H2O Timekeeper

There aren’t a lot of reasons to get excited about a device that interrupts precious sleep time, but this alarm clock is different. It keeps time without using batteries or cords. Instead, it’s powered by one of Mother Nature’s big four elements, water. Bedol Water Clocks have a reservoir for tap water, and the technology converts ions in the water into clean energy power. Just replace the water every 4 months or so, and it’s ready to run. The creator is Mark Bedol, who learned from a friend about harnessing water power. It’s a more eco-friendly resource than traditional electricity, and it’s a more convenient alternative to battery power since you don’t have to worry about running to the store to replace the batteries. Plus, the Bedol clocks look great on your nightstand. No ugly cords, just smooth, fun shapes rendered in vibrant colors. It’s great design that’s eco-friendly -- now that’s a timeless combination.

Bedol

Water-Powered Alarm Clocks

H2O Timekeeper

There aren’t a lot of reasons to get excited about a device that interrupts precious sleep time, but this alarm clock is different. It keeps time without using batteries or cords. Instead, it’s powered by one of Mother Nature’s big four elements, water. Bedol Water Clocks have a reservoir for tap water, and the technology converts ions in the water into clean energy power. Just replace the water every 4 months or so, and it’s ready to run. The creator is Mark Bedol, who learned from a friend about harnessing water power. It’s a more eco-friendly resource than traditional electricity, and it’s a more convenient alternative to battery power since you don’t have to worry about running to the store to replace the batteries. Plus, the Bedol clocks look great on your nightstand. No ugly cords, just smooth, fun shapes rendered in vibrant colors. It’s great design that’s eco-friendly -- now that’s a timeless combination.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mark
    Mark

    Hi Daily Grommet fans.

    You may be interested in the background of the Bedol Water Clock. I always like to design and market items that are unique, different, and have the potential to be super popular. Well, the Bedol Water Clock is that plus, it features an added and most important bonus, it helps to save the environment. It only uses regular tap water to generate its power so it never needs batteries or electricity for power. It is also made of a relatively environmentally friendly material, ABS. We have improved the technology since the first clock came out. The first clock needed salt to be added to the water. Our new models do not need anything except tap water to generate power to run the clock. We suggest that you fill it with water and leave it alone. We can't promise you will never need to change the water, you may need to change the water after 4 months, 6 months -- a year (depends on your water) but once it starts working from the first fill, leave it alone, let science do its work in creating the power. It also includes an alarm, which was a feature that we recently added. Any one of these spunky clocks is the perfect way to wake you up and remind you to think outside of the box today. Let me know what questions you have.

  • kealey
    kealey
    8/2/2011 12:12 PM

    Can you use well water too thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:02 PM

    @kealey: Yes, you can use well water! It works great with well water, but tap water works too!

  • Lydia
    Lydia
    8/2/2011 7:20 PM

    @Mark Bedol: FYI, in my house, tap water is well water. The choices would be well water or city water, both from the tap. The clock sounds wonderful. I wish it were made in the USA.

  • Donna
    Donna
    8/2/2011 12:16 PM

    This would make a fun gift!

    What are the approximate sizes of your clocks?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:22 PM

    @Donna : I agree this would be a fun gift! The dimensions for these clocks are:

    Travel Dimensions: 2.5” x 1.5?” x 3.5”h

    Wink Dimensions: 9.5” x 6.5?” x 2.5”h

    Drop Dimensions: 6 1/2"h x 3.5" at widest diameter.

    Smiley Dimensions: 6 1/2"h x 4.5" at widest diameter.

    This information and more can also be found on the Details tab that is below the product video but above its story.

  • Vicki
    Vicki
    8/2/2011 12:23 PM

    The commercial is confusing. Is it an alarm clock or isn't it?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:34 PM

    @Vicki: Yes they all have an alarm function.

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    8/2/2011 12:28 PM

    A couple of questions:

    1. Can you see the display in the dark?

    2. Can you set more than one alarm time on it?

    Thanks!

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:49 PM

    @Stacey: At this time we are not able to generate enough power from the water to provide a lighted display for the clock. Just one alarm time can be set.

