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Several years ago when I worked in a library I bought flashing (bleeping) keyfob, I don't remember exactly where I bought it but I think it was from a betterware catalogue or similar and it cost a little more than they go for now (around the £5 mark now depending where you buy them, I've recently seen them at Amazon for £4.99, cheaper on ebay)
I have always been a bit of a forgetful fanny driving different generations of my family batty with my ability to lose things. Recalling what plank time is (just about) is doable, but remembering where I left my glasses, keys, children etc comes much harder. So this little responsive plastic buddy that called back when you whistled stood out like beacon in a booklet filled with things I just knew I'd never use, so was immediately ordered.
Just in case it's not clear from the above paragraph this key'finder' is activated by a whistle, which the sensor picks up and responds with beeping and flashing. It doesn't keep doing this until you find it, if you don't track it down with the first whistle you have to wander about the house as if calling an errant dog. We did have some fun trying out different methods of activating it, we were quite proud of finding different things to set it off, until of course as will become clear we realised that more things set it off than didn't.
The one I received looked like the one in the Dooyoo picture though the Dooyoo one seems circular\(but I think that's to do with the angle of the picture) mine was more of a soft triangle, everything else was the same. White plastic about two inches long, one and a halfish wide and about half and inch deep. There is a clear red cover over the Led part, with a standard key ring attached. It's not the most glamorous object but not ugly either.
You can replace the batteries, my model required two 2 x 1.55V LR41, the one at Amazon comes with 4, though mine didn't come with any spares. In the time I owned it it never failed and never needed the battery changed. It is a little thicker and heavier than the usual key ring I was used to but wasn't too cumbersome to keep in my usual selection of bags, though may be a little awkward in a small evening bag, or jeans pocket.
I found the beeping function generally more useful than the flashing as when I misplace something it is generally somewhere that can't be seen until you are right on top of it, like in between sofa cushions and buried at the bottom of capacious drawers that the item has no business being in. So following the beep is a very handy function. The flashing light became useful if the keys were buried at the bottom of my bag and I couldn't seem to see where they were. Also once the general location of the keys was established (for example those deep drawers) the light helped to pinpoint the location precisely. So for me although if I could only have one function annoying as it is it would be the sound , both functions are very useful in their own way and in combination.
I'm a bit backward in that I can't drive so I don't have a huge bunch of keys, just my front and back doors, and when I worked at the above mentioned library the keys for that. This pesky little plastic critter did have a tendency to go off at all sorts of loud sharp noises not just a whistle. On the bus when it pulled up sharp and the wheels screeched, or when general background noise reached a certain pitch. Coughs, sneezes, dog barking husbands snoring, were all accompanied by frantic flashing and beeping. We didn't really mind this at hom, at least not at first, as my family were more than happy to put up with it to avoid my panic attacks and loud wailing and stripping of the house in search of the "bl**dy keys" again. In fact they often suggested I get one for my mobile, glasses, shoes, engagement ring, knickers.. anything small that could be removed and misplaced. It was also a bit of a pain explaining why my bag was beeping while I was out and about.
Sadly I eventually parted ways with mammy's little helper, thanks to an autocratic, interfering librarian. Now it may sound as if I didn't like the lady in question, but I did, I really did. However she just didn't know how to be in charge and took it upon herself to interfere in the private gubbins of staff members. She apparently didn't like my little bleeper going off in my bag now and then while she was ensconced in her office/staff room/ storage area, it was set off by the squawk of the filling cabinets apparently, and even occasionally by passing raucous children. Too be fair it could be damn annoying. So bleepy had to go and I was back to lifting sofas up and emptying the contents of drawers onto the worktops before leaving the house.
Even though he would shout out and flash at inappropriate moments I did miss old bleepy when he'd gone. If I'm honest I would probably have got rid of him on my own volition before long as the random beeping really could grate on the nerves, but if he had worked a little better I would have no hesitation in using him in the future, as he did save me time and frustration looking for misplaced keys.
If you are absent minded, have family members/pets that move your stuff when you're not looking and don't mind inappropriate noisy flashing then bleepy could be worth a try, though be warned that the sensor is very sensitive and will go off at fairly regular intervals even when your keys aren't lost.
