VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor – Reviews, Questions & Answers

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor features

  • This configuration includes one parent unit (monitor) and one baby unit (audio monitor)
  • DECT 6.0 provides crystal clear transmission, eliminating the annoying white noise you hear from analog monitors
  • 5-level sound indicator – graphic bars on the parent unit indicate the level of sound in your baby’s room so you can visually monitor the noise level with the unit muted
  • Sometimes all your baby needs is to hear the sound of your voice – comfort your infant with the 2-way talk-back intercom
  • Rechargeable batteries provide the parent unit with up to 18 hours of monitoring time on a single charge, or use two AAA batteries (not included)
  • Go hands free with the belt clip on the parent unit – carry the parent unit everywhere you go without the hassle of holding it. The operating range of the parent unit is up to 1,000 feet outdoors or 150 feet indoors
  • Parent unit can be set to beep if: (1) link between the parent unit and the baby unit is lost, and/or (2) rechargeable battery is low
  • Language is preset to English, but can be switched to French or Spanish for all screen displays
  • The loop on the baby unit doubles as a soothing night light for your little one
  • Vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit – enjoy some added peace by being silently alerted when there is sound in your baby’s room


VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor
check-price-on-amazonSafe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor with DECT 6.0 digital technology provides crystal clear transmission, eliminating the annoying white noise you hear from analog monitors. The only sounds you hear are coming from your baby.

Keep connected with your baby from anywhere in the house with the VTech Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor. Features include a 1,000-foot operating range, DECT Digital technology for interference-free audio, an encrypted connection, and visual and vibrating alerts. It also includes a talk-back intercom and soft night-light to help comfort your infant during the night.

Digital Audio Monitor
At a Glance:
  • 1,000-foot range keeps you connected anywhere in the house
  • DECT 6.0 Digital technology for secure, private transmission without interference
  • LED lights and a vibrating alert signal noise in your baby’s room
  • Talk-back intercom for two-way communication
  • Battery-operated parent unit provides 18 hours of monitoring per charge
Warranty:

One-year limited warranty

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Five LED lights on the parent unit indicate the level of sound in your baby’s room, so you can visually monitor noise level. View larger.

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The talk-back feature allows you to communicate with your little one from anywhere in your home. View larger.

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The loop on the baby unit can double as a soothing night-light. View larger.

Rechargeable Parent Unit with 1,000-Foot Range

With a range of up to 1,000 feet, the Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor lets you hear your little one from anywhere in the house—or even outside. The lightweight, battery-operated parent unit operates for up to 18 hours on a single charge and includes a built-in belt clip so you can move freely in and around your home. Its backlit display is easy to read, even in the dark.

The VTech Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor is also available with two parent units for easy monitoring from multiple areas in your home.

DECT 6.0 Digital Technology for a Clear, Private Connection

This digital monitor uses DECT 6.0 Digital technology to ensure crystal-clear transmission without interference so the only sounds you hear are your baby’s. In addition, DECT technology transmits a secure, encrypted signal so you can rest assured you’re the only one who can hear your baby.

Talk-Back Intercom for Two-Way Communication

Sometimes all your baby needs to calm down is the soothing sound of your voice. The talk-back feature allows you to communicate with your little one from anywhere in your home through the parent unit. In addition, the loop on the baby unit lights up, acting as a calming night-light for your infant.

LED Lights and Vibrations Signal Noise Level

A set of five LED lights on the parent unit indicates the level of sound in your baby’s room so you can visually monitor noise level with the receiver muted. In vibration mode, the parent unit alerts you with gentle vibrations when your baby is fussing.

The Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor is backed by a manufacturer’s one-year limited warranty.

What’s in the Box

Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor and parent unit, power adapters, battery and user’s manuals.

VTech Safe & Sound

Safe&Sound
Digital Baby Monitors

Digital Audio Monitor
Digital Audio Monitor
Digital Audio Monitor w/ Two Parent Units
Digital Audio Monitor w/ Two Parent Units
Video Camera
Video Camera
Full Color Video and Audio Monitor
Full Color Video and Audio Monitor
Features
Range Up to 1,000 ft Up to 1,000 ft Up to 1,000 ft Up to 1,000 ft
Audio/Video Audio Audio Video Audio and Video
Number of Parent Units 1 2 0 1
Talk-Back System
Night-Light
Rechargeable Battery
Trademark Information:

Safe&Sound is a registered trademark of VTech Communications, Inc.

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Q:Why did you buy this product instead of a video baby monitor? Is it just price, or something else? Trying to decide for myself!

