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Kidde PE120 Hardwire with Battery Backup Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm
Other features: Test Button Tests units electronic circuitry, horn and battery; Red LED Alarm mode; Green LED - Steady on presence of AC power.
AC powered, 120 Volt
9 Volt battery backup (battery included)
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39 of 45 found the following review helpful:
No Hush ButtonApr 14, 2008
Spoke to Tech Support. There is no Hush Button on this Photoelectric model (and the Test Button does not act in this regard either).
Go with the BRK / First Alert, Model 7010B, which has the Silence Feature (for up to 15 minutes).
Options I was looking for:
Photoelectric - This is better than Ionization, in my case, where the alarm is just outside of a bathroom - where steam can set it off (I'm replacing an AC only, Ionization. Photoelectric is less sensitive to steam). Disposing of Photoelectric detectors after 10 years is also more environmentally friendly. They do not contain americium-241, which is under the positive plate of the Ionization chamber.
AC powered with 9V battery backup - The most desirable to have
Hush Button - The 9V battery backup will keep the alarm going, even if you cut power at the circuit breaker box - Need to be able to silence a false alarm, without having to remove the battery.
17 of 21 found the following review helpful:
This model is unsafe - DO NOT BUYOct 27, 2009
By steamed stanley
My house uses 6 of these devices. About 5 years ago at 4:30 in the morning on Thanksgiving the smoke detector alarm went off. I got up and smelled what seemed like an electrical fire. I dashed around the house and when I couldn't find what made the smell I called the fire dept. While waiting for them to arrive I unplugged all of the detectors since this is the only way to get the alarm to stop. One of the smoke detectors was the source of the electrical fire smell. Something had fried inside the detector. When the fire dept arrived I gave them the detector and their comment was they had never before seen a smoke detector mal-function like this. Imagine having to call the fire dept because of a faulty smoke detector. Anyway if this was a one off incident I wouldn't be writing this review. The same thing happened again a couple of weeks ago. The same model smoke detector fried and set off all of them. No fire dept. call this time though.
11 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Kiddie PE120 SucksMay 24, 2012
By D. Texter
my house was built in 1994 and came with LiveSaver 1275 smoke alarms. recently i needed to replace one and went to my local Loews and found what looked like the same thing. it ended up being the Kiddie PE120. everything was fine until they went off one day. i went to push the "Hush" button and it wouldn't push. in fact it felt like it was stuck on the "IN" position. i pulled it from the ceiling and was trying to hush it and finally threw it on the floor as hard as i could. i found that this is the only way to activate the "emergency user hush button" since the manufacturer decided to not make this model with a factory installed "hush button". unfortunately the "emergency user hush button" can only be used once, and if you need to ask why then you will just have to try it and see for your self.
NOTE: obvious sarcasm and humor intended in this review. the important facts are still true
14 of 18 found the following review helpful:
Kidde Battery Backup Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm #PE120Sep 16, 2008
By T. Sackett
I have 4 of these installed in our home and they are driving me crazy! We keep getting false alarms. No way to silence them unless the unit is removed. We've dried blowing them out with air hoping that will help we are still getting false alarms. Very annoying. No reason for the false alarms!
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Dangerous - Remove these from your house immediately!Sep 25, 2012
By L.X. Berlant
Kiddie PE120 manufactured June 3, 2010. This thing makes its own fires. Worked fine for about 1 year. Now the battery is shorted by an internal component failure, gets very hot rapidly and if allowed to continue would have set my house on fire if it hadn't happened to fail while I was home. Fortunately my other smoke alarms (BRK) were triggered by this POS. Really guys, you couldn't engineer a non-flamable fusible resistor in series with the battery? A recall is needed.
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