Updated November 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Pocket Microscopes

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Microscopes serve a variety of uses, from plant inspection to specimen study, to currency verification, and more. These pocket versions serve all those same purposes, but in a miniature size that makes them easy to take anywhere. Many include helpful features, like integrated LEDs, one-hand zooming, and the ability to record photos or videos. There is sure to be one here for every need. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pocket microscope on Amazon.

10. Carson MagniScope

9. Homegrown Loupe

8. Carson MicroMini

7. Celestron Kids

6. Joysmade Digital

5. SE MW10084

4. Elenco Edu-Toys Handheld

3. Celestron 5 MP

2. Carson Optical X-Scope

1. Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x

Editor's Notes

November 02, 2018: Though we made magnification power a high priority, we also realized that not everybody needs the same amount. For this reason we included some models with minimal strength, as well as those that offer well over 100 times zoom. We also did our best to include a variety of different styles, from ridiculously compact keychain models to large, yet still pocket sized, units that can be used for serious study of specimens.


Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on November 02, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.


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