Smoke Detectors are a good investment for keeping your house safe, but unless you get a smart one you have to be home to know if they’re going off. The product we are testing today in the X-Sense Mini, which isn’t a smart smoke alarm, but it is a very affordable one and you can interconnect up to 24. Not being able to receive notifications when the alarm goes off is kind of a bummer, but having a reliable alarm means that the people inside will be alerted to escape in case of smoke.
Features and specifications
|Item Model Number
|Replaceable 3 V CR123A lithium battery
|UL 217, EN 14604:2005
|TÜV and CE listed
|< 15 uA (avg.)
|< 150 mA (avg.)
|Operating Relative Humidity
|≤ 85% RH (non-condensing)
|≥ 85 dB at 10 ft (3 m)
|≤ 9 minutes
|915 MHz (UL), 868 MHz (TÜV)
|Maximum Number of Interconnected Units
|24 wireless units (only compatible with X-Sense wireless alarms)
|Screw fixings and mounting bracket supplied
|Indoor use only
|0.20 lb (92 g)
|3.0 × 3.0 × 1.9 inches (78 × 78 × 48 mm)
|1 × Alarm Unit + 1 × Mounting Bracket + 2 × Screws + 2 × Anchor Plugs + 1 × User Manual
We received a pack of three smoke detectors from X-Sense. The X-Sense Mini is a very compact smoke detector that can be mounted on the ceiling or wall and it has TÜV certification.
The X-Sense Mini has a round plastic case with a circular opening towards the speaker and on the sides. The smoke detecting sensor is protected by a metallic mesh cover that can be seen from the sides.
The X-Sense Mini is powered by a CR123A 3.0V Lithium Battery that should last 5 years, according to the developer. The smoke detector itself it is said to work for 10 years. To activate the device you need to pull the transparent plastic tab and place the battery in its place. You can use the included screws to mount the alarms, but due to their relatively small weight you can also use a 3M tape to stick them to the walls.
To test the alarm you need to press the Test/Mute button. If it works you should hear three loud noises. The noise is loud enough to wake you up even from the deapest sleep, which is good.
We tested the X-Sense Mini using regular items and it performed well. When one of the alarms senses the smoke, all of them will sound together.
Overall, for 30 euro a piece you get a pretty good smoke alarm. It does not have any fancy features, like smart integrations or CO carbon-monoxide detection, but the X-Sense Mini is a good cheap smoke alarm. You can buy them directly from Amazon as a single unit, three pack, six pack or 12 pack. Each unit covers between 20 to 40 square meters, so you can do the math on how many units you need, based on your house.