What Is an Alarm Clock?
An alarm is a generic name for clocks that are designed to sound alerts at a given time. Most of these clocks are alarm clocks to wake people up from their sleep and they can sometimes be used as a reminder. Many alarms are audible, but there are also loud, luminous or vibrating alarms for people who have trouble waking up in the morning.
Who Invented the Alarm Clock and When?
In 1787, Levi Hutchins invented the first known alarm clock in a modern sense.
How Did People Wake Up Before Alarm Clocks?
Many people who lived in times of no alarm or alarm clock went to bed early and used daylight to wake up. The most commonly used method except daylight was using candles. People, who weren’t rich enough to employ another person to wake them up, were awakened by the sound of the nail falling on the floor once the candle with the inserted nail melted.
How Does the Alarm Clock Work?
Analog alarm clocks usually work through the internal gears with the energy provided by the batteries. And alarm clocks on mobile phones and computers work through their software.
Can You Use Your Laptop as an Alarm Clock?
An alarm can be set on computers, but in most operating systems, the default applications do not include applications such as an alarm or a stopwatch that are available almost on every phone.
How to Set an Alarm on the Computer?
Windows 10 users can set up alarms via the “Alarms & Clocks” in the applications list. Mac users can prefer applications available in app stores. Users who do not want to install any program can set up an online alarm which is an easier method.
What is Online Alarm Clock?
Online Alarm Clock is an online alarm application that helps users who need to be alerted to wake up or who need to set a timer for any reminder with loud alarms.
How to Set an Online Alarm?
If you are going to set an alarm using Online Alarm Clock, simply select the alarm sound and press the “Set the Alarm” button once you have selected the alarm time in the “Set alarm for” field.
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1. RCA Digital Alarm Clock with Large 1.4″ Display
Price on Amazon 8,25 $
All I wanted was a clock that I could see and easy to set with a back-up battery. Well, there are just three slide buttons on the back. 1) Alarm on, alarm off 2) dimmer high/low 3) set time/set alarm/lock On the top front is a large snooze/cancel button. One side of the bar has the hour to set and the other side of the bar is the minute to set depending on whether the slide switch on the back is set to time or alarm.
That’s it … simple and easy. However, what I did do is put a piece of velcro on the bottom to keep the clock secure on the bed-side stand. I have a habit of thrashing around in my sleep sometimes.
2. AmazonBasics Small Digital Alarm Clock with Nightlight and Battery Backup, LED Display
Price on Amazon 8,25 $
The Bottom Line:
I was looking for a super simple digital alarm clock and I didn’t need a radio, etc. on it. I just wanted an alarm clock that has big digits and just had an alarm and snooze. This digital alarm fit the bill perfectly since all you get is an alarm clock with snooze. You can put a backup battery in the clock if you have a lot of power failures. I like the nightlight that you can turn on and off. Overall I would highly recommend this digital alarm clock for its simplicity and value!
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3. Wake Up Light Alarm Clock — Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise/Sunset Simulation Dual Alarms and Snooze Function, 7 Colors Atmosphere Lamp, 7 Natural Sounds and FM Radio, Ideal for Gift
Price on Amazon 32,29 $
I bought this clock to simply see how well it works. I have sleep issues and waking up is just one of them. I wake up before sunrise most of the year.
The sunrise, fade-in light is a great alternative to a sudden, jarring light when it comes to waking me up. Even the sound does a fade-in to full volume. I like it better than my former, loud alarm and flashing light that I had been using. It feels more like waking up to a natural sunrise than it does waking up to alarm from an unsuspecting sleep.
Speaking of fading in, everything is adjustable. The time it takes to get to full brightness, how bright, and how loud the alarm is. The instructions guide you through a methodical setup but they are simple to follow and very clear. Well worth the quick read.
I don’t think I will use the sleep sounds to fall asleep but it has the same sleep mode fade-out adjustability as it does in its wake mode.
This thing even makes for a great reading light. I would recommend it to anyone who likes waking up naturally as opposed to having an alarm clock jar them awake.
4. Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker, Vibrating Alarm for Heavy Sleepers, Full Range Dimmer, Battery Backup – Black
Price on Amazon 31,90 $
Hard sleeper? Hitting the snooze button a lot in the morning?
Yeah..well, that’s me..it hasn’t always been… Heck, I used to be up by 5 AM every morning, ready to kick booty and take names. Well, not so much these days. Not sure if it’s because I haven’t had a full night’s rest since 2012 (thanks Al’s) or because my diet & exercise have turned to crap— nonetheless, Russians attacking the U.S. in broad daylight couldn’t wake me from a midday power nap if given the chance.
Being business owner, WAHM, Wifey.. Surely you can see how that can be an issue.
As fate would have it, Mr. Smo and I happened across this surreptitious alarm clock marketed towards those that sleep like a railroad tie instead of a normal human being should. Literally never heard of it. The ad promised to wake the heaviest of sleepers. I’m thinking, “they’ve obviously not met me, so..”
