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Wireless door bells - best buy?


#1

Need a simple door bell, press button should be battery operated - receiver can be put in a power board. Have bought several now, none last longer than 6 months. Has any testing been done on this item? Which one will last a couple of years at least?

Or, is the only ‘best’ option to pay an electrician to install a wired one?


#2

Hope you took them back for a refund if it was a fault in the door bell rather than a flat battery. The fault will be covered by Australian Consumer Law.

Unfortunately don’t have doorbells installed, so unable to provide a recommendation.


#3

I bought two wireless doorbells from Aldi because we had a situation where wiring was impossible.

I installed one button and used both receivers/bells in different parts of our home. The button is exposed to sun, wind, salt, and moisture with only a small overhead cover and a long way through the building from the receivers.

So far, after a couple of years all that has failed are batteries. :slight_smile:

If I need to replace it, I would buy the same again.


#4

We have an unbreakable, non-electronic, non-remote front door bell.

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#5

Hi @gowinter, we haven’t tested doorbells at CHOICE but I’ll be sure to pass on your request.


#6

I’d like a doorbell that can detect sales people, religious callers, charity collectors and other scammers - that delivers a substantial electrical discharge immediately back to them that pressed it :wink:


#7

I had a wireless doorbell (a cheapie from a hardware store) when I first moved to this house some 18 years ago, but I got rid of it when I became a target for doorbell ringers and runners. Teen females. Strange behaviour but really annoying. Havent bothered since then.


#8

I think that would be a major selling item if there was one.


#9

I threw one out thinking it was faulty. It was here in the house when we bought it. Turned out the battery in the outside button mechanism was flat and that was all that was wrong.


#10

So I bought another one which works fine. However if you have power failure even for a couple of seconds you have to pull the main ringer out of its power socket and put it back again . It then resets its self.


#11

We purchased an all battery door bell (external push button and bell receiver). We can move the bell around the house to suit if needed.

The batteries last 6-12 months as the bell receiver needs power continuously. Most visitors - we’ve had two last year miss the ringer and just keep on walking around the house or bang on the door. We live in a rural area, so I wonder at the wisdom of it all given we can usually hear anyone approaching and opening the gate before coming to the door?

It would only be worth a fixed install by an electrician if they were here to do other work in the same part of the house and roof! You can buy a lot of batteries (even rechargable) for one hour of an electricians time!


#12

Not so hard.
Just a small add on to one of those video camera like devices with a key pad as for a multi unit property or gated mansion. Play a recorded message after the caller presses the ring button. As an example “Welcome, I am very busy today and may not be available. Please do not waste your time - are you a product specialist - please press one, are you interested in religion - please press two, are you in need of financial assistance - please press three, if you would like to know me better - please press four and leave your personal contact details after the beep, if I know you - you will know which button to bring joy, thank you - have a nice day.” Please press # to hear these options again.

It may be best to leave the responses to options 1 thru 4 to each householders personal preferences. You might also like to start the intro with a sort note advising - “for quality and training purposes this visit may be video recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded please …”. :grin:

Crowd funding anyone? :thinking:
You may need to provide your own accessories to suit to help the price down, and limit the developers liability in the instance the doorway has inadvertently connected to an electric cattle fence. Just kidding! :rofl:


#13

I bought an HPM Battery Operated Wireless Door Chime (I/N: 4061828) from Bunnings for $11 nearly a year ago and so far haven’t had to change the batteries. I check it every week to make sure it’s still working and will change the batteries when it stops working. That way I’ll know how long the batteries last. Lastly, to make sure the batteries don’t leak, I’d suggest the batteries be changed about every six months.


#14

We have had all battery operated doorbells for many years after our original plug-in doorbell failed. Our current version, an HPM model, was bought over six years ago from a hardware store and is working well with only battery replacements needed every 2 - 3 years.

However we do have ‘phantom’ bell ringers - just out of the blue the bell rings. Quite disconcerting during daytime especially when I happened to be standing right next to the bell but it’s terrifying when it happens in the small hours of the morning. Fly out of bed and race to answer the door expecting to see police with a terrible message to impart, but no - just the phantom caller. As we live in a semi rural area we’re confident that it’s not a person doing a runner after pressing the bell as they’d be seen legging it down our long driveway.