Lexon Flip LR130 Alarm Clock

Alarm clocks? Hasn't the ubiquitous smartphone relegated them to the dustbin of history?  These days your phone can wake you up in a million ways in the morning, chirruping the music track of your choice. 

But perhaps we're making these multipurpose devices work too hard. If you long for simpler times, when a single gadget had just one function which it did supremely well, this beautifully rethought bedside companion could be just thing for you.


Tested Technology has had a number of questions from readers about this clock and subsequent variations on it (see comments below).

Despite multiple attempts to contact the manufacturer to be able to answer these questions we've had no response. Neither, it seems, have readers who tried to contact Lexon directly. The products, therefore, appear to be being sold with no support.

For this reason, Tested Technology can no longer recommend Lexon products. Regrettably, we're closing comments on this review.

ChB 01/20/2021

THE LEXON FLIP LR130 ALARM CLOCK is an unobtrusive 10.5 x 6.5 x 3cm, weighing only 100g.  Powered by a pair of AAA batteries (supplied), this ingeniously simple British design was conceived by Designwright, the London-based design company run by the brothers Adrian and Jeremy Wright.

Their brilliant idea? Take an alarm clock with an electronic display and add an accelerometer. The accelerometer is the tiny chip in every smartphone that knows which way to orient the screen when you rotate it from portrait to landscape.  Use this to switch off the alarm when you turn the clock upside down.

So the Lexon alarm clock has two modes: ON or OFF, depending on which way up it is.  The backlit LCD display on the front rotates accordingly.

Knowing Which Way Is Up

In the ON mode (unmistakable, as the corresponding top and bottom surfaces are clearly embossed ON and OFF) the main time display is supplemented by a smaller alarm time display in the bottom right corner. The alarm, like the main time, is set from a pair of very easy to use hour and minute click buttons at the rear of the clock.

Each ON and OFF surface also has a non-mechanical touch button immediately above the centre of the clock face. In either position this button will switch on the back lighting for four seconds so you can read the time in the dark. In the ON position this button also doubles as a snooze switch, turning the alarm off for five minutes.

The alarm is an electronic beep, which starts slowly and gets faster in stages, eventually becoming really annoyingly urgent unless you intervene by snoozing or flipping it.

When you've (optionally) snoozed enough, for as many five-minute intervals as you need, and are sufficiently awake to get up, simply flip the clock over so that the OFF surface is showing and the alarm will stop. When you get into bed at night, turn the clock so the ON surface is uppermost and you're ready for your next alarm.

And that's it.  A very simply designed alarm clock done right. You'll find it on the Web in a variety of colours and finishes at Gifts with Style for £28.95.

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59 Comments

  1. How do you change between 12/24 hour clock?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Good question, Tina.

      With the clock in either Alarm On or Alarm Off mode, press and hold the Set button at the rear. Normally the display shows static hour/minute values with a flashing colon between them. In Set Mode the values flash and the colon becomes static.

      Once you’re in Set Mode release the Set button. Press it briefly again and “12Hr” or “24Hr” appears on the screen. This display flashes on and off (the conventional indication that the display can now be changed). In this mode, pressing the Hour button at the rear (adjacent to the Set button) will toggle between “12Hr” and “24Hr”. Pick the one you want and briefly press the Set button again close the operation.

      I hope that helps. Get back to us if not.


      Chris

  2. Hi, my daughters clock is not working properly. We can’t get the alarm to go off anymore. It has worked int he past but now won’t go off when
    set. I have changed the batteries but that hasn’t made any difference. Do you have any idea what the problem might be please?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Lindy, have you checked that the new batteries are supplying the proper voltage? You can pick up a simple battery tester on eBay for a couple of quid.

      If batteries aren’t the problem (and you’re presumably setting the alarm correctly with the alarm time showing in small digits down in the right-hand corner of the screen) I suggest you see if Lexon can help (contact@lexon-design.com).


      Chris

  3. the alarm does not always go off. Any ideas?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Sorry to hear that, Sharon. I assume you’ve got the clock in the ON position, with the alarm time showing in small digits in the bottom right corner of the screen? It might be that your battery is low. Have you checked this?


      Chris

  4. For some reason my sister’s alarm is going off loudr than mine. Is there any way you can make it louder?

    • Chris Bidmead

      As far as I know, Lena, there’s no way to control the volume. How loud the alarm sounds, of course, will depend on the kind of surface it’s on. If your sister’s Flip is on a hard wood or glass-topped bedside table and yours is sitting on an upholstered surface, that would explain the difference. What happens when you and your sister swap Flips? (You’ve probably tried this, but I have to ask).

