All physical Time Timers require a battery to operate. For best performance, we recommend the use of high-quality batteries purchased from a reputable retailer. We do not recommend the use of rechargeable batteries as they tend to become depleted far more quickly than traditional batteries.
As you use the Time Timer, its battery will be slowly depleted. Under typical use, a new battery in the Time Timer should last, at a minimum, as follows, and is determined by the maximum duration of each timer:
- 5 Minute PLUS: 1-month battery life
- 20 Minute PLUS: 3-month battery life
- 60 Minute PLUS, MOD (including Sprint Edition), Original 3": 1-year battery life
- Original 8" and 12": 1-year batter life (when using one AA battery), 20-month battery life (when using 2 AA batteries)
- 120 Minute PLUS (including Make Time Edition): 2 years battery life
- TWIST: 5 years battery life
Frequent use of the Time Timer will keep you productive and on task but will also deplete the battery more quickly. When the Time Timer is not operating (i.e. the colored disk is not showing) the battery will lose very little energy because the motor that drives the disk is not active. It's recommended that you leave the battery inside of your Time Timer so that it's ready to be used at a moment's notice.
From a technical perspective: Like many physical clocks and timers, the Time Timer uses an electronic oscillator that is regulated by a quartz crystal to keep time. The battery sends an electrical current through this small quartz crystal, which creates vibrations. These vibrations drive a motor which moves the Time Timer’s colored disk.
If you're having issues with your timer, such as the disk not moving, we recommend that you swap in a new battery as a first step to see if that solves the problem.