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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
This car alarm is good but it was smaller than what I initially expected(I posted a photo comparing the alarm to a quarter). The flash is decent and is bright enough to see a couple of feet away. Anyway, its good and if you want something cheap to deter thieves from breaking in your car, then this should work.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Of my two vehicles, one is a beater that I really couldn't justify buying a decent alarm for, so I elected to go with a mechanical immobilizer via a battery disconnect switch. I remove the key with me every night so the car is permanently disabled.

The upside to this is that the car absolutely isn't going anywhere without that little key, so even if I have to replace a broken window, busted steering column cover and popped ignition, I still have my car... The downside is, most of the "cheap" alarms I looked at didn't have an aux power supply so with the battery disconnected, they wouldn't work. Seeing as I'd really rather not have to replace a window, steering column cover and ignition, I picked up this little bluff light to hopefully act as a deterrent.

It does what it's supposed to do. W. Chan's review is right; the stickypad/velcro system sucks, so I took that off with a razor blade and used ordinary rubber cement to hold it put while still being 'removable'. The battery seems to last forever- I leave mine on all the time, so I just ground off the little switch. The only thing I don't like about it is that they now sell these at pretty much every auto parts store, and their dome design is rather 'distinctive'. It's entirely possible that a meaningful percentage of car thieves can spot them for what they are, but hopefully, the next guy who peeks in my car window at 3:00 AM isn't one of them.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
Ok ~ so these are quite big ~ approx 1 inch x 1 inch (an important small detail that seems to have been left out). For something like this the size seems to be a litte on the large side.

Batteries are included which is a bonus. Being curious I tried to get the cover off of one to see how the battery is replaced and it was tough. The opaque dome twists so far and then stops - you need to twist it just that but more for it to come apart. The pieces are quite difficult to separate. I had to pry the dome off with my finger nail to separate it.

I also found it nearly impossible to re-align the pieces back to their original position. The little plastic tabs that hold the dome on broke almost immediately as they seem paper thin but it all seemed to hold together once pressed in again.

Update:
The second unit was much easier to open.
It seems there is a little empty space behind the battery. This unit fell off in my car (velcro strip Adhesive didn't hold). The led wouldn't switch on. I pulled it apart and had to press the battery in and it worked again. I might place something in that empty space behind the battery to prevent the battery from losing its connection.

It looks quite convincing in the car - especially at night. I'm going to try some 3M double sided tap to hold it in place. Positioning is important. Look at it during the day and night. I found lower down where it gets less light was better.

I have also found that these place in the right position at home can look light a camera or sensor.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2011
They flash bright enough.
Decently sized for a car alarm - would be nice if it was a tad bit smaller though. I took off the velcro on the bottom to make it flush with my dash and looks decent if you just glanced at it. The On/Off lettering is a giveaway so I had to rub it out. If I had to complain I would've wished that it was a twist on/off instead of a little switch which you can see poking out, other than that the price is right.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
Ok, well the light that comes from them isn't ridiculously bright. It's bright enough if someone was peering into your car they would see it. Secondly, the on off switch would only be visible during daylight... so if your worried about your car during the night this is perfectly fine. Third.. the batteries on these things are amazing. I have just kept mine on all day everyday and so far the first one I have used is still going strong and it's been over three weeks so far. I figured it would have run out by now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2013
If you black out the on/off switch....Makes people think there really is an alarm in the car, I no longer use my club!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
Very bright. I bough another item to tone down the brightness of these bulbs.
look for 104 Deep Amber Gel Filter Sheet 10" x 10" and you can cut it to a circle and place on bub with rubber cement to tone it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
This product works fine for me.Although its adhesive is weak and wouldn't stick parallel to the dashboard so I just put it above the cigar lighter where an empty compartment is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
We street park an ancient honda civic that for some reason meth-heads like to break into and steal random stuff out of . Since this became annoying, we figured maybe a flashing light would deter would-be thieves.

Pros:
- Our car has not been broken into post "car alarm".

Cons:
- The first set we got had one unit that didn't work out of the package. While they replaced it, this was non-the-less annoying.
- The new ones are already getting dim.
- The switch to turn the thing on and off is very flimsy and feels like it will break every time you turn it off. We just leave the thing on permanently now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2014
The Fake Car Alarm is fastened to my dash at the base of the windshield. Each day when the sun shines into the car the Velcro adhesive turns to goo and the Fake Car Alarm unit oozes away from the place where it was originally mounted. It sometimes slides up to an inch away leaving a trail of sticky goo on my dash. This Velcro pad is not rated for the temps it is subject to on a car dash.
If you buy one of these you might want to use your own two way tape. Other that that, I have had the Fake Car Alarm for two weeks and it's still blinking bright - 24/7.
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