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Best Atomic and Satellite Clocks Daylight Savings Time Change

Updated on July 30, 2017

Satellite Clocks Make It Easy to Fall Back or Spring Forward

Another time change is coming! Let an atomic clock keep time for you, and never change your clocks again.

These kinds of clocks are often called atomic or satellite clocks because they receive a signal generated from the US Atomic Clock in Colorado. They keep exact time, originating from this extremely accurate timekeeping system, with an error of only one second in 100 million years.

If the power goes out, no scramble to reset your electric clocks.

Whenever the time changes for daylight saving time, or back to standard time, the clock automatically resets to keep your clock up to date. Just set it and forget it!

This frees you to use another anniversary date to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, like July 4 or January 1.

Photo by kimbesa

Satellite Clock Sets Itself - Also Called Atomic Clocks

I have an earlier scientific alarm clock, and it's been my favorite ever since.

I carry mine around the house and out to the car each spring and fall, when it's time for the time change. It makes the job of resetting my ordinary clocks easier. The job is done when every other clock in the house shows a consistent time, at least until the next time change!

This model has the same time projection feature as my clock. If you want the time projection on the ceiling all the time, you have to plug it in. If you only need to see that occasionally, then batteries alone work fine.

The projection clock resets itself. This can take about 10 minutes.

Small Atomic Clocks

Many models are a convenient size for your bedside table or office desk.

These clocks are handy! My small clock is the reference for my other heirloom or specialty clocks that cannot reset themselves. New clocks...I like this type, especially the wall clocks that are harder to get to than those that sit on a shelf.

Lots of Different Satellite Clock Models

Even Goldilocks Can Have One That's Just Right

These time-saving clocks are available in lots of different models. You can find the functionality and style that you need for anywhere in your home.

Models include large wall clocks, small clocks, alarm and travel clocks. Clock radio models. Even weather stations with a self-setting clock, all in one unit.

Just look for terms like self-setting, satellite, atomic or radio controlled in the item description.

The Time Change Comes Twice a Year

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Spring forward or fall back, depending.

Daylight Saving Time begins each year at 2 am on the second Sunday of March. "Spring forward" and set your clocks ahead one hour. (Sorry about that lost hour of sleep. I know I miss it!)

It ends, and standard time returns, each year at 2 am on the first Sunday of November. "Fall back" and enjoy that extra hour of sleep. Set your clocks back an hour.

If you don't have your atomic clock yet, you can get the exact time on the Internet at

There are a lot of clock models to choose from, to suit your needs and home d├ęcor.

A Spring and Fall Ritual

Which is easier, springing forward or falling back?

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Set Your Clocks With Ease - What's Your Routine for Setting Your Clocks?

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    • lindacee profile image

      Linda Chechar 

      2 years ago from Arizona

      I have had an atomic clock for a number of years. It took care of time changes when I lived in Nevada. However, now I'm in Arizona and we stay on standard time all year-round. Although I still like my atomic clock when the power goes out and comes back on I don't have to reset the time!

    • kimbesa2 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from USA

      Here, too. Halloween night is a great time for that extra hour, if we have to change time, that is. The fall back is a bit easier than the spring forward. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Mel Carriere 

      5 years ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      We just fell back last night, so this article is very timely. Forgive the pun. This was a great article exploring the various options. Having a clock like this could be important in a disaster. Great hub!

    • kimbesa2 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      @blestman lm: I ask myself that too ... why have I still got some clocks that have to be reset? I guess it's sentimental reasons. But I'm working toward having all of them changed to atomic soon.

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      blestman lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. Good things to think about here. I got an atomic watch first but now I am replacing my clocks as they wear out. As I read this I am asking myself why did it take me so long to make the swithch to atomic clocks?

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      8 years ago

      We have two clocks that automatically reset. The only challenge was in setting the start and end time for DST when the government decided to move the dates.

    • kimbesa2 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Thanks so much for stopping by, and sharing, too!

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      8 years ago

      I like atomic clocks. Came back to post this on Facebook for my friends. :)

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      8 years ago

      The Atomic clock is a great invention. We've been using them for several years and only had one to fail to automatically reset just this month. Battery needed changing.... Thanks for sharing the word about a great gadget. It's incredible how many folks still don't know about Atomic clocks.

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      Tony Bonura 

      8 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Your "timing" couldn't be better. I have been looking for a new alarm-clock radio and my mom has an atomic model she loves because she never has to set it. I will probably come back here to order the Sangean RCR-2 model after I save a few pennies.


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      Leah J. Hileman 

      8 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      My problem is that my cats don't know that the time changes. If I try to take adjust, they mess me up!

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      8 years ago

      Graeat lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      goo2eyes lm 

      9 years ago

      we have a radio-controlled clock at home so i don't need to adjust them.

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      9 years ago

      I have had a school house style atomic wall clock for about a year, one that I purchased from The National Geographic catalogue. I agree, when you change the batteries, it is quite something to see it do 'its thing'. Up until yesterday it worked great until we had to change the batteries, it has now stopped three hours behind our time, making it on par with Pacific Standard time. Is there anyway of correcting this?

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      9 years ago

      I do it all manually, I never knew about these atomic clocks until now. What a neat idea. Btw, I'm generally not a fan of DST anyway.

    • LNAngel profile image


      9 years ago from Florida

      I love to fall back...too bad my 9 month old didn't agree!

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      9 years ago

      Good work put into this lens, thumbs up

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      9 years ago

      I have to say my Oregon Scientific alarm clock has been the best clock I've had, ever. It is not too loud like most. The light is perfect, I can see the date, the day of week and the temperature. It will show the time on the ceiling too. It's cool when electric goes out and it stays on because of the batteries.

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      9 years ago

      I have to say my Oregon Scientific alarm clock has been the best clock I've had, ever. It is not too loud like most. The light is perfect, I can see the date, the day of week and the temperature. It will show the time on the ceiling too. It's cool when electric goes out and it stays on because of the batteries.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I love clocks, but hate wearing a watch - actually didn't know there were satellite clocks - nice idea for a lens

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens! Love these clocks! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 4/16/2011. Have a great day!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      10 years ago from Colorado

      The time changes are really fairly artificial. My body clock doesn't shift. Those circadian rhythms seem to rule. Nevertheless, there are all those clocks to adjust! I'd love to have an atomic clock.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      We change our battery powered clocks before going to bed. I never change my car clock. Atomic clocks are the way to go!

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      10 years ago

      This is 21st century living! I have one in my RV (my home away from home)

      and it never misses a beat.

      My wife on the other hand is still in the 20th century. Poor girl. LOL

      The daylight savings change drives her nuts!

      Good entertainment though, wouldn't miss it.

    • kimbesa2 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      I'm thinking every clock in the house, though I have some specialty and sentimental clocks. Perhaps they'll invent a retrofit for those.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      10 years ago from Central Florida

      I need one of these, it takes me weeks to get all of my clocks changed.


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