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Oh, Glow On !
Member Name: SRowlands
Advantages: Sturdy and reliable - very effective and useful.
Disadvantages: Not recommended for peeping toms !!
I have to admit that I enjoy my gadgets, gizmos and novelties. I also have to admit that many of these have no real benefit to my day to day life. Sure, there is the Creative Nomad Jukebox MP3 Player that is now an essential part of my life - as is my PSP (Playstation Portable), but I have a huge drawful of short-lived novelties that are now just sitting there, gathering dust.
If you take the time to look at the ever-growing number of gadget web sites, you will see thousands of items of various prices and quality. An item that I found and subsequently purchased on one such site a whilst back is the Traser Glowring.
The name "Traser" comes from a combination of Tritum, the main chemical element in these items, and "Laser".
The Traser Glowring was first marketed a few years ago, and is effectively a "glow in the dark" keyring. Measuring approximately 1.5" in length, these plastic fobs contain a one millimeter wide borosilicate glass tube. This tube is coated with a microscopic layer of luminescent powder.
The tube is then filled with a radiated hydrogen gas, Tritum, which causes a chemical reaction and the tube is then sealed with a laser. This method results in the tube glowing with no external light or power source for over ten years.
During the day, the glowing element is not visable, and it looks like a plain plastic keyring. However, when in a darkened room or at night, the glowring has a steady luminescent glow to it which can be clearly seen for up to 50 feet away.
I originally purchased a pack of three about two years ago, of which I put one on my keys, gave one to my girlfriend and kept the other as a spare. Because I work shift work, which often involves nights or early mornings, I find these glowrings invaluable. I normally leave my keys on the bedroom side or on the stairs, and when it is dark I can easily find them without the need of turning on any lights. (Indeed, with glowrings attached, it is probably easier to find the keys with no lights on !).
My girlfriend uses her glowring on her keys, and this makes it far easier to locate them when her keys are in the bottom of her bag.
The brilliant thing about Glowrings is that, even though they are generally marketed as keyrings, they have so many other uses. You can attach them to bags, dog collars (ideal if you walk your dog at nights !), kids schoolbags, bikes - the uses are endless. Two ideal ways that I've heard of these being used are by fishermen as lights on their lines, and as a more general use attaching them to torches in the house, so that in the event of a power cut, you can easily locate your torches.
The Traser Glowrings come with a 10 year guarantee, so in the extremely event of them failing to glow during that time, they will be replaced.
There are actually two types of Glowring on the market - the older plastic ones, and the newer type, the "X2" which are glass with metal on both ends. Cost varies, but you can expect to pay around £5 for an older model, and around £9 for a newer X2 version. Glowrings are available from most online gadget stores.
I would highly recommend Traser Glowrings. These are more than just a novelty item - they have a practical use and will last for a long, long time, making them excellent value for money.
Summary: Useful little gadgets that glow in the dark.
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