Looking for an alarm that is easy to use - and impossible to sleep through?
The Screaming Meanie 220 will wake you up on time, every time - even if you're hard of hearing!
Be warned...the Screaming Meanie 220 lacks gentility. It doesn't nudge you with a gentle beep when time's up. In describing its alarm, words like "horrid," "shrill," "obnoxious" come to mind.
Fortunately, you don't have to use the Screaming Meanie 220 on its highest (120 decibel) setting. You can throttle it back to a mere 95 decibels (loud alarm level) or even 70 decibels (standard alarm level). At those settings, the sound won't blow you half way across the room.
Read the instructions - please!
If you get a Screaming Meanie 220, do read the instructions.
Before using the timer.
Otherwise you'll be fumbling to get this blaring alarm to shut up - and failing. Painfully. Throwing the Screaming Meanie across the room won't do it (though you'll doubtless try). Turning off the alarm requires pressing three buttons simultaneously. This is not intuitive and not just poor design, but rather a crafty plot to ensure you're awake and paying attention.
It works. You won't go back to sleep. Not after the noise. And the alertness needed to figure out how to get the noise to stop. Mercifully, should you forget, the directions are printed on the back, in quick-reference form.
The Screaming Meanie 220 is not all bad.
The Screaming Meanie might not play nice, but some of its features are very nice indeed:
a bright backlit display makes it easy to read in the dark,
a built-in battery tester,
a convenient belt clip,
compact size (6" X. 2.38" X .75"), and
light weight (only 5.6 ounces with 9V battery installed) for easy portability.
The Screaming Meanie is also quite versatile. It functions as a countdown timer, of course (one you can even hear over the sound of a vacuum or from across the house) and as a handy travel alarm (The Meanie can also be used as a regular alarm, but settings do not carry over from one day to the next). It can even serve as an audio signaling beacon and personal panic alarm.
Saved by a Meanie?
Thanks to its ear-splitting sound that carries for up to a mile, the Screaming Meanie 220 can be an ally in an emergency.
Imagine being stranded in some remote area, due to accident or other breakdown. To summon aid, you can activate the timer's audio signaling beacon. The Meanie will then alarm for 10 seconds and repeat every five minutes.
Of if you are out walking or jogging and a person threatens you, just reach into your pocket and press the Key button on the Meanie twice in rapid succession. This will set off the timer's continuous personal panic-alarm function. Turning off the alarm requires the three button method mentioned above - a process likely to foil any clueless would-be attacker. While they are madly pushing one button after another to silence the blaring, the alarm will be alerting others to your need for help
The timer you will love and hate
The Screaming Meanie 220 runs on a single 9 volt battery (not included). It includes a clock and comes with a 1 year warranty.
Solid black, with yellow accents.
* The Screaming Meanie 200's 120 Db alarm is high frequency. So if you have significant hearing loss in this range it might not work for you.