I would have awarded two and a half stars if I could, it worked really well in what it was meant to do, but the random activation meant it was untenable in the long run.
The Flashing Key Finder is a cool little gadget that will come in handy one day for those that have a habit of losing their keys. I had one bought for me a couple of years ago and have had it on my car keys ever since. I have a load of different keyrings and therefore I definately know when I misplace them because they are so bulky and heavy.
The Flashing Key Finder is very simple to use, by simply whistling when you need to locate the keyring - and more importantly what is attached to it, the keyring will flash and emit a loud beeping noise to grab your attention. Although I don't use it a great deal of the time I find it gives me the peace of mind just in case I do happen to misplace my keys or need to find them in a hurry.
The Finder is simply a white plastic casing with a coloured plastic cover over the LED light. This light then flashes when activated by a certain pitch of noise. It has gone off occassionally when I havn't whistled at it, but this is a minor irritation and happens infrequently.
I have had limited use of the Flashing Key Finder but when I have needed its assistance I have been more than satisfied with the results. The battery hasn't needed changing and has lasted a very long time, so I think for the couple of pounds I paid online it is a worthwhile product to keep with your keys. Overall it is a simple and robust product that hopefully you will never need to use.
I've always had a tendency to be disorganised and, even as a child, my own mother used to tell me that I'd lose my head it it wasn't screwed on. As a busy parent, I seem to spend hours looking for items that have been mislaid somewhere in the house, especially my car keys. No matter where I think I've put them, they always turn up somewhere else, resulting in a last minute panic as I'm almost certain to be running late too!
Last Mother's Day, I received what looked like the answer to my prayers - a plastic 'keyfinder' to attach to my keyring and ensure that I would never mislay my keys again. I'm not convinced that this was entirely the choice of my two boys as I'm sure my long-suffering husband had a part to play in its purchase!
The keyfinder is designed to be activated by whistling. A sharp whistle should result in the little sensor at the top of the curved device flashing for several seconds. The keyfinder also emits several beeps, so it shouldn't matter if its not within sight or even if it's hidden under other items, as the beeping should still be audible. The keyfinder also had an advantage of making the keyring slightly more bulky so the keys are that little bit harder to misplace as there was an additional plastic device attached. Fortunately, the edges are smooth and the keyfinder is fairly lightweight, so it wasn't a difficulty to keep it permanently attached to the rest of my keys. All in all, this looked like a fun, but incredibly useful, little gift.
The reality is, sadly, very different as it soon became clear that the keyfinder has several significant flaws that limit its effectiveness. Firstly, the keyfinder is extremely temperamental and doesn't always respond to a whistle on the first, second or even third attempt. It obviously needs to be activated by a whistle of a certain tone and frequency - quite loud and sharp. My kids had been quite excited by Mummy's new toy, but were soon disappointed that their attempts at whistling weren't quite sharp enough to set the little gadget off.
The second disadvantage is that the keyfinder is very easily set off by various other eveyday sounds. This makes its reluctance to respond to actual whistling even more frustrating! It is activated by noises such as clapping, loud bangs, shouting, screaming and crying. As you can imagine, in a busy household with young children, this thing was going off every other minute! The only time it didn't seem to go off was when I was actually looking for my keys!
There lies the third and most crucial flaw - the area within which the keyfinder can successfully operate is pretty limited. If my keys were on the mantelpiece or on the window sill in the same room then, assuming the keyfinder wasn't feeling too temperamental, a sharp whistle or other loud noise would usually locate them. If, however, the keys were tucked away in my jeans pocket upstairs then there was no chance of this little device responding to a whistle from downstairs. Essentially, using this for its primary purpose of identifying lost keys involved wandering around from room to room which was exactly what I'd wanted to avoid.
For the above reasons, my keyfinder had quite a limited period of time attached to my keyring. It was pretty embarrassing to be out in public or at work and to be beeping whenever any loud noises could be heard! It wouldn't have been so bad if the device had actually been a reliable means of locating my keys but, as it wasn't, the device soon slipped out of regular use (minus its battery!) Luckily, the kids never seemed to notice its absence.
