Why did I want one?
One of the worst things about inside cabins for me is the complete darkness, you wake up not knowing if its 3pm or 3am. When you turn the light on it burns your eyes and you end up looking permanently tired and confused (or I do anyway!)
I approached Beurer and asked them if they would send me the WL80 wake-up alarm for review, and they did. Thanks Beurer! I am still using the alarm clock every day at home because I love it and will be taking it on all my inside cabin cruises from now on.
What is it?
The Beurer WL80 is an alarm clock which has some rather clever functions:
- You can control the sunrise, who doesn’t want to do that. It makes me feel very powerful…
- You control the length of the sunrise (10mins, 20mins etc)
- You control how bright the sun is (on a scale of 0-20)
- The clock has quite a few options for the alarm tone
- Built-in tones (I’m currently using the birds)
- You can plug in your phone and use that
- It can play the radio
- You can use a USB stick
- It can be used just as a regular night light/lamp
- “Good night” function so you can fall asleep to changing lights
- Mobile phone holder
Did I like it?
I loved it! It’s the type of thing that I would never have thought to buy for myself but I will be bringing it on all my future cruises. It was so SO much nicer to wake up to a gradual sunrise rather than being abruptly woken up in the dark. Waking up nicely always puts me in a better mood for the rest of the day and I feel much less tired.
I did find all the settings a bit confusing, in the beginning, this probably was because I refuse to read the instructions and instead just try to work things out for myself. You are able to set the alarm clock for different days and can have multiple alarms. So you could have one alarm Mon-Fri and another on Sat-Sun.
Using it on a cruise
Packing it in my suitcase
I was a bit worried about packing it in my suitcase as I love to pack light. On my last 10 night holiday, I managed to pack it in my carry on bag with all my clothes without any problem. The light doesn’t weigh a lot and isn’t very big, (800grams – 15.5 x 21 x 7.7 cm).
Using it in the cabin
I was also a little bit worried about using it in the cabin because I am aware that the electricity in cruise ship cabins is controlled by the keycard in the door. Onboard the MSC Meravgilia the plugs didn’t go off even when we removed the card which was good. I didn’t want to have to set up the alarm every day but this wasn’t a problem. (You can always put another card in the slot by the door if the electricity does go off).
It does come with a phone holder part on the side but I didn’t take this on my cruise through fear of breaking it.
Using it at home
I have continued to use the alarm every day at home to wake me up for work. I am not a fan of winter and I really hate getting up in the dark so this alarm clock means I wake up in a slightly better mood every day. When you are dosing it really does feel like you are waking up because the sun is rising.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, without a shadow of a doubt. The improvement in how I felt when I woke up made me enjoy every day a little more. I truly believe that this eliminates the worst part of staying in inside cabins which is always good. You guys know how much I love inside cabins and anything that makes them better is great in my opinion.
Where can I buy it and how much does it cost?
** Amazon affiliate link coming up here because I have cruises to save for (I get a little commission if you buy via this link) **
Beurer WL80 Wellness Clock Radio with Dawn Simulator and Smartphone Holder
The RRP of the lamp is £99.99 and it currently has £10 off on Amazon bringing it to £89.99 which I do understand seems like a lot of money for an alarm clock. But… it comes with a 3-year guarantee and the amount of money that you could be saving by choosing an inside cabin instead of an ocean view/balcony more than makes up for it. Plus, it’ll make winter a lot more bearable and who doesn’t want that?!