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We offer several different Time Management solutions to fit your needs.  Each has it's own advantages and strengths.  We have evaluated each of them and have compiled the following chart to help you.
 

Use This Chart To Compare Time Managers

TV Timer - BOB
Recommended

TimeMachine
Discontinued

Token Timer

PlayLimit

TV Allowance
Discontinued

Easy Installation

 

Mechanism for controlling the device.

Power

Signal

Power

Signal

Power

Number of individual users the device can manage with separate allowances.

6

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

6

Mechanism for initiating the use of the device. 

User Enters 4-digit PIN

User Inserts Token

User Inserts Tokens

User Inserts Token

User Enters 4-digit PIN

Number of TV and Video Game Controllers the system can manage.

One Device

Two Devices
(Coax and RCA)

One Device

Two Devices
(Coax and RCA)

One Device

Security

Power cord locks into the unit.

Power cord and cables lock in the unit.

Tamper evident seal.

Power cord and cables lock in the unit.

Power cord locks into the unit.

User Setup Required

 

 

 

Time Resets Automatically

Daily or Weekly

 

 

 

Weekly

Allows for setting blackout times for homework or bedtime.

Yes, can be different for each user and can be set by the day of the week.

No

No

No

Yes, all users the same.

Automatic Allowance Reset Interval.

A daily or weekly allowance will reset automatically. 

Tokens must be distributed by the parent.  No automatic renewal.

Tokens must be distributed by the parent.  No automatic renewal.

Tokens must be distributed by the parent.  No automatic renewal.

A weekly allowance will reset automatically.  Unused minutes can be saved up for future weeks (optional).

Allowance Time Increment

Any Hour and Minute Number Combination

30-minute increments

35-minute increments

15-minute increments

Any Hour and Minute Number Combination

Manual override ON and override OFF available at any time. 

Manual additions and subtractions at any time.

Yes, you can add time on the fly in 15-min increments.

 

 

 

Requires batteries to operate or keep settings. (Locked into the device for security.)

No Batteries Required. Settings are protected during power outage.

No Batteries Required

No Batteries Required

No Batteries Required

A word about the TV's power requirements.  Some TVs need power all the time, especially during cool-down.  Some need power to 'remember' their settings.  This section is designed to discuss each known issue.

TV Timer Bob has the ability to detect and pass small amounts of power to keep the TV's memory and help with the flat-panel cool-down mode.

The TimeMachine doesn't manage the device's power.

The Token Timer will block all power when the allowance is up.

The PlayLimit doesn't manage the device's power.

The TVAllowance will turn off the TV if the TV doesn't draw enough power (it thinks you are finished watching).  The manufacturer suggests plugging a small lamp with the TV to draw enough power, but then you loose the locking case feature.

Can be used to control your computer or monitor.

 

 

 

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1 Year

90-Day

90-Day

90-Day

1 Year

 

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Parts and Instructions
Discontinued

Order Now

Order Now

Discontinued

 

TV Timer - BOB

TimeMachine
Discontinued

Token Timer

PlayLimit

TV Allowance
Discontinued

Our Review:

Pro:  
We finally have a TV timer that is easy to setup and will work properly with modern TVs. 

It has a daily or weekly allowance and a very easy to use display. 

It automatically resets the allowance.  Of course the parents can override it any time.

Also allows for individual or group blackout times for homework, bedtime, etc.

Con: 
If power goes out the parent has to set the time of day and day of week before it can be used.  At least if the child pulls the cord, no TV until the parent can rest the time.  All other settings protected from power failure.

 

The TimeMachine is  discontinued.

Con:
The Time Machine only works with analog signals and has difficulty blocking channels on the upper end of the channel range.  Sound may leak through depending on how it is hooked up.

Will not work with HDMI cables.  It can work with older gaming consoles.

 

Pro: 
Children of any age can use this device.  They can understand the concept of paying for time or earning time at a very young age.

Only requirement is a North American style power cord.

Use a plug style adapter for use with 220V devices Internationally.

Con:
It is the least secure of the choices.  Use the included tamper evident tape and additional electrical tape to prevent tampering.

 

Pro: 
Another token device. 

Works with any device that uses the red, white yellow or Coax cable.  (It will not work with HDMI cables.)

A great system for rewarding good behavior -- vs. entitlement.

Con:
The PlayLimit only works with analog signals (no Digital Cable or Satellite) and has difficulty blocking channels on the upper end of the channel range.  Sound may leak through depending on how it is hooked up. It will not work with devices that use HDMI connections.

 

The TV Allowance is  discontinued.

Pro: 
It automatically resets the weekly allowance every week.  Of course, the parents can override it any time.

Also allows for blackout times for homework, bedtime, etc.

Con: 
The display is not good enough to make programming easy.

May not easily work with flat-panel TVs that don't draw enough power.

You can only set weekly allowances. They could blow their entire allowance in one day.  (The positive -- helps teach children to manage their time.)

You need the manual.  We made copies available online in case you misplaced your copy.

Too expensive.

Manufacturer's support sometimes unresponsive.

 

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