My keyfinder was purchased from a Hawkins Bazaar store, where it is still available for £3.50, although I suspect that the same or very similar gadgets can be bought for much less from pound shops or discount stores. At that price, or lower, it falls within the typical 'Secret Santa' price range so could still be a potential novelty gift idea for a colleague who is always misplacing his or her keys. I wouldn't recommend buying one of these with any expectations that it will actually resolve the problem though.
I was bought a Flashing Key Finder by my girlfriends Grandma a few years ago as a stocking filler. The sole function of the Key Finder is so that if (or when) you misplace your keys, you give a little whistle and the Key Finder starts flashing and emitting a loud beeping sound so you can locate them.
At first I thought that this was a cool little gadget and that I would get a lot of use out of winding up my girlfriend and God forbid if I ever lose my keys, I would be able find them with minimal fuss. Unfortunately, the Key Finder I had, which is identical to the one pictured (I know it's pink, but I didn't choose it!), would go off whenever it chose. My girlfriend would set it off whenever she laughed, it would go off when people on the television spoke in a certain pitch and it would even go off whenever we opened cupboards of drawers. I have read other reviews and it is clear that it is a general fault with the Key Finder, not just the one I owned
The one good thing I can say about the Key Finder is that the battery life seems to last forever, as oddly enough instead of throwing it away when it started irritating ME more than it irritated my girlfriend, I stuffed it into the back of a drawer and smothered it in jumpers and t-shirts. Whenever I opened this drawer, I would hear a faint beeping, and quickly grab the top I was looking for and slam the drawer shut again. It has only recently been thrown away and was still beeping when I wheeled my bin out for collection.
The Key Finder has fast become the object I hate most in life and I prey no-one else receives one as a novelty gift. I still dread visiting my girlfriends Grandma.
When I was around ten years old, I was given a key-finder - it was a marvellous little device which emitted a loud beep in response to a shrill whistle. This wonderfully handy contraption worked brilliantly every time, and my young mind reveled at the seemingly miraculous technology. I'd forgotten about the whole concept of the key finder until I saw one recently on amazon.co.uk - the simply titled 'Flashing Key Finder' which is available for only £2.50... but is it as good as the one that I fondly remember from my childhood?
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With a length of five centimetres and width of three-and-a-half, the key finder won't take up too much space on your keyring. It comes with the standard looped metal attachment which feels fairly secure. Constructed from plastic, the key finder is available in either white or black, with a transparent red section on the end housing the LED light. To be honest, the key finder doesn't look especially attractive - but then not many keyring attachments do. In terms of the batteries, the device requires two button cells which are provided (along with two spares).
Using the item
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So, in theory, all you need to do is whistle, and the key finder will make a high pitched beeping noise in order to inform you of its whereabouts - simple... but does it work? Unfortunately, it *doesn't* work especially well at all. Firstly, the noble art of whistling frequently won't tempt a response from the device - in fact, you need to practice the exact frequency needed to produce the beep, and even then a beep isn't guaranteed. Secondly, the majority of other sounds will set off the key finder at every given opportunity. I attached the key finder to my keyring, and the sound of the keys jangling in my pocket constantly activated it. I later realized that it also beeped to the sound of people's voices, the television, and even started beeping when there was no sound at all - bizarre! So frustrating was the product, that I ended up taking it from my keyring, and shoving it into a drawer under the bed.
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To be honest, this particular keyfinder could be excellent - it's relatively small and cheap to buy, however, the sensitivity to other sounds needs to be somehow toned down, because as it is, the device is next to useless. Perhaps good as a novely gift considering the low price - but if you're after a practical tool then you'll need to look elsewhere.
Now I am sure we have all lost our keys from time to time and it is really annoying as it is usually when you are in a rush to get out the house so the solution to this or so I thought was to buy a key finder. They cost around £2.
The key finder is like a flat fob with a coloured piece on the end. The idea is you attach to your keys and when you have that 'Oh no where are my keys I must leave the house now' moment you simply whistle and the fob will bleep and flash meaning you can locate your keys and get out the door in no time. Great idea, time saving simple or so would you think.
