Not sure where best to post this, so since us liveaboards are most likely to spend this much money
on a smoke alarm
, I thought I'd throw it in here.
Nest is a very interesting company founded by former Apple techs. Their innovative furnace thermostat was the first product and now they have the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector.
The retail price
is an eyebrow raising $129! As a veteran, I was able to get a 10% discount at Home Depot. Why spend triple the cost of a normal detector? I'll tell you why we did.
We've all been frustrated by smoke detectors:
- The battery
should be replaced every six months
- False alarms frequently occur
- We have to remove the battery
to silence a false alarm
(will we install it back in or just leave it out?)
The Protect cures all these issues. The battery version has six lithium AA batteries that should last a couple years and it calmly tells you via voice and the app if they need replacing. If a false alarm occurs, you get a heads-up via voice before the siren starts and you can prevent the siren with just a tap and get back to what you were cooking/burning in the galley
A neat side benefit if it's connected to the Internet
and you have an Android or Apple phone
, you will receive a notification if the alarm goes off. A large Chris Craft recently burned up at our marina. The owner stopped in to turn on the heaters to pre-heat the boat and then headed over to the nearby pub. Something started a fire and his boat was destroyed while he was only a few hundred yards away.
Wi-fi and a smart phone
isn't required to use the Protect, but it is handy to be able to program a couple of the features.
Here's a link to an information page: https://nest.com/smoke-co-alarm/life-with-nest-protect/
The Nest Protect manual
- When/If the batteries do die, Li-Ion replacements
will be more expensive
- Because it's a CO detector, it only lasts 7 years when it needs to be replaced. Federal law requires this.
I can't imagine needing more than one of these on a boat. I mounted ours on the saloon
ceiling with heavy duty velcro. Let me know if you have questions.