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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier OptiVISOR

OptiVISOR

Item # 1685
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$58.35

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier Quasar LS lights only

Quasar LS lights only

Item # 1686
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$24.95

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier 1.5X magnification lens only

1.5X magnification lens only

Item # 1688
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$39.46

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier, OptiVISOR Headband with Quasar LS Lights

OptiVISOR Headband with Quasar LS Lights

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OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier

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See better to do better work! The OptiVISOR flip-up magnifier frees both hands for inlaying, wiring, fret dressing and other close work.

The OptiVISOR comes with 2X magnification lens with a 10" (25.4cm) focal length — good for medium-close work like pearl cutting, inlaying, engraving and fret-dressing. The lenses are removable so you can switch to the 1.5X lens (#1688, sold separately), which gives you the option of a broader view.

Snap the Quasar LS™ high-intensity lights on the front of your OptiVISOR and really light up your work! High efficiency LEDs (light emitting diodes) surround the lenses to virtually eliminate shadows in hard-to-light areas. The lightweight battery box (with on/off switch) attaches easily to the OptiVISOR frame. Two AA batteries are included.

"However did I manage without it?"
—Stefan Sobell, renowned luthier Northumberland, England

If you've watched our videos, you know ace repairman Dan Erlewine is seldom without his OptiVISOR!

Lenses are optically-ground polished glass. Headband is adjustable and comfortably padded.


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5.0

A lifesaver

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Had one that I bought from Stew Mac about 20 years ago and finally decided to get a new one with the light attachment. It is great. I use it everyday.

5.0

Perfect!

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I'm rebuilding a Rickenbacker bass with a cracked neck and really bad electronics. I usually use a large magnifying lamp with florescent light but it always gets in the way. This visor is not only comfortable, and the lenses can be lifted easily, but the LED add on is amazing. Very bright and really helps these old eyeballs of mine. Love my new visor. Thanks to Dan for the great demonstration and great videos in general. I have really learned a lot from him.

5.0

Works good

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I use the lighted option for engraving. I find that it helps eliminate some of the undesirable shadows on the work piece

5.0

this maau

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highly recommended if you want to accurately read that gauge

5.0

Absolutely Fantastic In All Respects

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I make a variety of made to order traditional wooden folk instruments and recently had to undergo eye surgery for a detached retina that was minimally successful. So for the past few months I have been struggling with one eye and my old reading glasses with one lens blacked out over the bad eye building my instruments. A total pain in the neck to say the least. Today I wore my new OptiVISOR for several hours throughout the day with complete and total delight! Once again it was a delight and not a chore to be in the workshop.

I also ordered the #4 lens to compliment the #2 lens that comes with the OptiVISOR. I immediately discovered that for hand carving wood and detail work the #4 lens is absolutely perfect. I also am a hobbyist drone pilot that from time to time have to replace motors which requires soldering some very small wires so today I also gave that a test with the #2 lens that comes with the OptiVISOR. What a difference!!! What usually turns into a frustrating chore was a breeze!

In the past I have tried some cheap Made in China visor style magnifiers that not only had very poor quality lens also had a completely uncomfortable headband/visor design that ended up thrown in the junk box. Not so with the OptiVisor, the headband was completely comfortable all day long. With the visor flipped up it was easy to forget I was wearing it. Also unlike those cheapo visors that when flipped up with slowly creep down and have to me raised up again, the OptiVisor stays in place. It also has a great, easy to adjust head strap adjustment that once set stays in place with no need to readjust at all.

I am an old retired sailor whose greatest joy has for years been spending my days in the workshop. To be honest I was beginning to get sorta frustrated and thinking that perhaps those days were over. Today I know those days are here again. All thanks to my OptiVISOR. I don't mean to sound over dramatic here but I am that pleased. At first I was kind of hesitant due to the price but you get exactly what you pay for and with StewMac's return policy I had nothing to loose by giving it a try. Sure glad I did.

PS: I also tested mounting the two lens together as shown in the video. It easy to do but I like it better with changing them out as needed since 90% of the time I will be using the #4 lens.

4.0

Good, not great

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I have used these for several years now. I see they're sold with 2x and 1.5x. I'm pretty sure mine came with 2x, with the option to buy a 4x, which I did. I use both constantly. I mounted one over the other, similar to the way Dan has them in his videos. With a shift of my head, or slight tilt of the visor, I can go from no lens, to 2x, to 4x.

I cannot imagine working without them. They're the first thing I reach for when inspecting a guitar, or doing any type of bench work. They're not just for inlays.

All that said, I wish the LED lights were stronger. Much stronger. With my overhead bench light on, I can't tell if I've turned on the LEDs or not. I use a little flashlight when I really need to see something. Would be nice if it was hands-free.

Also, as another reviewer said, the whole LED contraption is very rickety. Slides around, falls off, and the wire from battery to lights gets caught on things, and rips out. I reworked all that, but then eventually just removed the lights because they did so little.

Finally, the lenses are held on with these little black clips, which over time don't hold very well. Since I mount both lenses, I don't need a quick-change mechanism, and have bolted mine on with tiny bolts and lockwashers. While it's not practical for me to switch back and forth between the lenses, it would wear those little clips very quickly if I did.

Ideally, use much stronger lights, like a good hiker's headlamp, and have the double lens mounting contraption be standard, firmly mounted.

Still, I'd buy them again, even knowing I needed to mod them. Can't see without them.

5.0

Dan's Right!

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Dan is always right! I've had mine for almost 20 years, because Dan told me to get a pair. Since then I've made his modification too. My wife got a pair and I modified hers also. Great for Cross stitch and any hobby work.

Just get'em! Your eyes deserve it.

5.0

Improved my detail work substatiially.

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The velcro battery mount is too flimsy, allowing the battery unit to fall off head band, breaking the wires. After an appropriate amount of swearing and foot stamping, I sucked it up bought another and a couple wraps of tape later, securing the ***er on, finished a fine project. Happy enough to buy this 4th one for a fellow repairman. Giving him the same advice. Buy it wrap the battery with tape, shut up and get to work and impress the world with your talents ! !

5.0

Great Item

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Have always had trouble getting light to my inlay work. The OptiVisor with the light attachment has solved that problem. Should have bought this several instruments ago.

5.0

Don't put this off!

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I am kicking myself for not getting this sooner. Really makes many tasks easier and I get better results. Thanks for a great product!

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