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The Roost Smart Battery available for pre-order today is a better product than what was demoed last October

Michael Brown | June 25, 2015
I didn't have the highest opinion of the Roost Smart Battery when I wrote about it last October. The 9-volt battery will send a warning to your smartphone when it senses that the smoke or carbon-monoxide detector it's installed in sounds off. It can also tell you when the battery itself is weak, long before the device starts chirping. And as far as that goes, it's the same story that I got last fall. But the Roost you can preorder today (for delivery in September) is a much better product than that.

The final advantage over the Leeo is that if you generate a false alarm burning something in the oven or on the stove, one touch of a button on the Roost smartphone app will "snooze" the alarm by temporarily turning the battery off (this only works with battery-powered detectors, of course, not AC-powered models).

I've pointed out a number of features that make the Roost sound better than the Leeo, but please don't consider this article as a head-to-head review of those two products The Leeo is available today, but I'm relying on Roost to learn what its device is capable of. Having said that, I already know of a couple of features that the Leeo offers that the Roost can't match, with the Leeo's nightlight obviously topping of the list. What's more, the two products could be considered complementary rather than mutually exclusive.

Roost completed a successful Kickstarter campaign last December, raising nearly $97,000 against a goal of $50,000. If you're interested, you can preorder the battery from today for $35 ($65 for a two-pack). The company expects to deliver the finished product in September. We'll have a full hands-on review shortly thereafter. 


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