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How long should an Elk M1G battery last?
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Last night my Elk keypad started beeping periodically and displays "Low Battery". The little light is ON on the Elk brick. The Elk and it's battery are almost 3 years old.

Is it reasonable that I need to buy a new battery already. If so, any recommendations on where to buy a replacement?

Is there anything else I should check first?
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kayemsi Wrote:Last night my Elk keypad started beeping periodically and displays "Low Battery". The little light is ON on the Elk brick. The Elk and it's battery are almost 3 years old.

Is it reasonable that I need to buy a new battery already. If so, any recommendations on where to buy a replacement?

Is there anything else I should check first?

I just had to replace mine. It lasted 4-5 years which I have read is about average. It is a pretty standard alarm backup battery. If you have a Fry's or Battery Plus nearby, they are $20-$30. I also believe Automated Outlet carries them online if you don't have anything local. In my case, I had an old small APC UPS sitting around and I stole the battery out of it since it fit in the cabinet and met the specs. BTW, in the meantime, you can press the * key on a keypad and it will silence the beep. I almost went crazy before I finally looked that up.

Joey
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You also should replace it BEFORE the panel tells you to. Every three years is a good timeframe. By the time your panel tells you to to change it, the battery is pretty shot. If you had a power outage the day before that, it probably wouldn't have lasted more then 1/2 hour. Before you replace it do a test, and see if your panel runs the required 8 hours. I bet it won't be even close.
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