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Aico Mains Powered Smoke Alarms with Lithium Back-up Battery Ei160RC Series

This product has been discontinued


This product has been discontinued and is no longer available to buy. Please see our alternative product: Mains Powered Smoke Alarms with Lithium Back-up Battery Ei160e Series.

Product Overview

The Ei160RC series of mains powered smoke alarms are fitted with a sealed rechargeable lithium long life battery. Designed to last the life of the alarm, the back up battery will not need replacing and continues to power the unit in case of a mains failure. The Ei160RC smoke alarms can be interconnected using cable, allowing all the alarms to sound if a single unit detects a fire. This interconnection feature provides occupants with the earliest warning in case of an emergency.

  • Ionisation and optical smoke alarms Kitemarked to BS EN 14604:2005
  • Suitable for installations complying to BS 5839-6: 2013 Grade D, E and F
  • 10 year rechargeable lithium back-up battery - Complete peace of mind for the full life of the alarms
  • Available in two versions:
    • Ionisation smoke alarm (Ei161RC) for fast-flaming fires - used on landings, offices
    • Optical smoke alarm (photo-electric smoke alarm) (Ei166RC), responds faster to smouldering fires - used in bedrooms, living rooms, hallways
  • 230V mains powered
  • Features test/hush button facility
  • Ei160 series alarms can be interconnected cable (or wireless if purchased with radio-interlink base)
  • 5 year guarantee
Interconnection

The table below shows all the units that can interconnect with the Ei160 series of alarms.

Alarms from the same series
Model Number
Type of unit
Type of interconnection
Ei161RC Ionisation Alarm Hard wire Interconnect
Ei166RC Optical Alarm Hard wire Interconnect
Ei164e Heat Alarm Hard wire Interconnect

EI2110

Multi Sensor Smoke & Heat Alarm Hard wire Interconnect
Ancillary Products
Model Number
Type of unit
Type of interconnection
Y03 Multi Frequency Sounder Hard wire Interconnect
Ei1529RC Smoke alarm Locate, Hush and Remote test switch Hard wire Interconnect
SAB300C Mains Powered Flashing Strobe - Clear Hard wire interconnect
SAB300R Mains Powered Flashing Strobe - Red Hard wire interconnect

Wiring Explained

The Ei160 series of smoke and heat alarms require a 230V AC mains power supply. Up to 12 alarms can be hard wire interconnected on one circuit.

To obtain a mains feed, the first alarm can be connected to the nearest lighting circuit using 2 core and earth cable. From this alarm, 3 core and earth cable is required for all additional alarms, which allows for the hard wire interconnection to work. Please see the diagram below:-


wiring-hard-wired-alarms

Alternatively, the alarms can be hard wired using a dedicated circuit from the distribution board.

Technical Data

This is the technical data for the Aico Mains Powered Smoke Alarms with Lithium Back-up Battery Ei160RC Series.

Dimensions (HxDia) Ionisation: 40x145mm
Optical: 50x152mm
Back-Up Battery Longlife Lithium Battery
Sound Output 85dB (minimum) at 3m
Temperature Range 0 to 40°C
Humidity Range 15% to 95% Relative Humidity

Technical Data Sheets

The following technical data sheets are available for this product:

FAQs (11)

Q. For mains powered Aico smoke and heat alarms, when the electricity supply fails and the back up battery takes over, please can you tell me how long the battery will last in this situation?

A. For mains powered Aico alarms with a new, fully charged lithium back up battery, the battery would last approx. 3-6 months without a mains supply. For mains powered Aico alarms with a standard alkaline back up battery, the battery would last up to a year without mains supply. If the alarm has been installed with an Ei168RC radio frequency base, please note that the Ei168RC back up battery would last approx 2 months if the power fails.

Q. I want to interlink 4 x Ei166 smoke alarms with the Ei1529RC. Do I need a spacial base (Ei128R) or is it possible to do this with the standard base the alarms come with? Also, what would we need to add the SAB300C beacon to the system?

A. The Ei160 series of detectors can hard wire interconnect with the Ei1529RC switch without the need for the Ei128R relay base. You would however require the Ei128R relay base to connect the detectors to the SAB300C beacon.

Q. My detector does not have "RC" stated at the end of the code. What does this stand for?

A. The RC just refers to "Remote Control" as the unit can be fitted to a radio-frequency base for interconnection. The model hasn't changed but the manufacturers changed the product code slightly in reference to this.

Q. Does this alarm conform to BS 5446 part 1 as recommended by the Fire Service?

A. This recommendation has been superseded by BS 14604:2005. All of our smoke and heat alarms conform to this standard in accordance with the Kitemark.

Q. Can I upgrade an existing Ei140 series base with a Ei160 series smoke alarm?

A. Yes, the bases for the Ei140 and Ei160 series are identical units and are interchangeable.

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Pricing & Availability

Model Stock Levels Price Weight
Ei161 - Ionisation Alarm with Lithium Back-Up Battery
Product Code: EI161RC
In Stock

£26.89 ex VAT

£32.27 inc VAT

0.281kg
Ei166 - Optical Smoke Alarm with Lithium Back-Up Battery
Product Code: EI166RC
Lead Time: 3–5 days

£37.79 ex VAT

£45.35 inc VAT

0.32kg

Customer Reviews

43 customers have rated this product and it has an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5

All our reviews are written by real customers that have purchased this product from us and are publsihed without modification.

