Kikkerland Tape Timer Aluminum
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- 60 minute kitchen timer
- Aluminum casing
- Precision clock mechanism
- Pull the tape and set your time
- Watch time pass as tape decreases
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One note about functionality: To operate this timer, you have to pull the "tape" all the way out (60 mins) then you use an adjustment wheel on the bottom to retract it to the time you want. The unit will only work if operated this way. I did not find this to be a negative, but it is a bit more work than you would expect just from looking at it.
That being said, I do wish the timer rang instead of "dinging"! So if you are using it and are in the same room it is great...if you plan on being somewhere else, you may miss the "ding!"
If you are looking for a simple timer, this is great!
I bought this timer hoping to use it with the Pomodoro time management system, so here are a few words on that aspect of this timer and it's use. Overall, it's working well for me for the Pomodoro Method. Be warned that it ticks loudly, so this won't work if you're sharing a space with others. On the other hand, the ticking is an advantage if you're not going to bug other people, because you'll grow to associate that ticking with being in that working-mode zone. Also, being able to glance up and see roughly how much time you have left is a bonus.
I opened up the first timer, to find out why it had broken. I'll try to describe what's went wrong. Inside the unit, the tape is bolted to a wheel that turns. But the tape isn't bolted at the extreme end. Instead, the tape protrudes beyond the place it's bolted down. The problem is that the space that the wheel is in is surrounded by a circle of plastic with gaps in it, and the protruding end of the tape can catch on those gaps. By catching, the tape can fully stop the wheel from rotating, which stops the timer. The good news is that the protruding end of the tape doesn't seem to catch on the gaps in the circle unless you press down fairly hard on the adjustment dial (which shifts the wheel out of place as it rotates). I've been using my fingernail to get a grip on the dial so that I'm not pressing down in order to dial it, but I don't know if you need to be that careful. As I said above, just don't press down too hard on the wheel and you'll probably be okay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought several of these. Not only are they attractively designed, but they are a great adaptive timer for those who are not cognitively able to understand the concept of the... Read morePublished on November 19, 2012 by Karen Starr
How utterly cool! I love it! My dad will like his too! But I haven't checked if the inches are physically correct......Published on November 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This timer doesn't ring when the time is up. It patiently ticks through the required seconds and minutes, then is mute. Should have returned it, BUMMER.Published on November 11, 2012 by Nancy S. Shiley
I bought 2 of these for doing Pomodoros -- 1 for home and 1 for the office.
One of them broke after < 3 months. Until then, I was very happy with it.