This timer deserves its name.
The Screaming Meanie will get your attention. Even if you are hard of hearing.* Even if you're way across the house. Or sleeping like the dead.
The alarm is wickedly loud.
The sound of the Screaming Meanie has been compared to a smoke detector going off - only louder. Yup, it screams. 110 decibels of scream.
So don't worry about missing your meds or not waking up because you don't hear this timer's alarm. Unlikely. You may even be glad there is a low setting that throttles the volume down to that of a standard alarm (70 decibels).
The timer is also diabolically mean.
You can't just push a button to silence the Screaming Meanie. Pressing the Key button will buy you temporary peace when the 10 minute and the 5 minute pre-alarms go off. When times up, though, and the final alarm sounds, only one thing will turn it off: you have to simultaneously press the Key button and the HR and MIN buttons. Until you do, the alarm keeps sounding (loudly)! Accomplishing this takes two hands. And just try this feat while you're half asleep or inattentive!
Obviously, the Screaming Meanie is no namby-pamby timer. We're talking muscular...serious...awesome sound. Combined with insidiously clever design.
The Screaming Meanie 110 counts down the time.
The Meanie 110 is not an alarm clock. It has no clock and can not be set to repeat day after day (It's big brother, the Screaming Meanie 220 does have a clock). Instead it functions strictly as a countdown timer, where you select hours and minutes, and you're done. Operation is simple and straightforward.
The Screaming Meanie 110 can also work as a panic alarm.
A portable timer is handy when you're out and about, and the Screaming Meanie 110 is small and lightweight, perfect to take along. As a bonus, should you ever feel threatened, just push the Key button twice in rapid succession to set off the continuous personal panic-alarm. Turning off the alarm requires the three button method mentioned above - a process likely to foil any clueless would-be attacker. While they wrestle with this shrill distraction, the alarm is alerting others to your need for help.
The Screaming Meanie 110 is one tough little timer.
This Screaming Meanie has a solid feel and well thought out design. Night time viewing is easy, thanks to a backlit screen. There is a handy built-in battery tester. Directions are clear and presented in quick-reference format. The timer is:
battery powered (9v battery sold separately),
lightweight (just 3.4 ounces excluding battery, 5.1 ounces with the battery installed), and
compact (only 5.25 X. 2.38 X .875 inches).
Which is the right Meanie for you?
The Screaming Meanie 110 has a big brother - the Screaming Meanie 220. Generally speaking, the 110 has fewer features, is somewhat easier to use, and less expensive.
Here are the key differences:
Sound Levels: the 220 is louder and has more sound level options. The 220 can be set for 70 Db, 95 Db or 120 Db. The 110 can be set for 95 Db or 110 Db. On its highest setting, the 220 is 10 decibels (that's a lot!) louder than the 110.
Clock: The 220 has a clock, the 110 doesn't, and this clock can be set for alarm wake-up at a certain time (with the 110, rather than setting a specific wake-up time, you set the number of hours you want to sleep). Neither the 220 nor the 110 keep settings in memory.
Sound Beacon: The 220 has this feature, the 110 does not.
Size: The 110 is a bit shorter than the 220 (5.25" long versus 6")...the other dimensions are the same.
Ease of Use: Since it offers fewer features, the 110 is somewhat easier to use, though neither timer is complicated.
Price: The 110 costs less than the 220. If it will do the job, you can save some money.
Even with these differences, the similarities between the two siblings outweigh their differences. Both look and work similarly, and both are really loud.
Choose your color.
The Screaming Meanie 110 comes in black, yellow, or green (rumor has it that the bright colors make the Meanie easier to find in the dark - and you will want to find it quickly).
Whatever color Screaming Meanie you pick, though, be forewarned that your timer will live up to its name!
* The Screaming Meanie's alarm is high frequency. Someone with significant hearing loss in this range might not be able to hear the alarm.