this hands-free, variable power, magnifier is the visual tool to reach for. The external lighting is a bonus. Only reason I haven't given it a 5 star rating is that standard bulbs are used instead of superior led's.
- Thursday, April 15, 2010
Nice Tool For Close Work
Tom Davids (Philadelphia, PA)
Purchased to do metal-smithing. Light and comfortable. A great addition to my tool bench.
- Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Robert Earl (Dublin, Texas)
- Monday, December 14, 2009
airdried 60 (Parish, NY)
Good product, poor value
These magnifying glasses are great. However, the lights do not do a good job of focusing on the area of interest if that happens to be a the center of your visual field.
Good product, poor value
- Monday, April 20, 2009
Excellent Locksmith Assistant
Jim T. (Manassas, Virginia)
This headband magnifier is an excellent tool to use in locksmithing work, or anything that involves up-close, fine motor skill activity. I'm sure the range of available magnification will lead me to use this headpiece in other work I just haven't thought of yet...
- Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Great For Small Detailed Work
Alexandra Albin (Motnerey, CA)
I love this magnifier. It is a great price and very helpful to see details of very small work. The side lights are great. Just remember to shut them off. No workshop should be without them.
- Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I Love, Love, Love The HEADBAND MAGNIFIER
Jann J (New York, NY)
I am an artist and was using several different sets of magnifying glasses of different strengths in order to do very fine detail work. I came across the HEADBAND MAGNIFIER one day while perusing my boyfriend's catalog and couldn't believe how perfect it seemed. Three sets of lenses which can be used in all sorts of combinations ranging from 1.8x all the way to 4.8X with an adjustable headband, and, as if that weren't enough, there are even directional lights on each side!! I knew I just had to own this. The price seemed amazingly reasonable, but, by the time I got around to ordering, it was...on sale!!! This HEADBAND MAGNIFIER is everything it advertises itself to be and more -- it is quite comfortable and very easy to adjust to different visual settings -- a huge improvement over the many sets of magnifying eyeglasses which, by the way, only go up to 3X. And every artist I've shown this to has taken down the item and ordering information, determined to purchase one for themselves! This item is a must for anyone who does any sort of fine detail work. You'll love it too! Thank you, Garrett Wade.