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sharpclassic
18th May 2012, 21:30
Hello All,

Been searching around for a decent travel alarm clock but everything I find seems to have some, but not all, of the requirements I'm after. Plus, more annoyingly, a really mix of reviews!

Can any pilots/crew/regular international travellers recommend one that they use for trips which has as many of the criteria below as possible...

Thanks!
SC

In priority order...
- Room Temperature display
- Auto Time update in new countries
- Backlight
- Alarm

Tableview
18th May 2012, 21:59
I tried to find something like this when I used to travel a lot across time zones. Auto Time update in new countries will be the tricky part. It will only auto-update properly if it has access to wifi or a 3G signal, or one of those Standard Time and Frequency radio stations. There are some on the market that auto-update from the WWF radio station in Fort Collins but I assume they will only work in North America and then I'm not sure how or if they auto-update for timezones.

None of those is impossible or even difficult but the problem is that if you come to rely on it and end up somewhere where you don't have that access, you will be WATS (well and truly stuffed!).

If there is such a device on the market I'd like to know. It's my birthday coming up and it would make a nice prezzie!

Worrals in the wilds
18th May 2012, 23:04
An iPhone with a thermometer taped to it?;)
Sorry.
Think Geek (online store) have some nice clocks, but I don't recall one that does all that. It may pay to take a look on their site.

spekesoftly
18th May 2012, 23:18
Forgive me for being a little bemused at the Alarm function being rated last on your priority list for a travel alarm clock ! ;)

Anyway, have a look at item code 73435012 in any John Lewis store - price 15-00. It ticks all of your requirements apart from auto update. Nice big digits in a relatively compact unit that folds neatly for travel. I'm delighted with mine.

ShyTorque
18th May 2012, 23:25
Pardon me for asking... but do you really need all these functions?

I've tried many other more complicated clocks over the years, including infra red sensors etc., but have now ditched them all in favour of this simple old fashioned one.

My little analogue travel alarm clock cost me 3 in a Marks and Spencer's sale. It does nothing but tells the time and wake me up. It uses one AA battery which lasts about a year. It does have a very simple backlight, selected temporarily on by pressing a spring loaded button.

Time zone? I use my phone to get local time and reset the clock manually; it takes a few seconds by rotating the knob on the rear.

Temperature? Is there a particular reason for knowing the actual room temperature? If it's uncomfortable in a hotel room, I adjust the heating, or open a window. :O

However, look here - any good?:

RADIO CONTROLLED TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK TOUCH SENSITIVE (5018479044826) | eBay (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RADIO-CONTROLLED-TRAVEL-ALARM-CLOCK-TOUCH-SENSITIVE-/280879800421?pt=UK_TravelTickets_Accessories_RL&hash=item4165bda065)

ExSp33db1rd
19th May 2012, 00:11
When employed as a Longhaul crew member I used to wish I could find one that also told me what Country I was in ! I could always remember the room no. and Country of the last time I slept, but the current one was a challenge when I woke up again, until it had been downloaded into my personal RAM over a day or so.

and.... stick a label on it with your name and address, I've lost count of the number of times kind hotels have posted it back to me, but one didn't immediately so I bought another, then they did so now I have two. ( sell you one for $1,000,000.oo ) Been with me for about 40 years now, SEIKO, cost about 1,000 Yen at Narita once, measures about 3"x3" and folds flat to about 3/8th" fits in shirt pocket,should you wish, one A.76 button battery lasts for about 2 years, and has a 24 hr. rotating bezel around the edge to turn to local time. Black hands on white face. KISS.

mixture
19th May 2012, 05:54
In priority order...
- Room Temperature display
- Auto Time update in new countries
- Backlight
- Alarm

My Blackberry does all that ! :cool:

Although personally I just use my wrist watch as an alarm when travelling (it's got dual timezones, and a backlight). Sure it hasn't got "auto time update", but it's not exactly a big deal to whizz the knob a couple of times to pull the T2 time forward/backward a few hours. I'm sure if you went for one of the cheapo mainstream brand watches you could even find one that has a temperature display !

