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Fake TV Review
Wednesday, July 11, 2012  
Fake TV In my never-ending quest to find interesting travel-oriented gadgets, I came across Fake TV. Actually, my brother sent me a link to their website. The concept of Fake TV is so simple I am surprised that nobody thought of it before. Basically, it is a small electronic device that produces the same sort of light that a television makes (actually, comparable to a 27" LCD TV). From the outside of your home, it appears as if someone is home watching television. The idea being, a would-be burglar is less likely to break into your home if he thinks someone is home.

So, by now you are probably asking yourself what this has to do with Travel Tech. Simple, when we travel, we want to make our home as secure as possible. I even turn on our stereo and leave it playing while we are gone so that, from the outside of the home, it "sounds" like someone is home. So, Fake TV does the same thing visually as I do
audibly with my stereo.

The Fake TV unit itself is a small plastic box, about the size of your fist. The box has a opaque lens behind which are several LED colored lights. When Fake TV is turned on, these lights begin to flash in a unique pattern that mimics the light coming from a TV screen. Now someone is going to ask, "Why not just leave your TV turned on?" The main reason would be cost. Televisions, especially large, flat screen TVs consumer a lot of energy. The Fake TV uses LEDs which consume very little energy, about the same power required to run a night light.

On the back of the Fake TV is a switch that offers three "on" options. You can turn the unit on so that it runs continuously, or it can turn itself on at dusk using a built-in light sensor and run for either 4 or 7 hours.

We tested the Fake TV during a recent trip when we were gone for 7 days. I plugged the unit in and aimed it so that the light it produced would be visible from outside the home. I set the Fake TV to "Always On". When we returned from our trip, the Fake TV was still flashing away. We did not experience a break-in while we were away, so I must conclude that Fake TV worked! Okay, perhaps that is a stretch, but who knows?

For anyone who travels, Fake TV is probably a good idea for the minimal investment of $35 + shipping. Even though there is no UL Listing for the Fake TV unit itself, the separate power supply is UL Listed.

Even though it is not a deal-killer, I would like to see a model that has an integrated power supply/plug that does not require the separate power supply/plug. It would be nice to just have a Fake TV plugged into the wall at all times. Maybe even integrate a night light feature that could be used while you are at home.


WHAT I LIKE:

  • Small footprint
  • Simple to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Low power consumption

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:

  • Separate power supply with cord

SUMMARY

For a small investment, Fake TV may offer an additional level of security for those who travel. Anything to deter a burglar is a good thing in my book.  I am pretty sure we will continue to use Fake TV from now on when we travel.

You can get more information about Fake TV at www.FakeTV.com.


     
     
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5 Comments
 
JOHN
 
The "FakeTV" product is an inexpensive burglar deterent which simulates the flashing lights of a TV at night when you're away from home. The product was a great idea, however, it's a very cheaply made plastic product of poor quality and will completely stop working in a short amount of time. The manufacturer, Hydreon Corporation, advertises a 3 Year Warranty but will not honor the warranty. Purchasing "FakeTV" is throwing your money in the garbage which is right where your "FakeTV" will be very soon. Save yourself the time and money, stay away from "FakeTV".
 
Friday, September 23, 2016 12:00 AM  
 
 
DAVID CADDEN
 
Sorry about the auto correct. I'm sorry to hear your Fak's are not working properly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Here at Hydreon Corporation we guarantee our Fak products for three years no questions asked. I would like to work with you to resolve this problem, please contact me at sales@hydreon.com
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:18 AM  
 
 
DAVID CADDEN
 
JUNIOR79, I'm sorry to hear your Fak's are not working properly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Here at Hydreon Corporation we guarantee our Fak products for three years no questions asked. I would like to work with you to resolve this problem, please contact me at sales@hydreon.com
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:06 AM  
 
 
JUNIOR79
 
I own two of these and both have stopped working properly. They just flash rapidly at full brightness, continuously. They don't simulate a anymore. They are out of warranty so they are junk now. I will not purchase new ones.
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:26 PM  
 
 
MARK KOCH
 
Good thinking. I am always looking for ways to to stop a burglary BEFORE it happens. We have an alarm system, but it's still a royal pain if someone breaks the doorframe only to stop after the alarm goes off. I figure a Fak would help for the half the burglaries that happen an night.
 
Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:59 PM  
 
 
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