smoke detectors that don't suck

Wade Shearer wadeshearer.lists at
Thu Mar 13 19:05:04 MDT 2014

Sounds like you want the Protect:

> On Mar 13, 2014, at 18:58, Michael Lovell <toelovell at> wrote:
> hey all,
> first off, thanks for all the input on printer suggestions from last week.
> it was very helpful and informative.
> it appears though that multiple things in my house are wanting to die and
> last night i awoke to the wonderful^Wawful sound of a smoke detector chirp
> about a low battery. long story short, when changing a battery didn't help,
> i ended up just pulling 2 of my 6 smoke detectors off the ceiling to be
> able to get some sleep. now i'm faced with the need to replace a few smoke
> detectors and figure i might as well replace them all since they are all
> over 6 years old and near the end of their life spans.
> the detectors i currently have are some first alert smoke/co combination
> detectors with a hardwire and battery. they were installed by the builder 6
> years ago so i'm pretty sure they were about the cheapest that could be
> found. do any of you have any recommendations about brands or models or
> smoke detectors?
> i primarily want something that is going to alert properly (not alert when
> it shouldn't and alert when it should) and hopefully that doesn't have the
> really annoying, high-pitched, and impossible-to-sleep-through low battery
> warning. i have looked at the first alert ones that have voice alerts and
> the one-link wireless but the user manual indicates that it still does the
> annoying chirp with a low battery. i have also looked at nest protect but i
> think 130/each is a little out of my price range.
> any thoughts or recommendations from the group?
> mike
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