Pop-Out Magnifier/Flashlight, retail $12.29 (www.longsdrugs.com)
Manufactured by Gold Violin (www.goldviolin.com)
Last updated 08-02-07

The Pop-Out Magnifier/Flashlight is a handy-dandy gadget that combines two useful tools: a flashlight, and a magnifier with the option to light up the material being looked at under the lens.

It comes in a handsome matte-silver colored plastic body, and the magnifying lens retracts into the body so that it stays clean and undamaged.

The unit operates from two AAA cells, and the magnifier still functions whether the batteries are dead or not.


To use the Pop-Out Magnifier/Flashlight, feed it first (see directly below), and then you can go read that pill bottle.

To use it as a flashlight, slide the black slide switch on the top of its body back (toward the rounded end).
When finished, slide the switch forward (toward the flat end) so that the switch is in the center position.

To use the magnifying lens, firmly press & release the black button on the product's right side (as the flat side is facing forward).

To turn on the light while the magnifying lens is out, slide the black switch on the top of the product forward (as the flat end is facing forward).
When finished with the light, slide the black switch backward (toward the rounded end) until it is in the center position.
To close the magnifying lens, just push it in until it's flush with the front of the light.

To change the batteries in the this light, slide the battery door off, throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the used up old AAA cells from the compartment as you see fit.

Insert two new AAA cells into the compartment, orienting them so their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Slide the battery door back on until it clicks into place, and there, you're done.
Aren't you glad you didn't flush away that battery door now?

Current usage measures 372mA on my DMM's 4A scale.

Although the product uses incandescent light bulbs, I don't yet know how to change them when it becomes necessary to do so without damaging or even destroying the product.

This product is meant to be used as an everyday living aid indoors (primarily a magnifier), not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, or perform other indecencies on it that a regular flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight who's sole purpose is to be a flashlight.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 1.83cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
This light has a very wide beam, and wider viewing angles always equal lower intensity values on the meter.

Photograph of an instructional manual's page being magnified and illuminated.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrometer plot of the incandescent bulb in this product.
Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Test unit was purchased at Longs Drugs midmorning on 08-01-07.

Product was made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    MANUFACTURER: Gold Violin
    PRODUCT TYPE: Lighted magnifier/flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: Incandescent bulb
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 for flashlight, 1 for magnifier illuminator)
    BEAM TYPE: Wide flood
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; bulb protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAAA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Splatter-resistant at minimum
    WARRANTY: Lifetime - as far as I can determine


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