Purchased the ten year alarms for the photo electric technology that has been receiving a lot of news for being a better sensor. This unit has a light when activated for late night alarms to see in the dark. Has worked well since purchasing. Bought combination unit for kitchen and 2 voice units for kids rooms. No problems with units.
Battery Length, Lots of Features, Easy Installation
About 3 months after installing on January 28, 2018, the unit sounded off in error and stopped af...
June 10, 2018
About 3 months after installing on January 28, 2018, the unit sounded off in error and stopped after a bit then sounded again continuously in error and was extremely difficult to silence. After removing the alarm from its location and setting aside on a table, it sounded off again in error twice a few hours later. Moving the alarm to a totally different location and environment, it seemed to have settled, but again sounded in error two different times on the same day a week ago. The unit seems to be somewhat unreliable and now there is a bit of anxiety about it going off in error and not stopping on its own when no one is home. So disabling and discarding the unit.
I've bought 4 of these 10 year Kidde alarms, of the 4, one died after 1 year and 1 month another died today 2 days short of 2 years. I'm just waiting for the other 2 to die. I would suggest anything but this alarm. 1/5th the actual length is not a bargain.
Short Battery Life, Burns Out, not a 10 year battery
Purchased a package of 3 Dec 2014 and placed them in laundry room, kitchen and hallway. Came home Mar 2, 2015 to one in hallway sounding alarm. Turned it off and it re-activated a few minutes later. There was absolutely no smoke in the house. I switched the alarms from laundry room and hallway and the former hallway alarm sounded again. I switched it off permanently and threw it out. If the remaining two alarms fail in this manner I will also toss them out. Am replacing the bad alarm with another brand.
The alarm is supposed to last 10 years. Mine is 3 years old and as winter approaches the house ge...
December 29, 2016
The alarm is supposed to last 10 years. Mine is 3 years old and as winter approaches the house gets close to 60 degrees F at night. This caused the smoke detector to start chirping loudly. I've taken it down now. I believe this must be due to reduced battery power output at low temperatures. The label says that it's good to 40 F and we are nowhere near that. It was mounted on a downstairs ceiling with living space above so there is no exposure to outside drafts or cold space. Ironically, it does not eliminate chirps. I would prefer a replaceable battery and at least I can replace them twice a year and have very, very low risk of low-battery chirps. I have replaced it with the replaceable battery-type now. The extra battery cost is a small price to pay in order to sleep through the night.