Falling Rain Illuminated Water Fountain, retail $9.99 (www.wallgreens.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 06-27-05

This is a low-voltage, motorised water fountain that has a rain-like display where the water comes out in drops like a heavy rain shower; the water hits cobalt colored glass "stones" in the base. The feature it has that made me purchase it however, were the LEDs in the top that shine down into the base.


To use this fountain, remove it from the box, and feed it first (see directly below).

Place the eight cobalt blue glass "stones" in the bottom of the fountain; arrange them as you see fit. Be sure now that the fountain is reasonably level, and is placed on a stable surface.

Pour approximately 8 ounces (236.59 ml) of fresh water into the bottom of the fountain.

Turn the slide switch on the side of the unit to the "on" position, and enjoy the product.

To change the batteries in this unit, slide the battery door on the bottom slightly and swing it up on its hinges. Since the door stays attached to the product, you can't throw it in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl, yank that silver handle on the front of the cistern down, and flush it away.

If necessary, remove the used AA cells from the battery compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert three new AA cells, orienting them so the flat end (-) negative of each cell faces the spring for it in each chamber.

Swing the battery door back down, and slide it to lock it into place.

This product is meant to be used as a household decorative lamp in a dry area, so I won't try to flush it down the toilet, bash it against a steel rod or the corner of a concrete stair, let my housemate's kitty go to the bathroom on it, run over it with a 400lb Rascal, or perform other indecencies that a regular flashlight might have to go through. So this section of the web page will appear significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The fountain is beautiful to look at, and is quiet running. The whirring of the water pump is very, very quiet, and is not obnoxious whatsoever.

If you do not wish to use batteries, you can purchase an AC adapter that outputs 4.5 volts DC at 250mA. The polarity of the plug is not stated, but you can pretty safely assume that the center is (+) positive and the outer barrel is (-) negative.

The instructional materials also indicate that you must remove the batteries when using an AC adapter, so it's a pretty good bet that there is no interlock switch built into the AC adapter receptacle. O WAIT!!! I just checked with an unpowered AC adapter who's plug fits, and the fountain DOES turn off when the plug is inserted, indicating the presence of that interlock.

Photograph of the fountain's front, lit and running.

Quicktime movie (.mov extension) showing the fountain in action.
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Test unit was purchased at Wallgreens on the morning of 05-26-05.

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: 05-30-05
I have taken note that the unit does not start reliably - that is, when the power switch is turned on, the water does not always come out properly or at all. The first time that occurred, I thought perhaps I underfilled it, so I added more water, and there was no change. So, thinking I overfilled it this time, I emptied much of the water down the drain, tried it again, and still nothing. So I once again added more water, and still nothing. When I put the eight cobalt glass "stones" in the unit's basin, it started to work correctly. I think this was just a coincidence (or as my father would say, a "coinky dink") though, because when I moved them to the perimeter of the unit's basin and turned it on again, it still worked correctly.

UPDATE: 06-27-05
I will be returning this fountain to Wallgreens later today, and I'll see if I can exchange it for a new one. If successful, I'll add another update to this web page with it.

UPDATE: 06-27-05
No, you aren't seeing things. Yes, this is a same-day update.
I exchanged the original fountain for a new one early this afternoon, and the new one appears to be more reliable, in that it appears to start and run correctly.

The case is a different color: here is a photograph that shows it:



    PRODUCT TYPE: Motorised LED-illuminated decorative water fountain
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3 (1 each red, green, blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on side of unit
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 3xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes, light splatter-resistance
    ACCESSORIES: Eight cobalt glass "stones"
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

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