      If the difference continues to worry you, consider taking this up with the manufacturer (contact@lexon-design.com) and let us know what they say.


      Chris

  5. My alarm only has two beeps and then stops ringing. It directly goes to snooze mode even though I didn’t touch it.

    • Chris Bidmead

      Sorry to hear that. Without more information, it’s not easy to diagnose your problem. “Going into snooze mode” would imply that it gives a couple more beeps after five minutes. Is this the case? How long have you had the Lexon Flip. Do the batteries need changing? I have noticed that the clock can exhibit some eccentric behaviour towards the end of the batteries’ life.

      If fresh batteries don’t solve the problem, drop line to the manufacturers (contact@lexon-design.com). Let us know how you get on.


      Chris

    • How do I set the time to the US eastern time zone?

      • Chris Bidmead

        Josh, as I’ve commented here previously, the clock knows nothing about time zones. Simply find out the time of the time zone you’re (interested) in and set the time accordingly.


        Chris

        • I have been struggling with one of my daughter’s clock constantly resetting to +2 hours GMT & I wondered something similar. When playing around with the modes I noticed there is a zone mode & its 0,1,2,3 etc…I’m wondering if this sets the time 1,2,3 hours different…it’s now on 0 so should be ok, but I’ll let you know in due course. im assuming my daughter played around with it & accidentally changed it. My older daughters has always given an accurate time.

          • Chris Bidmead

            Lyndsey, as I’ve mentioned here before, the review relates to the original Lexon Flip. There’s not much I can say about the newer travel version as we don’t have one here. I’m trying to find out from the manufacturer how best to get help with questions like this.

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            Chris

          • Mine is the same, did you ever find out the answer?

          • Chris Bidmead

            Bianca, see my comment dated 11-Sept-20. The manufacturers simply aren’t responding to any of my emails, so:

            1. I can’t help with any questions relating to products other than the one reviewed here (as mine is still working fine).
            2. I can’t any longer recommend either the LR-130 or any other variant as there now seems to be no service or support for them.

            I’m very sorry about this. It’s been a popular product but if the manufacturer isn’t behind it that’s the end of the story.


            Chris

  6. Good evening. My alarm clock works in all respects but will not light up so, frustratingly, it cannot be seen in the dark. In short the touch sensitive ‘light’ indicator on the top/bottom off the clock doesn’t seem to have any effect when touched. Am I missing something?

    • Chris Bidmead

      It certainly seems as if you’re missing the light, Simon. Obviously, you’ll have tried changing the battery. Beyond that, I can only suggest writing to the manufacturer: contact@lexon-design.com. Do please let me know how you get on.


      Chris

  7. My alarm time only shows 0:00 now and I can’t change it, it used to work until this week. Any ideas?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Presumably you’ve checked the battery, Chris. The review sample I have here is still going strong, so this may be a one-off manufacturing fault. My advice would be to drop an email to contact@lexon-design.com explaining the problem. Let me know how that works out.


      Chris

  8. Our lemon flip clock is only setting to military tiime. I do not have the option of 12/24. This one is only giving us the option of the 24 hr clock. How do we switch it to the 12 hour setting? Please do not give me a copy of the manual as I am sitting here with it now and have followed the instructions precisely.

    • Chris Bidmead

      Paulette, if the manual isn’t helping it looks as if there may be a hardware or software problem. If it’s software, removing the batteries and replacing them after a short break might do the trick. Have you tried contacting the company that sold you the clock?

      Or you might try an email to contact@lexon-design.com.


      Chris

  9. My lemon keeps re setting it’s time… so frustrating in the middle of the night waking up and thinking you only have an hour to go before morning arrives.
    Any advise on how to stop this from happening, thanks lots.

    • Chris Bidmead

      Did you mean “lemon”, Carly? The most likely cause for this is the power. Have you put in new batteries? It’s also worth checking the battery connectors—do they need cleaning.


      Chris

  10. Greetings and thank you for this forum.

    Happy owner of the LR-130 flip alarm clock. I have been unable to find a reference for whether the clock has a low battery indicator.

    If it does, how do I view it?

    If it does not, is there another way for to know when the battery is getting low? (Other than the alarm failing to work when I’m depending on it?)

    Sent this question to contact@lexon-design.com, sadly did not receive the courtesy of a reply.

    • Chris Bidmead

      My apologies for your having to wait for a reply from me too, Dan. As far as I know, there’s no low battery indicator. The designers have kept this clock as simple as possible, and I think have done a very good job of that.

