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Tue, Dec 14, 2021 3:20 AM

Is it normal for the keyfob battery to die after 3 or 4 months?

I've had the system for almost one year now, and am on my 3rd keyfob.  Is this normal?  I wish there was a way to just replace the battery yourself.  

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8 m ago

I find that keyfobs in my pocket get activated, with undesirable results.  So I wear a vest with the keyfob in a pocket by itself and against my chest so it is unlikely to be activated, or on a lanyard around my neck.  Seems to solve all issues, including losing it or getting it stolen.

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8 m ago

@gregter 

Something is wrong. I could see if one Key Fob had such a short battery life but not two. I have had my SS3 Fobs since 2018, and all three are still working (and I use them daily). However, they should have a 5-10 year battery life. It is very odd and frankly unacceptable - especially since the battery is no longer user-replaceable.

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@shiherlis

I've also had the base station replaced so I dunno..maybe the keypad? 

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@gregter

I only guess that due to the Key Fob being a wireless device, perhaps yours are draining due to another source. I say this because if SimpliSafe has replaced your Base Station, that would most likely rule it out as a cause. However, I do not believe the Fobs communicate with the Keypad. So, could it be interference from another device in or around your residence? I am at a loss. Your issue is the first time (that I recall) I have read Key Fobs exhibiting this behavior. The regular reports of battery drain are usually regarding the Keypad.

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If it happens to me , I will chalk it up to too much junk in my pockets. It's a transmitter and if a button is pressed the battery will be used up faster. Transmit always uses more power than receive. I agree that its  wrong to not be able to change the battery. And I'm pretty sure I will find a way to do it, it may not be pretty but it will work. Meanwhile I have been looking for some sort of sleeve to go over the case so the buttons can't be pressed accidently.  HINT HINT SS anyone?

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Some people have mentioned getting a short hunk of hose/tubing which just fits over it.

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@pjanits

I found a Case Logic usb holder on Amazon( sorry I do not have the link) was only a couple dollars and works great for the ss3 fob. It attaches to keyring and will protect false activations unless you really try hard.

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8 m ago

Thanks everyone.  It didn't occur to me but I'll chalk this one up to "What happens when there is too much junk in my pockets for $1000"..