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The front door of the flat I shared with my friend is one of those auto-lock ones; it means that if you go out without remembering to bring the key with you, there's a 99% chance that you'll be locked out. This happens to me a couple of times, and luckily my friend was very nice to give me her keys so that I can go home. We have different timetables so I can go home ahead of her and open the door for her once she's finished her lectures. Bless her, she doesn't make a fuss about it. However, after a second time I forgot to bring my keys, I thought I really should find some solution about my really forgetful brain. I saw this 'Key Pete' item on amazon and I thought to give this a try since Key pete is easy to find and really draws your eyes to him.
I bought this Key pete magnetic key holder from amazon for about £ 6.00 which free delivery. Key pete is available in a variety of colours (pink, blue, red and green); the Key Pete I have is the red one. Red is the colour that human eyes are most drawn to and it also happens to be my favourite colour. The other colours are slightly cheaper, which I guess is something to do with the red Key Pete being the most popular one.
Key Pete has the dimensions of 90 x 70 x 70 mm and is made of shiny plastic finish. Key Pete has two palms with strong magnets embedded in them: one of the palm is used to attach Key Pete to a metal surface while the other magnetic palm is faced down so that keys can be 'hanged' from it. On the amazon website, it says that Key Pete can hold up to 30 keys. I myself have never tried this since I don't have 30 keys even if I scavenge the whole house. I have five keys for the whole flat and Key Pete holds them perfectly fine.
In the university flat, Key Pete has permanent resident on our fridge door since it's the ideal place for us. Whenever I go out, water and food are the last things I place in my bag before I step out the door, so the presence of Key Pete means that it surely reminds me to take my keys with me before the front door slams shut on me. Key Pete has a strong magnetic strength so hanging ten keys (five for me and five for my friend) with the added weight of our keychains from his palm doesn't make him slide down the fridge either.
Overall, Key Pete is not the cheapest solution to my forgetful nature. However, since Key Pete has taken his residence on our fridge door, I haven't forgetten my keys and my friend can go to her lectures in peace.
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But I've already got a key hook, I hear you cry when you wonder what the point is of having this sort of item. And you'd be right - if you already have a key hook then that's great. Congrats - you maybe don't need this. But what if you don't have a key hook, or if you feel like hanging your keys somewhere else today, and then changing your mind tomorrow? Your key hook, drilled into the wall and hooked by probably peering behind it to try and marry up the screw in the wall and the impossibly small hanging piece on the back of the hook, will no doubt require unscrewing and rescrewing and this limits you not only to the places you can hang it, but also by how many holes you want in your wall.
Enter Pete - he's magnetic, so getting him set up is a doddle and doesn't need a screwdriver. Most people have a metallic surface of some sort at home, and Pete happily sticks straight on, so while others are drilling holes in their walls, you're sticking Pete on your fridge. For us, this is ideal. We have the key hooks anyway, but they're not in the ideal place for all of the keys, and we often get confused as to which key does what and why is it there. Pete sits proudly on the side of our fridge, holding the random keys that aren't on bunches and we need for other things.
The magnetism is impressive. You could hang most things off him and they'd not only stay attached but wouldn't drag him down either. We have a variety of fridge magnets, mainly from relatives showing off where they've been on holiday, and while they hold up some of our current announcements school reminding us about this or that, they're not so good at the thicker take away menus, whereas Pete is perfect for this. He sticks and holds and does it well.
If you're familiar with the Paladone products such as the corkscrew or bottle opener figurines, then you should expect something similar. A small red figure with no distinguishing features, he looks as if he's getting ready to abseil down a sheer surface. As you place him on your metal vertical surface, his back is straight up but his feet and one hand are facing flat against the surface, with the other hand held out behind and below him and providing the place where you hang your keys on.
I must admit that even having used him a number of times, I still tentatively draw away whenever I use him for a key. I'm never sure what will or won't come away with my hand, and I suppose the only thing that's worth a word of caution is when you try to take something away from Pete. Occasionally he throws a paddy and a few keys might come away. It's just as well he's powerful as you only need to put the keys back near him again and you can feel him magnetically pulling the keys back towards him.
A solid product, but definitely a niche gadget that is one for those who like quirky things such as this. I'm certainly one of those peeps, but I'm also slightly cautious, and will continue drilling holes in my walls for the most part when it comes to things like key hooks. I'd rather not put all my faith in magnetism, and have a hook that the key ring will hang on. Either way though, this is a very good product that does what it promises. It's not cheap, and the price tag of nearly £10 (once you include P&P you're likely to part with a tenner or so) does require some justification. Is it worth the price? Well, if you like gadgets such as this then yes, it is.
EVerytime I go to my parents house, I set my keys down and when I go to leave, I search and search until I find them. It is a bit of a running joke with my parents, so I'm not really surprised when one of their little nic nak presents this Christmas was this Key Pete - which is a rather unique way to storing your keys wo they are always to be found.
Key Pete (getting its name apparantly from the phrase 'keep it') is magnetic little man, who will attach itself to literally any magnetic surface, including fridge, filing cabinet and in my case, the side of the microwave. I have an integrated fridge freezer so it isn't possible to attach this little man to the front of it, but it works a treat on the side of the microwave, which is in such a position, that I see the keys hanging as I go out the side door in the morning.
