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4.0 out of 5 stars Great product except for one thing..., March 13, 2007
We got this for my five year old son for Christmas. He has a space-themed room and this fit in perfectly. He loves it and has it on every night. What's really great about it is that it will turn off automatically. What's not so great about it is that it just burns up the batteries! We've already had to replace the batteries three times since Christmas (and the latest batteries I put in where Energizer Lithium e2; they lasted about 3 1/2 weeks). The battery issue is the only reason I gave this product four stars instead of five.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2009, 5:42:41 AM PST
CatJ says:
I had this same problem but found that the battery lasts for at least 2 months if you keep it on the "still" mode where it doesn't cycle through the moon phases. My son still loves it and keeps it on the full moon all the time. Not as fun as the other way but definitely allows the batteries to last longer!

Posted on Dec 15, 2009, 9:34:07 PM PST
Tim says:
One tip:
The best batteries to get are Duracell. I have a friend who makes a living playing his keyboard in preschools and it runs on AA batteries. He speaks from experience and says in the AA market Duracell kicks butt. You can splurge a little extra and get the lithium versions of duracell, but the most bang for your buck is the regular Duracells.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009, 6:08:11 PM PST
Just use rechargeable batteries, duh.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010, 9:33:53 AM PST
That isn't the point. She is saying it eats up power fast. She wasn't complaining about spending money to get new batteries. How will rechargables will solve the problem of replacing the dead ones, it wont be less often.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2010, 12:26:39 PM PST
Karen, I think that the cost of replacing the AAs is the point, actually. Using rechargeable batteries makes a lot of sense in this case. Sure, it's a slight hassle to swap batteries, but the main problem is that it's waste and expense. If you have to replace the batteries every couple of weeks, that triples the cost of this product in a year.

Also, using lithium batteries doesn't always increase the length of time between replacement. Different devices use power in different ways. This isn't a high amperage device, so I doubt it gets much benefit from lithiums. I do agree that Duracell batteries provide a good value, but I think rechargeable batteries would dramatically decrease the cost of owning a device like this. If the reviewer's usage is typical, rechargeables would start saving money within 2 months.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010, 4:39:26 PM PST
Preppy S. says:
that is very good to know. i think that this product is a good idea. i am an adult, but i like to have one in my bedroom, too. but i don't like the fact that it uses batteries.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2010, 11:36:41 PM PDT
smoove says:
Actually rechargables are able to deliver more power than alkalines. Get the "precharged" or "low self-discharge" NiMH versions, they hold alot of power and hold their charge for a long time. You'll save alot of money in the long run and not create as much landfill waste.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010, 1:36:26 PM PDT
ndrew73 says:
So from what i can see - it does not offer an external power jack ? if so - it is a shame with such a good product.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011, 10:20:32 AM PST
AmazonGirl says:
haha, I love an adult who's still a kid at heart with a sense of amazement about the world around them! I'm an adult as well and also looking at this for myself! haha =D

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2011, 1:34:23 PM PDT
cheriba says:
Yes, you are correct, Karen. This was hanging up on a wall in my son's room, and it is not easily reachable since I am short. We don't have storage for a step-ladder upstairs, so it's a pain to have to get the ladder to change the batteries so often, rechargeable or no.
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