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Don't count on it
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Member Name: chiglo2001
Digital Coin Counting Money Jar
Date: 11/04/11, updated on 11/04/11 (27 review reads)
Advantages: Initially unreliable coin recognition, no way to change total on some models,
Disadvantages: Large jar, durable construction.
A little over a year ago I received one of these digital coin counting money jars from the boffer.co.uk website which has a different product on offer each day. I think it was as part of an offer whereby you got two surprise items for £12 around Christmas time. I was initially quite pleased with what I had received; it looked to be a useful receptacle to store all that annoying loose change that I often end up clearing out of my wallet into various places around my house with the added bonus of the product keeping track of how much I had saved!
The product consists of a strong jar base made up of thick transparent plastic, which is nicely durable with a grey plastic lid which screws onto the main jar. The jar is quite large at 18cm high and with a cross-sectional diameter of about 11cm, so can store a good number of coins. The top of the lid consists of a slot and a digital display. Hidden underneath (which cannot be seen when the jar is screwed closed) is a battery compartment which requires two AAA batteries which I do not think were included. A screwdriver is required in order to open the battery compartment, but otherwise the batteries are very easy to install. I haven't needed to replace the batteries since getting the product so they last a long time.
The coin counter facility works by measuring the size of the coins put inside. As you push a coin through the slot a lever is pushed back to an extent depending on the coin size and the total on the digital display increases appropriately. The sorter recognizes all standard UK coins, including the most recent £2 coin size. One annoying feature is the fact that the total is only displayed in the few seconds following the addition of coins to the jar. This obviously helps to conserve the battery life, but if you are just interested in checking the total you have to find another coin to add to the jar. Another serious draw-back with my jar is the fact that other than completely resetting the total to zero (which is done by sticking a pin into a small hole next to the battery compartment), the total cannot be changed in any way. Obviously, once you have put money into the jar, you are not expected to remove it again. It also means that if you want to put notes into the jar you have to put one of the coins already in the jar through the slot an appropriate number of times such that the total is adjusted accordingly.
I should note that during my research on the internet before writing this review it seems that some models of this jar claim to have the ability to adjust the total, so it may well be that mine is an earlier model. Either way, I would certainly reccomend that this is a facility you look out for if looking to buy such a jar since otherwise the digital coin counting part is pretty much just a gimmick and all you have is a money box. Initially I also had some problems concerning coin recognition with the jar. To get the coins through the slot you have to push quite hard and on some occasions I didn't push the coins hard enough and while the total updated, the coin didn't actually make it through the slot. In some cases, since the lever had only been partially pushed back, the total also updated by a different amount than the coin value and as I have mentioned above, adjusting the total for the jar is very tedious as it basically has to be done manually by choosing the coins you put through the slot. I have, however, been using the jar quite a lot recently to store the income from a few odd jobs I have been doing and am no longer having these problems. I don't know whether it is the product itself that has settled down (e.g. the lever becoming looser) or just that I now know how hard I need to push the coins.
Overall the coin jar is not bad as a fun item and works fine as just a simple money box, but if the counting functionality is important this may not be for you and you should definitely check that your model does include the ability to change the total before buying. These jars are currently available online for a range of prices which start around £5.
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Summary: Stores your money but there can be drawbacks with the coin counting aspect.
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