Tuesday, March 17, 2015

eBay clock kit

I bought this clock kit to see if it would make a good soldering class demo kit.  It's ridiculously cheap at $3.50 or something like that, shipped. I put it together last night, and the answer is, no, not really.

I'm posting here since it's being sold a lot on eBay so maybe someone can see this before buying.

It's pretty crappy.  I mean, it's alright but:

  • Requires 5V supply, no regulation.
  • No battery backup. Some kits for not much more money have battery
  • Beeper is frighteningly loud with no volume control
  • 24 hour mode only, as far as I can tell.
  • It has alarms but it's unclear exactly how they work, set mode just lets you set registers A through I, A is hours, B is minutes, some of them are "on" or "off, some others are hours and minutes of which surely some are the alarm (or alarms), but there's no instructions.
  • There's no way to mute the alarm as far as I can tell. It screams bloody murder for 10 seconds or so then stops.

So yeah, I'm going to keep looking.  I like clocks and may use this for something but I think it would be more fun to design my own.

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