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Old 10-16-2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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Best Battery operated CO and Smoke Detector

I am going to install detectors/alarms in my Argosy. The trailer is seeing very little use and I have decided to go with battery powered units as opposed to hardwired 12V models.

What brand battery powered CO and Smoke detectors do other forum members use or recommend? It seems like battery powered propane detectors are not as easy to find. Do they exist? If so, what brand is recommended.

Thanks, Roger

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Old 10-16-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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I have installed the DeTech brand in my house years ago. I have not installed one in my AS yet. They are the best, among other reasons it uses a lithium battery that last 10 years. I should warn you they are expinsive.

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Old 10-16-2007, 02:21 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll take a look at them. I expect you mean the detectors are expensive - not the lithium batteries, although I bet they're not cheap either.

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Old 10-16-2007, 02:28 PM   #4
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You may wish to pay particular attention to the two major sensing systems for battery powered smoke detectors. One is so very sensitive (cannot recall which at the moment) that a toaster will set it off. This is the one that came from the factory in our Airstream and we've moved it to the bedroom. The less sensitive unit we purchased at The Home Depot or Lowes and placed it in the main salon. It has a powerful little light that illuminates the floor when the alarm sounds. We test both units regularly and change the batteries at least once a year. Good luck in your research and decision making process. Don't forget the CO2/gas detector that should be mounted near the floor in the Galley area.
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:17 PM   #5
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Rivet CO Detector

I have a Kidde 900-0146. It is battery powered and features a LCD display that “continuously displays a digital readout of the CO level in Parts Per Million (PPM). The digital display is capable of detecting and displaying readings between 30 and 999.” It will also display the highest level detected. I found the online information at, but I got mine at Wal-Mart.
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:26 PM   #6
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costco has the first alert for 20.00 model FCD4 on sale right now. this is a big month for sales for these items. it says, "provides the earliest alarm". i hope i don't regret that feature ;-)
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:20 PM   #7
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I recently bought a smoke detector, first alert I think, that has a built in lithium battery. You don't change the battery, just get a new detector after 10 years! Since you are supposed to replace any detector after 10 years, this seems like the way to go.

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