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Screaming Meanie Alarm Clock Blows Eardrums

by Paul Strauss

I’m kind of an insomniac, so I don’t usually oversleep. But for those of you who like to hit the snooze bar 10 times before waking up, even though you’ve absolutely got to be awake on time, this super-loud alarm clock should do the trick.

Screaming Meanie 220 Loud Alarm Clock

The Screaming Meanie 220 portable alarm clock offers three settings: normal (75dB), loud (95dB), and earsplitting (120dB). To put those decibel levels in perspective, the lowest setting is as loud as a vacuum cleaner. If you happen to crank it up to the highest level, you’re somewhere between sitting in the front row of a rock concert and sitting in front of a jet engine. And just to make sure you don’t oversleep, there’s 5 and 10 minute “pre-alarms” which remind you that the REAL alarm is coming. While you can turn off the pre-alarm with a single button press, you need to press three buttons at once to shut off the main alarm.

While they’re certainly not pretty to look at, I can pretty much assure you that you won’t sleep past the buzzer with one of these things. So if you’re ready to be jarred awake, you can find one at the Perfect Present for about $36 (including shipping).

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Comments (4):

  1. Lee says:

    I have one of these, I work in the marine industry and so I often have to sleep in a noisy work environment, I’d say the sound range in my quarters was close to a vacuum because of engine noise and vibration, and I’d say these things are great, they really are loud. If you absolutely must be up at a certain time and plan to go drinking the night before or have the same situation with noise where you sleep and use earplugs, this little gadget is a life saver. Also you can buy these in truck stops around the U.S. for around the $20-$30 range (Love’s Travel Center is where I got mine, any truck stop with the novelties and electronics in them would probably have them)

  2. Dan says:

    I am an ex OTR Truck Driver and I used one of these Meanies and I sat straight up from a dead sleep. It definantly lives up to its name. If your a hard sleeper this is the alarm clock you want to have. Plus if you have annoying neighbors this will help you get back at them hahaha.

  3. Rosie says:

    I live in an apartment building, and I don’t have annoying neighbors – at all – but I have the worst problem with falling asleep and then can’t wake up – at all. Or if I do, I fall sound asleep again half an hour later. Have been late for work so many times in the last ten years. I’ve tried a billion different tricks, but am going to have to try to give this one a try. Thanks for the reviews.

  4. Nick Q says:

    I live in the UK and has this ordered from the states because if the reviews and my GOD does this thing wake me up. I sleep really really heavily and NOTHING wakes me up apart from this damn thing! I love to hate it!!

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