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Mains Powered Ionisation Smoke Alarm with Lithium Back-up Battery Ei161RC

Discontinued Product

This product has been discontinued.

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Replacement for Ei161, Ei161RC & Ei161e Smoke Alarms

  • Power: 230V mains with back-up battery
  • Back-up Battery: Self-charging lifetime battery
  • Warranty: 5 year warranty
  • Fits onto your existing Ei161 smoke alarm base
  • Fully compatible replacement for Ei161 smoke alarms
  • Upgrade to optical sensor technology for fewer false alarms
  • Kitemarked to BS EN 14604: 2005

£51.23 inc VAT

£42.69 ex VAT

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Product Overview
A mains powered ionisation smoke alarm with hush button and 10 year rechargable lithium backup cells with mounting plate and surface mount kit.
  • 230V Hard-wired smoke alarm
  • Available in two versions:
  • 5 year manufacturer's warranty
  • 10 year Rechargeable Lithium Cell back-up
  • A maximum of 12 units can be interconnected via 3 core interconnection cable
  • Alarms that can be interconnected include:
  • Kitemarked to BS EN 14604:2005
  • Suitable for installations complying to BS 5839-6: 2013 Grade D, E and F
  • CE marked
  • Easi-fit mounting plate
  • Hush button for false alarm control
  • Separate mains and warning LEDs for easier identification of alarm status
  • Auto self-test feature continually monitors the sensor every 40 seconds for additional safety
  • Low power cell warning in the event of a mains or cell failure
  • Supplied with fixings; 2 x screws and 2 x rawl plugs

The table below shows all the units that can interconnect with the EI161.

Compatible Alarms
Model Number
Type of unit
Type of interconnection
Ei164RC Heat Alarm Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
Ei166RC Optical Alarm Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
EI2110 Multi Sensor Smoke & Heat Alarm Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
Ancillary Products
Model Number
Type of unit
Type of interconnection
Y03 Multi Frequency Sounder Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
MCP401RC Manual Call Point Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
Ei1529RC Smoke alarm Locate, Hush and Remote test switch Hard wire using 3 core interconnection cable
Technical Data
Product Code

Ei161EK Replacement Detector Head Kit:  EI161RCEK

Ei161E Ionisation Smoke Alarm:  EI161E

Brand EI Electronics
Back-Up Battery

Longlife Lithium Battery

Dimensions (HxDia)


Operating Temperature

0 to 40°C

Relative Humidity

15% to 95% Relative Humidity

Sound Output


Weight 0.28kg
Product Datasheets
FAQs (5)
Q. Can I add a CO detector to a smoke alarm system with Ei160 alarms?

Yes, even though the Ei160 series has been discontinued, the new Ei3000 series of alarms are compatible with any remaining 160s you still have. This includes the Ei3018 carbon monoxide alarm. We also recommend that you install a Ei1529RC locator switch as well which will allow you to find out whether an alarm is caused by CO gas or a fire.

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. Can I upgrade an existing Ei140 series base with an Ei3000 series alarm?

Yes, the new Ei3000 series is fully backward compatible and will work directly with the the Ei140 series base. Both the power supply and the interlink with any remaining Ei140 alarms will continue to work with your new Ei3000 alarm.

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

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

22 customers have given this product an overall rating of 4.9 out of 5

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Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

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Helpful, friendly and efficient customer service. Excellent product

Published on: 6th February 2018

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by:

Simple to install

Published on: 25th March 2017

Rating: 5 / 5 Stars

Reviewed by:

Easy to fit replacement for older EI alarm. Safelincs provided very helpful advice in selecting the product and very prompt delivery.

Published on: 27th February 2017

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