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Paladone Floating Mood Light Effect Duck AM/FM Bath Radio

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A fun, novelty gift, the Paladone bath radio features mood lighting features and a quirky design. However, it's not the best build quality and faults can occur.

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      06.03.2014 18:54
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      Cute little gift

      I had spent months looking for a radio just like this, and then i found one on a small internet site. This cute duck radio lights up seven different colours of which it goes through a sequence of. It plays AM/FM radio and it a great companion for any bath time. The duck comes in a little black box with all the information you will need. It required 3 AAA batteries which are not included, but i find they do last a fair amount of time if you get good quality batteries. It lights up, changes colour and plays music, what more could you ask for? I think it makes an ideal gift for an older child, as it is a quirky twist on the bath time rubber duck. It also makes a great girly gift for someone you dont know too well or dont want to get too personal with.

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        09.01.2014 22:26
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        Only good for a quick play

        This just screams "gift". No-one buys a bath radio duck for themselves, and sure enough mine was a birthday gift. If you wish to buy one for yourself, I think they're about £10, but I'm not sure why you would. As a duck it's not particularly good. The lights plus the radio plus 3 AAA batteries make it quite heavy. Maybe I have particularly splashy baths but it falls over a lot in the water. The lights circle through the colours, which is a nice novelty although not particularly bright. My baby likes to stare at it though. The radio isn't very clear - there's a lot of interference - and really you need to try and set it before you start running your bath. Finding your station with wet hands is nearly impossible and sometimes it loses reception as it bobs around. As a novelty item, say for someone who collects ducks, this is fine but it has no functional use. Personally, I find £10 a lot for something that might be used twice then never again. You would be better just buying a cheap battery operated radio and putting it on the windowsill.

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          06.09.2012 13:29

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          A nice novelty item that will look good in your bathroom

          I bought this as a novelty Christmas gift for my partner and it cost £15. It is an AM/Fm radio with mood lighting. It requires 3 AAA batteries that are not supplied with the radio. This was bought as a novelty item and has always been used as such. There are not many times when my partner or I turn off the light in the bathroom when having a bath. Obviously with the bathroo light on, the mood lighting on the duck is slightly redundant. However if you do have the light off it does give off 7 different colours that change at regular intervals. My daughter likes this and she will sit in the dark bathroom playing with it! The radio is fairly easy to use with large buttons on the side of the duck and does pick up most radio stations fairly well. Being so used to digital radio stations nowadays it can be a bit frustrating trying to tune in to a station but it normally finds it. The sound quality is probably as you would expect of an item like this. Once tuned in you can hear the songs but it won't win any awards. We generally keep ours on the window sill where due to the nice design it looks quite good. The duck does float well but it is bigger than I was expecting. We do not have a large bath so it does get in the way a bit which is why it spends most of its time out of the bath. This is a nice little novelty item that does look good in your bathroom.

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          09.07.2012 23:53
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          A disappointing dip from this duck.

