The 8 Best Magnifying Stands
This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in May of 2020. Magnifying stands are useful tools for anyone working with small objects or text. Their large lenses are typically accompanied by an LED light source, and flexible necks allow them to be adjusted and repositioned as you work. Whether you're a hobbyist painting miniature figurines, or someone whose eyesight isn't what it used to be, this collection should include an option suitable for you. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
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Magnifying stands are useful for a variety of tasks, which is why we tried to include a range of styles and lens sizes. Take some time to think about what exactly you're going to be using your stand for before you purchase, or you can end up with a model that turns out to be less convenient than you thought.
More technical applications, like electronic circuitry work, or jewelry making, would be better suited for models with alligator clips, like the Aoraem Helping Hands, or the Beileshi Station. These both also have soldering iron holders, a very handy feature if that's what you'll be using your magnifying stand for.
The other common use for magnifying stands like these is to help the elderly or people with vision impairments read newspapers, books, or letters. Large lenses and portability are essential for these uses, making the Surenshy Science and Nzqxjxz Desktop Portable great choices. If you'd like a larger selection of models specifically made for reading, consider this collection of dedicated reading magnifiers.
If a stand is too bulky for your liking, a headband magnifier might be a better choice. These sit on your head, and leave your desktop free to use for tools or other equipment.