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    8/2/2011 2:01 PM

    @Mark Bedol: Thanks for the reply, Mark. Unfortunately, the unlit display makes it a "no-go" for me - hopefully, you'll figure out a way to make it happen in the future! I'll keep my eyes open for it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:33 PM

    @Vicki: Yes, you can set a daily or hourly alarm.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/2/2011 1:17 PM

    Where are your clocks made?

  • Shannon Miles
    Shannon Miles
    8/2/2011 1:34 PM

    @Jennifer: Made in China

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:52 PM

    @Jennifer: Shannon is correct. They are made in China.

  • Shannon Miles
    Shannon Miles
    8/2/2011 1:23 PM

    How loud is the alarm clock?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:49 PM

    @Shannon Miles: It is loud enough to wake most people up. I am not sure of the exact decibel.

  • Rebekah
    Rebekah
    8/2/2011 1:36 PM

    Do you have any plans to add any kind of white noise functions, in addition to the alarm?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:50 PM

    @Rebekah: We have discussed this feature but I can't tell you when it may be added to the clocks.

  • Janette Manke
    Janette Manke
    8/2/2011 2:20 PM

    Mark - what a great tool. If everybody who uses an alarm clock started using one of these (they may have to give up waking up to music) what an amazing start to a green economy. I would love to know what other applications you have for this cheap, clean, wonderful energy. In this day and age, with global climate change, energy poverty, petrodictatorships, and loss of biodiversity, you have a remarkable product.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 3:02 PM

    @Janette Manke: Thanks so much for your kind words. We are working on developing more products that can be powered by water, stay tuned! But this product is fun, I hope you enjoy it.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/4/2011 12:47 PM

    @Janette Manke: I think that if everyone used a great environmentally friendly version that was made in the USA it would be even better. Shipping from China is not on my list of eco-friendly products! :(

    Mark: Any way these can be made in America? I'd be willing to pay more for a safer, eco-friendly product...

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/4/2011 3:02 PM

    @Jennifer: We are doing what we can about making products in the USA.

    As a matter of fact we have an initiative to make products in the United States. We are currently having some of our molds and tooling returned to us so that some products will be made in the USA in the future. I know that it's not easy to understand, but it's very difficult to make a product in the US. It takes a lot of work to find production lines that are willing to work on consumer products. It took me over a year and a half to put together the production pieces to make the items that I am bringing back home. In the future we intend to be a leader in both eco-friendly products but also products "made in USA".

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/5/2011 12:31 PM

    @Mark Bedol: Thank you, thank you, thank you. That's great that you're able to bring some stuff back! I look forward to puchasing your "Made in the USA" items in the future! I do understand that it's hard to get manufacturing done here in the US and I thank you for trying!

  • Jess
    Jess
    8/2/2011 2:56 PM

    I was wondering if there were a snooze function on these clocks (do all/any of the styles have one?), since I am one who definitely needs one snooze cycle to fully wake up. If it has a snooze cycle, how many minutes is it?

    Thanks!

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 3:08 PM

    @Jess: I am sorry that the clock does not have a snooze function at this time. I will make a note of your request and hope we can incorporate it in a future edition.

  • Joe
    Joe
    8/2/2011 8:41 PM

    Way way way cool...

  • David Bursky
    David Bursky
    8/2/2011 10:09 PM

    If I am travelling, do I have to fill the alarm clock up when I arrive at the location as I am concerned it will leak in my suitcase.(Even if I put it in a plastic bag. What do you recommend? Also, I love the white noise idea too.

    David

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 11:54 PM

    @David Bursky: The great thing about water is that it is easy to come by no matter where you go. I suggest emptying the clock before you embark for your destination. When you get there, fill it up and set it to the local time zone. Then, empty it before your return trip home. Compared to travel clocks that take batteries, this is a much better solution. I only take 1-2 big trips a year, so my old travel clock needs new batteries every time I dig it out of storage. Water-powered travel clocks are the way to go.