OFSO
19th May 2012, 06:12
My HTC also does all that, time, auto update, temperature & weather forecast etc. Makes phone calls and does e-mails too. Why carry another piece of junk around ?

ExSp33db1rd
19th May 2012, 08:14
Why carry another piece of junk around ?

Agreed, why carry most of it ? It is my ambition to travel around with just my passport in my shirt pocket, not quite there yet, but working on it, and being constantly sabotaged by Mrs. ExS. who, upon discovering that I have created some empty space in my luggage ...... fills it ! The first airline to allow a personal Pack Horse in the cabin will enjoy her immediate attention, meanwhile I'm roped in as the only acceptable alternative.

stuckgear
19th May 2012, 08:24
It's my birthday coming up and it would make a nice prezzie!


well tableview, maybe KAG will send you one from China ! :}

Lon More
19th May 2012, 08:29
my phone does all except the room temperature - for that I have my big toe. Romm to warm; stick foot out from under blanket. Room too cold; cover foot with blanket.

parabellum
19th May 2012, 08:53
My main pre requisite for my traveling alarm clock was that it folded down neatly and was a wind-up manual one, batteries fail and power cuts happen! Never let me down once in thirty six years

Lon More
19th May 2012, 08:54
nothing better than a good wind-up

Slasher
19th May 2012, 09:26
My perfect travelling alarm clock would have features like -

- Telling me the time in whatever timezone I'm in (a/update)
- Telling me what country I'm in
- Telling me what bloody hotel I'm in
- An ever present indicator that shows whether the sun is up
or down
- Auto-alert for happy hour at the nearest bar
- An alarm function that has a sexy chick's voice talking dirty
and tells me its time to get (it) up for her, with an increasing
volume level associated with a corresponding increase of her
desperate lust.

racedo
19th May 2012, 09:51
Didn't know Slasher carried missus as his personal alarm clock.

I use phone, nothing else, the alarm clock ticking all :mad: night drives me nuts. If I can't remember the hotel and country then call reception, they assume weird anyway so lets just add to it.

Ancient Observer
19th May 2012, 10:41
I'm with the ex-speedbird on this. When I travelled in Asia rather a lot back in the 90s, I lost count of the number of times I woke up thinking that I was in country X when I was in country Y.
.....and, just to confound matters, countries which were only a short hop away had different time zones. Got fed up with booked taxis that turned up an hour late, or didn't show, (because I was an hour late).

My clever little samsung Apollo - (no longer sold) now fixes all this for me - if and when I remember to turn it on, turn on wi-fi, turn on 3G and so on.

corsair
19th May 2012, 10:48
Slasher my smartphone pretty much does it all. You can even programme in the sexy chick voice if you need to.

Why would anyone want a travel alarm anymore once they invented smartphones.

OFSO
19th May 2012, 11:29
some empty space in my luggage

Empty space in a woman's suitcase is rarer than a Higgs Bosun. Believed to exist but never been seen yet.

Tableview
19th May 2012, 11:39
It's not that they fill the suitcase that annoys me, it's that 90% of the stuff roundtrips without even being taken out, let alone used. She takes the most ridiculous things 'just in case'.

farsouth
19th May 2012, 11:41
Slight thread drift - Can anyone explain why those alarm clocks with a blue backlight give a very faint high pitched sound whenever the backlight is on ???

mixture
19th May 2012, 15:51
It is my ambition to travel around with just my passport in my shirt pocket

Aah... remind me never to travel with you then. Those clothes must get a bit whiffy after a couple of days.

mixture
19th May 2012, 15:54
Slight thread drift - Can anyone explain why those alarm clocks with a blue backlight give a very faint high pitched sound whenever the backlight is on ???


I bought a bedside radio that did that. Assumed it was a duff one and so returned it the next day. But perhaps its something more than just bad parts ?

Loose rivets
19th May 2012, 17:57
You blokes have got bloooooooody good hearing if you can hear the volt generating oscillator. Years since I could.:uhoh:


I used to take me good old Wesclocks alarm with me. Woke everyone three doors in either direction - and the people below when it had finished vibrating across the table and fell on the floor. :}


Head out of window for temp and humidity, and zone correction done by a huge knurled knob on the back.





