3 signs you need to replace your alarm system batteries

Periodically, the batteries in your alarm system need to be replaced for optimal performance. Before you determine when to replace the batteries, you’ll have to check your system to see what kind of power source it uses. Some systems are operated on electricity, while others exclusively use batteries. Others use a combination of both. Northeast Battery can provide expert advice on finding the right batteries for your alarm system and replacing them as needed.


Typical Alarm System Configurations

Before deciding when to replace the battery on your alarm system, it helps to know what kind of power configuration your system has. Control panels that control the system are usually operated with electric power. However, they may have a backup battery that produces extra power when needed. Hardwired smoke detectors are often run on battery power. Motion detectors are often powered exclusively by batteries. Security cameras are frequently powered by electricity, but some cameras are operated by battery power, and others use a combination of both.


When to Replace an Alarm System Battery

Regardless of the type of system that you have, there are several ways to determine when it is time to change the battery.



Although there is some variation in battery longevity, most batteries in alarm systems today will last somewhere between three and five years. Battery lifespan is affected by the kind of batteries that you use and how often you use the system. Motion-sensor batteries typically last for about four or five years, but the newest models have an even longer lifespan of about seven years. As a general rule, you should aim to replace the batteries in your system at the five-year mark if the batteries have not yet been replaced since you installed the system.


Low Battery Warning

Sometimes, you’ll know that it is time to replace the battery on your alarm system if the low battery warning comes on without good reason. If the low battery indicator light illuminates on your system even though it hasn’t used backup battery power in awhile, a battery with little remaining longevity may be the underlying cause. If you notice that the battery’s low warning light continues to stay on, it is probably time to contact an expert from Northeast Battery to take a look at the system and replace the battery if necessary. When you do replace the battery, make sure to get a compatible replacement for the battery system that you currently use in the alarm panel.


Beeping Keypads

If the keypad for your home alarm system starts beeping, it’s a sign that the power supply is low and the battery might need to be replaced. The keypad may beep infrequently at first, but it will beep more consistently as the power supply drains. Replacing the battery will stop the annoying beeping and keep your alarm system working properly, which in turn keeps your home safer. When in doubt, you can check the owner’s manual to learn more about what the beeping sounds indicate.

For more details about your home system alarm’s batteries, contact Northeast Battery today.

How long do electric power wheel chair batteries last?

Whether you’re just purchasing your first wheel chair or you’ve used one for some time, you may be wondering how much battery life you can get out of your wheel chair. The answer to that question varies. Generally, you can expect to get about eight hours of use out of a fully charged battery. A battery will perform at peak capacity for about 1.5 years, and it will need replacement between 12 and 24 months. Northeast Battery can recommend batteries for your wheel chair for optimal performance and longevity based on your own personal factors.


Average Wheel Chair Battery Lifespan

On average, a wheel chair’s battery will last somewhere between one and two years. If you get a lower-quality battery, you may get about six months’ worth of battery power instead. While the type of battery you get has some influence on the battery’s lifespan and power output, other factors play a role in the battery’s longevity. The weight of the wheel chair’s user influences how long the battery lasts, as does the overall health of the battery.


Factors That Affect Battery Lifespan

Some factors that affect a wheel chair’s battery life are fixed, while others are variable. One variable factor is the environment in which the wheel chair is operated. Driving more frequently during the day influences the battery’s life. If you drive more frequently than the average of 10 miles per day, the battery will wear out sooner. As a rule of thumb, driving on hard and flat surfaces reduces strain on the battery and increases its longevity.

Another factor that affects wheel chair battery life is weight. That includes the weight of the user and any excess weight that you carry around, such as groceries and equipment. The more weight that the chair needs to support, the harder the battery must work, which in turn reduces its range and overall lifespan.

The frequency at which you charge the battery for your chair also affects its longevity. Ideally, the battery should be recharged at least once each day, provided you use the wheel chair on a daily basis. In fact, keeping the battery charged will extend its lifespan. Batteries also perform best when they are fully charged. So if you are planning to go out for an extended period of time, it’s best to make sure that the battery is charged to at least partial capacity prior to leaving your home.


Battery Best Practices

Along with charging your battery at least once every day, there are several other tips to keep in mind for optimal battery longevity. Just as you should aim to charge the battery once daily, you should try to never let it run out completely. Additionally, “topping off” the battery, which is charging it to the fullest extent, can negatively impact its lifespan. If the battery is already fully charged, try to let it run out of power for a bit before recharging. Charging the battery overnight is best, as most batteries take a full eight hours to recharge.

If you have questions about battery longevity or need assistance finding the right battery for your wheel chair’s performance, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Northeast Battery for assistance.