How to Use SOLO 330 Smoke Detector Tester
Update: Download the manual from maker below.
How to use SOLO 330 Aerosol Dispenser for smoke detector is very easy to use and let’s try to review this tool for Electrician or anyone use this if the Electrician is not present on-board a vessel. This special tool for smoke detectors, not necessarily you have this in every ship because you can still use the gas canister then spray it by hand, if cannot be reach, a portable ladder may help. But if you try requesting like smoke detector tester in IMPA, sometimes they will just send you this 2-3 meter of aluminium pipe with canister holder, it’s just like a DIY. You know why? Because the company they ask for quotation will give them a cheap price for this one and your office will be happy like this and save money. Mostly, this item is sold here in Asia but if you are somewhere Europe or America, this special tool maybe requested.
Don’t let your dreams go up in smoke – practice fire safety. ~Author Unknown
Let’s take a look this tool from Detector Testers SOLO(TM) Company, they have a lot of different products to choose from smoke, heat and flame detectors. First is this Solo 330 Aerosol Dispenser for regular size smoke detector sensor, if you have different maker and bigger size, you can order the Solo 332. This is very easy to use but you must have the Solo A3 smoke detector tester that will fit perfect rather the other tester with thin cans.
- Unscrew and remove retainer cup of Solo 330.
- Place the Solo A3 aerosol canister into cup.
- Insert the retainer cup and screw upwards. Adjust until aerosol activates and unscrew slightly until the activation stop.
- Insert the Solo 330 into Solo 101 extension pole with 1.13 m length. Place the Solo 330 over the detector and push upwards to activate the aerosol for 1-2 seconds.
- If the detector has not activated within 10 seconds, repeat the test with interval time. If the sensor fails to activate, check the equipment and retest. Check also the sensor detector for any faults.
- To prevent the aerosol for a possibility to discharge while transit or storage, loosen the retainer cup by unscrewing with 2 full turn.
If the sensor detector is very high especially in the engine room, you can use the following:
- Solo 108 Telescopic Access poles ranging from 1.27 – 2.20 meter in 2 sections for access up to approx. 4.0 meter.
- Solo 100 Telescopic Access poles ranging from 1.26 – 4.5 meter in 4 sections for access to approx. 6.0 meter.
- If still cannot be reach by any of them, use first the Solo 100, second extension for Solo 101 for approx. 7.2 meter. Insert another Solo 101 for approx. 8.2 meters and for the 3rd and last Solo 101 for approx. 9.2 meters.
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You can imagine how convenient this type of tester rather than directly spray by hand or DIY aluminium pole even after 10 seconds of spray, sometime the sensors failed to activate while the PSC or Flag state surveyors are waiting and possible reason observation. How about the sensors above the Main Engine? You need to ride the engine room crane, use safety harness then move until you reached the middle just to test and activate. If you have these telescopic poles, no worries to ride again or use the ladder when the ship’s is rolling or pitching from bad weather.
The stunts on the ground I can do, but I’ve never been good with heights.
If you have any question or interest to use all mentioned above, check their site www.detectortesters.com and you can find the other products for your convenience. I will write other articles for the different products in separate review.
I’m not paid to review or promote these equipment’s from the company. I just want to share my experience.
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PS: Excuse my grammar, my English is bad.