What the heck, let’s give this thing a whirl. We buy it. It comes in 5-7 business days, yada yada. Of course I’m testing it out! I ain’t fixin’ to DIE trying to come out of my sleep (if it really works, that is!)
Firstly it comes to you literally looking like a bomb wire to a hockey puck. Like, that probably should have been my first clue to walk away. Nope, I’m a glutton for punishment.
Y’ALL- we were testing— I repeat, TESTING this alarm, broad daylight… Not sleeping…Heck, we were expecting the thing to go off in a minute’s time. That alarm went off and y’all, If I’m lyin’ I’m dyin! I dang near fell out.. I nearly had a HEART ATTACK! This thing packs a whopping 113 decibels, (the same as a chainsaw, so you imagine one starting up as your alarm clock!) My ears probably bled lol..The vibration was jolting, but more on that later.
Alright, now to the real test:
So Night #1: Side note: Both Mr. Smo and I have a love affair with our snooze buttons. We usually set the alarms 1-2 hours ahead so we can snooze and “drift lightly back to consciousness in time” for the day. Night #1 we decide we’re gonna be some daredevils. Set that joker for the exact wakeup time. Let’s do it. We placed the “jolter-majig” under our mattress, in the middle, to make it fair for all parties.
I wasn’t ready. He wasn’t ready. Also, might I add, tiny Smo, too, was also not ready.
Now, let’s break this down. You’re sleeping. You’re dreaming. Then you get the “jolt”, and by “jolt”, I mean sit straight up in bed, bug eyed, scrambling for glasses, screaming across the king size bed, “HOLY !)@*# IS THAT AN EARTHQUAKE?!?” kind of jolt. The bed-shaker (that actually goes underneath your pillow, I do NOT recommend that) shakes so violently, you can hear and feel it on the other side of the house. So, yes, it literally shakes your lazy tail outta bed. Imagine a guy coming into your room each morning with a jack hammer, and that’s about it.
Then, you get the “squall”… (is that a good word? I feel like that’s a good word.) Remember the aforementioned 113 decibels? Try going from sleeping soundly, to a chainsaw in your ear with no warning. Your heart rate will go from 60 to 130 in seconds, from the first jolt, really.
Now, this God-given, Satan inspired gift also has one more trick… it has LIGHTS, as if the brutal awareness that you are no longer asleep, but may now have an anxiety attack instead, isn’t enough. I wouldn’t go as far as to say these red-flashing lights would cause a seizure, but it probably would be good to keep in mind if you have epilepsy. The only way I can describe these lights is, if you’ve ever seen flashing red lights on an ambulance, that’s about what it’s like.
The only experience Mr. Smo says he can compare this alarm clock to is being jolted to consciousness each morning in basic training. Like drill sergeants, the shear volume of this alarm clock will make it impossible for one to ignore it. Really, I’m not even sure why they included a snooze button on this thing.
If you have heart issues, do not get this. If you suffer from anxiety, do not get this. Epileptic much?— probably not for you. This alarm is no joke. But it’s EFFECTIVE. I often find myself waking up before the alarm even goes off due to what I believe is almost fear. Imagine someone putting a jack hammer to your bed and the loudest alarm you can imagine going off. If you can sleep through this then you may want to go see a doctor to check and see if you’re still in the land of the living. Though, I’m certain no matter what state of decomposition one is in, it’d probably still wake the dead.
As far as wiring issues, not working, etc… no problems so far.
5. Digital Travel Alarm Clock — No Bells, No Whistles, Simple Basic Operation, Loud Alarm, Snooze, Small and Light, ON/Off Switch, 2 AAA Battery Powered, Black
I found this great little travel alarm clock at my local Goodwill. It looked brand new…I needed one, so I bought it. It’s really a good clock. There is a toggle switch that prevents any of the buttons from functioning while it it inside your luggage (no accidental alarms going off, or time changing etc). I found it to be easy to use, even without instructions. Setting the time and figuring out the functions took only a couple of minutes. It has a very nice back light, but it does not stay on all the time…only when you press a button.
6. Digital Alarm Clock, with Wooden Electronic LED Time Display, 3 Alarm Settings, Humidity & Temperature Detect, Wood Made Electric Clocks for Bedroom, Bedside, Black
Cool looking clock — a bit different than your basic, standard alarm clock. Pretty easy to set the time and alarm times — did have to read the directions, but pretty straight-forward. The temperature is kind of nice, I don’t think I’ll use the relative humidity for anything, but it’s fine. Standard beeping alarm sound — I’m a medium sleeper and it will definitely wake me up. Would buy it again if I need another alarm clock.Definitely recommend viewing the video on YouTube which helped get clock setup quicker. Search “JALL 1502 Clock”
Like the auto shutoff feature (see video I posted) as I hate the light from a clock at night but has to be in arms reach to turn back on. Temp and humidity are nice features. Has 3 alarms and 3 brightness settings as well as 12 and 24 hr format. Can run on peer or batteries which this would be nice for travel. I did have to unplug for a few seconds to move the clock and was happy it didn’t loose settings.
