I know the majority of people here own Fire Alarms already, But I’m writing this so first timer’s on the forum know what collecting an alarm is like.
Getting your first alarm is very exciting. Most likely you will keep this forever!
But, getting your first alarm can be a hassle, especially with all of the loopholes involved.
But before I recommend a few alarms, We need to know who and where NOT to buy from.
Don’t buy an alarm from these sellers/services listed below.
Any Ebay sellers listed in This thread.
Something that looks like These.
These are NOT real alarms. They are fake alarms targeted at first timer’s for their really cheap price. These alarms are meant to look like a BG-12 and a Spectralert Classic. The real versions are these.
See the difference?
Anything over $100. Its too much. Don’t Bother.
Anything from Amazon. Amazon’s Fire alarm page has stuff, But it is mostly Overpriced or Fake. Don’t bother.
Now, What is a great starter alarm?
Well many collectors have differing opinions. Many will say, “Get a BG-12 and a Spectralert Advance!” But it is entirely your choice. Every collector has their own likes and dislikes. So it is up to you.
Good starter alarms are conventional ones, They will do their job just with a power source, Nothing else. Stay away from Addressable/Sync required products. Newer Simplex devices can have these, so It’s a good idea to run it thru the TFP Simplex Model Number Checker. Also stay away from devices that are not 12 or 24 Volts DC because they require a special power source that is not common.
Find something that currently fits your needs. Most likely you won’t have your Dream alarm right away. Find an alarm that you can afford and looks visually appealing to you.
Now, where do you get you first alarm? Most collectors use Ebay for their fire alarm shopping.(But there is many others too.) Ebay is a great place to look for an preferred alarm. The alarm you want might not show up, Especially if it is a rare device.
Just want to go random? There are many Fire alarm Mystery boxes out there. This is when the seller puts in random alarms and ships it to you. I have also compiled Ebay links for fire alarm searches.
I hope this helps you with your collecting!
Once you are done, Check these out!
Mod Edit: Apologies for not moving this sooner, I’ve gone ahead and moved this post to the guides category for you!