Updated March 29, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Atomic Travel Clocks

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in April of 2016. When you have to know the time precisely anywhere in the world, turn to one of these travel clocks. Offering unmatched accuracy that syncs to local atomic clocks around the world, they come in pint-sized packages that are easy to stick in a backpack or hand luggage, and also offer additional features, including calendar functions, automatic backlights, and temperature displays. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best atomic travel clock on Amazon.

8. Datexx Radio

7. Marathon CL030054BL Desk

6. Marathon Nightowl

5. Oregon Scientific Dual

4. Casio G-Shock 4ACR

3. Ambient Weather RC-8487 Compact

2. Marathon CL030023BK Foldable

1. Hito Digital

Editor's Notes

March 26, 2020:

While a lot of the atomic clocks on the market share the most basic features, it's often the extras that set them apart, and knowing which of those would serve you best can go a long way toward giving you a sense of which model is right for you. If you want to pack as light as possible, for example, the wrist-worn Casio G-Shock 4ACR is a fine option, even if a watch isn't what you immediately think of in a category of clocks. But if you're traveling by train without the luxury of a sleeper compartment, and you need to wake up in time to get breakfast in the dining car, you'd do better with a quiet watch alarm than a loud digital clock.

Then, there are certain area-specific features, like 24-hour time and climate information. The Marathon CL030054BL Desk has perhaps the most interesting of these features, integrating temperature and humidity information into a simple index that can guide how you should dress and what to expect as you head out to explore an unknown city. The signal on this model isn't terribly consistent, however, so it may speed up or slow down by fractions of a second per day, which certainly isn't a deal breaker for many, but some people looking for a radio-connected time solution want that constant recalibration to keep them as accurate as possible.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on March 29, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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