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Do you use your portable gas detector every day, or get it out of storage as and when you need it? Either or, there are things you need to be aware of when putting your device into storage- and conditions they are kept in can have a real impact on the devices.

What you need to be aware of when putting your portable gas detector in storage


The battery within your portable detector does not entirely switch off the moment your detector does. The date and time clock along with other internal processes are running constantly. If your battery dies whilst in storage the date and time may need reset when the device is charged up again. This is easy done with the correct accessories, but most likely will lead to an inconvenient trip to your service centre.

Larger detectors such as Detective+, contain lead-acid batteries (similar to a car). These batteries do not like being left to go flat during storage, which can affect the battery life. Before putting them away give them a boost and keep them topped up periodically.

The best advice is to fully charge your detector before putting it in storage. You should also refer to the user manual for specific advice on charging before and during storage periods, as storage times vary from case to case. The most common period of time is four weeks, which is what we are basing our information on.

Portable gas detector. GMI PS200


Batteries and detectors are both sensitive to their storage environment. Extreme temperature and humidity should be avoided, and your detectors should be kept away from any chemicals that could potentially affect the sensors. For example, high concentrations of solvents or silicone compounds can poison catalytic flammable sensors.

Coming out of hibernation

Before using your detector after taking it out of storage make sure its fully operational and within calibration periods.

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