I object to Edit notices.:*

con-pilot
19th May 2012, 18:30
I just use/used my mobile phone, never had a problem anywhere in the world. Just need to make sure that it is on local time if it does not automatically switch, no big deal.

So no alarm clock, one less thing to carry and worry about.

ExSp33db1rd
19th May 2012, 20:44
...........those clothes must get a bit whiffy after a couple of days.

Which is why I haven't quite perfected the technique yet.

In practice, most of my travel these days is between two abodes, both furnished with wardrobes, so the only need to transport a change clothes is to cater for an unexpected hijack - tho' they probably wouldn't let you change your knickers anyway - but Mrs. ExS., despite her annual plea to tell her not to take ANYTHING back, always does, hence the usual African Safari approach to our travel impedimentia.

Slasher
20th May 2012, 04:40
Slasher my smartphone pretty much does it all. You can
even programme in the sexy chick voice if you need to.

Mine too but it doesn't talk dirty. :(

Fox3WheresMyBanana
20th May 2012, 13:20
Women and packing.
Remember that women pack many things "just in case". I carted my AR5 off to the Gulf, and never used it. Women regard much of the stuff in their suitcase as being of equal priority.

I have always found the simplest solutions to be:
1) Engineer some part of the trip that will require them to carry their stuff for about half a mile (i.e. rough surface so the wheelie suitcases have to be carried). Tell them; they won't listen, but this has amazing effects on subsequent trips.

2) Impose volume as well as weight limits. Hopefully you will have a means of transport (e.g. yacht, motorbike) which allows this.

3) Keep popping in when she's packing. Laugh a lot. Keep saying "You'll be carrying that".

4) Remind her that Foreign Parts, and even Wales, have shops.

But never criticize any individual item. This would put you firmly in the "you don't understand" category, and mean that every subsequent issue is "your fault".

ExSp33db1rd
20th May 2012, 20:44
.........and mean that every subsequent issue is "your fault".

not only ' subsequent '.

Akcherly ... the Airlines current practice of charging per extra piece of baggage is having an unexpected side effect. Whereas Mrs. ExS never flinches at spending on things that she 'absolutely needs', she can give Scrooge a lesson when it comes to giving money to an Airline, and flatly refuses to pay for extra baggage - Yippee !! ( 'course, this goes for giving Southwest an extra fee for priority boarding, so there is a downside,too ! )

I'm working on a copy of the Airline baggage policy for when we drive around the Country - just so that I can have enough space left to occupy the drivers' seat!

Worrals in the wilds
21st May 2012, 00:15
I carted my AR5 off to the Gulf, and never used it. Women regard much of the stuff in their suitcase as being of equal priority.That is funny.
Funny and true. :O
The fundamental principle of female packing is; 'You just never know when you'll need it'. We're usually nesters by nature, and travelling means having to take the nest On The Road. :uhoh:

'But I might need xyz...'
[insert sewing kit, small computer, set of mathematical instruments, hurricane lantern and non stick frying pan].

It might be hot/cold/wet/dry/blizzardy'.
[insert beachwear, overcoat, full lenth oilskin raincoat, akubra hat and alpine jacket. Include a full set of spares in case the first one gets dirty or you don't feel like wearing that colour on the day].
Okay so they've never had a blizzard in Birdsville yet, but this might be the first time. :suspect:

'There might be a fomal do where I need to be dressed properly'.
[insert three formal dresses (see previous statement re colour], matching shoes and jewellry for all three, full makeup case, full hairdo kit and matching evening bags].
Okay so they've probably never had a 'dress formal' function in Birdsville yet either, but...you never know; and what if I didn't have any decent shoes? That's a fate worse than death. :eek:

'I'll want something to read.'
[insert most of the library because I don't know what that something will be. Fortunately kindles are making this less of an issue].

'I don't know what activities will be on offer.'
[insert diving gear, hiking gear, shooting gear and roller skates].

