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Flip clocks appear to be back in fashion - are the cheap ones any good? - Click Show More to expand this text box... Purchasing Links below (all affiliated): White clock (cheapest) Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2e7cBPw UK: http://amzn.to/2eOuCVS Large clock Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2e7dFTC UK: http://amzn.to/2eOwz4u eBay (general Flip Clocks) UK: https://goo.gl/6fSFrc US: https://goo.gl/CF5otG CA: https://goo.gl/Ihve3F DE: https://goo.gl/qJIih4 AU: https://goo.gl/ckjtJD NL: https://goo.gl/lHPfS0 Note - the eBay seller I bought my clocks from no longer ships to the UK - so I haven't included a link to them. When buying off eBay - do a bit of research - look at the number of sales and check their recent feedback. Pay with a credit card through Paypal for buyer protection. Don't worry - I'm working on more retro videos, but these clock boxes were cluttering up the place so I needed to get this out of the way first. I'm also working on dash cams, action cams, mini cams, failed formats, oddities etc etc...it's all in the pipeline. I'm getting straight onto my next video as soon as this one is uploaded - so I won't be around to answer any questions, sorry...but I really do need to catch up. -------------SUPPORT--------------- This channel can be supported through Patreon https://www.patreon.com/techmoan Sometimes Patrons have early access to videos ---------------SUBSCRIBE------------------ http://www.youtube.com/user/Techmoan?sub_confirmation=1 ------AFFLIATED LINKS/ADVERTISING NOTICE------- All links are Affiliated where possible. When you click on links to various merchants posted here and make a purchase, this can result in me earning a commission. Affiliate programs and affiliations include, but are not limited to, the eBay Partner Network & Amazon. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to AMAZON Sites (including, but not limited to Amazon US/UK/DE/ES/FR/NL/IT/CAN)
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Text Comments (735)
Bruce C (9 days ago)
Are they Quartz?
Juan Chavez (29 days ago)
My wind up clock is more noisy than the cheapest flip clock and be happy that you don't have a equity 14075
wclifton968 (1 month ago)
My phone has a built in flip clock. Can't beat that!
Iñigo (1 month ago)
WHA (1 month ago)
Do a video on some retro 70's era flip clocks, much better!
Mandalore06 (2 months ago)
I love the puppet shows!
Lofty (2 months ago)
The instructions that you didn't understand said to set the minute one ahead of the desired time. That's why your seconds clock was one minute behind every time you set it.
saladdogger (2 months ago)
Mine ( big one ) is awesomely accurate - haven’t adjusted it in more than six months . I’m very impressed. Bit noisy tho
Oscar Muffin (3 months ago)
I can vouch for the one in the middle keeping good time as we have one. May just be lucky but it's lost about a minute in a year. And that's easy enough to fix just by flicking it a two minutes forwards (As when you adjust it, it takes two minutes for the first minute to flip over). However, the minutes do not drop exactly a minute apart I may add. That's why the cheapest one was seemingly faster. Due to tolerances and whatnot minute 57 may last 67 seconds whereas minute 7 may last 53. It all averages out though.
Robert Wiersema (4 months ago)
Laurids Bjarnskov (4 months ago)
7:02 9.11? Seems like the cold war is on with China
High Path (4 months ago)
What about the 8-way ? flip clocks (like LED ones but mechanical ) that Network South East Used for the Train Station Platform Times ?
Gregwinson Gregwinson (4 months ago)
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BadStar Music (4 months ago)
Your voice is fucking gay you piece of shit
Shamim Ara (4 months ago)
wackydan74 (4 months ago)
Segal's Law: A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
RufousPlus (4 months ago)
link to the 2:27 clock
NoName (5 months ago)
The manual clearly states that the seconds are just decoration! Spotted that right away!
Cameron Stewart (5 months ago)
I loved the outro video.
tokotokotoko3 (5 months ago)
I wish you would have opened the plastic-encased one. Wonder if it looks nicer with showing the mechanics. I have the one which didn't arrive from your order. Since 10 years at least - and I love it. It only makes a soft audible sound at the one hours, which is practical. But a couple of the minute digits are broken by now. They have very small parts that break off. Sadly I can't find replacement of this.
blxtothis (5 months ago)
I actually don’t want a flipping clock, Techmoan, thanks!