7.Mpow Digital Alarm Clock, 5» Curved LED Screen, 6 Brightness, 3 Alarm Sounds, Easy Digital Clock for Kids and Adults, Alarm Clocks for Bedrooms Kitchen Office, Adjustable Volume, Snooze, 12/24H
Price on Amazon 17,99 $
The only thing it doesn’t have is a battery back-up in case of a power failure. We’ll definitely be late for school if that ever happens over night. And some people might find the blinking dots symbolizing the seconds irritating. I don’t care about that, so the clock is perfect for me.
8. Travelwey Home LED Digital Alarm Clock — Outlet Powered, No Frills Simple Operation, Large Night Light, Alarm, Snooze, Full Range Brightness Dimmer, Big Red Digit Display, Black
Price on Amazon 13,57 $
9. HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock, Smart Wake up Light Sleep Aid Digital Alarm Clock with Sunset Simulation and FM Radio, 4 Alarms /7 Alarm Sounds/Snooze/20 Brightness
Price on Amazon 49,99 $
This little lamp is really quite something. I used to have a Philips wake-up lamp, but this one is better in pretty much all aspects.
First of all, the lamp works with Alexa. Being able to say «Alexa, turn on bedroom lamp» is pretty helpful. Furthermore, and this is something that I definitely didn’t expect, all the different parts of the lamp are exposed as different devices. The lamp, the radio, the sleep sound portion, and all four different alarms. So, I can say «Alexa, turn on alarm 4» or «Alexa, turn off radio.»
Because of WiFi, the lamp is really easy to use. It can take the network’s time, so you don’t have to fiddle around with that either. All of the things can be set up using the SmartLife app, which I already had for a number of other (MartinJerry) light switches.
The alarms — well, there are four of them, and they can be set up for different weekdays. For example, my alarm 1 is a 6 AM weekday alarm. but it doesn’t go off on weekends. I don’t have to remember to turn the alarm on again after I’ve turned it off, like with my last Philips alarm clock (that was dangerous — if I turned the alarm off on Monday morning and didn’t turn it on again on Monday night, I wouldn’t be woken up on Tuesday morning — not with this lamp). The lamp also has a backup battery for the alarms.
The sleep function is somewhat limited in sounds. I think I like the «river» sound, my wife likes «rain.» Unfortunately, the «rain» has two little beeps in it that to me sound like someone is remotely locking or unlocking a car. Otherwise the sound is nice, I didn’t expect it.
It would be nice if I could more easily turn everything off using Alexa, for example, both the radio and the lamp. I created a group, but it doesn’t really make sense, because I hardly ever want to turn everything on at the same time, just off.
Overall, I’m super pleased with this lamp. Way better than expected, more features than lamps three or four times the price.
10. Peakeep 4 inches Twin Bell Alarm Clock with Stereoscopic Dial, Backlight, Battery Operated Loud Alarm Clock (Black)
Price on Amazon 10,99 $
If this doesn’t wake you up, you should probably see a doctor because something is seriously wrong with you. It’s painfully loud and sends me in a terrified panic, sheets flying, stumbling as quickly as I can to shut the thing off. In fact, I put duct tape on the inside and outside of the bells where the hammer strikes to take the shrill edge off the obnoxious sound and it still freaks me out every morning. Now it’s more like a pleasant fire alarm. I used to keep it down the hall from my bedroom in an attempt to trick myself into more bodily movement before turning it off, hoping that’d make me alert enough to not slink back to my beloved, warm sheets. It worked, and yes, was still loud enough to wake me up, but it was too long an epic journey in the dark with a Nazgul Fellbeast screaming at me, it’s shriek echoing off the tile in a horrific echo chamber (at 5:00 am, this doesn’t feel like exaggeration).
The clock itself looks classy in just about any setting (I have the black one).
The one real danger this kind of alarm clock poses is that you MUST TURN IT ON EVERY NIGHT OR ELSE IT WON’T WORK. For example, my alarm is set for 5:00. That means that if the switch on the back is set to «on,» it’ll ring any time the clock hits 5:00 without recognizing a difference between am and pm. Thus, you can’t just turn it off in the morning then back on again. You must leave the alarm turned off until 5:00 pm passes, then turn it on and you’re set for the morning. In essence, some people will need set set a phone alarm to remember to set the clock alarm. Kind of silly. However, if you can make a habit out of turning on the alarm as part of your bedtime routine, this clock will be good to you. Well. . . No it won’t—you’ll hate it, but it’ll help you overcome your snoozing habit.
See my photos for my silly tape idea that makes the clock more bearable.
Hopefully this review is helpful to you.