The battery is a modest but crucial component of a security alarm that is frequently overlooked. It frequently occurs that an alarm system is established at the item and then ignored for many years, sometimes even without performing the essential maintenance for its proper operation.
What results from this? For instance, a spider or cockroach family can make their home in a motion sensor, and in the event of penetration, a contaminated detector would either stop working altogether or will repeatedly sound false alerts for no apparent reason. It is also important to remember that the battery requires maintenance and, better still, should be changed yearly. This seemingly insignificant detail, however, has a dark side: if the object’s main power source is cut off, the system will attempt to switch to the backup power source, which will subsequently malfunction (over time, the battery resources would run out completely), leaving the object defenseless.
How can I tell if the battery is functional?
Simply turn off the power supply to the item on the panel and watch how the equipment responds to see if the system has transitioned to operating on a backup power element. But let’s get into greater detail about everything.
The type of system employed at your business should be understood before you start “playing” with electricity.
Autonomous/GSM system with connectivity to a 24-hour security control panel; only your devices will be notified (using SMS messages, autodial, sending messages to the mobile application in the phone).
The thing is being watched over by a security firm
We definitely advise against taking any action on your own if you have a written contract for the protection of the property. Arbitrary tampering with the security system poses the risk of absolving the security company of any liability in the event of an incursion into the site, or they may simply refuse to repair any equipment problems.
You shouldn’t use your own hands to perform such manoeuvres in order to avoid such issues. Call a professional to come to you with a new battery to replace the old one if you believe the battery is discharged (paid service). We may fairly state that this consumable has fulfilled its function if the battery in your gadget has been operational for more than a year or if power outages at the facility are common occurrences.
There is a way to check the battery without incurring the wrath of the security service, though, if you still want to be certain that it is time to replace it. The simplest method appears somewhat like this:
Say that you will be performing repairs right away and that a power outage is very likely as you dial the remote control. If there is an unexpected break in communication with the facility, request to be alerted (meaning no mains or backup power).
In order for you to comprehend how long the battery lasted. Do not hesitate to change it if it lasts less than 30 minutes after the circuit breaker is turned off.
Remember that an ordinary object, like a typical two-room residence with multiple sensors, may be supported without 220v for an average of 6 to 12 hours by a completely charged and healthy battery. Energy use increases as the number of sensors increases. Keep in mind that if the facility already has a lot of equipment, it’s likely that you also have a power supply unit with the exact same battery inside, which is similarly prone to wear and strain and fails rapidly.
You possess an autonomous GSM system without a remote control output.
You behave at your own risk and peril in a situation involving a self-driving automobile and without alerting anyone. The sequence of events is similar to the remote control example in that it begins with power off and ends with time measurement. You can observe the behaviour of the security apparatus along the way. Unfortunately, we are unable to give precise information due to potential variations between manufacturers, but we can mention several aspects that are frequently used.
Examine the security gadget. There may frequently be a light bulb or lights on it. The manufacturer frequently marks each LED with a specific image to help users understand what function it serves.
For instance, you can tell the device is reporting no primary power by a steadily burning red light with lightning. However, the neighbourhood LED’s flashing green, yellow, and blue signals that it is using a backup power source and may fail soon. Only after reviewing the instructions for your particular PPK model can you determine exactly what each glow indicates.
On the keyboard, the same information can be shown. The aforementioned LEDs are frequently situated right on it. Another choice is to use a charging plug to check the battery’s life. However, I don’t believe the typical user of a security alarm will have one.
To what has previously been discussed, I would also want to add that some models can indicate faults also with the aid of a particular beep, by which, similar to when starting a computer (from Bios), you can find out about the difficulties that are present. But again, it is challenging to figure it out without instructions or the help of a technical expert servicing the thing.