Now the down point I am not very good at whistling to start with I know I should have thought about before buying this genius product. Which actually meant that the key finder wouldn't work for me so if I was in a hurry and I was not with whistling person I couldn't find them other than manically searching anyway. The second down point is although it wouldn't go off for my poor attempt at whistle it would go off for the tv, or the radio, or the hamster wheel going round. It would go off in the car and sometimes when there didn't seem to be any noise at all. The result of this - I put it in the bin it drove me mad beeping when I didn't need it to but never working when I did.
I give this 1 star because that's the lowest you can go. Great idea in theory but annoying make that very annoying in practice. Save yourself the money and put your keys in the same place everytime you come in, mine now get left right by the front door so I know where they are when I am ready to go.
"Where's my keys?" is probably the most common sentence you are likely to hear coming out of my mouth. I'm useless when it comes to knowing where I put my keys, which is strange really when you consider that in every other way I'm the most organised, tidy person you'll probably ever meet. I know exactly where things are even if I haven't used them for years, but my keys? Not a hope in hell of ever finding them. So, when I saw this at Wilkinsons for £2.49 a few years ago I thought they were brilliant, a simple solution to my daily problem. Of course, that was before I actually tried using them!
The idea is that when you whistle they will bleep and red LED's will flash enabling you to find them no matter where you left them. They run off two watch batteries which are replaceable by unscrewing the back, mine had the batteries already fitted and I never changed the batteries in it so can't comment on how easy this is to do.
The positive aspects about this item are that it does work, if you whistle it does bleep and it does flash. The beeps are loud so that you will hear them go off even if you're not in the same room as them.
On the other hand, only buy these if you don't mind them going off at every single opportunity! They are set off by whistling, but they are also set off by telephones, the TV, music, laughter and even my keys jangling together! The most embarrasing instance of this was when I was in a meeting, I moved my bag causing my keys to jangle together and the key finder registered that and went off! I was then left trying to explain that it wasn't my phone, I had in fact remembered to turn that off it was just my keys under the rather mistaken impression that they were lost! However, having said that they will go off at everything if they are in a bag, down the side of the settee or anywhere else too enclosed then it will not pick up you whistling.
Overall £2 may seem like a bargain but I'd save your money!
This is the most annoying thing ever!!
The practical information: The size of the keyring is about the size of a £2 coin and about 2cm thick. So although small it is a bit chunky for a keyring.
Whilst in a usual situation of loosing your keys this is fantastic, and it does work. The sensor is very sensitve and will pick up when you clap and beeps for around 7/8 seconds so you are given a reasonable amount of time to figure out where the sound is coming from.
The bad bits: This keyring is so sensitive it would beep in all sorts of situations. If something made a "bang" sound on TV, or if you started to talk after the room being quiet quiet. Its very hard to describe but it really is so sensitive I actually threw mine out of the window.
A way round this would of been to have put your keys in the kitchen on the side away from where you are sitting down relaxing, but then surely you would remember where you'd put them and not need the keyring!
My mum got me one of these flashing keyrings because I can never find my keys and it takes me ages to leave the house while I search for them.
I had one years ago and it was crap, never worked and looked horrible on my keyring so I got rid of it. The one I've got now looks EXACTLY the same as the one Dooyoo have got on the photo, the red thing you can see is where it flashes and underneath there are 5 holes in the plastic and that's the speaker for the beeping.
The idea of it is when you can't find your keys you either whistle or do a sharp clap and the keyring will pick that up and start flashing and beeping. It works some of the time so I do find it quite useful but if you've dumped something on top of your keys and it muffles whatever it is that lets the keyring "hear" you then it won't work.
A good example is that last month I put my keys down as usual only someone had put a load of clean washing on top of them. I only found the keys the next day after the washing had gone away, I'd gone round the house like a mad thing whistling and clapping too and had just convinced myself that I'd lost them outside the house.
Another one is that there's no warning of the battery going so one minute the keyring will work and the next minute the battery has gone. This came from the cash and carry so god knows how long it had been on their shelf but the batteries in mine died in about 3 weeks, I replaced them and they've now lasted for over 3 months.
