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Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe

$298.00 Sale Price:   $234.99

Price: $298.00 Sale Price:   $234.99

Item# :1020642

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The new Chamberlin floor globe combines up-to-date National Geographic cartography with the classic blue ocean color scheme of our best-selling maps. With more than 4,000 place-names and raised relief to suggest the Earth’s topography. Printed on paper gores over a plastic ball. Die-cast, copper-painted meridian and hardwood base. Tap to illuminate. Auto shut-off. Made in the U.S.A.


The globe is named for Wellman Chamberlin, the National Geographic Society’s chief cartographer from 1964 to 1971. He developed a type of map projection that minimizes the distortion inherent in depicting a spherical globe on a flat map.


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  • Not available for shipment outside of the 48 contiguous United States and Canada
  • Sorry, no PO or APO/FPO addresses
  • Expedited shipping is not available for this item


16" diameter x 36"H. Batteries included.


National Geographic is proud to introduce our new line of globes for home, office, and classroom. Our floor-standing, tripod, and illuminated globes are all manufactured in the U.S. by Replogle, which has been making globes for more than 80 years. Each globe has more than 4,000 place names, printed on durable press-craft, plastic-impregnated paper.


Started in the founder’s basement at the height of the Depression, Replogle has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of fine globes. National Geographic’s award-winning cartography group was founded in 1915 and has helped shape our vision of the world through the art and science of mapmaking.


Each handsome globe comes with a certificate of authenticity.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic World Globe

It is a large Globe. Rotates to facilitate to see the Southern Hemisphere. Very easy to read names in the Globe. Gravity allows the globe to normal position, i.e. the inclined axis...Read complete review

It is a large Globe. Rotates to facilitate to see the Southern Hemisphere. Very easy to read names in the Globe. Gravity allows the globe to normal position, i.e. the inclined axis and North Pole at the top. Light is battery operated, and it turns on by rotating the globe, and turns off by letting it stand still for a couple minutes. Beautiful glossy finish with Surface ups for mountain ranges. The only minornegative thing is that the transition in the Equator is not smooth and when lights are on it is darker. Highly recommended for personal use, trips descriptions or teaching to youngsters.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Beautiful Globe, but has faults

Back in the mid-eighties, I bought a 16-inch National Geographic globe that I loved and still own. It had an amazing wealth of detail; it was mounted on a spindle so you...Read complete review

Back in the mid-eighties, I bought a 16-inch National Geographic globe that I loved and still own. It had an amazing wealth of detail; it was mounted on a spindle so you could pick the ball up and hold it in your hands; and it came with a geometer, a clear plastic end-cap with scales that allowed you to measure distances, areas, azimuth angles, and an analemma that showed the Sun's highest point on a given day. Alas, that globe is out-of-date. It has East and West Germany, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union. I've dreamed of replacing it with a current globe of similar quality, and maybe someday National Gepgraphic will actually produce one. But that time is not now.

Of course, how much detail and how many place names to include on a globe is a subjective decision. Many would consider my beloved 1984 globe to be too busy and cluttered. The choice to include much less detail on this globe gives it a clean look and makes it generally easier to read.

So I don't fault it for not containing more place names; that's what my atlas is for. But it does have two major drawbacks. One is the light feature. This "feature" is not controlled by anything as sensible as an on/off switch. It is turned on by tapping the globe and turns itself off when it feels like it. YOU can't turn it off. But it does not require a deliberate tap to turn on; it can turn on just by touching it, or by tilting the ball up to view the antarctic, or, since I've placed it by my recliner, by moving my recliner to the upright position. A couple of times it turned on mysteriously. Did a large truck drive by? Since the globe looks better and is easier to read with the light off, this inadvertant "on" grew swiftly annoying. After having the globe less that a day I removed the batteries.

The other major drawback (which might also be due to the light fixture) is that the ball is badly unbalanced. What this means is that it will not stay at the point I rotate it to. When I look at it from my chair, it presents the western Pacific Ocean. If I rotate it so that Africa is visible I have to hold it there. If I let it go, it will quickly turn itself back to present the western Pacific. A globe should stay where you positioned it without having to hold it still.