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: KJ

Easy to fit. Base covered old alarm when it was removed.

Published on: 22nd June 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: JG

Ordering was very easy as was fitting the alarm (we did already have the base plate wired in position).

Published on: 7th June 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: JG

Ordering was easy as was fitting the alarm.

Published on: 7th June 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: JG

quite simply, it could be life saving! Very sensitive, therefore they do what they are supposed to do.

Published on: 2nd May 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: JG

This one is upstairs and, because the one downstairs is so sensitive, the upstairs alarm has never sounded..

Published on: 2nd May 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

easy installation

Published on: 27th January 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

peace of mind at a fair price

Published on: 27th January 2016

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Solved a problem

Published on: 30th August 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Super easy to install and wire up to a whole home system. Very impressed.

Published on: 6th June 2015

5 / 5 Stars

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Super easy to install and wire up to a whole home system. Very impressed.

Published on: 6th June 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Super easy to install and wire up to a whole home system. Very impressed.

Published on: 6th June 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Arrived very speedily. Exactly what was ordered and fitted easily on existing bases.

Published on: 27th April 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

did its job very pleased with my purchase and recommend them.

Published on: 12th March 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

fast , reliable and informative service.

Published on: 25th February 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

I assume they are 5* - having had them only a month it's hard to know ! Will know if they're worth the money in about 10 years.

Published on: 5th February 2015

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Easy to install, and works

Published on: 11th January 2015

5 / 5 Stars

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Easy to install, works

Published on: 11th January 2015

5 / 5 Stars

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Great product

Published on: 17th November 2014

5 / 5 Stars

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Great product

Published on: 17th November 2014

5 / 5 Stars

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Great product

Published on: 17th November 2014

5 / 5 Stars

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good product will be using again

Published on: 9th November 2014

5 / 5 Stars

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great will be using again

Published on: 9th November 2014

4 / 5 Stars

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An x

Published on: 3rd November 2014

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Well packaged, clear and comprehensive instructions and delivered as promised.

Published on: 6th May 2014

5 / 5 Stars

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Well packaged, clear and comprehensive instructions and delivered as promised

Published on: 6th May 2014

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Easily replaced out of date existing alarm and no batteries to replace or worry about.

Published on: 25th March 2014

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

easy to fit quality product

Published on: 21st March 2014

4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

my old Aico smoke alarm was prone to false alarms, so far this product has been false alarm free.

Published on: 18th February 2014

4 / 5 Stars

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As above

Published on: 18th February 2014

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Top quality, good price, simple to fit We've been in our house for 13 years. Like most people, we replace the battery on the smoke alarm when it squeaks (always in the middle of the night when it's cold) and that's about it. But this time I thought it best to replace all three across the house. Safelincs provided a good price and service and I got an electrician to fit. This time with a long life Lithium battery so less squeaks at night. Makes safe sense

Published on: 19th December 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Good product. Replaced 13 year old alarm. Long life Lithium battery I bought three mains powered, battery backed smoke alarms to replace 13 year old models. Two traditional and one partical detection variant. Simples. And the long life Lithium battery should prevent the annual mid-night squeak when the battery needs replacing. Thanks Safelinks. You know it makes safe sense.

Published on: 19th December 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

well made: does the job well

Published on: 20th October 2013

4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Simple to fit and operate

Published on: 19th October 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Excellent service and price.

Published on: 23rd September 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Tidy looking, robust design with impressive longevity After shopping around for ages, reading up on all the different options of detectors out there. I spoke with Safelincs staff in an IM chat on a few occasions and they really reassured me in my choices and where knowledgeable and helpful. Although having shopped about they are not the cheapest out there, it was their customer service that made me purchase from them above their competitors.

Published on: 23rd September 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Does the job as described

Published on: 20th September 2013

4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

great service, easy to fit, works perfect

Published on: 24th August 2013

4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Well designed sensor, economical option. We bought this to replace an ageing similar alarm, and opted for the rechargeable model as an upgrade. Very simple replacement and it seems to be working well so far.

Published on: 28th June 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Does what it is supposed to do.

Published on: 23rd June 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Excellent. I always put these up in customers houses, they work really well.

Published on: 26th April 2013

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

I like them. Great product.

Published on: 26th April 2013

Customer didn't leave a rating

Reviewed by: -

Easier to install than others I've used, seems like a quality bit of kit.

Published on: 11th June 2012

4 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Does exactly what it says on the tin, with no dramas. Is a bit larger than a normal smoke alarm though.

Published on: 8th March 2012

Customer didn't leave a rating

Reviewed by: -

I am more than happy with your service ( First Class Service, will use again and tell other people how good you are)

Published on: 5th December 2010

5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by: -

Replaced an old alarm but was easy to instal by myself (a non-professional electrician)

Published on: 31st May 2010

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