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We take it with us to my moms,etc. So I just thought it would be easier for her to use. In addition I felt I might have a want to just watch the video monitor and felt like I could just as well have him sleeping next to me then because I’d get about as much done ;) I also have 2 older boys and this is like what we had for them, so it’s what I know and am completely comfortable with. Plus the range is great, as I could take it outside without having to have it plugged in.

Q:Is anyone using two (2) of these units successfully without problems? We often have two grandchildren staying and would like to buy a second unit.

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I disagree that two units work properly together. I bought a second set of these same monitors to use with our second baby and they repeatedly interact with each other and lose the link to the base. I called VTech and was told that they run on the same frequency, so this will likely continue to be a problem. I would not recommend using two at the same time.

Q:Is the distance range really close to 1,000 feet? I want to use this as a barn monitor for baby goats, and our barn is quite a ways from the house.

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We found it to not pick up a signal when we were nowhere near 1000 feet away from our house; more like only about 200′ away. Big disappointment. It wouldn’t pick up the signal from our house when I was just across the street in our neighbor’s house, and you lose reception even faster if you have a more solid wall like plaster or brick instead of drywall. We live in a city so not sure if there were other interfering signals from home wireless networks or radio.

Q:Does the baby unit have a rechargeable battery too, or just the parent unit?

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Just the Parent Unit. The Baby unit needs to be plugged in.

Q:How long will the parent unit’s battery lasts when it is fully charged?

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Depends how long you have been using it. When we first bought it it lasted 8-9 hrs. After about two months of use (not usually longer than a few hours unplugged) it has dropped to around 5 hours.

Q:I am going to use this with my 90 year old mom. Is there a button for her to turn on to talk to me?

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Place the baby unit in mom’s room. Make sure the baby unit and parent unit are linked then adjust the volume and you can hear any time mom speaks. If you want mom to have the parent unit then show mom that on the left side of the parent unit there is a button she must push when she wants to communicate with you to the baby unit. If mom is alert enough and able to hold unit and push side button at the same time it will work great. However, I would be inclined to give mom the baby unit and you control the parent unit. We love ours, in fact we’ve purchased two since one quit working after 3…
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Place the baby unit in mom’s room. Make sure the baby unit and parent unit are linked then adjust the volume and you can hear any time mom speaks. If you want mom to have the parent unit then show mom that on the left side of the parent unit there is a button she must push when she wants to communicate with you to the baby unit. If mom is alert enough and able to hold unit and push side button at the same time it will work great. However, I would be inclined to give mom the baby unit and you control the parent unit. We love ours, in fact we’ve purchased two since one quit working after 3 years. Good luck
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Q:I have two children, can I operate two separate units in the same house?

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We have 2 sets in our house and it works great!! They don’t interfere with each other at all.

Q:do you have to use the rechargeable batteries?

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no, you can use it plugged in.

Q:Can it be used with supply power of 220 (Europe) ?

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Same question from me…I cannot use it in Europe :(

Q:SENSITIVITY is set to LEVEL 5, VOL 5, and I can barely hear Mom. Only 1-2 green lites when she makes any sound…? Anyone know why? Thx!

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I use my VTech to monitor my 75 year old mother who’s in capitated. I can hear her breath and her dog rolling around in the floor next to her bed at night. it might be your unit.
Right now I can here the TV she’s watching and also when she calls to help her, and when the phone rings I can here the phone which is in anther room from the monitor.

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Q:Has anyone ever used this as more of an intercom than a baby monitor? EX Give older kids parent unit to carry when in yard & I’d have baby unit inside

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Yes, my husband and I used the monitor in a similar fashion but it has some limitations. Since this is a classic “push-to-talk” setup on the parent unit, when the button is pressed to speak the older kids would no longer be able to hear what you’re saying. If you want something that allows for better communication look for two-way radios or walkie talkies with full-duplex (dual-frequency) operation. Otherwise the kids holding the parent unit could constantly cut you off mid sentence to put in their own two cents.

Q:My main voltage is 240 V 50 Hz. Can the product use this voltage?

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No Sir … You will need converter

Q:Have you used a second baby monitor in another child’s room at the same time? Did you experience interference or other issues?

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I have used and currently own the Vtech tat comes with one parent unit and two baby units. Placing all units in separate rooms works fine. no issues at all. I have not had other systems at home at the same time to check for interference between systems, but these are digital, should work fine.

Q:Is battery included

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Yes

Q:If I purchase this, then later decide I want a 2nd parent unit, can I just buy one parent unit? Or do I have to buy the 2-parent unit set together?