          A couple of years ago I got my husband a little duck radio for floating in the bath. It lasted just a matter of months and the reception was rubbish, I was sad when it eventually bit the dust (not even sure why that was!) and so I guess when my husband saw this on Amazon he thought it would be a good idea as he remembered how much I liked the original duck we had. He picked this up for me and gave it to me at Christmas 2011. This really was one of my little stocking presents, despite the size, and I was very pleased with this when it gave it to me but also not filled with confidence that this would last for a long time! This is a rubber duck shaped radio and is quite sweet to look at. This duck is quite heavy and takes 3 AAA batteries, of which we have been using rechargeable ones, the batteries are quite easy to fit but a screwdriver is needed to open the cover and then you need to ensure that this is done up tightly again afterwards to avoid any problems or leaks. This duck lights up, in seven different colours and this is advertised as being a relaxing 'mood light' effect according to Amazon. My particular duck came from Amazon and cost my husband around £13, this seems quite reasonable for this duck. To actually use this duck is quite simple too. There were instructions provided with this which were quite straight forward and easy to read but I didn't have any use for these now and they have been long since sent to the recycling centre. There are buttons that you need to use and to pick up the radio frequency you can turn a button for AM or FM, there is also a button for on and off for the lights. You should be able to have just the lights on, the lights and the radio, the radio, or neither and you have to twist the tail or head of this duck to get some of the features to work but this is quite a nifty little thing to do and is quite cool I think. I find the frequency very simple to adjust by turning the tail, however, I am limited to the amount of stations that I can pick up in my bathroom anyway so I tend to end up listening to Heart while laying in the bath. This duck sits on the side of my bath when not in use and it looks quite nice. It is nothing special but it doesn't look out of place either. I must say that this duck floats well when in the water. It is quite heavy, as you'd expect for something with so much going on inside, and it sits up nicely and bobs about whether I am relaxing or washing myself and moving around. This radio is not really designed to be bobbed in the water and I'm sure that's why our previous one probably died! As this is a bath radio, and advertised as such, it really should be able to withstand prolonged contact with water but it cannot and that is a huge flaw for me. The lights are quite a nice feature and I like the different colours, green, blue, etc. I must say that this is a nice 'mood light' duck and the lights were very nice and they brought a little something extra to my bath or shower that the previous duck didn't. The lights change colour within a few seconds and I like something different, however, if I could select the colour I wanted that would have been even better for me. I must say, however, that I was disappointed with the lights. Once they are on I cannot seem to get them to stop and would have to actually remove the batteries in order to stop them, this is very annoying, as I'm sure you can imagine, and a little bit time consuming too. This spoils the effect of this duck and nothing I can do seems to stop this happening either, not sure why. The sound quality of this duck is not bad at all. It is just average, nothing special, but then I'd expect nothing more from a radio designed to be kept in the bathroom. I can hear songs and sing along to them and there is not loads of static either when listening to Heart (who've taken over my local radio station). All I have to really say about the rating of this is I think it is worth 2 out of 5. Who wants a radio that is not waterproof and yet designed for use in the bathroom, a radio that you have to remove the batteries from to stop the lights and a radio that cannot pick up all the stations a different radio can in the same house? In all this is quite a poor radio and while my husband had good intentions buying it for me I'd have no worries if it broke completely tomorrow and I wouldn't bother to reply it either, not this time! I'm sad to say that I was disappointed with this duck and while it appears to be 'all singing and all light showing' it isn't the case and its just not straight forward enough for me, I can't change the light to a particular colour or even turn the lights off!

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            15.06.2012 17:47
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            2/5 a cute gadget, if only it worked properly!

            Just before Christmas I was running out of gift ideas for my partner and I was having a little look through Amazon for some novelty stocking fillers. When I saw the Paladone Floating Duck Radio it immediately appealed to me as my partner always takes her iPhone into the bathroom when she's in the bath to listen to music and has had a few near misses in the past with her phone getting wet. At £10 I didn't think the price was too bad, maybe a little expensive for a stocking filler but I'd been struggling to find much else at this type of price so I popped it into my basket. When the duck came it looked really cute but it wasn't until after christmas day that i could have a proper look at it. The duck does just look like any normal rubber duck although it is probably a little bigger and when you pick it up it's obviously a lot heavier as it's got the radio inside. The place that holds the batteries needs to be unscrewed with a small screwdriver and it takes 3 AAA batteries. On one side of the duck there's a wing shaped button so you can choose AM or FM radio and on the other is a button for switching the light on or off. The radio itself is turned on by turning the ducks head around. The frequency is adjusting by turning the ducks tail. All the controls are fairly simple and after a couple of uses they're easy to remember. As you can see from the picture is really cute, it's easy to use and in theory, should be brilliant but when you actually start using the duck radio it lets itself down. Initially all is well, the radio is fine, the sound quality isn't great but it tunes in well and manages to stay on a station well. The lights too are nice, they slowly merge from one colour to the next from red to green, pink or purple. After the bath though is when the disappointment begins. The radio turn off fine but no matter how many times you flick the switch back and forth the lights just won't turn off. Unfortunately as it's quite annoying to unscrew the back everytime you want to use the duck to turn the lights off it just doesn't get used very much. If the light feature was taken out all together then the duck would be a great little gift as it is nice to listen to the radio in the bath but as it stands this isn't something I could recommend. It still looks cute in the bathroom though!

