BRK 9120 Series Alarms Introduction and Frequently Asked Questions

BRK 9120 Series Alarms Introduction and Frequently Asked Questions
BRK 9120 Series Alarms Introduction
and Frequently Asked Questions
9120B
SC9120B
SA9121
Introduction
Introducing the Revolutionary 9120 Series smoke alarms and smoke & carbon
monoxide combination alarms from BRK. They have been redesigned from
the ground up. They install faster, perform better and are even smarter than
before. All of these improvements help reduce nuisance alarms and save the
Contractor time and money.
For over 40 years, BRK has always maintained our commitment to building
the absolute best in home-safety products. The 4120 Series changed the
industry in 1998 with contractor preferred features such as a side load
battery drawer, battery pull tab and a sleek, low profile design. Now, the
new 9120 Series with its new look, “Perfect Mount” gasketless base and
Smart Technology all make this alarm the best we have ever developed. We
asked you how we could make our alarms better, we listened to what you
had to say and we designed our products with you, the professional in mind.
The 9120 Series is a Smarter Choice…
Let the Revolution begin.
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Question: What’s new?
Answer:
New Look: The alarm’s new look now more closely matches the CO alarms in
the BRK line. This provides a consistent look throughout the home. The
Smoke/CO combo alarms are prominently marked with contrasting text to
clearly identify CO alarms from smoke alarms in the house.
Smart Technology System designed to help reduce unwanted or nuisance
alarms
Single Button Test/Silence eliminates confusion. Depending on what mode
the alarm is in, pushing the button provides different functions such as
testing the alarm, silencing the alarm, re-testing the alarm when in silence
and clearing the Latching feature.
Latching Alarm Indicator easily identifies initiating alarm even after the
alarm condition has subsided. Provides easy troubleshooting for improved
homeowner satisfaction.
Power-on Silence: the unit will not sound when power is initially supplied
Perfect Mount System includes a gasketless base for easy installation and a
new mounting bracket that keeps the alarm secure over a wide rotation
range to allow for true alignment.
Improved UV Resistance keeps the alarm from discoloring over time.
Other Contractor Preferred Features include tamper resistant locking pins
for the battery drawer and mounting bracket, dust cover, universal mounting
bracket with large opening and multiple keyhole slots, side load battery
drawer with battery pull tab and AC quick connect power connector.
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New Part Number: 9120 Series.
Question: What will the 9120 Series replace?
Answer:
.
The 9120 Series will replace all 4120 Series smoke alarms and the SC6120B
smoke/CO combo alarm as per the table below:
Current #
4120
4120-12ST
4120AB
4120B
86RACHA
4120B-48B
4120B-48P
4120B-GFD
4120LB
4120SAB
4120SB
4120SB-12ST
4120SB2
4120SB-48B
41206CP
4120SB6CP
4120SB-GFD
4919A
8120BL
SA4120B-48B
SA4120CN
SA4121B-48B
SA4121CN
New #
9120
9120-12ST
9120AB
9120B
9120BA
9120B-48B
9120B-48P
9120B-GFD
9120LB
Obsolete
Obsolete
9120B-12ST
9120B2
Obsolete
91206CP
9120B6CP
Obsolete
9120A
Obsolete
SA9120B-48B
Obsolete
Obsolete
SA9121CN
Description
AC BRK Smoke
AC BRK Smoke in 12-pack Stadium Tray
AC/DC BRK Smoke w/Alkaline Battery
AC/DC BRK Smoke (includes silence)
AC/DC BRK Smoke-Canada
AC/DC BRK Smoke 48 bulk pack
AC/DC BRK Smoke 48 pack
AC/DC BRK Smoke Gravity Feed Display
AC/DC BRK Smoke w/Lithium Battery
Not needed-Silence is a standard feature
Not needed-Silence is a standard feature
AC/DC BRK Smoke 12 pack Stadium Tray
AC/DC BRK Smoke 2 pack
Not needed-Silence is a standard feature
AC BRK Smoke Contractor bulk 6-pack
AC/DC BRK Smoke Contractor bulk 6-pack
Not needed-Silence is a standard feature
AC BRK Smoke Canada
Not needed. Latching is a standard feature.
