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127 of 135 people found the following review helpful.
Don't expect this to last 5 years
By Dave D
These are easy to install (So are the rest though) and promise a battery free lifetime. I have 10 of these in my house and have had to replace all but 1 - and they were just installed < 4years ago.
116 of 124 people found the following review helpful.
Battery Life a Bit Unpredictable
By Davey Jones
I installed 30 of these in bedrooms of apartments that I manage. I was concerned that the manufacturing date was more than a year earlier, but found that the battery was not "activated" until the first time the detector was inserted in the base. Two of the detectors failed in the first 6 months. I contacted Kidde and received replacements promptly. They had no explanation for my experience. I disassembled one of the detectors and was not impressed by the batteries I found.
I'm at this site now because another detector has malfunctioned. The device was performing its "end of life" chirp - when just less than 2 years old. I'm going to get some spares to handle this and future failures since not having to change the base has some value to me.
There is no information on the front of the detector that identifies that there is no battery to replace. I printed a transparent "Sealed - No Battery to Replace" label and afixed it to the front.
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful. See all 246 customer reviews...
By The Dude
Mine died after 6 months! Some "10-year battery." I won't be buying another of these! Time for another brand. Kidde used to be good.