Sun 22 Jul 2007
Accidental Alarm Setting/Unsetting Problems
(A recent personal experience See Chinese Motorscooter Alarms)
A Chinese Scooter Alarm keyfob kept in a full pocket or purse can easily be activated accidentally. One must be careful. They have a fairly long range, so it is common to hear the scooter chirping when compressing the keyfob in one way or another — just leaning over or having something (or someone) sit on one’s lap. Eventually this would run the battery down but the battery is fairly good and not easily killed. One effect of random keyfob button pushing is that the alarm is almost always going to be set — as it takes only one push of the arming button to set it, but two rapid presses of the disarming button to disarm it.
A more serious consequence of accidental keyfob use is somehow leaving a button depressed overnight — not common but possible in a packed pocket. This kills not only the battery in the keyfob, but the battery on the scooter itself (Yes, personal experience, but after two years not happening, this single occurrance seems to indicate that it’s not all that likely to happen accidentally.)
Solution: leave keys out at night nor use a keyfob protector. I intend to do the latter when I can devise one.