Kidde PI2010 Smoke Alarm
Dual Sensor With Battery Backup
kidde smoke alarm
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased four of these dual sensor smoke alarms for our home to replace and upgrade the old ionization smoke alarms. The wiring was existing so it was just matter of swapping the old units out with these new ones. These dual sensor alarms have both ionization and photoelectric sensors giving them a more complete range of sensitivity to different types of smoke events. They were easy to install and have a base plate that allows them to be rotated and aligned to your preference for neat aesthetic appearance. They are 120V powered with a 9V battery backup so can continue to work during power outages. Kidde says these can be interconnected with up to 18 of their smoke and CO alarms or 24 devices total when also including devices like heat detectors, but some local fire codes may not allow that many, so check with your Fire Dept. before adding additional alarms. I do like the features and overall design of these smoke alarms and the price I paid here on Amazon was the best I had found...
Like others said, it's very easy to install if your house is already wired; just remove the old pigtail if it doesn't match, use the same wire nuts to attach the Kidde pigtail, replace the base plate (which has enough slots to match many common screw placements, plugin and it's working. I had 6 old wired sensors; I replaced two with the Kidde combo smoke/CO sensor KN-COSM-IB, and 4 with these, as I wanted some with the dual smoke sensors.
Surprising to me, since the Amazon description didn't say it, but this model is interconnectable with the other Kidde model I got. So all my alarms are connected, I hope they don't start false alarming as some say. The old BRK detectors they replaced never false alarmed. But at 18 years old, and no CO detector, they had to go. Kidde models offered more so I switched brands.
Edit July, 2013: Haha, what a bunch of kidders these Kidde models are! I write this at 4am, unable to return to sleep after a false alarm. Actually there's...
I had a 4 am wake-up experience that was a false alarm. I sent an email to the company. It did take 48 hours but they responded. After trouble shooting they are honoring the warranty and sending me a new unit. SO-----THE Units should be 5 star because they are easy to replace, sealed battery, smoke and carbon monoxide. BUT false alarms knock it down to 4. BUT the company by honoring the warranty gets 5 Stars. This is the most well known company for fire protection for consumers so I am glad they "stepped up to the plate" and honored the warranty.
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