Properly Testing a PowerG Smoke Detector

Properly Testing a PowerG Smoke Detector


In this video, Joe from Alarm Grid discusses the proper technique for testing a PowerG Smoke Detector. The PowerG Smoke Detectors can be enrolled with with all PowerG compatible security systems. These include all versions of the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus or any version of a DSC PowerSeries NEO System.

Testing your PowerG Smoke Detector is something you will want to make sure to do on a regular basis. It is very important to make sure that this sensor is always operational. As these are life-safety devices, you will always want to check and make sure that they are working properly. A failed life-safety sensor can have serious consequences. Additionally, you will need to test these devices at least once per year if you want to maintain an active certificate of alarm to save money on your homeowner's insurance.

All PowerG Smoke Detectors have a test button that allows you to test for proper signal transmission to the panel. But while this test button can be very useful, it won't actually allow you to test and make sure that the sensor is actually able to detect smoke. If you want to make sure that the sensor can actually detect smoke, you will need canned smoke to complete a full test. Direct the canned smoke into the device vents to activate the sensor. If you do not have canned smoke, then a smoldering cotton ball held up to the device vents should work in a pinch.

It is very important that you remember to place your system on test mode with the central monitoring station before testing your PowerG Smoke Detectors. This includes both if you are performing a button test to make sure signal transmissions are working or if you are doing a full test with canned smoke. Failure to put your system on test mode will result in unnecessary emergency dispatch from the local fire department. Please note you only need to do this if you have central station monitoring service.


Hi, DIYers. Joe here from Alarm Grid, and today we're going to talk about how to properly test your Power G smoke detector. So the first thing we're going to do today is we're on our program this wireless Power G Smoke to our Qualys IQ2. Now we're going to use some can smoke to test the detector. Now as you may know, many smoke detectors have a button on them where you can press it to set off an alarm. This isn't actually testing all of the guts though of the smoke detector, it's just doing a test to make sure the detector can function as in it can send an alarm signal to your panel. To really test the functionality of your smoke detector, you're going to want to get some can smoke. You can easily get this online, or piece of cotton, light it on fire, and then that smoke will be able to actually trigger the unit. The reason that you want to do this is you want to make sure that your smoke detectors actually work if there is smoke in the environment. Doing this a few times during the year, it's a good idea to set up a little schedule for yourself to check and test them. All smoke detectors usually have their own recommended requirements as to when is the best time to test them, and it's just a really good thing to do to make sure all your equipment is up and running. So the first thing we're going to do is we're going to enroll this device to our IQ 2 system. So we're going to first jump into sensor programming. So I'm going to slide down from the top, view Settings, Advanced Settings, 2, 2, 2, 2, installation, devices, security sensors, and then auto learn sensor. Now on our smoke detector, I have to press down the enrollment button until we get a solid LED, and then let go, and then we should see it join the system. So let me remove the back plate. It's going to make some noise. I'm going to pop the battery in and out just to silence it. So I'm going to take my screwdriver and I'm going to press this enrollment button until I get a solid LED and then let go. So we had the LED and there it is. That is the smoke detector communicating with the system. We're learning it in. I'm going to click OK. So you can see, sensor type is smoke detector, sensor group is smoke and heat. That's good enough for us, so I'm going to click Add New. Sensors been added. We're good to go. I'm going to take the back and clip it back on our device. And then on our system, I'm going to go all the way back to the home screen. Now before you do test your smoke detector, if you do have a monitored system, make sure that you call your security company or use whatever app you have to put the system on test. Smoke detectors, if you test them and that signal gets the central station and you have a false alarm and the fire department shows up, they're not going to be too happy and there's likely going to be a fine. So just to reiterate that point, please put your system on test before testing the smoke detector. So now we're ready to test the smoke detector. I have my can smoke right here, but on this particular smoke detector, the detection chamber is that mesh grille that's on the inside. So when it's on the ceiling, it may be a little difficult. A lot of these can smoke products though, they have a little tube that will stick out and allow you to fish it into whatever place need to put it. So let's give it a shot. This will trigger this system on our mode as it is a smoke detector, and it should trigger shortly after blowing smoke into the detection chamber so go right here. There we go. So we got it to trigger and we're good to go. Now sometimes when you use can smoke on a smoke detector-- I'm going to silence this just to keep it quiet, and that just proved my point. Sometimes when you put smoke into a smoke detector it's going to remain in the chamber until it totally clears out. You'll keep getting alarms on your smoke if that happens. So after using can smoke to check a detector, it's a good idea take it down, wave it out, and just let it sit for a bit to let all that come out before putting it back up to prevent any false alarms or annoying alarms while you're doing this test. That's how you do test a smoke detector, a Power G one. If you have any questions about this process, feel free to give us a call 888-818-7728. Send us an email to, or head to our website, If you did enjoy the video, feel free to subscribe. If you want to be updated when we post future videos, hit the notification button. We'll send you an update when we do so. Thanks for watching and have a great day.