      If I’d been in the discussion when the clock design was being settled, I’d’ve said that given the low power requirements and hence the long time between battery changes, there was no need to complicate the user interface with an additional low battery indicator. You should find the beeping getting weaker as the battery begins to fail and this is the time to put in new batteries.

      If your batteries are failing early, you can try switching to Alkaline or even Lithium.


      Chris

  11. stuart savory

    What are the different time zones? Which setting do I use for the uk? Thanks

    • Chris Bidmead

      Unless I’m misunderstanding something in your question, Stuart, the answer is that this clock known nothing about time zones. You simply set the time to match the timezone you happen to be in. If you’re travelling to another time zone with the clock, you’ll have to reset the time accordingly.

      Does that help?


      Chris

  12. Andrea French

    How do I put the batteries in a flip+ travel alarm. i can’t for the life of me work out how to open the battery case and don’t want to force it.thanks!

    • Chris Bidmead

      Andrea, the travel Flip is a smaller version of the Flip I’ve reviewed, with smaller batteries and a different battery case design.

      I’ve found a picture on the Web of the back of what I believe to be your Flip. There are two horizontal slots in the top centre of the removable back panel. This is a common design which generally means you press down on the slim bar between the slots which should then flex enough to release the catch.

      Let me know if this does the trick.


      Chris

  13. I’ve just replaced my much-loved flip alarm clock and they have introduced a new ‘time zone’ feature. There are no instructions and I have no idea what time zone the UK is in. The time keeps changing in the middle of the night and waking me up at the wrong time. Help!

    • Chris Bidmead

      I’m sorry to say, Deborah, that I can’t advise you about the new travel version of this clock. I’ve tried to contact the vendors about this but have had no reply.

      This would seem to indicate that Lexon isn’t offering any support for this product. Future potential purchasers might want to take that into consideration.

      As to time zones, Al Murray, the Pub Landlord, will tell you that as the British invented time, time zones the world over are based on our own Greenwich Mean Time (GMT greenwichmeantime.com). The British also invented Summer (I think, I’ll have to check with Al) so we also have something called British Summer Time (BST https://greenwichmeantime.com/info/calendars/bst/) from March until October, which is BST+1.

      I hope this is some help.


      Chris

  14. Helen knight

    My clock keeps jumping forward one hour at midnight. I’ve changed to the right time repeatedly and turned off the aerial/WiFi signal to try to solve this but within a couple of days it does it again……..

    • Chris Bidmead

      Helen, see my reply to Deborah on this page. The manufacturers appear to have added new features (good) but are failing to reply to my queries (bad). I’m sorry to say I can’t help with the later version of this product.


      Chris

    • Mike Brookes

      we have the same issue; not sure if it is US time-zone difference between US and UK summertime time-zones changing a week apart or not. no guidance on the zone setting either.

  15. Rowan Dyer-Wilson

    I am trying to reset the clock because I think my daughter pressed something in transit, but I can’t remember which time zone to choose. I cannot find my instruction manual, but I remember you had to set it to the correct one when setting the time. Which is correct for the UK?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Rowan, see my reply to Deborah on this page. There’s been a lot of interest here about this product, but our review doesn’t cover the latest version. If we ever do manage to get a reply from Rexon I’ll be happy to update the review and respond to these new questions.


      Chris

      • Hi guys! I’ve been having the same problem myself, and read through these comments yesterday- however, last night I figured out how to change this! After pressing the set button, and the time zone option came up, I put the zone of my hour on. That sounds really confusing, however, I did this at 11 o’clock (23:00) so I put the zone at 23. It then came up with the correct time and has been working great, with my alarm going off on time! I hope this information helps!!

        • Sorry – just checked my alarm clock, and the zone it’s set at 11 is -01. I’ve just tried changing it, and when altered to -02, 10 o’clock is showing. I’m assuming that if you want 9, it will be -03 and so on and so on. Sorry for the changed message – hope this works for you!!

  16. I have the travel size, and the lines of the first number keeps falling away. So a 0 shows up as a 7. And if I flip it to off the last number falls away. A 5 will only show the top 2 lines, with a 2 as well. Is this is battery issue? Because aaaa batteries are quite hard to find where I live.

    • Chris Bidmead

      Aniek, see my earlier replies to Helen, Deborah and Rowan. This travel alarm is a new product I haven’t been able to get any details about.


      Chris

  17. So what would be the time zone setting for the UK❓

    • Chris Bidmead

      Rick, the product reviewed here, the LR130, has no time zone setting. Please read the comments and my reply to others here.


