Elgin Travel Alarm Clock
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- Blue night light on demand
- Accurate quartz movement
- Ascending alarm
- Protective cover for travel
- Uses 1 AA battery (not included)
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Blue night light on demand Accurate quartz movement Ascending alarm Protective cover for travel Uses 1 AA battery (not included)
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I had two of these travel alarms when Timex made an identical model and loved them. This seems to work identically to the Timex. The black letters on white face is easy to read, and the blue blacklight is great for night viewing. I like that it uses a AA battery that's easily obtainable no matter where you are in the world. As for my old ones, I left one in a hotel room, and the second stopped working after five years. I was glad to see it was still available, albeit under a different brand. One thing though: I ordered one from a merchant here, and when I took it out of the box and tried the backlight, it emitted a high-pitched noise that would be unbearable in the middle of the night. Since it was inexpensive, and I needed it in a hurry, I didn't bother to send it back and I just ordered another. The second one worked fine. It suggests to me that these aren't made with much quality control, and I'd suggest ensuring that whatever merchant you purchase it from has a good exchange policy.
The plusses to this, the backlight, the snooze alarm, the folding cover, make this a really useful clock. Since they sell for only about 3 bucks, I'd say order two or three, see which one works, and toss those that don't. Even at nine or ten dollars, I consider the one that works a good value.
Turn alarm on. Counter clockwise the alarm hand to the wake up time. Clockwise move the hands until the alarm goes off at the time you want. Turn alarm off. Reset clock to the current time. People complain that these inexpensive alarms are off by 10 minutes or more. If you follow these directions, the alarm will go off when you want it. At least, works for me.
This review is for the Timex that I have had for over eight years, which is very close in style and function as the Elgin, which I just bought to replace the old Timex alarm clock. The best thing about it is the ascending alarm, which gets louder and pulses longer as the alarm continues, thus really waking you up, even if you wear ear plugs while travelling, like I do at times. That was very important.
I dropped it once and the back dial for setting alarm broke off so I had to buy another one. Just don't drop it.
It is analog, not digital, so setting exact minute for alarm can be tricky. But the night light is really nice and its size is compact enough and only takes one AA battery.