Despite the above complaints, it is a beautiful globe with an uncluttered look and welcome adjunct to my NG Atlas.

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1.0

So Disappointed In National Geographic Customer Service

By mloura

from San Leandro, CA

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

I bought this as a present for my husband. The first globe wouldn't light up unless you hit it hard on the ground. I called and they sent out another globe. This one is so sensitive it goes off anytime the cat even walks on the floor so we called again and asked for a replacement or some help since the battery would die every few days. They told us they would send an adaptor that would make it so that we could turn on the globe light manually. Not as convenient as the 'touch-on' feature but at least we could still use the light feature when necessary without wasting the battery. We never got that adaptor. I called about a month later and they apologized profusely and said they would get the vendor to send an adaptor. We never got it. It's been months now and I know at some point they are going to say the warranty is out. If you read reviews you'll see the light feature has been a problem for many. It's a nice globe but for the hefty price, it should function the way it's supposed to. Steer clear of this one.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Chamberlin Globe

By Mike

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

Exactly what I wanted.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic World Globe

By Joseba Deuna

from Monterrey, Mex.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy reading
  • Easy To See South Pole
  • Illuminated
  • It Seems Resilient
  • Very large size

Cons

  • No Smoth Transition In Eq

Best Uses

  • Personal
  • Teaching

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

It is a large Globe. Rotates to facilitate to see the Southern Hemisphere. Very easy to read names in the Globe. Gravity allows the globe to normal position, i.e. the inclined axis and North Pole at the top. Light is battery operated, and it turns on by rotating the globe, and turns off by letting it stand still for a couple minutes. Beautiful glossy finish with Surface ups for mountain ranges. The only minornegative thing is that the transition in the Equator is not smooth and when lights are on it is darker. Highly recommended for personal use, trips descriptions or teaching to youngsters.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellant product

By none

from Sheridan, WY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

Nat'l. Geo. needs to beef up there packaging materials. The first shipment came with globe destroyed. Second shipment globe was alright but packaging was still in bad shape.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The House looks SMARTER!

By Tunes

from Vero Beach, Fl

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

Just what is said it was.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Some Assembly Required

By Larry Breyer

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

Even though batteries are included for the internal
illumination, I like to go through the battery
replacement process as soon as I get a product.
In the process I broke the bottom pin the globe
rotates on. The pin is made of plastic which is
kind of weak for the amount of leverage it needs
to sustain when removing the globe from the metal
hoop. I was able to repair the pin by drilling
a hole from the bottom and screwing the two pieces together. Except for this one repair, the globe
is a very nice tool for exploration.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good globe for world features.

By The Viking.

from Florence, MS

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Batteries Make It Hard No
  • To Stay In Place

Cons

  • Easy to read

Best Uses

  • Good Reference For World

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

only problem is that the batteries tend to make the globe end up with the south pole on the bottom and does stay evenly in place when looking at certain countries as batteries tend to make it center down on the south pole.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Overall I am very pleased

By rod333

from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Lighting System
  • VERY GOOD QUALITY
  • Very Nice Size

Cons

  • Fixed At 23 Degrees

Best Uses

  • Finding places

Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

I use this globe to find places while I am watching international news.
I very much like the internal lighting system and the raised mountain topography.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice globe, but fragile

By Kbaybob

from Kaneohe, HI

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Illumination Is Great
  • Nice Large Globe
  • Stand is sturdy

Cons

  • Easy to break
  • Poorly Packed
  • Refused To Ship To Hawaii
  • Two Of 3 Arrived Broken
  • Very Fragile Meridian

Best Uses

    Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

    The globe's meridian needs a redesign. It has an incomplete ring around the top mouting post and is relying on a very thin area to maintain structural integrity and that is not enough, especially since it is cast from weak metal. Other than that weak point that broke in two out of three globes due to poor packaging design, I am afraid it will break with normal use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent quality. She loved it!

    By Denny

    from Northern NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Super gift

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

        For reference when reading world news

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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