  • valerie
    valerie
    8/3/2011 11:24 AM

    Since the travel clock is so much smaller, how long will it run and how often does the water have to be changed?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/3/2011 12:26 PM

    @val: Bedol says that you won't have to replace the water for 26 weeks or more.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    8/3/2011 12:55 PM

    I was very interested in ordering this product until I checked some customer reviews on amazon. Caveat emptor!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/3/2011 1:26 PM

    @Tracy: Let us know which claims are your biggest concerns and we'll have Mark address. They could be reviewing a previous version of the clock that has been since upgraded or other similar situation. Or they could be absolutely right and we all would benefit from knowing the shortcoming.

    We differ from other retailers in that we give you straight access to the creators of a product so that you can ask them the questions on your mind, and they have the ability to inform us all and possibly clear the air about any information that is out there.

    Always know that if you are not satisfied with a purchase we will work with you for a resolution that you are happy with.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    8/3/2011 4:00 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    Hi Katherine, thank you. Based on the reviews I read, it sounds like a short-lived product, often lasting only weeks to months. The word "leaky" appeared in several reviews. The positive reviews tended to react to the product just out of the box (not all, though), whereas the more negative ones seemed to have been written by people who'd had them awhile. As you say, these reviews may be based on a previous design.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/4/2011 10:12 AM

    @Tracy: The units that we sold through Amazon were for the most part were an older model; the new model works with only water and are made to last over two years. We take consumer concerns seriously which is a reason why our newer models are an improved version that works with only water and don't require any additives to the water which in the past was a cause of confusion.

    Our original models, not shown here, could leak if they were overfilled or if the bottom cap wasn't screwed on properly. We have not experienced the same issues with these newer models. If you do experience leakage, we want to hear about it.

  • Carol Anderson
    Carol Anderson
    8/5/2011 4:13 PM

    Are the dials lite up at night?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/5/2011 4:15 PM

    @Carol Anderson: No, Mark hasn't been able to generate enough power to add lighting to the clock.

  • Jean Schafer
    Jean Schafer
    8/26/2011 11:54 AM

    Help! I need contact information, my water drop model of this closk is leaking badly... and I throw out all of the shipping info, is there any way to recoup any of my cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/27/2011 9:07 AM

    @Jean Schafer: That's disappointing! Here is our customer service team's information:

    Customer Service:

    [email protected]

    877-862-0222 ext 210

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Bedol

Water-Powered Alarm Clocks

H2O Timekeeper

There aren’t a lot of reasons to get excited about a device that interrupts precious sleep time, but this alarm clock is different. It keeps time without using batteries or cords. Instead, it’s powered by one of Mother Nature’s big four elements, water.

Bedol Water Clocks have a reservoir for tap water, and the technology converts ions in the water into clean energy power. Just replace the water every 4 months or so, and it’s ready to run.

The creator is Mark Bedol, who learned from a friend about harnessing water
power. It’s a more eco-friendly resource than traditional electricity, and it’s a more convenient alternative to battery power since you don’t have to worry about running to the store to replace the batteries. Plus, the Bedol clocks look great on your nightstand. No ugly cords, just smooth, fun shapes rendered in vibrant colors. It’s great design that’s eco-friendly -- now that’s a timeless combination. Read More Read Less
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Mark
    Mark

    Hi Daily Grommet fans.

    You may be interested in the background of the Bedol Water Clock. I always like to design and market items that are unique, different, and have the potential to be super popular. Well, the Bedol Water Clock is that plus, it features an added and most important bonus, it helps to save the environment. It only uses regular tap water to generate its power so it never needs batteries or electricity for power. It is also made of a relatively environmentally friendly material, ABS. We have improved the technology since the first clock came out. The first clock needed salt to be added to the water. Our new models do not need anything except tap water to generate power to run the clock. We suggest that you fill it with water and leave it alone. We can't promise you will never need to change the water, you may need to change the water after 4 months, 6 months -- a year (depends on your water) but once it starts working from the first fill, leave it alone, let science do its work in creating the power. It also includes an alarm, which was a feature that we recently added. Any one of these spunky clocks is the perfect way to wake you up and remind you to think outside of the box today. Let me know what questions you have.