Proxy (6 months ago)
9:33 i don't hear anything...
17 76 (6 months ago)
Sir, I love the 6 digit flip clock! (Link for it, please?) Ps-really enjoy your vid.s 😊 Thanks!
Siggen (6 months ago)
I bought a clock just like the big one there this summer at Clas Ohlson (Electronics and "home stuff" retailer in Scandinavia), and it has been running since July. It still ticks within half a second of the clock on my phone. But the ones on Ebay might be QC rejects/built to lower standards
Tyler Melton YM (6 months ago)
Always like your videos My channel Tyler Yaw/Melton YM
Tyler Melton YM (6 months ago)
I bought a flip clock for 75 us cents
Apodis (6 months ago)
Cogs live on gears, gears look like spheres .......... A little mnemonic I was once taught. 😀
Jason Hill (7 months ago)
Humm, flip clock with a hatch.. what TV show set on a island comes to mind?
Daniel Armstrong (7 months ago)
The issue with the clock with the seconds is that it has only one motor and the motor runs at a constant angular velocity. While that might be fine if the tolerances on the flaps and bodies were higher or if each clock was individually calibrated and tested, it obviously is not ideal for the technology. Split flaps work best with stepper motors and where the face of the is set ~+90° from the surface the clock sits on (reclined just a little bit); this allows you to design the flats to depend solely on gravity and the precision of the stepper motor rather than friction to drop your digits. Of course, friction also works, when all the parts are of high enough quality or when the flaps themselves are spaced far enough apart around the drum. If the digits were split from 24 60 60 into 2 10 10 10 10 10, the mechanics of the actuation of the dial digits would probably work better and operate more accurately. Though, gearing might be a challenge, as gears between 1s and 10s would need to drop the angular velocity by 1/10, then the gears between 10s and 1m would need to drop angular velocity by 1/6th, then the gears between 1m and 10m would need to drop the angular velocity by 1/10th again, then the gears between 10m a 1h would need to drop the angular velocity by 1/6th, and finally, the gears between 1h and 12h would need to drop the speed by 1/12th. Seems simple enough, but all of that gearing creates friction and torque, which will slow the constant rate motor's realized speed, so the system would run into the same problem of needing individual calibration to account for these forces and the specific electronic errors and variance in the motors, resistors, and so on. Further, if the clock is purely battery powered, accuracy may drop off with battery discharge. This can all be easily remedied with a stepper motor, even if all gears remain and only one such motor is used. Capacitors can fill between ticks to ensure the motor steps the same amount with every tick. Capacitors and a quartz crystal diod would be needed to maintain pulse spacing until the battery dies, but it would make a far better design (albeit, more expensive). Just some fun diagnoses of the flaw in the 3 split flap clock. :) it does more or less keep pace though, which tells me the internals of the gearing do their job, the problem is simply with the design of the flap catch and in some of the flaps themselves.
life is depression (7 months ago)
The Wanderer (7 months ago)
But can you get one with both a black background and digits?
razubi (7 months ago)
I just found out about these clocks. Your video is perfect for my curiousity! Very thorough and your voice is just as amusing!
Danny Schatz (8 months ago)
I find your voice relaxing
David Daniel Wouters (8 months ago)
Hey Mat, like the middle one, (the big one) do you know if they have them with 24hr format on?
ToadFan 64 (8 months ago)
I already have 1
Andrew Butler (8 months ago)
If you ask me, if they don't keep proper time, then they're 'flippin' rubbish! 🙃
T C (8 months ago)
Ambrose (8 months ago)
Wow i have just found my life motto : please set more one minute to adjust time for making up tooling short accuracy.
Azza Johnson (8 months ago)
Set 38 pounds on fire... somewhere between my house and China..
xaraxen (9 months ago)
Reminds me of Groundhog Day
Truth_is_the _new_hate (9 months ago)
I might be wrong but isnt it better to remove the battery before setting a clock? I was always told to do that with a normal battery powered circle clock. Does the same thing apply to these flip clocks?
