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Jun 2, 2014 11:22 AM

Looking for a loud, persistent timer

I am in search of a timer that:
- does not require an electrical outlet
- will sound until it is turned off
- preferably one that can be accurately set in 30-second increments, increments, up to at least an hour
- is as loud as an alarm clock

I've had difficulty finding something suitable online. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. A hungry teenager. "When's supper????"

    1. Do you have a mobile phone (e.g. iPhone or Droid device)?

      If so, the alarm function works better than any nanny I've encountered.

      And if you need something uber-customized, like hourly reminders, there has to be an app for that!

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Without going into details, my cell phone won't suffice for this purpose, but thanks for the suggestion.

        1. re: greygarious

          I like the cell-phone idea.

          I also have several stupid-cheap magnetized digital timers in my kitchen. I'm not sure if they would be loud enough for you, but they are small enough that they can be slipped in a pocket.

          Usually pick them up at Target or the hardware store for ~$7-10 each.

          1. re: greygarious

            hi, greygarious;

            I just--reluctantly yet necessarily--entered the smart phone world, and found a great timer that would meet your needs. It's a "Countdown Timer' app for Android by Amir Uval. It's simple, extremely large digits, loud, and persistent. It also continues to sound the alarm every few seconds, as it counts UP the time you may have overshot. Visually, it looks like an odometer, with 'wheels" you swipe to set, add, subtract time.


        2. How about this one?
          ThermoWorks Extra Big and Loud Timer (adjustable up to 100dB)
          "The timer sounds for 60 seconds. It then repeats a cycle of 30 seconds of silence followed by a 5 second alarm. The cycle (30 second silence, 5 second alarm) repeats until a button is pressed."
          Costs about $30.

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          1. re: mcsheridan

            Second this, it's awesome. It has a numerical keypad do you can punch in exactly what you want, no punching 30 times for 30 minutes. Also counts up one alarm goes off so you know how long it's been.

            1. re: sarahendipity

              I third this. I have a ThermoWorks Extra Big and Loud Timer and like it so much I bought another one as a gift for our daughter to use in her kitchen.


              1. re: Antilope

                I read the reviews. The only thing that kept me from ordering is that you are supposed to take out the battery when not using regularly, and that requires removing a very tiny phillips head screw. I hate things with teeny screws that readily get lost. Still considering it, though...

                1. re: greygarious

                  Really? I missed that part. I've had mine only since Christmas but I've had no trouble.

                  1. re: greygarious

                    My timer is magnetically attached to the fridge. It's been there for over a year, since I bought it. Still on the original set of "AAA" alkaline batteries. I use it at least 4 or 5 times a day.

                    I just checked the screw on the battery door. When removed, it is completely loose and does not stay fastened to the battery door (like some products do, with a retaining clip). The battery door does require the screw to remain closed and does not snap shut.

                    1. re: Antilope

                      So yours is the older model. The current one is a 9V.

            2. this works well. and is annoying as hell. plus it's also a meat thermometer!