This product prides itself on being extremely strong, with one arm, Key Pete attaches to a magnetic surface, and with the other magnetic hand he can hold up to 30 keys supposedly. I have not as yet, and don't really plan to attach thirty keys, but he does hold my car key and my house keys which are the main keys that I can't find. I can imagine however, that if you were to hand keys that have keyrings or little fobs that you get from the supermarket, Trying to pull off Key Pete from the side of the microwave is not easy, and you really have to give it a good tug to remove it, as the claim of it being very strong is totally true and once attached, it really doesn't move at all.
Key Pete does seem to come in a few colours, however, it was the red version, like the one above, that my parents bought me. I have seen it on the likes of amazon for around £7, which may seen a little much for a small gadget but if you are someone who frequently loses their keys or spends too long in the morning looking for them whilst trying to get out to work, this will probably be worth every penny! Depending on how modern your kitchen it, I don't know that it would be to everyone;s taste, and in an old style kitchen it may look at little out of place, and since my kitchen isn't overly modern, it probably doesn't fit the decor exactly, however, again for the time it saves in me frantically looking for keys I don't really mind its appearance.
My husband was always very good at setting my keys out in the morning which helped enormously, however, when he was away at work and I had been in and out, I would struggle to locate keys. THis is where this product comes into play, and it really does work well at keeping keys in one place and in my case, safe and in view as I leave the house, as long as I remember to attach them to him when I get in, which I have got into the habit of doing anyhow. My husband also thinks its great as he doesn't have to worry about my keys in the morning anymore.
All in all, this is a very good product. It isn't the most attractive and it isn't a cheap gadget but at the same time, it is probably worth every penny if you are someone who frequently loses their keys!
Pete , is the new man in my life; I met him on the internet a few weeks ago, thanks to Joker who had recently spread the word of his existence. Anxious to get to know him and his wondrous attributes, I searched Amazon, found, and sent off for him..paying a small fee of £7.49
A few days later, he arrived, having been transported free of charge in a transparent, plastic cube, neatly packaged in an oversized cardboard carton.
Let me introduce you to Pete.
Pete, his full name is Key Pete, is a 7.5cm tall, glossy, cherry- red plastic man, with two very strong magnets, one attached to each hand. One arm is extended forwards, as are both feet and the other arm, bent at right angles, is extended backwards; in a pose resembling that of an abseiler.
He comes in two colours, red or blue with a price ranging from about £4.85 to £9 on Amazon. His official dimensions are: 6.5cm x 7cm x 5.5cm, but I think my Pete must have grown since his dispatch, for I make his measurements to be 7.2cm from foot to rear hand (depth) 7.5cm from head to foot, (height) and 5.8cm from one foot to the other foot (width) He weighs in at a mere 390g
He was among other novelty gadgets designed by Pelegdesign, their website is: www.peleg-design.com where you can find more of their ingenious magnetic novelties.
Key Pete comes with a warning that he is not a toy and therefore not suitable for small children ; there was no mention of dogs, but I can imagine canines enjoying making short work of Pete, should they get their jaws around his legs, and the kafuffle, if Pete got attached to the metal tag on its collar.
What does he do? You ask
Key Pete is the keeper of keys, or anything else that can be held by magnets. He stays firmly attached to any ferrous metal surfaces, such as fridges; or sheets of tin; the feet are padded with a silicone/rubber substance which helps prevent Pete abseiling down the door when weighted; the extended arm holds onto the metal surface, and the free arm holds the keys. He is said to be able to hold the weight of 30 keys... now I have no idea what the weight of 30 keys is, but I do know the weight on my hammer. So to test Pete's strength I tried attaching the hammer... hey -presto a lb weight, (454g..which is just under half a kilo) was held firmly in place without Key Pete sliding down the length of the fridge door. However, when I tried the same when he was attached to one of those magnetic message boards, he rapidly slid down to the bottom, still holding on to the hammer I might add, there is no doubting the strength of the magnets that is for sure.
Why do I need a key keeper?
When I first read about Key Pete, my first thoughts were that I did not really need one, since I have a perfectly good place to hang my keys when not in use.
Then my thoughts quickly turned to the occasions when visitors, about to leave, would wail, "Has anyone seen my keys?"
Often they would turn up having slipped out of their pockets down the side of the sofa or be hiding under a handbag, paper or even on the floor.. not under the dog as yet, but it's only a matter of time.
Now all they need do is give them to Key Pete to mind.. and he won't even charge for the service... perfect.
Of course it must not be used near magnetically sensitive items with moving parts, such as watches and clocks where it would probably magnetise the delicate mechanisms and disable them.
For the moment, Key Pete's home is on my fridge door where he uncomplainingly holds firmly onto the key to my shed, but I intend to make him a more permanent abode in an alcove, situated close to my front door, by inserting a thin sheet of metal, behind a print, into a small, glassless frame, and hanging it on the wall. I am seriously considering buying another to keep him company and give him the job of holding all the spare keys I have languishing in a drawer. In the meantime, he is proving to be a popular conversation piece with my family.
I have since cut a piece of magnetic material, framed it and hung it on the wall by my front door. This is now Key Pete's permanent home.