Smoke Detectors with alkaline batteries are becoming a thing of the past, and reputable companies should only install detectors with in-built lithium batteries.
Essentially, they are both made of different materials and have different construction, which affects their performance in various uses.
Although alkaline batteries are a good all-around option for everyday electronic devices and can last longer than other types, lithium batteries, have several distinct advantages over their alkaline counterparts:
In short, a lithium battery can be used as a high-performing alternative to a standard alkaline battery.
Alkaline batteries are non-rechargeable. They usually need replacing every 3-4 years, meaning an extra 3-4 costly callouts to replace them.
Lithium batteries are designed to last a full 10 years. Therefore, they should not need changing before the 10 yearly replacement cycle of the detector itself.
As a landlord or estate agent, it is a legal requirement to have a fully operational fire detection system installed in your property.
As alkaline batteries need to be replaced, this also means they are more liable to tampering. If a battery is tampered with, and the detector fails as the result of a fire, then the landlord/agent can be deemed liable for the injuries and damage caused.
As lithium batteries are sealed, in-built batteries, they cannot be tampered with, and in return ensures you are not held liable.
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