AC/DC First Alert Smoke 48 bulk pack
AC First Alert Smoke-clamshell
Not needed-Silence is a standard feature
AC/DC First Alert Smoke-clamshell 3-pack
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Current #
SC6120B
None
None
SC6120B-12ST
New #
SC9120B
SC9120B-GFD
SC9120BA
SC9120B-12ST
SA4121CN3
Obsolete
Description
AC/DC BRK Smoke/CO combo
AC/DC BRK Smoke/CO Gravity Feed Display
AC/DC BRK Smoke/CO combo-Canada
AC/DC BRK Smoke/CO combo-12-pack
stadium tray
Replaced by SA9121CN
Question: What’s “Smart Technology”?
Answer:
“Smart Technology” is a system of improvements designed to work together
to reduce nuisance alarms.
The 9120 Series smoke alarms have a new metal sensing chamber that better
insulates the sensor from certain transients (dirty power) transmitted over
standard AC house wiring from the power companies.
A redesigned cover top and underneath help to better channel smoke to the
sensing chamber and improve horn output.
A new integrated circuit (IC) or brains of the alarm takes multiple looks at
conditions that cause the unit to alarm (due to either emergency or nonemergency conditions) versus only once with the 4120 series. This happens
before going into alarm, thus reducing the tendency to “nuisance” alarm.
Special Note: The SC9120B use a microprocessor vs. an IC as the brains for
the alarm and therefore does not utilize “Smart Technology” or have a metal
chamber. The SC9120B utilizes Intelligent Sensing Technology™ to achieve
similar results.
Question: What happens upon initial power-up or during a loss of power to the 9120
Series Alarm?
Answer:
The 9120 series alarm will remain silent upon initial power-up as long as the
battery pull tab is removed prior to AC power being applied. No more alarms
or chirps as with the 4120 series. This is especially important after a unit is
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in operation and there is a loss of power. Previously, the 4120B might go into
alarm upon power-up. The new 9120B will remain silent. Note: If AC power
is supplied before battery tab is removed, the unit is performing a normal
battery test function and will chirp twice in the first 5 – 10 seconds.
Question: What’s different about the “Perfect Mount” mounting system?
Answer:
The 9120 Series mounting system has been completely redesigned based on
our customers’ comments. The main difference is that the gasket has been
removed. This allows for easier installation. In addition, the alarm will
remain secure over a wide rotation range to allow for perfect alignment. The
alarm can be rotated past 12:00. When wall mounting, this will allow finetuning on the positioning to compensate for out of aligned wall studs and to
keep the wording level. The alarm can be positioned over the bracket every
120°. The features that pioneered the industry when the 4120B was
introduced have remained. The large holes in the mounting bracket and
keyhole slots have been retained.
Question: Can the 9120 Series alarm fit on the 4120 series mounting bracket?
Answer:
No. The enhanced alignment features and gasketless base will not allow the
9120 to mount on the old 4120 mounting bracket. However, as with the 4120
series alarms, installation and removal of the mounting bracket is easy with
the keyhole slots. The mounting screws do not have to be fully removed. Just
back off slightly and twist the bracket to loosen. Then replace with the new
9120 series bracket. The quick-connect power connector is common to all
BRK and First Alert hardwired alarms. Therefore, to replace a 4120 series
with a 9120 series alarm, all that needs to be done is change the mounting
bracket.
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Question: Is the 9120 Series alarm interconnectable with other BRK/First Alert
alarms?
Answer:
Yes. The 9120 Series is interconnectable with all current BRK and First Alert
hardwired smoke, carbon monoxide, heat, hearing impaired alarms and
relays. It is interconnectable with up to 18 devices (smoke, carbon
monoxide, heat alarms and relays, etc.), 12 of which can be smoke alarms as
outlined by NFPA.
Question: How do I test the 9120 Series Alarm?
Answer: The Single Button Test/Silence feature makes it easy to test the alarm
individually and when interconnected. Single Station Alarms: Test each
smoke alarm. Press and hold the Test/Silence button until the unit alarms.