  • kealey
    kealey
    8/2/2011 12:12 PM

    Can you use well water too thanks for taking the time to answer my question.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:02 PM

    @kealey: Yes, you can use well water! It works great with well water, but tap water works too!

  • Lydia
    Lydia
    8/2/2011 7:20 PM

    @Mark Bedol: FYI, in my house, tap water is well water. The choices would be well water or city water, both from the tap. The clock sounds wonderful. I wish it were made in the USA.

  • Donna
    Donna
    8/2/2011 12:16 PM

    This would make a fun gift!

    What are the approximate sizes of your clocks?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:22 PM

    @Donna : I agree this would be a fun gift! The dimensions for these clocks are:

    Travel Dimensions: 2.5” x 1.5?” x 3.5”h

    Wink Dimensions: 9.5” x 6.5?” x 2.5”h

    Drop Dimensions: 6 1/2"h x 3.5" at widest diameter.

    Smiley Dimensions: 6 1/2"h x 4.5" at widest diameter.

    This information and more can also be found on the Details tab that is below the product video but above its story.

  • Vicki
    Vicki
    8/2/2011 12:23 PM

    The commercial is confusing. Is it an alarm clock or isn't it?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:34 PM

    @Vicki: Yes they all have an alarm function.

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    8/2/2011 12:28 PM

    A couple of questions:

    1. Can you see the display in the dark?

    2. Can you set more than one alarm time on it?

    Thanks!

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:49 PM

    @Stacey: At this time we are not able to generate enough power from the water to provide a lighted display for the clock. Just one alarm time can be set.

  • Stacey
    Stacey
    8/2/2011 2:01 PM

    @Mark Bedol: Thanks for the reply, Mark. Unfortunately, the unlit display makes it a "no-go" for me - hopefully, you'll figure out a way to make it happen in the future! I'll keep my eyes open for it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 12:33 PM

    @Vicki: Yes, you can set a daily or hourly alarm.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/2/2011 1:17 PM

    Where are your clocks made?

  • Shannon Miles
    Shannon Miles
    8/2/2011 1:34 PM

    @Jennifer: Made in China

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:52 PM

    @Jennifer: Shannon is correct. They are made in China.

  • Shannon Miles
    Shannon Miles
    8/2/2011 1:23 PM

    How loud is the alarm clock?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:49 PM

    @Shannon Miles: It is loud enough to wake most people up. I am not sure of the exact decibel.

  • Rebekah
    Rebekah
    8/2/2011 1:36 PM

    Do you have any plans to add any kind of white noise functions, in addition to the alarm?

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 1:50 PM

    @Rebekah: We have discussed this feature but I can't tell you when it may be added to the clocks.

  • Janette Manke
    Janette Manke
    8/2/2011 2:20 PM

    Mark - what a great tool. If everybody who uses an alarm clock started using one of these (they may have to give up waking up to music) what an amazing start to a green economy. I would love to know what other applications you have for this cheap, clean, wonderful energy. In this day and age, with global climate change, energy poverty, petrodictatorships, and loss of biodiversity, you have a remarkable product.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 3:02 PM

    @Janette Manke: Thanks so much for your kind words. We are working on developing more products that can be powered by water, stay tuned! But this product is fun, I hope you enjoy it.

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/4/2011 12:47 PM

    @Janette Manke: I think that if everyone used a great environmentally friendly version that was made in the USA it would be even better. Shipping from China is not on my list of eco-friendly products! :(

    Mark: Any way these can be made in America? I'd be willing to pay more for a safer, eco-friendly product...

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/4/2011 3:02 PM

    @Jennifer: We are doing what we can about making products in the USA.

    As a matter of fact we have an initiative to make products in the United States. We are currently having some of our molds and tooling returned to us so that some products will be made in the USA in the future. I know that it's not easy to understand, but it's very difficult to make a product in the US. It takes a lot of work to find production lines that are willing to work on consumer products. It took me over a year and a half to put together the production pieces to make the items that I am bringing back home. In the future we intend to be a leader in both eco-friendly products but also products "made in USA".

