LED Magic Clock, retail $69.95 (http://ledwatchstop.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 12-20-10

This is a unique looking clock that displays the time, date, and user-programmed messages in blue LEDs; the time, date, and messages appear to "float" in mid-air thanks to a wand with those LEDs on it that rapidly wags back & forth.


Plug the clock in and install three AAA cells first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Programming the LED Magic Clock (entering messages, setting the time/date, etc.) is a rather extensive process; you should refer to the included user manual for this part.

Since this product is powered by 120 volts AC line power, I don't have to tell you which part to remove and feed to the hungry, hungry praying mantids. O wait...actually I do.

To power the clock, plug the small plug on the end of the wall wart's cord into the receptacle for it on the bottom of the clock, and plug the larger end into any standard (in north America anyway) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz 2- or 3-slot receptacle.

You do have to install the backup batteries after plugging the clock in...on the back of the clock at the lower left is a battery door. Slide it off, gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Insert three new AAA cells into this chamber, orienting each one so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in its chamber.

Slide the battery door back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

According to the instructional materials, the AC adapter should be plugged in before the batteries are installed.

The LED Magic Clock is not waterproof or drop-resistant; it was meant to be put somewhere and not abused, so I won't subject it to abuse on purpose. So this section is going to be kinda empty. :/

The LED Magic Clock uses a motor to wag an arm back & forth; that arm that has blue LEDs on it, and a microcomputer inside the product rapidly blinks these LEDs so that you see various messages display on the arm as it rapidly wags back & fourth. The messages appear to float in mid-air because the arm wags so quickly. These messages include the time and date, preprogrammed messages that display on two holidays (Christmas and New Year), preprogrammed messages that display in the morning, afternoon, and evening ("Good Morning", "Good Afternoon", and "Good Evening"), and messages that you can enter yourself (up to 400 characters total; up to six messages).

Because of the relatively complex nature of the LED Magic Clock, please refer to the instructional material included with this device for instruction on how to program it or change its settings.

Because of the relative delicacy of this product, I won't try to beat, drown, run over, stomp on, etc. this product; therefore, this section of the web page will seem ***SIGNIFICANTALLY*** more bare than this section of the page on a page about a flashlight.

One of the first things I do when I test a programmable message thingie is to check for the presence of an onboard censor, and there is not one in this product. So you can input curse words (garbage mouth, toliet tongue, sewer mouth, sewer chute, etc.) into it and it will display exactly what you input. As a test, I input "{vulgar term for intercourse} {vulgar term for feces} {vulgar term for urine}!" into the device, and it displayed the vulgarities exactly as I had input them.

Characters available are the uppercase letters "A" through "Z", the lowercase letters "a" through "z", the punctuation marks "!", "$", "%", "'", "&", "-", "=", "?", "+", ".", ",", and the digits "0" through "9".

Custom messages *ONLY* appear on the date specified when entering them in; they will not appear every day, nor is there an option for doing so.

Photograph of the LED display; showing the time.

Photograph of the LED display; showing the phrase "Good Morning".

Video on YourTube showing the product displaying a message.
This clip is approximately 3.1 megabytes (3,247,588 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fifteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.
I cannot provide it in other formats, so please do not ask.

It reads: "Kik Uh Urenator Oph Thuh Wal!" - yes, I deliberately misspelled every word.
Flickering in this clip is a result of the camera and does not exist in reality.

The sound of a TV commercial might be audible; the product is not sound-sensitive and the sound may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

Test unit was purchased at LED Watch Stop on 07-22-07 and was received on 07-26-07.

The wall wart transformer is labelled to output 12 volts DC at 200mA.
Center of plug is (+) positive, barrel is (-) negative.

This product is available with body colors of matte chrome finish and purple finish.
This is the matte chrome finish version, as you can see.

Product was made in China. A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 07-30-07
I was awakened near 2:00am PDT this morning by this repetitive, staccato (sharp), rapid, terrible "TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP! TAP!..." racket; that awful sound was coming from this clock. So I did the first thing that came to mind, and ripped the plug out (thus removing power from it), then toddled back to bed. The wand that wags back & forth was striking each end of the top of the clock in the wand's lane of travel. Best guess I have is that the clock itself was slightly unstable as it is on top of a small television set; it requires the surface it is placed upon to be *COMPLETELY* smooth & level. After plugging it back in and making certain the clock did not wobble - not even a little - all seems well.



    PRODUCT TYPE: "Magic pendulum" LED clock/readerboard
    No. OF LAMPS: 8
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3xAAA cells (for memory backup)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: AC adapter
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Because this product is not intended to emit
    light, the standard "star" rating will not be used.

LED Magic Clock * http://ledwatchstop.com...

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