OverviewCardinal Bluelight Travel Alarm Clock.
Cardinal Bluelight Travel Alarm Clock.
Cardinal Bluelight Travel Alarm Clock is rated out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by claimed1 from Great Basic Battery-Operated Alarm Clock Great little basic alarm clock. Has 1 time setting, 1 alarm setting, push button light/sleep timer function. Alarm runs for awhile, then shuts off if you don't shut it off. Battery lasts FOREVER--it's really a great basic clock. Replaced my last one (just like this# with a new one because I dropped the other. It still showed the right time after being dropped and having all its insides on display--but the light wouldn't go out after that and I need to have it dark at night. Don't have to worry about the electricity going out and not having the right time on the clock in the morning. Don't have to worry about daylight savings time changes and whether a cell-phone is charged up or not, or on silent. #Don't own a cell phone, so that's not an option for me anyway.) Hope to have this great little clock for a long time.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by jfklein from Great Design - Durability Suspect I bought one of these travel clocks about six years ago from Zellers. I used it for a few years until I started using my smartphone as an alarm clock. However, after a couple years I have found smart phones to be not so smart as an alarm clock. They are unreliable, especially my current phone. The phone sometimes locks up, or some other malfunction occurs resulting in the alarm not sounding in the morning. So I have pulled out my old Cardinal travel clock again and put it on the nightstand as a back-up. I love the exterior design of this clock. I can't really find a single flaw. + The snooze/backlight button is on the top where it is easy to press as you grope in the dark to shut it off. + The flip out cover acts as a stand so that you don't knock the clock over when fumbling around for it. + The cover also has some rigidity to is since the sides of the cover extend around the face of the clock. This gives it a more sturdy stand. Many travel clocks with this type of dual function cover/stand have a flimsy thin cover with little rigidity. + The alarm switch extends into the seat of the cover such that it is impossible to close the cover with the alarm set. This is a great feature because it prevents you from forgetting to shut off the alarm before you pack the clock into your bag. This could cause you some trouble or embarrassment if the clock is in your handbag and the alarm goes off. + The alarm switch has three settings; off, alarm on, alarm+snooze on. + The back light is a nice blue color. + The alarm is loud enough to wake me up, even with earplugs in. But I am a light sleeper. I travel a lot so I check out travel clocks from time to time looking for an even better model. But after several years have yet to find one with better ergonomics. Now the negatives, all with respect to durability and quality. + The clock tends to loose time. This is a problem for an alarm clock, as eventually you will be waking up too late causing you to rush in the morning. + The construction is not very durable. Once I accidentally knocked it off the night stand on to a hard floor and it exploded into all it's parts. I think the entire thing disassembled. Luckily reassembly isn't too difficult. + After knocking it off the night stand a few times and reassembling it over the years now it doesn't work very well. There is an electrical short I think so that sometimes it stops working. Also the display regularly conks out when I hit the snooze so I can't see the display. I wish the manufacturer would have made this clock rock-solid durable, then they would have the best low cost travel clock ever made I would say. Perhaps they have fixed the problems by tweeking the design a bit, but from the photo it looks identical to my six year old clock. However, I might just stop by London Drugs and pick up another one to replace the now ailing one that I have. Hopefully the durability and time keeping problems have been fixed. Then I will have a travel clock that will probably out live me. Although I imagine I will stop using it when smart phones become more reliable in a few years!! Still I might just buy another because I love the ergonomic design!
Date published: 2013-05-22