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SE MZ101B Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass

by SE
3.8 out of 5 stars 4,112 customer reviews
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  • Built-in magnifying glass (4x) aids in minute detail work
  • 2 Alligator clips on 4-way swivels-holds items securely (leaving hands free)
  • Heavy-duty base for stability
  • Comes in blister packaging
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Product Description

SE is proud to present our Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass—perfect for hobbyists, electricians, jewelers, and everyday users while soldering and working with small parts and details. The magnifier and clips will adjust to most angles, and the magnifier greatly reduces the need for extra visual aid.

Features of this product include:
• Magnification: 4x
• 2 Alligator clips on 4-way swivels
• Adjustable magnifier and clips in various angles
• Heavy-duty base for stability
• Comes in blister packaging

Disclaimer: Magnifications are approximates and may vary slightly.

Important:
Avoid getting counterfeit items. Genuine SE products come with our SE logo on the packaging.

SE is committed to providing the customer with the best source for value. You will enjoy the quality, function and usefulness this Helping Hand with Magnifying Glass has to offer.

SE is a registered trademark protected by US Trademark Law.


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Technical Details

Part Number MZ101B
Item Weight 0.3 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.1 x 3.2 x 2.4 inches
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Item model number MZ101B
Color Blister Package
Material Glass
Item Package Quantity 1
Number Of Pieces 1
Number of Handles 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B000RB38X8
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 4,112 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #62 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1 in Industrial & Scientific > Test, Measure & Inspect > Inspection & Analysis > Optical Inspection Apparatus > Magnifiers
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available May 26, 2007

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I bought this for use with some hobby electronics soldering. After reading the reviews I figured I knew what to expect and for a little over $6 shipped (gotta love Amazon Prime) I took the leap. Some people complained that it was not assembled and came without instructions. Mine was ready to go and completely assembled out of the box. Others complained that the magnifying glass rattled around with the parts and was scratched. Mine was wrapped in plastic and cardboard and as I said earlier, it was completely assembled. Others complained that it is "tippy", and I fully intended to mount it to a board and make a little portable soldering station. I don't find it "tippy" or uneven at all. For what I will use it for it is perfect. It totally exceeded my expectations given the reviews. I hope everyone else who orders this has the same experience I had. Maybe I'm lucky, and I'm sure there is some validity to the other reviewers complaints, but this is exactly what I had hoped for.
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Some reviewers of the SE MZ101B Helping Hands with Magnifying Glass have stated that the item was not assembled, and parts were rattling around the box, with the possibility of the magnifier getting scratched. Although the magnifier was not connected (everything else was assembled) I was happy to see it had a protective piece of cardboard wrapped around it. Assembly was simple, and the product worked better than I had expected. If you have a third grade education, ever used lincoln logs, or your brother had an Erector Set, you should be able to assemble this product. These were the best solders and wiring I've ever done, hands down, thanks to this product.

Not to mention, it looks really cool sitting around, like a cross between Edward Scissor hands and something Ichabod Crane would use in Sleepy Hollow. lol

Yes, I'd recommend this product to everyone I know.
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Helping hands tend to get some flak in the eletronics community but they can be quite invaluable if you know how to use them. It helps to use two of them to hold the board. If you only use one then it tends to tip over. A second word of advice is to put a little heat shrink over the tips of the alligator clips. I find this helps them hold onto the board better while preventing the sharp edges of the clips from digging into the board.
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I love this little helping hand -- can't believe how handy it is. As a jewelry designer, it's a must have for holding bracelets while I add parts to it. The adjustable arms work perfectly so that I can customize to the size of the item I'm working on. I have found it just as helpful with necklaces, because of how wide I can adjust the clips. Also, the clips are quite strong, so no chance of anything falling off.

When it came in the mail, it was totally assembled, however, the nuts were so tight, I had to ask my other half to loosen them so I can move everything as I need. He fussed at me for spending so much money on another tool. He thought it cost between $30 and $50. He quit fussing when I told him how affordable it was. It is definitely worth the price.

In order to keep it from tipping over, I keep the magnifier toward the back to give it balance (that's all I use the magnifier for). That gives it enough weight to counter the weight of the jewelry I'm working on. I have a magnifying lamp that I use for better vision, so the magnifier serves no other purpose than for balance -- but it works perfectly. This tool has ended a lot of frustration, making my work much more enjoyable.

I'm planning to buy a second one so I can have two pieces in progress at the same time.
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My boyfriend and I have many crafty hobbies, he paints figures for Warhammer and Dungeons and dragons and I sew knit crochet and make jewelry and we both find this tool SUPER useful! It clasps onto things so that your fingers don't get as tired as they would if you had to hold a bead or a small miniature piece. and the magnifying glass makes it so that he can get into greater detail with his figures. The base is sturdy so it doesn't fall over easy and you know that your project is secure. I love this product. A must have for any Crafter!
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Great product for the price. The reviews were right about the base being small but it is heavy enough however to compensate for this people we need to think out of the box. To help resolve this I drilled two 1/4 holes at the bottom of each leg of the base. I then attached my new helping hand magnifier to a 9" by 9" board about 1/2'" thick and that did the trick. The larger wood base didn't allow for it to tip over. Allowed for me to spin/turn the base around if I wanted to and I just simply store it away with the base. Bam !!! problem fixed. I am trying to attach pictures so you can see it.

BTW this product is small it is not made to work on large proto boards but worth it.

Thank you
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My actual rating of this product is 5 stars, but I took away a star because the ad does not state up-front the most pertinent information about it that you can see at-a-glance, yet it is stated as the only literature that comes with it. My charge to the vendor, for the following secretarial work I do for fellow shoppers, is one star.

The included and only literature for this product, on the packaging, reads:

"-Glass lens diameter 2 1/2"
"-Magnification: 4x
"-The Magnifier, Clips and Joints Rotate 360 degrees
"-Nickel Plated"
"-Heavey Duty Base*
"-Unlimited uses...[etc., etc.]"

*[It's actually sturdy cast-iron, and easily a solid-enough platform so no clamp is necessary]

I ditto all the 5-star reviews about it seen here, hardly being able to believe something as nifty and adequately-built as this sets back me under a sawbuck -- and several ducats less than the proverbial "$9.99," at that.

It may not have the look and feel exactly like the expensive "fine Swiss craftsmanship," but a fine Swiss craftsman probably could build a watch with this if his other one were out at the cleaners.

Products like this being so cheap is why we should put no blame on ourselves, for being cheapskates, when we are ripped off by the occasional vendor, because we didn't read the reviews. Many times prices on Amazon really are true even when they are "too good to be true," and we do not "get what we paid for" -- we get more.
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