The phone rings while you’re in the shop, but you never know it because you’ve got your earmuffs on, happily working away. Too bad for you — that was your kid, calling from her cell to tell you she’s locked out of the house in the rain. If you’d had the Shop Flash hooked up to your shop phone, maybe your daughter wouldn’t be giving you the Look right now.
You plug in the Shop Flash within 14 feet of the nearest phone, because that’s as far as its microphone cord will stretch. When the phone rings, the microphone picks up the sound and triggers either a flashing light or an audible alarm on the Shop Flash.
We don’t quite understand why they didn’t design this device to plug directly into the phone line. You wouldn’t need the hokey microphone or any other source of power. Plus, why is there an audible alarm? Isn’t the phone already providing that? If you can overlook these issues, you can buy the Shop Flash for $25 to $30.