This mains powered Radio-interlinked ionisation smoke alarm has a 10 year rechargeable lithium backup battery. The alarm does not require any cable to connect to other units and is ideal for extensions, small let properties and small businesses.
- Mains powered radio-interlinked smoke alarms as a variation of the Ei161 ionisation smoke alarm
- Each unit consists of a radio-frequency base-plate and the Ei161ionisation smoke alarm sensor
- Requires no cables between units
- Can be powered from the nearest light fitting
- Re-chargeable lithium battery backup guaranteed for 10 years
- 5 year warranty
- Can be interlinked with heat and optical alarms
- A maximum of 12 alarms can be interconnected including:
- Ei168RC/EI164, Ei168RC/Ei166, Ei168RC/Ei2110
- Kitemarked to BS EN14604:2005
- Suitable for installations complying to BS 5839-6: 2013 Grade D, E and F
- CE marked
- With test and hush button
- LED display to show correct power supply
- Can transmit up to 30m in buildings
- Built-in radioLINK repeater function allows for the RF signal to work around obstructions
- Supplied with fixings; 2 x screws and 2 x rawl plugs
The table below shows all the units that can interconnect with the EI168RC/Ei161RC.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Type of unit
Type of interconnection
||Battery powered CO detector
||Mains powered CO detector
Q. Are there any restrictions to the distance a radio-interlinked smoke alarm will work?
Most radio-interlinked alarms have a range of 150 meters in an open space and up to 30 meters in buildings. The thickness of the walls and partitions will affect the travel distance of the signal.
Q. How do you wire in the Ei140/Ei160 series of smoke alarms?
To wire the units correctly you would use 2 core and earth cable to the first unit and 3 core and earth to the interconnected units. The alarms do not have to be earthed but a brass screw connector is provided so that the earth can be safety terminated.
Q. I have added an Ei168RC164RC wireless linked heat detector to my garage some time after the installation of various other wireless Ei160 detectors in the house. What do I have to do to get the system to recognise the new detector please?
To get the Ei168RC164RC to communicate with the existing alarms, you would need to housecode all the units again. Press the housecode button on the new Ei168RC base and on each of the existing units.
Q. Please could you explain how the repeater function works on the Aico/Ei radio interlinked detectors.
Hello. The radioLINK repeater function allows the smoke alarm to "repeat" the radio frequency signal around obstructions. This stops the signal from becoming blocked and ensures that all interlinked alarms can be reached. This repeater function is built-in to the the Ei168RC radioLINK base (with Ei140, Ei160 or Ei2110 alarm), the Ei600 series of radio interlinked battery powered smoke and heat alarms as well as the Ei262 and Ei208WRF carbon monoxide alarms as standard. When house coded, the system works itself out which alarms are to act as repeaters - it's not something you set up yourself.
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?
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.