KevReillyUK (9 months ago)
I bought the cheap one about a year ago, before seeing this video. I always fancied a clock like the on in LOST (alas ThinkGeek's April Fool version never made it to reality) so the intent was to install this one in a custom case and possibly modify the minute digits to be white-on-black and more closely resemble the one from the show. As with many of my projects none of that happened, but the clock itself is surprisingly nice. A pair of decent rechargeable batteries lasted about 11 months (changed them a couple of weeks ago and I don't recall changing them previously) and it had only gained about 15 seconds in that time. Certainly accurate enough to use as a quick glance clock, although I'm guessing limited QA means there'll be a lot of variation in accuracy and I may have just got lucky. In my home office with computers and/or ceiling fan running, I don't notice the ticking or even the "flap" of the changing digits most of the time. I'm not sure I'd want it as a bedroom clock though.
benny2700 (9 months ago)
Yes, It's very important to making up tooling short accuracy, also you must remember to adjust forward clock change the button for order to well keep time accuracy.
Tyler Melton YM (9 months ago)
I found flip clock in the trash/ rubbish the other day. It works fine all I do is work is the radio. So I cleaned it up and use right now my study. And I always wanted to a flip clock back to the future movie and the groundhog movie that's why I always wanted one. It is a General Electric flip clock. I put my digital alarm clock next to it. And so behind by a couple seconds. I had for a few years now. And it's reliable. It also has a light tell what time it is. That's neat.
Mark Dailey (9 months ago)
I bought the big flip clock and I love it.
DoctorX17 (9 months ago)
what's a labor club?
CheshireTomcat68 (10 months ago)
I bought the cheap one due to your video, for a bit of fun, at the time of the video, and it worked fine until a week ago and the hour mechanism is sometimes not flipping, with a loud click/bang. Maybe budget flip clocks aren't the way to go in the long run :-)
MrMarkSeptiPie (10 months ago)
Mike Angelo (10 months ago)
I like the white one best.
strike9716 (10 months ago)
I could imagine that the six digit model is super-sensitive to dust
Madpegasusmax (10 months ago)
not 1st :D
Number White (10 months ago)
I think Youtube is broken. Went to have a shit. Came back, the same title, but puppets talking to something!
Mark Berry (10 months ago)
The alarm clock would have been awesome with a mechanical alarm, not that electronic beeping.
Joseph Barros (11 months ago)
I don't recommend using with seconds too much noisy. remembers its a mechanical device.
Joshua Rastia (11 months ago)
I finally got around to getting the cheaper flip clock thats in the white case and i really love it! Me and my gf were looking for a clock we could put next to our tv, and we didn't want something with a big face or made with led's or anything too bright to distract us from gaming, and this clock was perfect since it has no backlighting! The ticking & flipping is very soft and not noticeable at all while gaming or watching stuff.
TumbleGamer (11 months ago)
Recreate groundhog day
CL0WN FAC3 (11 months ago)
Flojoe6274 (11 months ago)
Timon (1 year ago)
***Urgent*** Is it ok if I use this video on my website? I will give you full credit?
Jeffrey Michaud (1 year ago)
I have the large one with the bell on bottom, its kept within a minute in 3 months
MrPleers (1 year ago)
I got one from the 70's (in lime green) on a flea market. Works perfectly. Has the 24 hours instead of AM/PM. And only did cost me 20 euro's. The new ones seem a bit overprised sometimes.
Flip cocks
Kasey (1 year ago)
Awesome video!
jarry jayo (1 year ago)
every daylight savings day, you say to yourself as you reset the clock to the right time." I am just saving the world" and then ask someone else, "what did one snow man say to the other snow man?" sure smells like carrots!
Thanh Tùng Trần (1 year ago)
I have old GE flip clock from somewhere between late 70's and early 80's. Unfortunately, it runs for about 10 minutes before it gets stuck and will not move. At least it looks nice on my desk and it's still right once a day. :)
Bryce Forsyth (1 year ago)
My flip-clock hasn't lost (or gained) a second in the one and a half years it's been plugged in.
Pat Pikulski (1 year ago)
I love my flip clock, fairly accurate as well!
Wishwader (1 year ago)
With the larger one 1) Are the minutes linked to the hours perfectly? Being on opposite ends they must use a different mechanism to the one mentioned. 2) Does it make a constant mechanical noise or only a noise when the digits change? 3) How has it been for dust?
RonJohn63 (1 year ago)
13:13 What is that old computer?