I wouldn't even mind if it just starting malfunctioning when the batteries were low because at least that would give me an idea that the keyring isn't working instead of just cutting out and leaving me whistling like an idiot for ages! Luckily my keys weren't majorly lost that time and I was just being lazy but if the battery went while your keys were in some mad place you'd never find them! lol
My mum paid £3.27 for it and as well as being a bit of a weird price to charge for anything, I think it's also brill value for money. It looks ok even though it's a bit bulky and cheap looking, but it's mega useful and has deffo got me out of the house a bit quicker a few times now. The couple of bad points ARE annoying and make me lose a bit of trust in the key finder but over all a useful and cheap little gadget.
Recommended..... but don't put your life in it's hands! lol
i am possibly the most useless person in the world when it comes to remembering where i have put things when i need them, the amount of times i loose my keys or should i say temperarily misplace them as i cant realy claim they are lost when i know they are in my house somewhere, i am that bad at it i lost them a few years ago and ended up paying £200 for new locks on the car because i couldnt find the keys.
I had seen people with these on there key rings but had never seen them for sale anywhere untill last christmas when they were being sold in peacocks as a gift for him at christmas so i decided to get one as they were only £2 and hopefully it will stop me having to fork out for new locks again oh yes i did find my keys in the end about 2 months later, i had left them in the greenhouse.
The flashing key finder works on the principle of you whistle and it will not only have a red light on it that flashes but it also beeps at you so is great for finding your keys. It needs 2x 1.55v batteries which are basically watch batteries and comes with 4 of these in the pack when you first buy it, it has a key chain on it to attach it to your keys.
Well anyway back to the story, a couple of days after buying this i lost my keys again so i whistled it and nothing, i walked all around our house whistling and still nothing, i eventually found them in the bottom of my handbag, the whistle doesnt trigger the light or sound if the sensor on the key ring is covered by something, this was a pain as if my keys were in plain view i wouldnt have a problem finding them.
The next problem i found with this key chain is that it doesnt just beep when you whistle but it also beeps when there is a loud ringing or beeping noise, my telephone, microwave and bread maker all made it beep aswell as a loud shout or scream on the tv so it goes off all of the time meaning i always know where my keys are even when i dont want them but the batteries only last about 8 weeks.
This key chain is useful to me but would be even better if it worked when my keys were in my hand bag or in my pocket or even better when they had fallen down the gap in the sofa.
A short review of the key finder. Not exactly much you can say about this one really. I bought one as a stocking filler gift for my partner at Christmas. About 3 quid from BHS. Your supposed to whistle for it and it beeps and flashes at you. Trouble is: 1) It goes off when the phone goes 2) It goes off when some people you laugh (my friend Patty's got the most high pitched cackly laugh ever) 3) My partner can't bloody whistle. Why the hell is this even listed here anyway? By it if you want to be driven insane by it. More annoying than that "Egyptian" Nokia phone tune. Aaaaargh! Phone just rang and made it go off as I write. I'm gonna stamp on it any day now. Buy a pint of lager instead.
I was probably 14 years old when I first got my key-finder keyring, and so, I was probably a couple of weeks older than that when I decided that my £5 that was sent to Innovations may well have been better spent on something else. Like anything. Well - these things work. Don't get me wrong on that. You whistle, and the dear little blighter will bleep at you. Or you clap, and it'll respond, wherever it is in the room. And here comes problem number one - sometimes it's 'ears' are muffled, because it's been buried under something and its sensor it blocked. So, it will show you where you keys are, so long as your keys aren't buried somewhere, hard to find, lost etc - or providing it's batteries haven't run out. Useful. Secondly, the gadget is remarkably indiscriminate. I spent several days of my school life with friends whistling at me, clapping at me - normally in awkward situations such as exams. Brilliant. But the bleeper goes off all the time, for any sort of noise really so long as it's loud enough. Someone coughing next to you can remind you were your keys are. So to a certain extent it works too well. It's lightweight, it's visually quite unoffensive, with a white body and a little red light that flashes when it beeps. But predominately, it's a piece of gimmicky trash that holds a certain novelty appeal for a certain limited amount of time.
I had one of these and it lasted me a week before I just had to throw the stupid thing away. Even when my keys were not missing it started bleeping and flashing. The problem is you get it by whistling or clapping which meant when I went to the match the stupid thing went off all the time due to the sound of the crowd. It was useless and didn't help at all when I did actually lose the keys as I couldn't hear it because of where the keys had gone. No point at all in it and you may as well save your money (luckily mine was free)