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Anyone recommend magnified glasses for soldering?

I've been looking for a pair of magnified glasses for solder work, such as on iPods.

I ordered a pair with loupes, a few months off Amazon, they didn't have an adjustable focal length, and 2" of space between my nose and a hot iron ain't gonna fly. ;)

I was looking at something like this on Amazon : Eschenbach MXDT-16245-01

It would be nice to find a pair, at a reasonable price, with 10x+ magnification and a minimum focal distance of say 2'.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

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I have a pair of dentist glasses

( same kind of glasses your dentist would have, best description i can give but same kind of thing your looking at on amazon, just with a headband kind of thing) ........

just get the correct power you need, i have no idea what the mag. on mine is...... they allow me plenty of room/distance from what i am working on and just flip up the glasses like a welding mask makes it easier then glasses.

Check out ebay or maybe amazon,i have had mine for many years so not sure where you should buy them..... should be quite a bit less expensive then the amazon.com glasses you referenced.

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could you provide a link to a image of what you are using?

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That did take me awhile to find..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Opti-Head-Visor-...

This is just an example above of what i could find i didn't read the specs, after using several search terms .... " jeweler glasses head "..... is what did the trick, jeweler goggles could prob. also be used.... or visor glasses etc.

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I've been using these for years. They do have different strength lens available. I also have one set with lights built into the sides. For different types do a search using "images" for "jewelers headband magnifier".

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Hi I am new to this repair game and I use my magnifying light. It has good magnification and a wide lens about 3-5inches diameter. They have a light on them that shines onto your work. They attach by clamp to the table . They are used for fine sewing and knotting wigs. They are fantastic, to adjust the distance from the work you just move the lens you can get in close or work further away.

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could you provide a link to a image of what you are using?

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I bought it in an haberdashery shop selling sewing stuff. I can describe it for you thought. They came in black or white. They have a metal arm which has springs on so you can adjust the distance to the object. There is a plastic clamp with a hole on two sides to slot the arm into, the clamp can screw onto a table top and also on some chairs. You can also buy a separate heavy plate which has a hole in the centre to stand the arm onto the table (like a Lamp). The head of the arm is round and has a bulb underneath. It then has a little sliding slot which covers the magnifying glass. It then of course has a lead and plug. Any haberdashery shop which sells embroidery or tapestry items will stock these as they are needed for close work. I hope this helps. Try John Lewis. I hope that helps. Cheryl

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I hate to say it, but the one iFixit sells is junk. The neck does not extend far enough to be useful, and it is not properly weighted, so if you try to extend the neck out at all, it falls over on itself and right into the middle of what you are working on. It's definitely worth investing in a higher quality tool than this.

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I haven't tried the one from iFixit, I use one like this: http://www.modelsandhobbies4u.com.au/too...

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I use a 20x microscope when soldering. It is attached to a boom stand and gives 6 inches of work room. I have all types of glasses and magnifiers, but if you really want to see what you are doing you need more than a pair of loupes.

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If your doing this professionally you could go to your local optometrist and ask him for a set of 'doctor telescopes' (Its what dentists & surgeons use) They look like eye glasses with a big camera lens sticking out in the middle of the normal glasses lens.

They are expensive! But boy! do they make it a breeze working on fine detail work (I found a pair at a flea market). They are like a hand magnifier (watchmakers loupe) but at an arms length away and can be adjusted.

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Dan, could you put these on for us, take a picture and use it for your profile ;-) I'm sure that would give us all a good grin!

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These are called dental/surgical loupes. At the top end, they can be anywhere from $2k to 4k with only 4x magnification (from Zeiss).

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A dioptic fixture is what is used by pros . It works great and has a lite w/it

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