Cyber Monday deal alert: Take 20 percent off this personal security alarm

Cyber Monday deal alert: Take 20 percent off this personal security alarm

iMax personal alarm. (Photo: The Grommet)

As a city girl, I’ve been meaning to get a personal alarm forever. I’m often walking the streets alone at night, and riding the subway can definitely get dicey. I wanted to find an alarm that I was sure wouldn’t activate by accident (ugh, nightmare) and that was lightweight enough to not weigh me down. I also didn’t want to pay more than 20 bucks.

The iMax has great reviews and the price was right, so I ordered it immediately. When I took it out of the packaging I was shocked by its extremely light weight — barely there, really — and it was easy to put on my key ring thanks to the included carabiner. I love that it looks like a cute little key fob that discreetly lives on my keychain. The color is nice too—a very pretty metallic rose gold.

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The alarm comes pre-installed with batteries that last for 30 minutes when used and two-to-three years unused. The batteries are not replaceable, but for 17 bucks, I’m okay with that. To activate the alarm, you pull off the top; to stop the sound, simply reinsert. The idea is that the deafening sound will alert others, and hopefully deter an attacker, too.

As I left my apartment the next morning, I felt prepared and confident. This little gizmo was giving me peace of mind. I also felt a sense of control knowing that if I’m ever in a dangerous situation, I have an easy way to signal for help.

It’s perfect for all the walking I do around the streets of New York City. But I keep thinking of all the other places this thing is going to come in handy. When I camp upstate, I can use it in case a bear comes along — not that I’ve encountered one yet, but you never know.

iMax personal alarm. (Photo: The Grommet)

iMax with me as I hiked in the woods with friends. You can never be too careful!’ data-reactid=”61″>I’ll bring it with me while going for a run, and if I ever get lost in the woods — a big fear of mine — I like knowing I have a better chance of not being stranded. All alone. In the cold. Just this past weekend, I brought my iMax with me as I hiked in the woods with friends. You can never be too careful!

I’m the mom of two young girls, and I figure that when they’re a bit older and start walking to and from school on their own I’ll clip alarms to their backpacks. Why not?

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I put it under my pillow and pulled the top off. It’s LOUD. REALLY loud. Kind of like a crazy-high-decibel-vibrating-extremely-irritating noise that would drive someone insane to listen to for too long. It was so disturbing that I started shaking trying to get the top back in to stop the sound. It was easy enough. And then, ahhhh, the sound of silence.

I’m thrilled that I haven’t had to activate the alarm in real life, and hope that it never comes to that. But I feel better knowing that if I’m ever in a scary situation, this screeching siren has got my back.

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