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Tips for Buying a Lighted Travel Mirror

Updated on September 27, 2011

How to Choose a Lighted Travel Mirror

When you're on the road, having a compact, lighted travel mirror can be a real convenience. Hotel rooms sometimes have poor lighting when it comes to dealing with contact lenses, applying makeup, or completing with the finer details of facial grooming. The smallest of travel mirrors can even be used on airplanes, in airport bathrooms, and elsewhere while you travel.

Although they are pretty basic in their construction and purpose, there are a few things to think about before you buy.

You'll want to consider what size is ideal for you. Small is portable, but too small means you'll only see a small portion of your face. This is ok, if you're inserting contacts, but trickier if you want to apply all over makeup.

Magnification is a useful feature too, especially if your vision isn't perfect!

Lighting can help in all of those situations when available light is limited. Some people prefer the look of incandescent but LED lights are often longer lasting and fluorescent tends to be brighter. Check to see how much light will be provided. Some lighted travel mirrors offer a small minature bulb, others an entire ring of light.

Of course distortion free glass is preferred to get the best view and the items on this page offer that.

Finally, you'll also want to be sure portability will suit your travel needs. Some of these mirrors are purse sized, some are better for larger suitcases. Some require batteries which means you can use it even when an outlet isn't available, but certainly one with AC/DC abilities can save on the cost to replace batteries and often provides the brightest light.

Floxite Co.

This is a very compact mirror that has a 4" diameter and fits in the palm of your hand. It allows you to easily care for contacts, apply makeup, and so forth while on the road by giving you a good close up look at the area you need to see with it's 15x magnification. It has two miniature incandescent bulbs that operate off of AAA batteriers. The arm is adjustable allowing users to raise the mirror to a 10 inch height.

This second item from Floxite Co. is another lighted travel mirror but this one has a 7 inch diameter allowing users to see their entire face. It provides 10x magnification with the distortion free glass mirror. Lights encircle the mirror and can be switched on or off. It offers hands-free use as it folds back forming a standing base of it's own. It's lightweight and folds flat to a mere 1" thickness making it perfect for travel.

This item is perfect for women who love an elegant look. This compact case is larger than the average and has a soft black finish with real Swarovski Crystals embedded on the top of the case. It has a regular mirror on one side and a 10x magnification mirror encirlced by LED lights on the other side. It has a 4" diameter and uses distortion free glass for the best view.

This item is another lighted travel mirror from Floxite. It is compact and will easily fit in a bag. It offers a regular mirror on one side and a 9x magnification mirror on the other. I has 22W fluorescent bulbs with an on/off switch on the base. It's 8 inches in diameter allowing users to see their entire face. It has built in storage compartments in the base to house things like tweezers, clippers, and so forth. It folds up to a mere 2.75" high and comes with a protective bag. This travel mirror has an electric plug and operates with standard outlets.


This Brookstone mirror offers both a regular mirror and a 10x magnified mirror. It's housed in a compact case and extends to a full 11.5" height x 4.5" L x 1.5" D. It also features dual LED lights and adjustable angle. It operates with 3 AAA batteries.


This is the smallest lighted travel mirror you'll find. It's has a rectangular shape and 2 inch mirrors. On one side is a regular mirror and the other side has a 3x maginfication mirror. It has an LED light to help illuminate the view. This tiny mirror is perfect even in the smallest purse.


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