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              18.10.2011 22:48
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              There are better alternatives out there.

              I have always listened to music in the bath. Perhaps you could say there is nothing more dangerous, but I used to plug my stereo on and run the wire under the bathroom door to listen to my music in the bath. As it is quite a dangerous thing to do I decided to look for a better solution and I came across the Paladone Floating Mood Light Effect Duck AM/FM Bath Radio. The product is basically a rubber duck with a built in radio and mood lighting. I love laying in the bath and having some music to listen to, calm and soothing music to help me relax. The Paladone Duck costs around £10-£12 online and is easily available, I am unsure if any high street stores sell them though. The duck does look quite cheap in the picture, but the rubber construction isn't as bad as I first expected and it is overall fairly well made. For the price I never expected surround sound perfection which was a good job really! Overall the sound is reasonable, but it won't win any competitions as it doesn't offer the clarity of non-bathtime units. The duck takes 3 AAA batteries to power and I have only replaced them once in the few months I have owned it, so it doesn't soak up too much power when used. The mood lighing is basically a light in the duck which changes every ten seconds or so. For best effect I guess it could be used to best effect with the light off, but I don't turn the light off during a bath unlike some people! The AM/FM radio is simple to tune to the desired channel. The radio isn't the best, and overall there are compromises to be made for a convenient product. Ultimately this is a much better idea than running a live wire on the bathroom floor, but a battery powered radio would be a better choice in hindsight, one that can be placed out of the bath!

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                09.08.2011 15:01
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                I would say that i've never really bothered about having Music in the bath. I tend to just like lying in the peace and quiet and reading, or just generally resting. I never think about Music, but I ended up getting this for some reason as a present but I have used this a few times. I had to look online for the price of this and see this costs around about £9-£12. Not sure if this has been out for a while, so not sure if the price is cheaper than what it was or that. The Duck just looks like the picture. It looks alright and although you know it is all plastic-y it isn't all that bad. The Duck is an ok colour, but it does light up and changes colour. It's a light red colour and changes to other colours after about 10 seconds. This runs off 3 AAA batteries and i've still got the original batteries in here, but i've probably only used it for about an hour in total. You can listen to AM and FM radio - as it kind of indicated on the name of this. It's easy to tune this in and you just twist the bit on the side of this to lock this into the channel. This is quite a fun little radio and different than other perhaps boring looking ones out there. I would say that if I was going to listen to music then I would be more inclined to listen to my IPhone rather than a radio, but this is fun enough and although I would have never thought to buy this myself I do and will use this now and again. .

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                  27.01.2011 09:36
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                  One little duck went swimming one day...

