Product Type: BT safety products
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BT 100 Digital Baby Monitor
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BT 100 Digital Baby Monitor
Advantages: Pitch perfect digital sound
Disadvantages: It eats batteries
Baby monitors today range from the most basic models, which often struggle to deal with walls, to all singing and dancing varieties complete with live video footage of your child.
The BT 100, currently retailing for £49.99 on Amazon (but often available as cheaply as £29.99), sits somewhere in the middle. With digital technology and 120 channels (plenty to ensure you avoid interference) crystal clear sound can be expected for 50 metres indoors and up to 300 outdoors. While we usually just use ours in our little cottage, it also functions perfectly adequately at my in-laws large farm, even if we're in the garden.
The handsets have a number of other features: three 'lullabies', the ability to use both mains power and batteries (more on this later), adjustable volume, an intercom function enabling you to talk to baby, a mute function (which can be used in combination with lights that indicate how loudly baby is screaming!) and a low battery warning light. The parent unit 'docks' in a charging unit, whilst the baby unit remains permanently plugged in (although you can supply your own batteries.
Two shiny white units, the child unit being roughly round and the parent more rectangular, with matt pale blue backs. Not exactly stylish but perfectly unobtrusive. The purple polyester travel bag is pretty hideous though, but it's only going to be sat in your suitcase....
The price, especially if you manage to get hold of it for around £29.99, as is often possible using Amazon (though if you can't, I'd recommend upgrading to the BT 150 which is usually available for only £10 more).
It does what it says on the tin, enabling you to listen in on baby with confidence that the thing is functioning properly.
Many of the features (especially the lullabies which sound like something created on a 1990s mobile phone) are extraneous.
The battery situation with respect to the child handset is rather irritating. We don't have a plug socket near babies cot and so are totally reliant upon the batteries. Normal batteries are a complete no-no: they're drained overnight, but rechargeables aren't hassle-free either. They last about 14 hours at a time at the peak of their use, which is fine, but means that you always have to have one pack on charge and one in the monitor. When you're travelling this can be even more irritating as you either have to lug a battery charger with you, or numerous packs of batteries.
Summary: Great cheap but reliable baby monitor option
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