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Old 01-24-2016, 09:53 AM   #1
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Need a clock we can see!

Through the years, DW & I have become accustomed to being able to look on the dresser in the middle of the night, and determine the time on a large red digital clock. Now we're gearing up for our first extended trip in the 5er (next spring, I aint leaving Fl till it gets warm), and we haven't been able to find a digital clock that will run off the 12v system and stay lit up, so we can read it at night w/o any glasses. Any ideas? Even one that I had to eplace the batteries in quite often would be OK.
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Through the years, DW & I have become accustomed to being able to look on the dresser in the middle of the night, and determine the time on a large red digital clock. Now we're gearing up for our first extended trip in the 5er (next spring, I aint leaving Fl till it gets warm), and we haven't been able to find a digital clock that will run off the 12v system and stay lit up, so we can read it at night w/o any glasses. Any ideas? Even one that I had to eplace the batteries in quite often would be OK.
DW bought a nice looking wooden box made to hold and charge an IPhone. There is an app she uses to make the IPhone a digital clock. It works great. Only problem I see is it has different brightness settings and when bright in the dark it is hard to read (too dim) in the morning daylight. That may be nothing more than adjusting the brightness in the morning when you wake up and want to look at the time, but alas it is on her side of the bed and I can't reach it.
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Old 01-24-2016, 10:26 AM   #3
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Our travel trailer has closets on each side of the bed and the "night stand" area can't be seen when laying down. We bought small travel clocks, battery-operated, that we attached to the wall of the closet area. We attached them with Command Adhesive strips at a spot we could see the, (one on each side). Each has a small switch to turn on a LED for a few seconds to see the time - very handy. There are lots of choices for the clocks so you can choose one you like.

Note there are all sizes of travel clock, and some would,work well on a nightstand as long as you can reach them to turn on the small light.
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Through the years, DW & I have become accustomed to being able to look on the dresser in the middle of the night, and determine the time on a large red digital clock. Now we're gearing up for our first extended trip in the 5er (next spring, I aint leaving Fl till it gets warm), and we haven't been able to find a digital clock that will run off the 12v system and stay lit up, so we can read it at night w/o any glasses.

Just get a small inverter like this one, and you can take your favorite clock with you ! The inverter plugs into the 12 volt system, and creates 120vac to run the clock. Problem solved !

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I have a very nice 10" tablet, a Black Friday special.. The CLOCK function is fantastic, power consumption is low, and it runs on 5 Volts, from either a "Wall Wart" or a computer or a "lighter plug" type adapter.. Currently it is playing classical music from movies, it also does E-Mail. and web browsing, can add/subtract/multiply/divide/powers, and read Kindle books. 78 bucks.. A 7" which you can often get cheaper will work too.
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Got an old android phone or tablet? If so, try the app Night Alarm. Large digits, touch the screen and it dims/brightens. Alarms if you want. The digits fill the whole screen so even I can see it without my glasses. Will eat the batteries so should be plugged in but your device should have an adapter to run off 12 volts.
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The outlet for our bedroom TV is on the inverter so that it stays hot even when we are not on shore power. Maybe yours could be too? ... or perhaps there is an inverter outlet somewhere near.
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We went to Wally World, they had a display of battery operated alarm clocks with large numbers. There is a touch switch on the top that when touched the display will turn on for a few seconds.
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Got an old android phone or tablet? If so, try the app Night Alarm. Large digits, touch the screen and it dims/brightens. Alarms if you want. The digits fill the whole screen so even I can see it without my glasses. Will eat the batteries so should be plugged in but your device should have an adapter to run off 12 volts.
Same as Pete said except we use an app called Night Clock. I made a bracket to hold the clocks on an angle attached to the bedroom wall so they are very visible to us during the night. I also use a 12 volt USB outlet so we can plug the phone in during the night. (without the blue light)
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Small battery bed clocks only require that you press a button for it to light up during the night. You get so used to doing it that it's no effort. The batteries last forever. A clock that stays lit during the night would keep us awake!
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Thanx for all the advice, Found the one I want on Amazon.
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Just get a small inverter like this one, and you can take your favorite clock with you ! The inverter plugs into the 12 volt system, and creates 120vac to run the clock. Problem solved !
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Like pasdad1 we also power a 120VAC digital display LED clock continuously with a small inverter from Harbor Freight...(no fumbling in the dark to see the time).
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