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Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe

$298.00 Sale Price:   $159.99

Price: $298.00 Sale Price:   $159.99

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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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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.


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Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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      Best Uses

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No (7)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        great globe except unbalanced

        The erratic on light is a pain - it comes on when I touch the globe but don't want it on, and goes off only when it decides to do so. Because the battery...Read complete review

        The erratic on light is a pain - it comes on when I touch the globe but don't want it on, and goes off only when it decides to do so. Because the battery pack is at the south pole, the globe is unbalanced and always returns to the south pole down position. Why not install a similar removable counter weight at the north pole so that the globe can assume any position?

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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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        4.0

        Some Assembly Required

        By Larry Breyer

        from San Diego, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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

              (2 of 3 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

              (2 of 2 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

              (3 of 3 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

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Lovely globe, terrible light

                    By Kate the traveler

                    from Thousand Oaks, CA

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

                          It is a lovely globe but the erratic light is so annoying. Now, even after replacing the batteries, it won't turn on.
                          Like Steve I once had the old globe that was easy to pick up. That one was a joy because I could carry it around my classroom to share with students. And I have also had globes with light switches which worked just fine. This one does neither and I am disappointed.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          great globe except unbalanced

                          By Jacob

                          from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good mounting
                          • Great looking
                          • Unobscured Visibility

                          Cons

                          • Erratic Light
                          • Unbalanced Globe

                          Best Uses

                          • Good gift
                          • Good Location Of Places
                          • Great ornament
                          • Teaching

                          Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

                          The erratic on light is a pain - it comes on when I touch the globe but don't want it on, and goes off only when it decides to do so. Because the battery pack is at the south pole, the globe is unbalanced and always returns to the south pole down position. Why not install a similar removable counter weight at the north pole so that the globe can assume any position?

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Can't leave it alone!

                          By None

                          from Portland, Maine

                          Pros

                          • Height Light Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Full Support Newsbks
                            • Full Supportnewsreading
                            • Ready Resource

                            Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

                            I will use this globe as an instant reference placed between my desk and a reading/viewing chair.
                            The details are clear, after a little practice the light mechanism and the globe's steadiness were responsive and positive additions.
                            Two of three friends who came to help assemble and test drive it went home to place an order.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Nice globe but the light doesn't work

                            By Sal

                            from St. Paul, MN

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

                            I like the globe and it's great for kids because it's so easy to read. However, the auto-illumination feature doesn't work well at all. It's quite inconsistent and I'd rather have a globe with an on/off switch.

                            (38 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Beautiful Globe, but has faults

                            By Steve the Cartography Buff

                            from San Diego, CA

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Beautiful cartography
                            • Up-to-date

                            Cons

                            • Badly unbalanced ball
                            • Light feature annoying

                            Best Uses

                            • Adjunct to Atlas
                            • decoration
                            • Reference

                            Comments about Chamberlin Illuminated Floor Globe:

                            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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