                  One of the gifts I got from the Dooyoo "10 Days of Christmas" competition was this duck radio. The announcement on the community page said one of the day's winners would get it, and I was really hoping it would be me! As the name and picture above would suggest, this is a radio, shaped like a rubber duck, that also lights up in different colours - seven, to be precise. Ducky is bigger and heavier than I expected him to be though this makes sense when you think of what they have to fit inside - circuitry for radio, lights and speakers. The instructions are simple enough even if what they are instructing is not. For example, you need to put in 3 AAA batteries. These aren't supplied, so you have to go and search for them, and then decide what to do with the 1 you'll invariably have left over from your 4-pack. Then you'll need a screwdriver (Philips / cross head) to undo the cover on the base. Swing this off and you can stick in your batteries. Seal this back up again, and you're good to go. Ducky has squidgy buttons on both sides of his body. On one side they're for the radio frequency, as Ducky is a multi-talented little thing and can pick up both AM and FM. On the other side there is an on/off button for the lights. Since the radio and lights operate independently, the former is switched on and off in a different way, notably by viciously twisting poor Ducky's head at a 180 degree angle. Your choices are to have either lights and radio, one or the other, or neither. At least, that's the theory, though later on you'll see why it's not actually the case. But, back to Ducky's good points. It is easy to adjust the frequency using a dial on Ducky's tail, and I find that once I have Ducky tuned in to what I want, even when I move him around he'll stay on that channel. If only all men were so simple. The sound comes out of a few discrete slits on the back of Ducky's head. The sound quality isn't amazing, but it's clear enough and no worse than a normal, cheap-ish radio, and I've happily listened to both talk shows and music on it. It's not neighbour-annoying loud, but I can listen to it as I wander about, or if I have to leave the bathroom to fetch a towel or something, with no problems. I suppose for a calm, relaxing soak, you don't need pumping dance music reverberating around your bathroom. I'm not much of a bath person, so tend to keep Ducky on the bathroom windowsill where he can gaze longingly out of the window towards the sea when he's not letting me listen to Chris Moyles while I brush my teeth. However, when I got back from my trip I was dirty from not having had a proper shower in days and then spending 20 hours travelling, and exhausted from, well, too many months in Africa, so happily ran myself a Badedas bath and soaked in the bubbles. Ducky joined me, bobbing around near the taps as I relaxed. For something heavy he's well designed and nicely buoyant. The instructions say Ducky will survive only short immersions in water, so after a bit I fished him out and sat him by the side. I'm glad I read all the small print, word freak than I am, because the box sort of hides this information and I can imagine you could easily, if inadvertently, wreck one of Ducky's brothers on his first outing if you let him get too wet. I don't think it's unreasonable to assume that a bath radio might be waterproof, so you're forgiven if you make this error. The glow comes from Ducky's neck and spreads up to his head and down to his body, like a blush, if blushes were neon blue, pink, green and so on. Who knows, maybe ducks' blushes are. He certainly added a spa feel to my bath though my initial understanding had been that, as a mood duck, I could choose what colour 'mood' I was in. This isn't the case, and the colours cycle through at a slow but steady pace, merging from one to another. Not bad, just different from what I'd thought. Ducky is well made and robust. I especially like the way his eyes seem to be firmly attached. At first I thought they were stickers that would peel off at the first contact with water, but they seem to have some kind of special coating to make sure this doesn't happen. I have only one complaint about Ducky, and that's that he's too eager to please. You simply cannot switch off his colours once they're on, and the only way to stop the light show is to remove the batteries. The radio bit works as it should, so this means my options are now lights only, or lights-and-radio. I cannot have Ducky on radio only, as as soon as I put the batteries back in, he lights up in delight. I thought maybe I'd done something to cause this, but other reviews over on Amazon have reported exactly the same thing. It's not too much of a drag, as you only have to remove one battery to sever the power, not fiddle with all 3, but it does mean you either have to keep a screwdriver handy or keep it well away from water as it will run without the cover in place as long as the batteries are in, but this is obviously not in the least bit waterproof. One good thing, though, is that it doesn't drain the batteries too quickly. The first time I used it I left it on for maybe 12 hours, thinking I'd turned it off and only realising the next morning that it was still lighting up, but since then I've had it on a fair bit (taking the batteries out in between) and they're still going strong. As a fun novelty gift it gets a big smile from me, but if you're after something for daily use the design flaw evident in at least some of the production runs might annoy you and you'd be better off getting a regular shaped wireless. Ducky is available from all sorts of websites for between £9 and £13 if you want to try your luck.

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