Alarms in an Interconnected Series: Press and hold the Test/Silence button
until the unit alarms (about 3 seconds). All interconnected alarms should
sound. Important Note: Only the interconnect signal is tested on the other
alarms. It does not test each alarm’s chamber operation. You must test
each alarm individually to check if the alarm is functioning properly. This
is true of all UL listed smoke alarms.
Key Note: Different from the 4120 series, the 9120 series alarms will stop
testing immediately upon releasing the test button. This improvement was
added to make it easier for inspectors and homeowners to silence the unit
quicker. No more going through a complete horn pattern after the button is
released.
Question: What visual indications do I get during testing of an alarm?
Answer: On tested alarm
Red LED flashes rapidly
On all other alarms
Green LED(s) on, Red LED is off
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Question: How do I silence smoke alarms in an interconnected series:
Answer:
Whether with the 9120 Series or other BRK/First Alert smoke alarms, to
silence multiple alarms in an interconnected series, you must press the
Test/Silence button on the unit(s) that triggered the alarm.
Note: The red LED on the initiating alarm will flash rapidly. The red LED will
be off on all other non-initiating alarms. New on the 9120 series is that no
periodic audible chirp will be heard after the unit is silenced. The unit will
exit “silence mode” in approximately 10 minutes. While the unit is in
“silence mode” pressing and holding the Test/Silence button for
approximately 10 seconds will test the unit. After testing, the unit will reenter “silence mode” and the 10-minute timer will start over.
Question: How does the “Latching Alarm Indicator” work on the 9120 Series alarms?
Answer:
On the 9120 Series Smoke Alarms the “Latching Alarm Indicator” is
automatically set when an alarm is initiated. When the alarm condition has
subsided the “Latching Alarm Indicator” is set only on the alarm(s) subjected
to the nuisance issue. This feature improves homeowner satisfaction by
allowing for easy contractor troubleshooting of nuisance alarms with minimal
time in the home. No more wasted time and money removing all alarms to
resolve a homeowner’s concern. The green LED indicator will be on for two
seconds/off for two seconds, repeatedly until pushing the Test/Silence
button resets the “Latching Alarm Indicator”.
After an Alarm (Latching):
On initiating alarm(s)
Green LED on for 2 seconds/off for 2 seconds
On all other alarms
Green LED on, Red LED is off
The SC9120B is slightly different from the 9120 Series and has not changed
from the current SC6120B. The alarms latch in the same manor. That is,
when an event triggers an alarm; however the light indicators are different.
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After the alarm has ”latched”, the red LED will flash once every 5 seconds on
either the Smoke side, CO side or both, depending on whether smoke, CO or
both events have occurred. To clear the “latch” press the Test/Silence”
button.
After an Alarm (Latching):
On initiating alarm(s)
Red LED(s) flash every 5 seconds
On all other alarms
Green LED on, Red LED is off
Question: Is the 9120 UL approved?
Answer:
Yes. 9120 series smoke alarm meets UL 217 for smoke alarms and
SC9120B meets both UL217 and UL2034 for CO alarms. These
alarms also comply with California State Fire Marshall (CSFM),
Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Housing and Urban Development
(HUD), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and New York City (MEA).
Question: Does the 9120 have tamper resistant features?
Answer:
Yes. The 9120 Series has two locking
features. One to lock the unit to the
mounting bracket and one to lock the
battery drawer (except 9120 AC only
unit).
Question: Can I use the First Alert Universal
Adapter Plugs with the 9120 Series?
Answer:
Yes. Both of the First Alert adapter plugs
(ADK-12) for Kidde and (ADF-12) for Firex
alarms have been approved and will work
with the 9120 series alarms. The universal
adapter plugs allow the connection of
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and Frequently Asked Questions
BRK and First Alert hardwired alarms to either Kidde/Fyrnetics or Firex brand
hardwired alarms without disconnecting the wires. This is an advantage for
retrofitting and maintenance replacement jobs. Saves time and money.
Question: What other ”Contractor Preferred” features does the 9120 Series product
line have?
Answer:
Question:
Answer:
A Dust Cover is included to keep the alarm clean during construction.
Also the same easy Installation/maintenance Features pioneered on the 4120
series have been retained:
• Universal bracket works with any standard electrical box up to 4” in size.
