The manufacturer has withdrawn from the European market and is no longer supplying compatible alternatives. Since it is not possible to interlink alarms from different manufacturers, the recommended replacement for the whole discontinued 700MBX range is the Kidde Firex series.
Fitted with a replaceable alkaline back-up battery, the BRK 790MBX (also known as 690MBX) is a mains powered heat alarm ideal for areas where a standard smoke alarm would be unsuitable, such as kitchens and garages. Supplied with an easy to install push-fit base, the alarm is designed to detect rapid increases in room temperature and up to 12 smoke and heat alarms can be interlinked via a hardwired connection to ensure an early warning if a fire is detected.
230V mains powered heat alarm
9V alkaline back-up battery (included)
5 year manufacturers warranty
Please note that BRK and First Alert are no longer manufacturing new stock for the European Market and while the products may have a 2018/19 manufacturing date they still provide a full 10 year lifespan and full warranty cover from date of purchase
Hardwire interlink with up to 12 compatible devices
Q. Why do your mains powered alarms have batteries?
All our mains powered alarms have a battery backup. Although mains powered alarms without this option do exist (BS5839 part 6 grade E), we regard them as far too dangerous, as a lot of fires are caused by electrical faults leaving the building unprotected against fire if the smoke alarms have no backup battery. With our mains powered alarms you will always be protected.
Q. Can I put my smoke alarm on the wall, or must it be mounted on the ceiling?
The best location to install your smoke alarm is in the centre of the ceiling rather than on the wall. During a fire, smoke initially rises and then spreads to the sides of the room. By installing the alarm on the ceiling, this ensures that you receive the earliest possible warning of a fire.
Q. Do you need an electrician to connect mains powered smoke alarms?
It is necessary that an electrician installs mains powered smoke alarms.
Q. When the test button is pressed on an interlinking smoke alarm will this cause all the other units to go off, too?
Yes, by pressing the test button on one alarm all the units in that family will also be activated. To 'teach' the units which other smoke alarms belong to the same family, the smoke alarms have to be set up together during the installation. This is done by pressing a 'housecoding button' or similar process.
Q. How long do the batteries last in smoke alarms?
The 9V alkaline batteries last 12-18 months. Lithium batteries will usually last 5x longer than their alkaline counterparts, achieving around 5 years lifetime. Some lithium cells are also rechargeable, and when used in a mains-powered alarm may last for the entire functional lifespan of the alarm. Newer alarm models may also feature a "sealed" lithium battery. These batteries are specialist components which are designed to not be removed or need replacing by the user, and have been tested by the alarm manufacturer to ensure they last for the lifetime of the alarm.
Please Note: the actual lifetime of your batteries depends on how often the alarms are tested or activated, as sounding the alarm draws more power than when the alarms are "waiting" to detect fire. You should also read your alarm's manual to make sure you only use the recommended types and brands of batteries, as failing to follow these instructions may cause the alarm to malfunction, not alerting you in the event of a fire, and might also invalidate the warranty.