First Alert CO615 Dual-Power Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarm with Battery Backup and Digital Display
Excellent unit with great features.
After extensive research I decided to purchase this unit and I'm glad I did. I wanted the following features in my CO Detector, and this unit meets those requirements. It must be AC powered with battery backup, have a digital display, use AA batteries, not the expensive 9 volt, have an AC power cord so the unit can be located away from the AC plug-in if necessary, have a long warranty (7 years) from an established company, and be competitively priced. The only possible negative feature I can see is that the front battery cover is hinged on the bottom. The battery cover retaining latch seems to be rather flimsy, and if it were to break, the battery cover would flip open. The cover hinge should have been placed on the top of the unit or a better latch system used. Hopefully with careful use the latch will not break. It should be noted that the unit has a built in “in-use” timer that will alert the user and disable the unit after 7 years of operation.
The CO detector is a little larger than I expected, but the design is unobtrusive, so I hardly even notice it. It was very easy to set up and is easy to operate and read. The one problem I encountered was with the outlet I wanted to use. This outlet had the prong holes one above the other, and at first I was concerned that the detector would look funny sideways on the wall. Fortunately, the folks at First Alert had anticipated this Issue, and the power adapter can be flipped 90 degrees so the detector will display horizontally. So far, I'm very pleased with this unit. I only just got this, so I can't comment on its longevity. However, I did check and the date on the package puts the unit at only 4 months old. This is good news as other reviewers have reported getting units that were manufactured 6 years prior to sale leaving only 1 year of life on their units. Fortunately, that was not a problem with my purchase.
Pros: Pleasing design, compact, easy to read display (button has to be depressed). Uses three AA batteries for backup in case of power outage. Cons: The display does not light up when the unit is in use and plugged into an AC outlet. In order to see the display the button has to be depressed. Other thoughts: No means of calibrating the unit in order to confirm that it is operating as designed.
Good Carbon Monoxide Detector
I gave only 3 stars because I have not used it for some time, just a few days, also 3 stars apply to the way it connects to an outlet. When connecting the device on a wall outlet, the prongs, due to a bad design make the detector not staying in plugged solidly. I had a First Alert for 10 years and when I plugged it into the wall it was plugged and stayed straight, not wiggling. An electrician told me at one time that anything plugged is safe when it plugs solidly and not wiggling. The prongs may either be too thin or bad designed. I wish the designer would try plugging things on a wall outlet before sending them out for sale. My detector is now15 degrees crooked on the wall due to lose prongs. Franco M
Best value on great Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Alert CO615 Plug-In With Battery Backup Carbon Monoxide Detector With Digital Display is great because: The CO detectors WITH digital display are widely reported by experts to be more accurate than the ones without. It does have battery backup feature, important in power outage. It's well-reviewed on Consumer Reports. It's easy: just plug it in. The price is great; best value I found anywhere. And it's easy to order from Walmart on line, and request free pickup at your local store.
Detector with Digital Display
I ordered 2 of these to replace 2 old detectors - one a Kitty and the 2nd a First Alert. The Kitty started chirping and I had to find the Instruction Sheet to see what was happening - end of life chirps - there was no digital display. My old First Alert started chirping 2 weeks later and all I had to do was push the "Test Button" and the digital display showed the word "END." There was no guessing what was happening which I feel is extremely important. That is why I chose the First Alert CO615 - it has a Digital Display. The price was good, free shipping to my home, good instructions & very easy to install - it comes with everything you need including the batteries. There is also a 7-year warranty. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
I bought two of these for my home based on realizing that I didn't have any CO Detectors. Very easy to install--simply plug in! Put batteries in as a back-up and they were working in the electrical outlets but ready for any power outage down the road. I immediately felt that I was making my home safer.
Great product for $$
After reviewing a few other detectors, I settled on this one for features and price. Although i won't use the extended cord plug in - that is a nice feature. I like it will tell me when it is about to reach the end of life. The audio decibel is loud!! But that is a good thing. It's simple to use right out of the box. Good value.
Well constructed and easy to set up.
I haven't had any CO alerts but the unit looks very well constructed and was very, very simple to set up. I like the fact that I can easily move it to a different place and get specific readings. The memory functions are also very well thought out. From the other reviews experiencing CO alerts, it appears to be a well calibrated and nice piece of safety equipment.
Top rated by consumer reports.org
Rating this product only a couple of days after installation may not tell the whole picture, but so far so good. The one issue I have with this CO alarm is the battery door compartment on one of the items is difficult to close and to keep closed. The other one works just fine. I will contact the manufacturer, First Alert regarding this issue.
Easy to Set Up!
The First Alert Carbon Monoxide Plug-In Alarms were easy to set up. The battery door opened easily, batteries were easy to put in. I like the flexibility of having a cord for plugging it in because in one area it would've been under a table with stuff around it and this way we could put in on a table. Only negative is that it doesn't show the level (typically "0") unless you press a button. We have a different one that isn't plug-in that does show it. But if the levels go too high, it will sound an alarm and that's probably all that matters. Overall, very happy with this alarm.
Consumer Reports top rated
It's hard to get excited about a CO monitor unless it saves your life. One odd thing I noticed: it has a pre-programmed life of 7 years. (My old CO monitor was in place for 11 years. Perhaps I wasn't really protected the last 4. I don't know.) The best device produced costs about what the lesser devices do, so I guess it's a good value. Hopefully I never need this device, but CO poisoning is a dumb way to die!