• A large opening in the mounting bracket for easy access to wiring.
• A battery pull-tab that keeps battery fresh until the home is occupied.
• A Side Load Battery Drawer allows for easy battery
installation/replacement without removing the alarm from the ceiling or
wall. (Model 9120B and SC9120B only).
• AC Quick-Connect Power connector
• Keyhole slots in mounting bracket eliminate the need to completely
remove the mounting screws from the electrical box to install the
bracket.
How long will the battery last under battery backup?
A fresh battery in the 9120B will last up to one year, depending on how old it
was before it was installed and when it was activated. UL 217 mandates that
the battery in a backup mode only need to last for 24 hours in standby
condition and thereafter be able to be in alarm for at least 4 minutes.
The SC9120B battery will last for about 20 to 30 days. UL 2034 states that
the battery should last for 7 days in standby condition and thereafter be able
to be in alarm for at least 4 minutes.
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Question: Does the 9120 Series plastic have UV protection?
Answer:
Yes. The plastics have been enhanced to include Ultraviolet protection to
help keep the unit from discoloring after prolonged exposure to UV rays. This
can occur if the unit is exposed to the direct rays of the sun, near
fluorescent lighting or other UV sources. Positioning near a skylight or large
window can allow the sun to shine directly on the unit for a period of time
during the day.
Question: How does the 9120B stack up against the competition?
Answer:
FIREX®
AC Alarms:
406/41216/428
AC/DC Alarms:
4418/4518: This has turned into the price point alarm for Firex. It is an
older model lacking many of the expected features by contractors. The 4518
has silence.
• Separate model for Silence
• This still has the battery replacement in the back of the unit. The battery
is shipped backwards from the factory so additional labor must be used to reinsert the battery properly.
• The mounting bracket is difficult to use and does not adjust.
• No Latching
• The battery drawer cannot be locked separately from the alarm lock.
• No battery pull tabs
4618: The is Firex’s newer model designed to compete with BRK’s 4120B. It
has added the top load battery drawer.
• No Latching indicator
• Mounting bracket is not adjustable.
• The battery drawer cannot be locked.
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• Single button test/silence.
• Battery pull-tab.
5000: The 5000 has Latching added.
• Latching mode is very difficult to distinguish from Silence mode and low
battery. Latching: RED light blinks 3 times every minute, Silence: RED light
blinks once every 10 seconds and low battery: RED light blinks 4 times every
minute.
• Mounting bracket is not adjustable.
• The battery drawer cannot be locked.
• Single button test/silence.
• Battery pull-tab.
• Ramp-up test horn sounds like unit is mal-functioning with its
variable sound output.
KIDDE®/FYRNETICS®
AC Alarms: 1235
• No model with Silence
AC/DC Alarms: 1275/1275EH: These were Kidde’s staple models for AC
alarms. They will be replaced by the 1276. These models do have latching
but are in a housing that is missing most of the current contractor preferred
features:
• Separate model for Silence
• The battery is accessed from the back of the unit
• The mounting bracket is not user friendly
1276: This is the latest introduction from Kidde. They have addressed many
of the shortcomings from the old lineup. They almost match up feature for
feature with the new 9120B. They do have two separate buttons for test and
silence.
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USI®
AC Alarms: 1213
AC/DC Alarms: 1204/1209: The 1204/1209 alarms are on an old USI platform
that is missing most of the current contractor preferred features:
• Mounting bracket is most difficult to use in the industry. The keyhole slots
are covered by foam and are very difficult to locate on the electrical box.
Also, it’s not adjustable.
• Separate model for Silence
• No Latching
• The battery drawer cannot be locked separately from the alarm lock.
• Single button test/silence on 1204
5204: The USI 5204 is the latest USI model which added a side load battery
drawer
• No Latching
• The battery drawer cannot be locked.
• Single button test/silence.
Question: How much more will we charge for all of these features?
Answer:
Nothing! All of these features, Latching, Silence, Smart Technology,
Gasketless Base, Perfect Mount System, etc. are at no additional charge from
the current pricing of the 4120B. This will allow us to have a tremendous
advantage in the marketplace.
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