Updated 25 Jun 2014
Bottom line: This dual-sensor smoke alarm is very good at detecting fast (flaming) fires and comes with a long-life battery. But it’s extremely poor at detecting slow (smouldering) fires. There are more effective smoke alarms than this.
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Price is what we paid in December 2013.
About our test
Our test was conducted in the fire laboratory of the Building Research Association (BRANZ). We purchased 3 examples of each model. Our results are the average of the performances of the 3 examples.
The alarms were fixed to a ceiling panel in a mocked-up hallway adjacent to the door opening of a fireproof room (which was about the size of a single-car garage).
In both tests, the smoke density was measured at the location of the alarms using a laser light-source and detector.
17 Mar 2016, Jeremy S
Product use: 6 months or more
Has been in my living area adjacent to open plan kitchen for 3 years now. Has only activated when smoke from kitchen entered living area and needed attention
None, so far.
In regard to the previous review, I googled Consumer's UK sister magazine Which and the 3 top performing smoke alarms in their latest Smoke Alarm Test were actually Ionisation models. I am guessing he is talking about old style Ionisation alarms, rather than latest technology like this one
Yes, I recommend this product.
03 Aug 2014, World Fire Safety Foundation
W A R N I N G!
Ionisation smoke alarms have been proven by Australian Government (CSIRO) testing to have life-threatening defects.
Take the NZFS's advice and ONLY install photoelectric alarms.
The Australasian Fire & Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) is the peak representative body of all New Zealand and Australian fire brigades.
AFAC's official position of 01 June, 2006 states:
"That all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms . . . Ionisation smoke alarms may not operate in time to alert occupants early enough to escape from smouldering fires."
No, this product has too many drawbacks.
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