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    How often does your department change the batteries in the newer Scott packs, for the HUD and PASS alarms? The literature with the packs does not give any recommendations. We are a small volunteer department with about 70 runs a year. Most of which do not require air packs. Thanks

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    I like to change all 3 whenever the regulator battery dies, because the pack will function perfectly without the heads up display. Heck it will function without any batteries, just no pass device. Do you use auxillary pass devices?
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    Our batteries have an average life of 3 years. They will beep like a smoke detector when the batteries are running low. We replace all three at once too.
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    At the start of each shift, all packs get turned on, all lights and horns activated.

    All batteries are changed regardless when the clocks change. That goes with all the other usual stuff.

    Whenever the pass or hud batteries go low, everything on that pack get changed. needless to say we go through a lot of batteries. whatever is still not totally empty, we use for odd ball stuff around the firehouse.
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    My mistake..........................

    Just checked and all the batteries are changed once a year when they get serviced by the Scott service guy. It's all part of the service and testing agreement.
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    We change ours quarterly. It also is standing order to change all the batteries when one set starts going bad. I know its already been said a few times but oh well "batteries are cheap compared to lives."

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    Due to numerous dead batteries over the first few years with minimal use, I started changing them every 6 months, no matter how much life was left in them.

    Our run count is similar to yours, and even with new batteries every six months and tracking scba usage some still go dead with little use before the six month mark.

    Many departments in my area are changing batteries at six months, Scott and MSA and it solved 99% of the batt problems. So I started doing the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ha11igan View Post
    Do you use auxillary pass devices?
    No we do not use axillary pass.


    Thanks for the replies. The batteries on the HUDs went dead with very little usage. Not that we can't use the gauges, but it does seem to be using battery life quickly. We are probably going to go with every six months.

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    Default Twice a year

    We change both the HUD and the voice amp batteries twice a year. We change our Grace PASS batteries every 3 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchkrat View Post
    We change both the HUD and the voice amp batteries twice a year. We change our Grace PASS batteries every 3 months.
    Hmmm, we are out to bid on SCBA's right now. Been testing the newest Scott pack for about a month, expecting to switch to it.

    We were told that there was only one set of batteries unless we add things like the voice amp.

    Is this new on the 2007's? Or are there more batteries we didn't find?

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    We have Scott AP 50's and there is 2 AA batteries for the HUD and 1 9 volt for the PASS.

    All 3 get changed at once.

    We change them twice a year...same time as battery change in the smoke detectors...

    ps - we have found 0 difference in using the Scott recommend batteries compared to any standard battery...other than a lower cost using standard ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kd7fds View Post
    Hmmm, we are out to bid on SCBA's right now. Been testing the newest Scott pack for about a month, expecting to switch to it.

    We were told that there was only one set of batteries unless we add things like the voice amp.

    Is this new on the 2007's? Or are there more batteries we didn't find?

    Battery pack is different on the 2007 version Scott. One pack located to right of the cylinder valve. 6x AA batteries. I think a big improvement on the 2002 which had 3x C cells (I find to be very expensive and lousy life).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kd7fds View Post
    Hmmm, we are out to bid on SCBA's right now. Been testing the newest Scott pack for about a month, expecting to switch to it.

    We were told that there was only one set of batteries unless we add things like the voice amp.

    Is this new on the 2007's? Or are there more batteries we didn't find?
    We have the Scott Fifty bought in 2006. They use two AA for the HUD and 2 9-volt for the integrated PASS as well as the vice amp (I don't remember right now what those batteries are, but we don't change them until needed).

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    Regardless of your call volume, its advisable to check SCBA units at least weekly and keep records on file documenting them. The Scott units will have a red flashing light in the HUD to indicate low battery, once the self test light cycle is complete. On power up all the lights will illuminate, after about 20 seconds the lights indicating air level and PASS status as well as battery life will then be avtive. Changing them when they arent low, is in my opinion a waste of batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchkrat View Post
    We change our Grace PASS batteries every 3 months.
    And a fcuking piece of junk those things are!
    Lucky if we see 3 months on those batteries.
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    Don't just swap the batteries. Take a good look around.
    Use a flashlight during battery changes and inspect the hard to see immediate areas.
    Inspect the contacts/metal tabs that make contact with the batteries and attached wiring.
    During a SCBA battery change, looked into the lower part of a battery compartment and was suprised to see some corrosion on one of the tabs. The battery leakage wasn't real obvious. The leaking battery was a good brand, came with the pack, and had been in use under a year.

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