What’s the most annoying gadget you own?

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Let me preface this post by saying that I am a lazy idiot.

I have a problem, I keep leaving the fridge door open. I’ve come home a few times only to discover my half-hearted push hasn’t properly closed the door and it has swung back open. Our new house has a built in fridge, so I can’t adjust the feet to make it close automatically. I can’t easily attach springs and magnets to force it shut.

The only solution? A new gadget!

Enter the EcoSavers Fridge Alarm Light. It’s a clever bit of kit. It replaces the standard E14 bulb in your fridge with a combined light and alarm. Once the fridge has been open too long, it makes a loud noise. Perfect!

A bulb with circuitry.

Except… it is really annoying.

I mean amazingly annoying! After the fridge has been open too long, the bulb starts flashing. It is at a frequency which gives me a headache. It’s probably bad for epileptics as well. But that wouldn’t be so bad, if it gave you a decent amount of time to rummage in the fridge.

It doesn’t. Take a look at this video:

TEN SECONDS!!!! That’s not enough time for me to decided which condiments I want – let alone rearrange the fridge as a I grab them.

Ten seconds after that, the buzzer sounds. It is sufficiently loud to alert me to the distress my fridge is experiencing.

This patented bulb has no user-adjustable settings. It would be great if I could stop it flashing, or give me a minute before it told me off, or even set a ringtone. Bit it doesn’t. It just annoys me.

The worst thing? I deserve this. If I wasn’t a lazy idiot, I wouldn’t need my fridge to shout at me.

⯪☆☆☆☆ Would buy again, reluctantly.

So, what’s the most annoying gadget that you keep using?

4 thoughts on “What’s the most annoying gadget you own?

  1. I have one of these on my garage-utility room door, which has a tendency to not quite close, and an automation rule in home assistant that tells me if its been open for 10 minutes. Could do the same on the Fridge.


  2. dusoft says:

    I thought most of the new fridges have a built-in alarm these days? I have 10+ years old one and it does have it. It also works pretty well, it does high long beeping probably after 60 seconds or so.

  3. Mike says:

    At least you’d hear that alarm. Some people at Samsung decided that my fridge should have a built in alarm for when the door is left open. But they also decided on a volume level that’s audible only if you’re stood next to the fridge.

  4. I’m assuming that IC is a 555 (or derivative) – swap out the cap for something a little bigger. E.g. if it’s 47uF try a 68uF to get +30% duration ohmslawcalculator.com/555-astable-ca…

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