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Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock Lightning Review: It Explodes Your Dreams

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The Gadget: I can sleep through anything. I do, notoriously. It's why I already have three alarms: My current super clock has two built-in, and I set my phone. But it's still not enough. So Brian told me I had to review the only thing left to try: the Sonic Bomb, which has a 113dB extra loud alarm—louder than a jackhammer or chainsaw—and a bed shaker.

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Illustration for article titled Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock Lightning Review: It Explodes Your Dreams

The Price: $37.00. The Verdict: I'll put it this way: After using it once, the next time I set it up, I woke up five minutes before it was set to go off. Normally, I would go back to sleep and let the alarm wake me up. Instead, I went back to sleep for four minutes, and made damn sure I got up before it went off. When this thing jolts you out of a cozy slumber—or even my favorite, half-conscious dozing—it's a deeply traumatic experience that scars you for life, or at least twenty minutes. That's mostly thanks to the bed shaker, which isn't so much a shaker as a knocker, at least when it was placed between my wooden bed frame and mattress, so it was like a hummingbird on steroids slamming a hammer next to my head. So yes, it will rip you out of your dreams. It still has a couple of flaws though. Namely, because of the cord extending from the clock to the bed shaker, you've gotta have it close to your bed. Though I suppose you could look at the trip wire it creates as yet another layer of alertness, ensuring you're fully up and at 'em. Also, I wish it was harder to turn off the alarm—it's way too easy to flip it off in a zombified state and roll back into bed. Having to solve a mini-puzzle would be nice in this respect. Otherwise, if you're just looking for a basic alarm clock that will absolutely guarantee you're out of bed—at least until you turn it off—this is it. [Sonic Alert]

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Please take this to a Giz meet up and try it out on an unsuspecting commenter/reader (someone who had been drinking heavily the night before would make for the best clinical trial conditions,) so that we can get real world feedback on this product.

Of course, please record this on some new digicam you are showing off at the meet up (also a product test) and post for the rest of us.