This floating pool alarm is simple but very accurate. It is about as big around as a dinner plate with an aqua blue top and black underside that simply screws left or right to lessen or intensify the device’s sensitivity. In our tests, we had to turn the sensitivity way down because the pool was small, but after a few trial runs, the device worked wonderfully. The alarm sounded when we threw golf balls in the water, tossed a wet sweatshirt in and then when a person got into the water, culminating in an A+ score for accuracy.
Another reason we liked the Pool Patrol is its simplicity. While some models require you push a combination of buttons or use a small key to silence the alarm, all you have to do with this one is pick it up and rotate the base to the left until the sound stops. You can keep the alarm within arm’s reach with a string and small mounting clip that comes with it. The Pool Patrol puts out 100.4 decibels of sound, so while it’s quieter than the Blue Wave NA4212 and the SmartPool PE23 PoolEye AG/IG, anything even close to 100 decibels is comparable to being up close and personal to a jackhammer or a garbage truck.
The Pool Patrol requires one 9-volt battery you install on the underside of the alarm. It should last about a year, so you don’t have to worry for an entire summer. Floating pool alarms like this one sound when the surface of the water is disturbed, but it passed our wind simulation test with a leaf blower, so it shouldn’t go off due to mild weather. It did eventually go off, but we had to turn the leaf blower’s power up very high. Even though it’s simply constructed and easy to use, the Pool Patrol is the most expensive device we tested. If finding an affordable pool alarm is your main concern, check out the PoolGuard PGRM-SB Safety Buoy.
The Pool Patrol comes with a receiver you can install up to 200 feet away from the pool so you’re sure to hear the alarm. It is built to work in pools up to 20 x 40 feet – the most surface area of the alarms we tested. That being said, some pool alarms that monitor smaller bodies of water can be put to “sleep” and then automatically reactivate once the surface of the water has been undisturbed for a given amount of time. With the Pool Patrol, there’s simply on and off and nothing in between.
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Despite how expensive it is, this pool alarm is incredibly accurate with almost no learning curve to using it. You can take it home, unbox it and have a watchful eye in your pool within a few minutes. To top it all off, the entire thing is plastic, so you never have to worry about rust or corrosion.
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