Back-up alarm

Squad-6

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May 21, 2010
1,322
N. GA
What DB back alarm do I need for a gas powered ford super duty?


Also is it as simple to install as splicing into the reverse light wire?
 

irsa76

Member
May 24, 2010
342
Australia, NSW
Where is the vehicle operated normally?


A loud alarm would be a better bet for noisy enviroments but is very annoying in quiet areas. Like wise a quieter alarm would be albut useless in a noisy enviroment.


FedSig Reactor adjusts to ambient noise, not sure how well it works though. Not sure how they are activated normally, but I guess a simple splice job is all that is required.


I've got a factory Mercedes backup alarm on my work Sprinter and it's part of the transmission control unit, it's dual output.
 

NPS Ranger

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May 21, 2010
1,990
Penn's Woods
I remember posting something about this on the old board.


I've been using ECCO model 901 units, they self-adjust from 82-107 dB depending on the ambient noise level and have a lifetime warranty. They are made in USA and meet OSHA, Bureau of Mines, and GSA "K-Spec." are UL approved, and conform to SAE J994 and SAE J1211. And yes it's as simple as splicing into the backup wire and also a ground wire, the unit only draws 0.3 amps.


http://www.eccolink.com/ProductPages/Pr ... &catalog=2
 

swbc20

Member
May 31, 2010
17
Honolulu, HI
Another thing to look into is what they call a broadband backup alarm. They are starting to gain popularity, but like anything new that is "different" it's gonna take some getting use to. Instead of the mono toned backup alarms that we are familiar with, this one emits tones at several frequencies at the same time... I can't even describe the sound. It's a lot quieter, but you are actually able to localize where the sound comes from because it's directional, so it doesn't have to be really loud. If you live in the city, it could come in handy because the sounds tend to bounce of buildings. No point in warning the whole neighborhood about you backing up.. it's the behind you you're worried about.

 

unlisted

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May 20, 2010
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swbc20 said:
Another thing to look into is what they call a broadband backup alarm. They are starting to gain popularity, but like anything new that is "different" it's gonna take some getting use to. Instead of the mono toned backup alarms that we are familiar with, this one emits tones at several frequencies at the same time... I can't even describe the sound. It's a lot quieter, but you are actually able to localize where the sound comes from because it's directional, so it doesn't have to be really loud. If you live in the city, it could come in handy because the sounds tend to bounce of buildings. No point in warning the whole neighborhood about you backing up.. it's the behind you you're worried about.


Sounds like a busted/broken/defective reverse alarm IMO.. :lol: :lol:
 

NPS Ranger

Member
May 21, 2010
1,990
Penn's Woods
I like an alarm that tells people I'm backing up, not makes them look for the shorted out power line. The self-adjusting one I mentioned above is pretty soft in a quiet environment but at least sounds like a backup warning.


Some of the trash trucks around here are starting to use warbling alarms that sound kind of like a bird... effective, but they're godawful loud at 6 AM.
 

Sigma Safety

Member
May 21, 2010
766
western Canada
swbc20 said:
Another thing to look into is what they call a broadband backup alarm.

Yeah, we demo'd a few of those to various cities here and none of them went for it. "Not instantly recognizeable" was the main complaint.


We sell a fair number of the FedSig model 260 which is an auto-adjust backup alarm. They work really well and provide only enough volume to be heard, without warning people in the next city. The only time it doesn't work well is when you are backing into a garage - the sound reflects off the walls in the garage and makes the backup alarm think it's a noisy environment, so it bumps up to full output because it's hearing it's own reflected sound. :?
 

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