|Item Weight||5.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||5.8 x 4.2 x 0.1 inches|
|Item model number||21026051|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Kidde i9050 Battery Operated Smoke Alarm, White
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- Smoke Alarm with Low Battery Indicator with Ionization Sensor,Battery operated 9V battery included
- Test button verifies battery and alarm operation,Audio Alarm-85dB at 10ft
- Tamper resist pin to help prevent tampering and theft
- Low battery indicator chirps when battery needs replacement
- Kiddes smoke alarms meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent facility that tests products for compliance with widely-accepted safety standards
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Item: Smoke Alarm, Detection Method: Ionization, Interconnection Capability: No, Power Source: 9V, Audible Alert: 85dB @ 10 ft., Horn, Visual Alert: Red LED, Diameter: 5", Height: 1-3/4", Digital Readout: No, Battery Backup: No, Features: Test Button, Intermittent Red LED, Hush Button: No, Test Button: Yes, Locking Pin: Yes, Operating Temp.: 40 Degrees to 100 Degrees F, Standards: UL, NFPA, Federal Housing Authority, Housing and Urban Development and California State Fire Marshal Guidelines, Manufacturers Warranty Length: 5 Year Limited
The battery-powered Kidde i9050 ionization smoke alarm is designed to protect you and your family from the dangers of smoke and fire. This basic smoke alarm is easy to install throughout your home, and it's powered by a 9-volt battery (included). This version comes as a single, but it's also available as a twin pack. Kidde i9050 Includes 9-volt battery. At a Glance i9050 Battery-Operated Basic Smoke Alarm At a Glance: Easy installation--no wiring required Powered by 9-volt battery for continuous protection even during power failures Flashing LED shows alarm is receiving power Low-battery indicator 10-year limited warranty At a Glance Features This basic battery-operated smoke alarm is powered by a 9-volt battery (included), providing continuous protection even during power outages. It includes a flashing red LED to indicate the alarm is receiving power as well as a test button to verify the unit's electronic circuitry, horn, and battery functions are working properly. During a smoke incident, a piezo-electric horn (rated at 85 decibels at 10 feet) will sound in a repetitive manner--three beeps, a pause, three beeps, a pause. It also offers a low-battery warning and a tamper-resistant feature that deters removal of the unit from the wall or ceiling. It's backed by a 10-year limited warranty. The Kidde i9050 smoke alarm uses ionization sensing technology, which generally detects invisible fire particles (associated with flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible particles (associated with smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms. Kidde recommends that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to insure maximum detection. What's in the Box One Kidde i9050 Battery-Operated Basic Smoke Alarm, one 9-volt battery, and operating instructions. Kidde i9050
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Kidde's product description states:
"Ionization sensing alarms may detect invisible fire particles (associated with flaming fires) sooner than photoelectric alarms. Photoelectric sensing alarms may detect visible particles (associated with smoldering fires) sooner than ionization alarms. Kidde strongly recommends that both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms be installed to help insure maximum detection of the various types of fire that can occur within the home."
This implies that ionization can be better than photoelectric but that is WRONG. If you do you research online, you will find that photoelectric is the best mechanism for smoke detection. International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has stated that it's essential that homeowners get only photoelectric detectors. (The NFPA's website is 2 years old and still advocates combo detectors!)
PHOTOELECTRIC IS WORTH THE SLIGHT EXTRA COST
I know that photoelectric is slightly more expensive but it's definitely worth the cost. Here is why. For fast flame fires, both ionization and photoelectric alarms detect at about the same time. However, for smoldering fires (which are the ones that lead to the most deaths), the ionization alarms are poor at detecting slow burning fires. Photoelectric alarms detect such fires 15-50 minutes faster than ionization alarms! Now you understand why the IAFF only recommends photolectric alarms.
Another major problem with ionization alarms is that they get triggered easily by fumes and harmless smoke from the kitchen. Ionization alarms are the ones that drive people crazy and make them pull out the batteries and open the windows.
DO NOT GET DUAL SENSORS.
It would seem to make sense that dual sensors would be better than just photoelectric, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. The NFPA has found that smoke alarms using only photoelectric is the much better smoke alarms. Apparently, smoke alarm manufacturers found that when designing dual sensor alarms, they led to too many false alarms so they modified both sensors to trigger less easily. As a result, dual sensors have become functionally worse than the only photoelectric ones.
PURCHASE FIRST ALERT SMOKE ALARMS RATHER THAN KIDDIE.
If you read the reviews for Kiddie’s photoelectric smoke alarms, you’ll find that they are really temperamental. The First Alert ones are also temperamental but not the extent as the Kiddie’s. I also find that the First Alert smoke alarms aren’t as pretty. However, the First Alert is the best of the mediocrity.
(For CO detectors, get Kiddie. The First Alert CO detectors are bad.)
(If any company comes out with a better product, I will update this review for everyone.)
GET INTERCONNECT FEATURE IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT.
There is another feature with some alarms. There is an interconnect option on some smoke alarms. This connects all the alarms in the house so if one alarm is triggered, they will all go off. Research has found that with interconnected alarms, 15% of the occupants were alerted during fires compared to 2% for non-interconnected alarms. That’s a huge difference. However, interconnected alarms are much more expensive. So it’s your choice.
MAKE SURE THE MANUFACTURING DATE IS ONLY A FEW MONTHS OLD.
Also, when you finally purchase your smoke alarms, check the manufacturing date. You might be surprised that some of them might be many years old...some made 10 years ago, as they just sat on the shelves. I, like many other people, thought that you had to check alarms due to the battery. But this is not the reason. The reason is that the sensors deteriorate and expire in 8-10 years. And this is why they recommend you check it every month (which is kinda' ridiculous in my opinion). So make sure that the manufacturing date is pretty recent and then mark you calender 8 years away as the time that they need to be replaced because the sensor is probably bad at that point.
For hardwired smoke alarms:
If hardwiring your home is too difficult, these are wireless:
For CO detectors: (others with better features but I think this looks the best at a reasonable price)
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This is the first product I have purchased where the 9v battery is not physically connected to the appliance by snapping the top terminals to a wired connection. Instead, you just place the battery oriented PROPERLY in the battery compartment. But the only place you can find the battery installation instructions is inside the battery compartment cover, written in very, very small white-on-white raised letters. Who on earth designs these things??? There is a very, very tiny + and - sign at the very bottom edge to let you know which way to insert the battery.
I trust the alarm will work properly, but have only been using it for a couple of days, so we'll see. The poor instructions are the reason I am only giving this 3 stars. It would have been so simple to include written instructions on an actual piece of paper, or on a sticker, and written in black and white. To me this is poor quality control and does make me wonder about the care that went into the units production.