Lennon Craig (1 year ago)
*Please set more one minute to adjust time making up tooling short accuracy.* Brilliant.
Rufis (1 year ago)
Do C and D cells still exist? lol
I have the first one it’s good but the hour tick is a little loud but you get used to it
Baladár (1 year ago)
These modern ripoffs just suck. All these "clocks" together don't even worth a buck.
Sisbro 125 (1 year ago)
Thanks for this video I bought the big one because of it and I love it.. it’s so nice and it’s quiet
Vitabrick Snailslime (1 year ago)
These clocks seem to have a few serious deficiencies.First, I'd be surprised if they didn't chew up the batteries a lot faster than claimed. All clocks that employ a continuously running electric motor seem to. The only clock I've seen which overcame this problem hung on our dining room wall for several decades. Instead of running a motor continuously, it intermittently wound a very fine spring. Although not digital, a 9V battery could be relied on to last a minimum of one year, maybe even two. Secondly, the accumulation of dust on the moving parts of two of the models shown must inevitably prove to be an issue. Thirdly, being battery operated means that you miss out on one of the big advantages of these types of clocks. That is, if there is a power outage in your absence, you can immediately tell its duration. And at this point I have to mention how annoying it is when you have a heap of unnecessary digital clocks on all sorts of appliances winking at you when you arrive home because they've all reset to zero during a power outage. Other than that, I am really enjoying your channel.
Chounoki (1 year ago)
These mechanical flips have 0 reliability, that's why they are obsolete.
Lightningstone2u _ (1 year ago)
I wonder if the issue of the 6 digit one is due to the cheapness of the material.
Mike Fish (1 year ago)
I still rock my Panasonic flip clock from the 70's wake up for work like Mcfly every day! lol
I had a flip clock when I was a child and I couldn’t sleep with all the noise. This video might give me nightmares later. The chrome ones look lovely though.
MrPleers (1 year ago)
I have a big Solari flip clock. That one is made out of steel. And the numbers are made of steel plates as well. (Flipping from right to left). I leave it off because the noise is just horrible. Especially when he hour flips over as well.
Jakob (1 year ago)
also like flipclocks, but a little shame that you dont measure there accuracy, because one thing is what fx chinglish-states in there specs and often another in real life use, and lets face if it they loose to much time and you have to correct them every freaking week awith fx 15 minutes off' the annoyance starts to ruin the show.
MarvelDcImage (1 year ago)
I hate that they are battery only
EaqIe (1 year ago)
We need one with milliseconds.
Michael Murphy (1 year ago)
I like the video
Jonah Beale (1 year ago)
I just want the clock from lost
OnboardCamEurope (1 year ago)
Great review!
.x. (1 year ago)
last! ;)
Brian Beard (1 year ago)
That is why I prefer nixie tube clocks. lol
jack ford (1 year ago)
Features: Cheap
Mario Bonello (1 year ago)
Follow all your videos with interest. You convinced me to purchase the flip-clock you liked, and purchased via ebay, and I am very happy with it. The unexpected astonishing thing is that I after about two months since I received it, it is still keeping exact time! Amazing considering that it is not quartz but mechanical.
Techmoan (1 year ago)
I found the same thing with mine - surprisingly accurate.
joseph taylor (1 year ago)
when it turns over at 10 seconds on the minute, could that be due to it getting stuck at 42 and dropping a few numbers at once but keeping a mechanical count from the gearing?
Ray Shade (1 year ago)
Lovely I was about to buy them and stopped by youtube for this. Thanks.
trublgrl (1 year ago)
After so many years of not hearing clocks tick at all, as soon as you hear the ticking, you know that the terrorist is going to win, unless you can beat the odds!
Daniel Cordell (1 year ago)
My one only has the date in flip but the time is analouge.
Thomas Hara (1 year ago)
Stanley [427] (1 year ago)
I actually have the white clock
Carlos Fernandes (1 year ago)
1:30 A sort of an Ashens moment right there!
WhiteShadow2k1 (1 year ago)
I think having a radio controlled flip clock would be pretty much perfect. Adding the appropriate receiver wouldn't be particularly hard.
Mason of Germany (1 year ago)
Jeez are there no 24h format clocks with that?

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