      Chris

  18. Bob Marsolek

    How does the snooze function work on this clock?

    • Chris Bidmead

      What can I tell you, Bob, other than what I wrote in the piece:

      Each ON and OFF surface also has a non-mechanical touch button immediately above the centre of the clock face. In either position this button will switch on the back lighting for four seconds so you can read the time in the dark. In the ON position this button also doubles as a snooze switch, turning the alarm off for five minutes.


      Chris

  19. ik heb een lexon flip wekker
    nu is de zomertijd ingegaan , maar dit doet mijn wekker niet
    ik ben de gebruiksaanwijzijng kwijt
    kan iemand die mij sturen ?

    • Chris Bidmead

      > I have a lexon flip alarm clock
      now daylight saving time has entered, but my alarm does not
      I have lost the manual
      can someone send me that?

      Thank heavens for Google Translate, Paula. It might be worth your giving it a try next time you post here. My Dutch is non-existent.

      You’ll have noticed that this review doesn’t relate to the newer travel version of the Flip, which I understand has provision for time-zones. You don’t make clear whether yours is this version or the original version.

      If you simply want to change the time on the original version by setting it back or forward one hour, the clue is on the back of the clock. Press and hold the Set button until the display flashes to Set the time and then press + or – on the Hour button to change the time. Press the Set button again to finish the process.


      Chris

      • William wong

        The LCD on my LR130 FLIP does not display the digital time in its totality, just only a small part of it. Is it a complete white off? Can it possibly be repaired?

        • Chris Bidmead

          Sorry to hear about that, William. I’m currently corresponding with the manufacturer to see if I can get answers to questions like this. I’ll report back

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          Chris

      • Katie Hobday

        Hi, just purchased one of these alarms and the first 2 days the alarm has gone off one hour early! Why is it going off at 7am when it is set to 8am!! Tired and disappointed 😔

        • Chris Bidmead

          Kate, do you have the Lexon Flip LR130 reviewed here or the newer travel version? If you read the other comments here you’ll see my problem answering these questions.

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          Chris

  20. Marjorie Newman

    My LEXON Flip does not flip the display from On to Off anymore. I can set time and alarm in ON, but the display will not flip to Off nor will alarm go off. I read about the accelerometer in your review (the big feature here) and am guessing that is problem in this relatively new clock. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Chris Bidmead

      It seems that the email address of the manufacturer I’ve been referring readers to previously isn’t getting any replies. I’m currently trying to get better information. I’ll report back here if I’m successful.


      Chris

  21. Blake Etchell

    How do you switch time from am to pm?

    • Chris Bidmead

      Blake, if you’re talking about the origial LR130: in Off mode, long press the Set button until the display flashes. With the display flashing, long press the Set button again and you should see “24 Hr” or “12 Hr”. Pressing either of the other two buttons will toggle this display. Short press the Set button to exit.

      I can’t give any advice or information about later versions of this useful clock. I’d like to help, but repeated emails to Lexon have been ignored. So I shall no longer be advising readers with problems to email them as this appears to have no result.

      A logical conclusion from this is that although I was enthusiastic about this clock in the review I wrote four years ago, and despite the fact that I still use it and admire its design, I really can no longer recommend it, or Lexon to readers here. Support from the vendor is crucial for the kind of products we review here on Tested Technology.


      Chris

  22. I just bought one flip+ alarm clock. the rcc is not working. it blinks but it cannot set the time. I had to set it manually. any tricks? thanks

    • Chris Bidmead

      Anna, if you read my comment dated 11 Sept 2020 you’ll see that I’m not able to comment on later versions of this clock and indeed can no longer recommend any of the Lexon products.

      Sorry not to be able to help. You should probably return it to whoever you bought it from.


      Chris

  23. Lucinda Etchell

    Re the Lexon Flip..
    Did anyone solve the time zone issue, whereby the clock decides to move on an hour? It seems to do this whatever number time zone I try…

    • Chris Bidmead

      Lucinda, It’s over four years since I reviewed this clock, and it’s not the same as the product you’re asking about. I would love to have been able to follow up with a review of the time zone version but sadly I’ve been unable to get in contact with the manufacturers.

      It seems that others here have had the same problem of having their questions about this clock ignored by the manufacturers. Because of this, Tested Technology is no longer able to recommend this clock or Lexon as a vendor. Any product not properly backed by the company selling it, however attractive it may seem in the shop window, is to be avoided. I’ll be adding a note in the main body of the review to this effect and I’ll be closing this comment section.


      Chris

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