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    8/5/2011 12:31 PM

    @Mark Bedol: Thank you, thank you, thank you. That's great that you're able to bring some stuff back! I look forward to puchasing your "Made in the USA" items in the future! I do understand that it's hard to get manufacturing done here in the US and I thank you for trying!

  • Jess
    Jess
    8/2/2011 2:56 PM

    I was wondering if there were a snooze function on these clocks (do all/any of the styles have one?), since I am one who definitely needs one snooze cycle to fully wake up. If it has a snooze cycle, how many minutes is it?

    Thanks!

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/2/2011 3:08 PM

    @Jess: I am sorry that the clock does not have a snooze function at this time. I will make a note of your request and hope we can incorporate it in a future edition.

  • Joe
    Joe
    8/2/2011 8:41 PM

    Way way way cool...

  • David Bursky
    David Bursky
    8/2/2011 10:09 PM

    If I am travelling, do I have to fill the alarm clock up when I arrive at the location as I am concerned it will leak in my suitcase.(Even if I put it in a plastic bag. What do you recommend? Also, I love the white noise idea too.

    David

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    8/2/2011 11:54 PM

    @David Bursky: The great thing about water is that it is easy to come by no matter where you go. I suggest emptying the clock before you embark for your destination. When you get there, fill it up and set it to the local time zone. Then, empty it before your return trip home. Compared to travel clocks that take batteries, this is a much better solution. I only take 1-2 big trips a year, so my old travel clock needs new batteries every time I dig it out of storage. Water-powered travel clocks are the way to go.

  • valerie
    valerie
    8/3/2011 11:24 AM

    Since the travel clock is so much smaller, how long will it run and how often does the water have to be changed?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/3/2011 12:26 PM

    @val: Bedol says that you won't have to replace the water for 26 weeks or more.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    8/3/2011 12:55 PM

    I was very interested in ordering this product until I checked some customer reviews on amazon. Caveat emptor!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/3/2011 1:26 PM

    @Tracy: Let us know which claims are your biggest concerns and we'll have Mark address. They could be reviewing a previous version of the clock that has been since upgraded or other similar situation. Or they could be absolutely right and we all would benefit from knowing the shortcoming.

    We differ from other retailers in that we give you straight access to the creators of a product so that you can ask them the questions on your mind, and they have the ability to inform us all and possibly clear the air about any information that is out there.

    Always know that if you are not satisfied with a purchase we will work with you for a resolution that you are happy with.

  • Tracy
    Tracy
    8/3/2011 4:00 PM

    @Katherine Klinger:

    Hi Katherine, thank you. Based on the reviews I read, it sounds like a short-lived product, often lasting only weeks to months. The word "leaky" appeared in several reviews. The positive reviews tended to react to the product just out of the box (not all, though), whereas the more negative ones seemed to have been written by people who'd had them awhile. As you say, these reviews may be based on a previous design.

  • Mark
    Mark – Special Guest
    8/4/2011 10:12 AM

    @Tracy: The units that we sold through Amazon were for the most part were an older model; the new model works with only water and are made to last over two years. We take consumer concerns seriously which is a reason why our newer models are an improved version that works with only water and don't require any additives to the water which in the past was a cause of confusion.

    Our original models, not shown here, could leak if they were overfilled or if the bottom cap wasn't screwed on properly. We have not experienced the same issues with these newer models. If you do experience leakage, we want to hear about it.

  • Carol Anderson
    Carol Anderson
    8/5/2011 4:13 PM

    Are the dials lite up at night?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/5/2011 4:15 PM

    @Carol Anderson: No, Mark hasn't been able to generate enough power to add lighting to the clock.

  • Jean Schafer
    Jean Schafer
    8/26/2011 11:54 AM

    Help! I need contact information, my water drop model of this closk is leaking badly... and I throw out all of the shipping info, is there any way to recoup any of my cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/27/2011 9:07 AM

    @Jean Schafer: That's disappointing! Here is our customer service team's information:

    Customer Service:

    [email protected]

    877-862-0222 ext 210

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.