DaysAgo Digital Day Counter

“Don’t worry honey, I just fed the dog for today”
“Um.. I already fed the dog two hours ago!”

This type of conversation is a common one in my household. From feeding the dog to cleaning out the fridge, it can be complicated to keep track of it all. When I saw the DaysAgo timer, I knew that I had try one as soon as possible, so that we could stave off potential canine obesity in my household.

Initial impressions

The DaysAgo timer is so simple it’s brilliant. Originally designed to track the number of days since opening a jar of baby food, this product quickly was utilized for a variety of applications. Measuring just 4 centimeters in diameter, the face of the timer is divided into two parts, display and a single button. The display is easy to read and depicts the number of days it has been since it was last set.

In each package there are two small timers.There are two types of timers available: magnetic and suction.

Both work by the same interface mechanism and come in four colors. They are also water resistant, but should not be submerged in water.

Product Testing

The packaging of the DaysAgo timer is simple and easy to open. The clear molded plastic stapled to a cardboard back creates minimal waste to throw away.

To activate the timer for the first time, simply pull the clear plastic tab on the side. This creates a circuit between the battery and the timer. This is a great idea so that batteries are not wasted prior to your first use.

To set the timer press the the semi-circle shaped button on the bottom of the timer for 5 seconds. The display will bank out and then read “0”. The DaysAgo will keep track of up to 99 days in between resets. If you want to know how many hours (in addition to days) it has been since the last reset, press the button for one second.

Attaching the magnetic timer is completely self-evident you just stick it to any surface that usually attracts a magnet. I have have found a that applying a small drop of water to the center of the suction-cup version of the timer gives it a much more secure hold. This is really helpful for surfaces that are handled frequently such as medicine bottles or tupperware.

Although I haven’t had the need to replace the battery in the 3 months that I have been using the DaysAgo timers (each battery lasts about 18 months) the size G8 watch-type battery is fairly common and appears to be easy to replace.

This is one product that I can say that I want to purchase in bulk. They are visually appealing, easy to set and reset. The more I used the timers, the more uses I found around my house. I have used them for leftovers, feeding my dog and turtles, taking vitamins, and timing cleanings of the turtle tank. It’s useful for pretty much anything you ask yourself “How many days ago did I?”

4 thoughts on “DaysAgo Digital Day Counter”

  1. One last thing I didn’t mention in the review:

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  2. These things are a great idea!
    I’m seriously considering picking a couple up.

    It strikes me that these could be applied elsewhere too, like on projects where running time has to be roughly monitored.

    I have to say though that the pic for this post looks like that lunch meat has been turned into some kind of a camera!
    -trick of the light or something, but it looks like the timer is embedded into the package to me.

    At first glance I thought we were being treated to an “Oscar-Mayer Cam”!

  3. strider_mt2k wrote:

    These things are a great idea!
    I’m seriously considering picking a couple up.

    It strikes me that these could be applied elsewhere too, like on projects where running time has to be roughly monitored.

    I have to say though that the pic for this post looks like that lunch meat has been turned into some kind of a camera!
    -trick of the light or something, but it looks like the timer is embedded into the package to me.

    At first glance I thought we were being treated to an “Oscar-Mayer Cam”!

    Strider,

    I have used them for timing projects, and they work really well. The magnetic ones stick really well to a file cabinet.

    One of the things I just started this weekend is putting one of the suction cup ones in the bathroom to make sure it gets cleaned every 5-7 days instead of just when it looks yucky.

    I like the idea of the “Oscar-Mayer Cam”! I’m a home automation buff and it would be amusing to monitor the inside of my fridge. Maybe it would solve that age-old question if the lights are on when the door is closed 😉

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