Amphiprion Percula (Clownfish) w/LEDs, retail $1.50 (www.txmicro.com...)
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Last updated 02-26-08

This is a small rubbery replica of the Amphiprion percula fish - better known as the clownfish. It is designed to be used in the bathtub, and it even floats upright.

Just dropping it in the bath water is enough to turn it on. When it's turned on, it performs a fairly colorful light show for you, first doing a color wash-type of action, then flashing each LED individually; cycle repeats until product is deactivated.

My sister told me that it looked like the fish Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo.


Like I just stated above, simply drop this clownfish in the bath water to activate it (it always floats rightside-up); when you are finished, dry at least the bottom off with some bungwipe or a Cleanax (or any other brand of nasal tissue for that matter).
The unit will continue to flash for up to 17 seconds after you dry between the two small metal contacts on its underside (yes, I timed it on a clock with a second hand on it) and then it should turn itself off.

When it's on, it color-fades with its three LEDs, then a bit later, long-blinks them individually. Just like it reads on the back of many shampoo (or "shampee") bottles, "Lather, rinse, repeat". In other words, the cycle repeats for as long as it's kept in the water. But remember, it appears to be disposable, so try to keep each usage relatively brief to prolong the life of the batteries.

You can also activate it just by gently pressing it into the palm of your hand; you need not fill the bathtub just to see it put on its light show for you.

This appears to be a disposable product; there is no obvious way to change the batteries; and I don't even know what size/style of cells it uses.

There is a circular plate on the product's underside that has obviously been glued on; I attempted unsuccessfully to pry it off with the sharp point of a knife blade.

This product is meant to be used as a child's toy, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed and abused, so I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannonada (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout, with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannonada is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that I might inflict upon a flashlight. So this section of their web page will be rather bare, when compared to this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Since this product is intended to be disposable, I cannot in good conscience award it a full five stars when I assign a rating to it. But it does appear to be reasonably durable and well-constructed, so it will probably earn about as high a rating as I can award to any disposable product.

Photograph of cute little fishie lit up.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the product bobbing around in water & flashing.
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Test unit was purchased on the TxMicro website on 02-22-08, and was received on the afternoon of 02-25-08.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: "Fish" tub toy w/LEDs
    No. OF LAMPS: Three (1 ea. red, yellow, blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Moisture-sensitive on, auto-off
    CASE MATERIAL: Soft plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type & number of button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: 30 days


    Star Rating

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