Best Mobile Microscope for Kids – uHandy Mobile Microscope Duet Review

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Science on the go is now easier than ever with the uHandy Mobile Microscope Duet. The kit is perfect for curious kids and science teachers (and the occasional nerdy parent like us). It comes with everything you need to discover the world around you through high and low magnification.

uHandy Microscope Lite

My video review includes the uHandy Mobile Microscope Duet (which includes the Lite). Watch the video to get a closer look at the product.

The uHandy Mobile Microscope allows you to see things under a microscope with just a smartphone or tablet with a camera available. With the innovations with newer smartphones, the ability to see even smaller details through low and high magnification lenses is now possible.

Everything that comes with the uHandy Mobile Microscope Duet

  • Lo-Mag Lens, Resolution about 3.6 μm Often used for observing an object’s surface texture. While Lens pictured.
  • Comes with four lens caps (for lo-mag lens) that also act as a mini petri dish.
  • Hi-Mag Lens, Resolution about 1.2 μm Often used for seeing through structural details. Black lens pictured.
  • Light Box – To see anything with the hi-mag lens, you need a light source to see through the items.
  • Slide decks. One slide deck is a piece of glass for the sample stickers and the metal one is for prepared slides. Both have different ways of turning on the lightdeck while it is in use.
  • Field Journal to save all your notes and sample stickers.
  • Sample Stickers, you can sample and observe anywhere!
  • Innovated Bubble Stickers: Bubble Stickers contain a concave serving as a micro reactor tank for chemical reactions or a space for aquatic organisms.
  • Sample Hub Stickers, to place the sample and bubble stickers into the Field Journal for additional use.
  • Sample Card – it comes with three samples to get the learning started right out of the box.
  • Carrying Bag – To store your lenses on the go. I wish this bag was a little bigger because it would fit the entire collection in the bag.
  • Collection Kit – Gathering samples while you’re taking a walk is simple with the collection kit.
    • Petri Dish
    • Canister with lid
    • Two liquid collection vials (one large and one small)
    • Two Pipets (one large and one small)
    • Tweeezers
Purple Passion Plant Lo-Mag lens

We found some really great things to discover under the microscope just by looking around the house and yard. After gathering some standing water in the yard, we collected mosquito larvae in the pipet and water vial. You can see the bug under the lo-mag and high-mag in the video above, but we also got a picture (below).

Mosquito Larvae Microscope
Mosquito Larvae Hi-Mag Lens

We have a lot of different plants in the yard, so while we were collecting samples, we gathered a few types of pollen from flowers and vegetables in the garden. Corn was an interesting one to look at under the microscope. We discovered that the corn pollen has tiny little hairs that help grab onto the corn filaments.

Corn Pollen Hi-Mag

Both the lo-mag and hi-mag lenses are amazing. I love how easily they clip onto the phone’s camera. With newer models that have multiple cameras (telephoto, wide, and regular) you can even move the lens to each of them to additional magnification. My kids loved exploring everything we found. We continue to make samples to see under the microscope. I plan on getting some prepared slides as well to try out.

The uHandy Mobile Microscope would also be a great addition to a classroom. They actually have a Teacher’s kit available that would be perfect for sharing the science love with students.

uHandy Microscope Bee Wing
Bee Wing Hi-mag

Thank you to uHandy for sending us this amazing product. All thoughts and opinions are my own, but you guys, this thing is AMAZING! We use it all the time now. We have looked at some pretty cool stuff under each of the magnification lenses.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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