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Nice Battery Powered Clock, with Lighted Dial
on February 4, 2011
--- Nice Battery Powered Clock, neat Lighted Dial
I have only been testing and used it for 3 weeks -- Plastic case, nicely finished, good fit, not real heavy clock but still looks like it could take some abuse if it happened to take a fall, certainly it would be OK if it got knocked over on a table, not a problem. When you squeeze the case, you don't feel any flex and as we all now know most clocks have little metal in them today. It looks like an excellent clock and a good value at Amazon. I purchased it to use in my travel trailer while on trips, no 120 AC power required, it's totally battery operated. I don't work for or sell clocks, just wanted to share my views.
--- Lighted Dial
Switchable function for lighted dial:
1--Momentary push button on top of clock - 3 second on and auto off to light dial, always available.
2--Automatic function to turn on dial light when the room darkens and off again when room lightens.
3--Small recessed slider switch on back of clock to turn off only the Auto light function to extend battery life.
Dial light in the auto mode at night does not bother me at all but it's plenty bright and is really nice to view the time if you happen to momentarily wake during the night. Looks like what I would assume to be one LED at about the 7 O'clock position behind the dial that shines across the back and through the dial for illumination. When it comes on in the auto mode it not as bright as when you push the momentary push button to light the dial. It's plenty bright enough at any time. In the auto mode once your eyes have adjusted to the darkness, it's bright enough if you hold your hand in front of the dial, a very dim faint shadow of your hand will appear on the wall across my bedroom. I have checked this out in the morning when I have awakened and it's still dark. If your very light sensitive at night, you may want to only use the momentary push button option. The good part is the dial is well defined and the black numbers stand out well on the white dial which turns green from the back light when the back lighted dial is illuminated.
Uses one C cell --- I have been told expected life is one year, would expect if auto dial lite is never turned off it might be shorter.
--- Quiet Clock Motor
Sweep second hand moves in a quiet, not audible, seaming continuous smooth sweeping motion, not in a one second stepping type that can be a noisy type of movement.
--- Snooze Button -- on top -- when you tap the Snooze Button the dial light will also turn on or brighten for a few seconds.
--- Alarm on/off -- conveniently on right side
--- Alarm Sound
Starts with a slow pleasant, not jarring loud, 2 beeps per second and slowly progress to a faster and faster beep. It seems like it might get louder as the beeps get faster but it may just be due to the faster beeping. I think it works nice, does not jar me awake like my wind up alarm clock.
--- Alarm and Time Adjusting Knobs -- slightly recessed conveniently on the back, easy to use.
--- Clock Dial Size -- about 3 1/8 inches diameter
--- Clock Case Size about 4 1/8 width & height about 4 ½ inches.
Its been about 22 months since I purchased my clock, still working OK. Its been in continuously use running on the same single C cell battery (just went out and checked the battery size) since I purchased it. The clock is used in my travel trailer and sits right next to my head where I sleep. I don't use the all night light feature as I can just reach over and touch the light button on top of the clock if I wake during the night, the light come on for a moment and automatically goes off. The alarm is really nice, comes on very gently and increase in volume the longer its on. It'a a great clock.