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October 8, 2004

Screaming Meanie - Industrial Strength Travel Alarm


This device was created for long-distance truckers, but it's ideal for anyone who wants to get some sleep and ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY must get up on time.

It costs $29.99, measures 5.25" x 2.25" x 1", and comes in black, translucent red, or translucent blue (above).

It's a 20-hour countdown timer - on steroids.

You simply set the hours and minutes before you want to wake up (up to 19 hours 59 minutes) and go to sleep, secure in the knowledge that no matter what, you won't sleep through your alarm.

No more waking up 5 or 6 times to check and make sure you set it.

The alarm is so loud, you can wear your earplugs and get a really good night's sleep secure in the knowledge that you'll be jolted awake right on time.

Starting 10 minutes before the timer expires, a piercing 110 dB siren - "loud enough to wake the dead" - goes off.

There are two volume settings: "loud" and "frighteningly loud."

At 5 minutes before, another pre-alarm 110db siren goes off.

Finally, at time 0, it goes off again, 110 db strong.

No more worries about AM/PM, times zones, or anything.

Includes a backlit display to check time remaining, and a built-in battery tester.

The 5- and 10-minutes pre-alarms can be silenced by a single button press, but the final alarm requires 3 buttons to be pushed simultaneously - a maneuver complex enough that you will have to wake up to shut the darned thing off.

The Screaming Meanie 220 (formerly called the Screaming Beekin") adds a clock with an indigo back light, a belt clip, and another 10 dB, taking the volume up to 120 db.

It costs $39.99, and comes in black or green.

In case you aren't familiar with the decibel scale, 120 is 10 times louder than 110.

110 db is equivalent to sitting in the front row at a rock concert.

Is that loud enough for you?

[via Kevin Kelly/Cool Tools]

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Can you help me? I need the company name and toll-free number for the company that manufactures (distributes?) the screaming meanie, or Screaming Beekin. I mailed mine off to them, but then lost the name. I need to call to remind them to send it back or replace it. I do remember that it's in Oregon at zip code 97062

(I'm about 95% deaf and nothing else will wake me)

Thanks very much.

Nick Crome
nicholas crome@yahoo.com
812 339 2245

Posted by: Nick Crome | Feb 14, 2009 1:33:22 PM

I use this exclusiveley.

I had trouble waking up to "wimpy" alarm clocks or clocks that were too easy to turn off. This thing isnt only really loud, [ive never awaken to the loudest level], but its also tricky to master with needing to push 3 buttons to turn it off. and if you want to snooze, use the beacon feature available in the 220 model [rarely mentioned in product reviews].

There are games you can play to help wake up like putting it in a different place every night, or under clothes on the floor or in a drawer. yes, its still loud enough to be heard. But don't hide it and set to the loudest alarm or the buzzers will drain the battery in about 30 seconds and yo may not find it and go back to sleep.

If anyone has this much trouble awakening, its probably time to get checked for a sleep disorder.

But I would not awake to the loudest alarm for fear I may have a heart attack and die.

And these are wonderful for driving tired. use the beacon to stay awake. it goes off for 10 seconds every five minutes. The sound can be very directional so I put it above my head proped up by the visor.

I have found these at Truck stops like Loves.


Posted by: scott | Aug 11, 2008 5:51:57 PM

This thing will SCARE you out of bed. I wonder if it's loud enough to cause hearing damage?

Posted by: Kiwi the Geek | Nov 7, 2006 3:23:55 AM

I had one in my other life.... ( when I was a trucker ) it worked so well I had to stop using it. Obnoxious, beyond loud.

Posted by: the weave | Oct 8, 2004 1:01:02 AM

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