REVIEW – When it comes to curating an EDC gear collection, most people think of flashlights, knives, multi-tools, and a pen. But what about a magnifying glass? The TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier is designed to be a handy addition to your EDC. Let’s take a closer look – literally.
What is it?
The TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier is a small magnifying glass designed for keychain and pocket carry.
What’s in the box?
- TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier
- Split ring
- Gate clip
Also shown but as an optional purchase ($13.95)
- Replacement 5x lens kit
Design and features
The TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier is made of aluminum and titanium and is available in 6 colors. I was sent one in blue.
The body of the Neo-Spec is anodized aluminum, while the cover/top is titanium.
The sides and bottom of the magnifying glass have ridges and a unique type of knurling to provide extra grip.
The magnifying lens extends and retracts out of the body by using a slider. The mechanism has a very satisfying click because it uses magnets, giving it an almost fidget toy feel.
Let’s magnify something!
The TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier’s magnifying lens is made of scratch-resistant N-BK7 glass and provides 5x magnification.
The magnifying lens has a 2-inch working distance. The farther you hold the lens from the subject, the more distortion you will see.
Here are just a few ways that you can use the TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier.
- Reading small print in manuals, menus, prescription bottles
- Is that a tiny tick or dirt stuck to your leg? <- true story… I used the Neo-Spec for this exact task just days ago!
- Checking tiny details on coins or stamps for collectors
- You can even use it to start a fire with the sun!
See it in action
What I like
- Build quality
- Ability to replace the lens
What I’d change
- It’s expensive
- Add a built-in light
The TEC Neo-Spec Pocket Magnifier is a well-made pocket magnifier. It’s expensive, but for EDC fanatics, it’s a unique addition to their EDC collection.