5 Best Travel Alarm Clocks of 2018 ⏰7 min read

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire

Looking for the best travel alarm clock? You’re in the right place.

A few years ago I started using a simple, portable alarm clock during all travel (not just hiking).

Having an alarm clock is an inexpensive way to ensure some piece of mind, as my phone would mysteriously lose battery power in the cold or somehow would switch into “silent mode”.

My personal favorite is the Peakeep, which I currently use.

In this article, I’m going to break down 5 of the best travel alarm clocks I’ve used.

Let’s go!

The Top 5 Travel Alarm Clocks

Best Alarm Clocks Best Feature My Grade
Pluteck Non Ticking Large format face, durability A
Marathon CL030023 Travel Alarm Clock Display temperature and can be set to 24 hours B+
Peakeep Small Backlight can be used as a nightlight B+
Travelwey Digital Clock Travel mode feature that saves power B-
Marathon Atomic Clock Batteries included B

^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Why Do I Need a Travel Alarm Clock?

For a long time, I relied only on my iPhone as an alarm.

Then I realized that the colder it got, the worse my phone’s battery performance was.

Then I also realized that my phone’s alarm is easy to set incorrectly.

Am to pm, no-repeat on weekends, etc.

all left me with a slight sense of dread at missing my alarm.

A few years ago, after mentioning how I had missed my alarm over the weekend, a friend recommended that I buy a small, portable clock.

I purchased a small travel alarm clock and never looked back.

For me, spending a few dollars for a clock has given me so much piece of mind.

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How to Choose the Best Travel Alarm Clock

What makes the best travel alarm clock? Below I explain a few considerations key to making the right choice.

Alarm Clock Size

Now when it comes to picking out an alarm clock for you to travel with, you don’t want something that will be bulky.

The smaller the alarm clock is the better and easier it will be to pack up.

Not to mention the power that the clock will need.

When you get a smaller alarm clock you are looking at a smaller power source.

In fact, many of the clocks listed only require a single triple a battery.

👍 Ben’s Rule of Thumb Always opt for small, as any clock larger than a deck of cards will likely be the first thing you leave home when trying to save space.

Light Source

Travel alarm clocks have three lighting settings.

They are illuminated at all times (like a night light).

They have illuminated hands and numbers so that you can quickly check the time.

Or, they have no illumination at all.

👍 Ben’s Rule of Thumb Sometimes, you don’t even realize that have a little light next to you will be a bother, but for many it is, so that said, the only consideration I would make is whether or not a little light in your space will prevent you from sleeping soundly.

Ticking Sound

Some clocks — as you all know — have a light ticking sound.

(As a side note, the reason behind this ticking is interesting!)

Why does a clock tick?

For me, the tick-tock of any clock is unbearable, even if its faint.

Your best bet if you have the same opinion is to go with the total silence afforded by a digital clock.

If noise bothers you like it bothers me, ordering and wearing earplugs when sleeping (and working) will change your life for the better – I guarantee it.

👍 Ben’s Rule of Thumb Though it may be soft, the constant ticking of a clock drives some nuts.

Type of Alarm

Another minor consideration is the sound of the alarm.

Some people prefer a softer noise — compared to the loud, standard “alarm clock” sound.

Personally, the alarm sound makes no difference to me.

Though ever since I ordered my Alexa, I’ve definitely noticed that waking up is slightly better with a calm, relaxing alarm.

Read about the Amazon Echo or “Alexa” as I call it

👍 Ben’s Rule of Thumb It’s always a bummer being jolted out of your sleep, so go for something soft — not harsh.

Which Travel Alarm Clock Should I Buy?

Best Alarm Clocks Best Feature My Grade
Pluteck Non Ticking Large format face, durability A
Marathon CL030023 Travel Alarm Clock Display temperature and can be set to 24 hours B+
Peakeep Small Backlight can be used as a nightlight B+
Travelwey Digital Clock Travel mode feature that saves power B-
Marathon Atomic Clock Batteries included B

^^Below, I’ve written more detailed reviews, but you can click the links above to see current prices or read customer reviews on Amazon.

Ben’s Pick 🌟

Simple to Set Pluteck Alarm Clock A

The Pluteck alarm clock is a basic clock that allows you to bring a bit of home with you on the road.

You will find that the easy to read hands illuminate during the night with a soft glow.

You will also find that this particular clock doesn’t have that irritating ticking sound for the seconds.

👍 Best Feature Has snooze function

👎 Worst Feature Would be better with aaa instead of aa battery

See Simple to Set Pluteck Alarm Clock on Amazon

Marathon Travel Clock B+

Digital clock with 12 or 24 display, temperature, and slim profile.

👍 Best Feature Displays temperature

👎 Worst Feature Some reports of clock losing power prematurely

See The Marathon Travel Clock on Amazon

Travelwey Digital Alarm Clock B-

The Travelwey offers you a simple and easy to read display that can be illuminated in the dead of night.

Not only can you easily read the time, but you can see the date and the day of the week located at the bottom of the clock.

👍 Best Feature Travel mode feature that saves power

👎 Worst Feature Reports of defective light and overheating, and other miscellaneous quality issues

Travelwey Digital Alarm Clock

Marathon Auto Night Light B

With the Marathon Atomic travel clock, you can add up to six time zones.

Easily switch from Mountain, Pacific, Central, and Atlantic Time zones on this 3.25 x 0.5 x 2.75 inch alarm clock.

👍 Best Feature Shows the month, day of the week, and temperature

👎 Worst Feature Blurring on the digital readout

Marathon Auto Night Light

Peakeep Ultra Small B+

The Peakeep displays a standard face of a clock with easy to read large numbers.

The hands glow a soft light for a few moments but don’t continuously glow to give you a dark room to sleep in.

However, the clock comes with a manual backlight that displays light evenly across the whole clock if you do happen to need a light.

👍 Best Feature Backlight can be used as a nightlight

👎 Worst Feature Reports of ticking

See The Peakeep Ultra Small on Amazon

Wrap Up on The Best Travel Alarm Clocks

When it comes to the function of an alarm clock, you want one that is going to get you up on time.

You want one that also won’t keep you up all night due to the ticking or extra light.

An alarm clock should be easy to read and easy to pack.

I’ve found that just the piece of mind having an extra alarm gives me is worth the price.

(I’m sure many of you can relate!) With the guide above, hopefully some of you can find the best travel alarm clock for your needs.

Anyhow, if you have suggestions, ideas or reviews of your own, please email me I’m ben@hikersonrun.com.

Until next time!

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