General Tools TI150 3-in-1 Timer for the Visually and Hearing Impaired

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  1. CatsNQuilts says:
    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This timer is wonderful and has many alarm options!, June 4, 2010
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    I received this timer recently and use it all the time now instead of the oven timer. We love it! With someone partially hearing impaired in the family, it has already proven itself reliable.

    The alarm is loud enough in my opinion, but I place it on the metal hood over the stove and when the alarm goes off, the vibrating and ringing cause an even louder sound. Everybody can hear it! LOL!

    Set up was very easy. I just had to remove the back cover by grabbing the clip and sliding it downwards. Then remove the 2 strips of vinyl covering the batteries’ connection points, replace the cover and it’s ready. It uses 2 AAA batteries.

    The timer is easy to set. You just set the time, then hit the big “start/stop” button and the little “H” and “M” on either side of the timer display flashes. To clear the timer, just hit both the “h” and the “m” buttons simultaneously. To stop the alarm or to turn off the timer before the alarm sounds just hit the “start/stop” button.

    On the back of the timer, there are 4 different on/off switches: flashing light alarm, sound alarm, vibrating alarm, and one for hours/minutes or minutes/seconds.

    When I set the timer on my desk, it moved around when the alarm went off but when I turned off the vibrating function, the timer didn’t move around.

    If you need to turn off both the sound and vibrating alarms and use only the flashing light alarm, the light is quite noticeable by itself if placed nearby in your line of sight (within a foot or so). This would be very handy if you’re near a sleeping baby! 🙂 But if you clip it on a breast pocket, I would use both the flashing light and vibrating alarms. The vibrating alarm does make a sound, but it’s not as loud as the ringing alarm.

    Very happy with this purchase. Highly recommended for anyone needing a timer, especially for hearing and/or sight impairments. The timer has an attached magnet, a little pull out stand, and a clip.

    Should any problem arise as we use this timer over time, I will revise my review.

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  2. Reviewer 77 says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good quality; serves intended purpose; attractive, December 5, 2011
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    Reviewer 77 (Elkins Park, PA USA) –

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    I wanted a discreet timer that would alert me every hour to step away from my desk and walk up and down the fire tower stairs for a couple of minutes to improve circulation. I wanted a silent vibrating timer that I could clip to my waistband or belt or slip into my pocket so that the sound wouldn’t disturb my coworkers or alert them every time I left my desk.

    The timer is an attractive matte silver color with grey buttons and a small brand name logo at the top (thankfully not “kitchen timer” white with a loud logo). It seems well built. The “start” and “stop” buttons were not accidentally pressed when I slipped the timer into my pocket. The clip works well. The magnet works well. The stand works well. The numbers are large and easily read. The light flashes a nice bright red. The volume is good quality without being piercing. The vibration is easily felt. However, the vibrating mode is NOT SILENT. It can be heard by anyone standing next to you or in your work area, even if it’s in your pocket. It’s less disruptive than the volume mode, but it is definitely not silent. However, I will keep the timer because it IS silent in the light flashing mode, and that makes this worthwhile for me.

    When you try your unit, you may think the batteries are dead; they are not. You must open the battery compartment and remove the small strip of plastic that you’ll see covering one end of the battery. Once this is removed and the battery reinserted, the unit works. I am writing this after testing the unit; however, I don’t know how long the batteries last. I don’t know if they run down quickly. If you won’t be using your unit for a while or need it only for special occasions, you may want to reinsert that plastic tab on the end of the battery again; you will notice that the number display disappears when you do this. I saved that strip and store it in between the two batteries in the unit, in case I want to use it and save battery life.

    There are buttons on the front and buttons on the back of the unit. The front buttons are easily pressed. The back buttons are tiny and must be pushed up and down, and they require moderate pressure. You will need at least a little bit of fingernail to move them, as they are somewhat recessed. It is not a struggle, as long as you have some fingernail (or the point of a click pen, with the point retracted) to work with.

    Bottom line, I am disappointed that the vibration is not silent (hence the four stars), but otherwise very happy with the purchase.

    Note that the first unit I received was sealed in the original package, but when I opened it the clip on the back was detached with the clip, spring, and pin all separate. I contacted Amazon and they shipped me a new one within a couple of days no charge; however, I will have to return the defective unit within a month (they credit for postage) to ensure that I’m not charged for both. I was happy with their customer service; it was hassle-free.

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  3. Charles Chandler says:
    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Totally Satisfied, August 17, 2010
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    My hearing isn’t great. I bought a couple of timers recently and was disappointed with them. I could barely hear them in a quiet room. With music or news playing forget it. I did a Google product search for “timer for hearing impaired” and found this one. It has solved my problem nicely. I can be working at my computer with iTunes blaring and it gets my attention. I like the instructions that come with it. But really, the unit is so well designed that instructions are hardly required. I like how you can set it to read in hours and minutes or minutes and seconds. Setting it up is very intuitive. I think this is a great product.

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