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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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17 76 (6 days ago)
Sir, I love the 6 digit flip clock! (Link for it, please?) Ps-really enjoy your vid.s 😊 Thanks!
Siggen (9 days 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 Yaw/Melton (18 days ago)
Always like your videos My channel Tyler Yaw/Melton YM
Tyler Yaw/Melton (18 days ago)
I bought a flip clock for 75 us cents
Apodis (19 days ago)
Cogs live on gears, gears look like spheres .......... A little mnemonic I was once taught. 😀
Jason Hill (29 days ago)
Humm, flip clock with a hatch.. what TV show set on a island comes to mind?
Daniel Armstrong (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Heck
Greg Savacool (1 month ago)
But can you get one with both a black background and digits?
razubi (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I find your voice relaxing
David Daniel Wouters (2 months ago)
Hey Mat, like the middle one, (the big one) do you know if they have them with 24hr format on?
ToadFan 64 (2 months ago)
I already have 1
Andrew Butler (2 months ago)
If you ask me, if they don't keep proper time, then they're 'flippin' rubbish! 🙃
Tim Clarke (2 months ago)
last!
easy (2 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 (2 months ago)
Set 38 pounds on fire... somewhere between my house and China..
xaraxen (2 months ago)
Reminds me of Groundhog Day
Truth_is_the _new_hate (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 Yaw/Melton (3 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 (3 months ago)
I bought the big flip clock and I love it.
DoctorX17 (3 months ago)
what's a labor club?
CheshireTomcat68 (3 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 :-)
isaac nelson (4 months ago)
14:01 STAR WARS AFFECT!!!!
Mike Angelo (4 months ago)
I like the white one best.
strike9716 (4 months ago)
I could imagine that the six digit model is super-sensitive to dust
Madpegasusmax (4 months ago)
not 1st :D
Number White (4 months ago)
I think Youtube is broken. Went to have a shit. Came back, the same title, but puppets talking to something!
Mark Berry (4 months ago)
The alarm clock would have been awesome with a mechanical alarm, not that electronic beeping.
Jose Carlos (5 months ago)
I don't recommend using with seconds too much noisy. remembers its a mechanical device.
Joshua Rastia (5 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 (5 months ago)
Recreate groundhog day
CL0WN FAC3 (5 months ago)
“Accuray”
Flojoe6274 (5 months ago)
Puppets!!!!
Timon (5 months ago)
***Urgent*** Is it ok if I use this video on my website? I will give you full credit?
Jeffrey Michaud (6 months ago)
I have the large one with the bell on bottom, its kept within a minute in 3 months
MrPleers (6 months 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.
Minerguy (6 months ago)
Flip cocks
Kasey (6 months ago)
Awesome video!
jarry jayo (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
HTC
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 (7 months 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 (8 months ago)
I love my flip clock, fairly accurate as well!
Wishwader (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
13:13 What is that old computer?
Lennon Craig (8 months ago)
*Please set more one minute to adjust time making up tooling short accuracy.* Brilliant.
Rufis (8 months ago)
Do C and D cells still exist? lol
Pedersen Productions (9 months ago)
I have the first one it’s good but the hour tick is a little loud but you get used to it
Baladár (9 months ago)
These modern ripoffs just suck. All these "clocks" together don't even worth a buck.
Sisbro 125 (9 months 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 (9 months 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 (9 months ago)
These mechanical flips have 0 reliability, that's why they are obsolete.
Jacob Hollis (9 months ago)
I wonder if the issue of the 6 digit one is due to the cheapness of the material.
Mike Fish (9 months ago)
I still rock my Panasonic flip clock from the 70's wake up for work like Mcfly every day! lol
Andrew John Summersgill (10 months ago)
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 (6 months 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 (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
I hate that they are battery only
EaqIe (10 months ago)
We need one with milliseconds.
Michael Murphy (10 months ago)
I like the video
Jonah Beale (10 months ago)
I just want the clock from lost
OnboardCamEurope (10 months ago)
Great review!
.x. (11 months ago)
last! ;)
Brian Beard (11 months 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)
sounds?
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!
MarioStar13 (1 year ago)
3:42 10-minute. I have this one.
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?
Robert Gift (1 year ago)
We have the fun pedestal 4-digit flip clock.  Operates on 1 D-cell battery. I am seeking an old 120-Volt synchronous motor clock.  The numbers on the edges of 1/2-inch thick "rolling wheels".
TheJoebus666 (1 year ago)
"ACCURAY"
Sigma Tech (1 year ago)
10:28 I've had a package from China vanish as well! It was a toothpaste dispenser... It just never got here.
John Berry (1 year ago)
If ever they do another Wallace and Grommet movie, youre their man !
mPky1 (1 year ago)
Its a shame the three in the review look plasticy and not shiny chrome metal.
Daniel Barrientos (1 year ago)
Good afternoon. First tell you that I love your channel, it's sensational, congratulations !. After commenting that I have exactly that clock (the biggest) and is very nice but makes a very sharp noise at night, you can hear the mechanism very strongly.
Teh Green Donut (1 year ago)
First.
cztrollolcz (1 year ago)
why did i read budget flip cock flip out
nikolt2000 (1 year ago)
I bet LGR got wet watching this video
Nomadic Medic (1 year ago)
It's two and a half minutes from midnight.
twothreebravo (1 year ago)
A man with one clock always knows exactly what time it is, a man with many clocks never knows
Niandra (5 days ago)
- old Chinese proverb
Hi-Fi Insider (1 year ago)
great video as always. Can you pls. do video on vintage flip clocks from Sony or other makers?
Doron Tsur (1 year ago)
Thank you for your review. I wanted to get a similar clock off ebay and then just forgot about it. It's so annoying because these sellers flood the site with the same shitty products... Shipping is always expensive to my country and most chinese sellers offer free shipping (I have to wait about two months and some missing shipments). It's either that or pay a LOT of cash for a genuine product you have no guarantee will actually work.
Two_Heads_Talking (1 year ago)
This is retro, its new that is designed to look old ;) Good video, I can say the one that looks like a Hhunter killer robot from the Terminator movies is the same as the big one you have in this video, works the same way. Keeps the same shitty time too But hey ho, like you said if you want accurate time dont buy one of these right :)
Tyler Durr (1 year ago)
I own the one with the big digits, and I recommend it highly. Mine has gained 30 seconds in about six months, so I can't complain too much. There's a low, quiet hum all the time that's pretty easy to ignore, but otherwise, it's great!
John Kelly (1 year ago)
I have a flip clock I picked up about 15 years ago that proudly sits above my TV. It loses about 5 minutes over the course of 6 months, which is how long the batteries last. This reminds me, do you remember the ball clocks of the 70s? Ball bearings would course through a maze until coming to a stop at the hour and minute.
Poke Mon (1 year ago)
For the leftmost clock, the seconds is not connected to the hour and minute part. It's for ease of changing the time, instead of moving the second everytime you move the gear, it moves the minute.
Enio Nery (1 year ago)
the puppet bit made me curious about the 1st ever comment on youtube.
Nitro Zeus (1 year ago)
I don't get it I grew up with one of these on the bed stand this is retro? Oh... now I get it, I'm old.
KC9UDX (1 year ago)
I'll believe they're back in fashion when I see one in the dash of a new car! :)
c0mpu73rguy (1 year ago)
Ouch, I always read your name Technoman instead of Techmoan... I need new glasses.
Andy Haslam (1 year ago)
I bought the cheap plastic flip clock, gutted it, and have put it into a wooden housing so you can see how it works. Thanks!

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