There, packed! Nothing left to chance. A little heavy (the 4WD springs sag a bit when it gets heaved in the back) but you never know when you'll need...
:}

Slasher
21st May 2012, 01:51
..But women never pack really important things "just in case"
now do they.

"Oh hon I'm taking a 6-pack in case you bump into old mates
and all the pubs are closed. Shall I pack some beer nuts too?"

"I'll pack a couple of your old Playboys if I go out to do a long
shopping trip and you get all bored at the hotel. Do you want
Miss April and Miss October?"

parabellum
21st May 2012, 02:27
and flatly refuses to pay for extra baggage - Yippee !!


Doesn't this mean that all your stuff gets left out EXsp?

Very funny Worrals!:D

Absolutely correct Slasher!:ok:

Worrals in the wilds
21st May 2012, 02:37
"Oh hon I'm taking a 6-pack in case you bump into old mates and all the pubs are closed. Shall I pack some beer nuts too?"I pack a six pack and beer nuts in case I bump into old mates and all the pubs are closed.
Shouldn't you be packing your beer and porno mags in your own bag? ;) Mine's full. :}

Slasher
21st May 2012, 03:06
Shouldn't you be your packing beer and porno mags in your own bag? ;) Mine's full. :}

Um...do I infer correctly that your bag is already full with your own beer and porno mags Worrals?

In that case you'd be my ideal travelling companion - I wouldn't need to pack nothin'! :)

Worrals in the wilds
21st May 2012, 03:49
I'll own up to the beer, but not the porno mags, sorry.

Plenty of the female equivalent though; gossip mags, cooking mags and design mags. IME women much prefer perving at pictures of food, other people's misfortune (particularly if they're skinny and famous :E) and swanky new bathrooms.

Probably none of that's your thing. :\

ExSp33db1rd
21st May 2012, 06:27
Doesn't this mean that all your stuff gets left out EXsp?

Just about, hence the passport and shirt pocket requirement.
( this is where we came in )

We're shortly about to embark on a 4 hour car trip down to the Big Smoke (Auckland) staying one night in a hotel, back next day. I've already spotted 4 coats/jackets across the back seat - and we probably won't even be walking anywhere, shoes are now being thrown out of closets - Help !

Hydromet
21st May 2012, 08:47
Okay so they've probably never had a 'dress formal' function in Birdsville yet either, but...you never know; and what if I didn't have any decent shoes?
Then you'd have to wear thongs. (The rubber ones that go on your feet.) Back in the '70s before it became commonplace, three colleagues who were working in Birdsville took dinner suits (but only thongs) to wear at the races and the ball afterwards. They were spotted by the Adelaide paper, interviewed, photographed and featured. All very well, except that instead of giving their correct names, they gave those of their department heads.
Questions were asked.

It is my ambition to travel around with just my passport in my shirt pocket
I met a bloke who did almost that. And one who came nowhere near it.
A few years ago I cycled from Brisbane to Sydney. Along the way I met two other cyclists. One was a young Japanese who carried a tent, complete with tent poles strapped to the bike, four panniers, a backpack, a rack with his washing drying on it and a small bag on his handlebars complete with walkman, with speakers at each end of the handlebars. By contrast, I carried a small, coffin shaped tent and two panniers with a couple of changes of cycling gear and other clothing.
The second cyclist I met had a small saddlebag containing one set of non-cycling clothing. When we stopped at the hotel he had booked into for the night, Mrs. publican had offered to wash his cycling clothing before we finished our first beer. His other clothing was to be rinsed before he went to bed, and hung in the bathroom to dry overnight.

Worrals in the wilds
21st May 2012, 19:46
All very well, except that instead of giving their correct names, they gave those of their department heads.
Questions were asked.

Nicely done! :ok:
OAN, biking from Sydney to Brisbane? Nearly 1000km... :eek:
How long did it take you?

beaufort1
21st May 2012, 19:50
Blimey, and it's uphill. :ooh:

G-CPTN
21st May 2012, 20:08
Downhill from Brisbane to Sydney, though . . .