How to Test Flame Detector Tester
Name of Equipment: Flame Detector Tester
Type: Universal UV/IR Test Lamp T-229/4P
Maker: SenseWare (www.testlamp.com)
Rapid fire could spread in a second and burn all materials around it if not extinguish immediately. Luckily, we can prevent this by installing the flame detector especially near the vulnerable areas and where the heat is generated onboard the ship like the main engine, incinerator, boiler, purifier and generator area where oil can be found. This flame detector act as flame eye in continuous manner to monitor any UV light emitted in any surroundings, it activates immediately the alarm if sense a flame than the smoke that will travel more above which will take time.
From a little spark may burst a flame.
Most of the flame detectors are connected to Local Fire Fighting Water Based System or mostly wide known as Water Mist System, will explain to other post for that one.
From the carrying case, it includes the following:
- Tester unit – 12Vdc operated, H3 100W lamp, test range up to 4-8 meters, weights 2.1 kg.
- Battery – Sealed lead acid, 12Vdc, 2.7Ah
- Charger – 100-240Vac, 500mA
- Adapter (charger) – Selectable switching plug for US, EU, GB and AU.
The SENSE-WARE T-229/4P flame detector test lamp activates UV, IR and UV/IR flame detectors which detect in the 185-235nm UV and single IR frequency ranges. For UV only detectors the maximum distance is up to 8 meters in continuous mode. The test range for IR and UV/IR detectors is up to 4 meters. Most IR flame detectors have an extra alarm criterion; analyzing the flicker frequency of a fire. In order to simulate the flame flicker, the lamp needs to be pulsated. For this, the test lamp T-229/4P can be put into the pulse mode by means of selection switch on the left side of the test lamp. The lamp then emits pulse light with a frequency of approximately 2 Hz. After the alarm delay time the IR or UV/IR flame detector will activate.
- Point at the flame detector within the test distance within the vision of detector.
- Press the trigger and wait until the Flame detector is activated.
- Verify that the switch at the back of test lamp is in the continuous mode. For IR or UV/IR detectors the switch should be on the pulse mode.
- Operate the test lamp for at least the selected delay time of the detector. Most flame detectors will respond within 30 seconds when the test criteria have been met.
- Do not use the test lamp in intermittent operation or continuous mode for longer than 1 minute.
- Wait at least 30 seconds after each test before performing the next test.
I tried to test this one in SALWICO EVC-IR Flame Detector from Consilium (www.consilium.se) and it took time to activate the alarm. First is continuous mode which even I placed it near then second one is the pulse mode with 2 Hz frequency which will flicker the lamp but still not activated. I want to verify this tool if it will work properly for proper tool for testing the flame detector, I switch it back to continuous mode and manually pressed On-OFF. Manually making my own frequency by my finger and activates after a 15 seconds.
Check my post for How to Use SOLO 330 Smoke Detector Tester.
I´ve tested this one also from my other previous ship with UV Flame Detector Type: 800/24 VST-K-NT A (FLAMTRON) from MINIMAX and can activate within 5 seconds in continuous or pulse mode. This detector is very sensitive to any UV rays especially when working with arc welding within the area or even a few seconds when you open the door in workshop and someone is using the arc welding. To prevent this, they supply a tube to be installed from the flame detector for the viewing angle. Even the halogen 300W flood light can activate this one.
- Plug in the charger and insert the charger cable plug to the Test lamp. The charge time for a completely discharged battery is +/- 4 hours. Do not charge for more than 6 hours.
- The Test lamp must be fully charge when stored immediately after use.
- Every 3 months, the unit should be recharge when stored without using.
- During charging, the red LED on the left of the test lamp in on. However, when the test lamp is completely discharge, during the first hours the red LED may be off.
Check my post for How to use SOLO 461 Heat Detector Tester.
I’m not paid to review or promote these equipment’s from the company. I just want to share my experience.
Have you tried this one before? What is your experience?
PS: Pardon my grammar, my English is bad.