Can I Use More Than One Battery Pack in a 2GIG GC3?
No, you cannot use more than one battery pack in a 2GIG GC3. The system uses a 2GIG Battery-GC3 battery pack to stay running for several hours at a time when the power is out. just one battery pack can be installed inside the panel. To install a second one, you must remove the first one.
If you own a security system, one of your top priorities should be making sure that it stays powered on at all times. If your system is not powered on, then it cannot send outbound communication signals to you or a central station. This means that neither you nor the local authorities will be alerted in the event of a break-in. The panel cannot also not serve as a local noisemaker, as no chimes or sirens can occur when the power is off.
Normally, an alarm system remains powered on using AC power from a plug-in transformer. But it will need a backup power source to remain running if the electricity goes out of the transformer is unplugged. That is where the backup battery comes into play. The system will automatically switch over to this alternative power source if the primary power source is lost. That way, it can stay running while primary power is restored.
Unlike AC power, a backup battery is only a temporary solution. A backup battery can only hold a certain amount of current. Once the reserve power supply runs dry, the backup battery will be unable to sustain the system. A backup battery is normally designed to keep the system running just long enough until AC power is restored. The standard backup battery that comes included with the 2GIG GC3 System is designed to provide 24 hours of backup power.
Since having reliable backup power is so precious, a user might think that adding a second backup battery to their system would be a good idea. Unfortunately, the GC3 System does not support this option. There is only one port available for a backup battery. If you wanted to insert a different battery, you would have to take out the original one first. It would also do no good to keep a second battery on-hand, since it would have no system to keep it charged.
Remember, a battery relies on AC power to store a charge. This allows the backup battery to be ready for any sudden power outage or loss of electricity. A system battery can't just sit inside a drawer or cupboard and then be expected to perform its duty. It needs to be inside a system storing a charge. With that in mind, it's really only feasible to use one backup battery with a GC3.
Also keep in mind that a battery pack does not possess an infinite lifespan. While it is sitting inside an alarm system, it will slowly lose its ability to store a charge. This happens very gradually over the course of a few years. After about three to five years, the battery will no longer function properly, and it will need to be replaced. When this happens, the system will display a low-battery warning that won't ever clear, even if the battery is given at least 24 hours to charge while running on AC power. If you need to replace the GC3 backup battery, you will want to buy a 2GIG BATTERY-GC3.
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