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The parent units only appear to be sold in pairs with the monitor. There isn’t a separate listing where you can purchase them individually. If you are thinking a second unit may be necessary it may be best to purchase the bundle with two parent units. We hope this information is helpful.

Q:has anyone had difficulties with this unit interfering with other baby monitors and/or wifi signals?

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I have internet wireless and experienced no problems

Q:Can both the parent unit and the baby monitor run off of just batteries? I am looking for a travel unit and cannot plug it in.

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The unit in the baby’s room needs to be plugged in.

Q:what is the range/ distance it can safely pick up sound without interference?

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The description says 1,000 feet but I would say without interference and strong signal is about 600 feet. But the monitor works great with numerous walls and on a different floor. I’ve used it in the back yard for a short time and it worked fine. I’ve had no problems with the unit in a 2,000 sq ft home that’s two stories. But max distance I’ve tried is about 600-700 feet.

Q:Husband caregiver using for my wife: can both night lights be turned off,she likes a dark room

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The parent unit does not have a light – well, the display is backlit but it’s not bright. The lighted loop on the unit for the monitored room can be turned off or on with a button on the front. Even lit, it’s not bright, so I’d imagine it wouldn’t be an issue, even on, but it does turn off completely.

Q:can you use only batteries in both units for camping, etc.

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The answer is no. The child’s unit needs to be connected to electricity.

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Q:I bought this monitor last February and am now having trouble with it picking up my son in his room. We use the parental unit unplugged and plugged independing on what we are doing. His unit is always “on” and plugged in. Has anyone else had this…

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I bought this monitor in order to make sure my elderly mom was okay at all times. It’s been in constant use, plugged in and wirelessly. It even works next door at my neighbor’s house. Never had any problems with it. I’ve even dropped my receiver a couple of times and still works great.

Q:We have DECT 6.0 cordless phones, do you think they will interfere? Also, do you feel the range is truly 1,000 ft and good outside?

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I have Panasonic DECT 6 phones, 1 base and 3 satellite phones, 2 lines. The only time I had interference with them was when I placed the parent base station behind one of the satellite stations (I was using it unplugged) when I answered the phone and it dropped the connection to the baby station and wheeped at me. Our main configuration was base station approx. 70′ from baby station, same floor, 4 rooms away. I was, though, able to use the base station on “mobile” while gardening in both the front and back yards (a maximum increase of about 80 feet in either direction) with no…
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I have Panasonic DECT 6 phones, 1 base and 3 satellite phones, 2 lines. The only time I had interference with them was when I placed the parent base station behind one of the satellite stations (I was using it unplugged) when I answered the phone and it dropped the connection to the baby station and wheeped at me. Our main configuration was base station approx. 70′ from baby station, same floor, 4 rooms away. I was, though, able to use the base station on “mobile” while gardening in both the front and back yards (a maximum increase of about 80 feet in either direction) with no difficulty. Our house is a 1920s wood & stucco with lathe and plaster interiors. The only area in which we have a dead drop in signal is if I am in the north side yard, less than 15′ from the baby unit, but it is behind the newest addition to the house which contains a sort of chicken wire structure beneath both the exterior stucco and the interior wallboard/plaster. I think that serves as a kind of Faraday cage blocking the signal. Other than that one area, we’ve had no interference from walls, wireless internet, DECT 6.0 phones, or any other wireless devices in the house.
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Q:Does anyone use this monitor and use a white noise machine? Does the monitor pick up the white noise constantly making it hard to hear baby? Thanks!

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I don’t use a white noise machine, but with two small fans all summer (one for each bunk bed) I had no problem. Of course you hear the noise from the fans, but kids were loud and clear

Q:We have two babies on 2nd floor who have separate rooms but rooms share a wall. Will 1 baby monitor pick up sounds in both rooms or do I need 2?

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You need two monitors.

Q:does this get alot of interference from other electronic devices?

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I have not experienced any interference and I have been using for quite some time. I am very satisfied with this product.

Q:Does the charger come with the set? and can you leave the charger connected all the time?

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Yes

Q:Why does the parent piece keep beeping? How to make it stop?!

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My assumption would only be that it’s not linking to the baby unit. Other than that I would think its defective.

Q:Can this be mounted on a wall? We recently moved into a 1st floor master and want to put a monitor on the wall in the hall between our 2 kids’ rooms just in case.

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There’s nothing in the units to facilitate this, but I’m sure you could get creative and attach it to the wall or just put it on a little shelf somewhere.

Q:How far away will it broadcast?

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It will broadcast far enough to cover you if you go out to your front yard or your backyard. (Provided you’re not 1/2 an acre from the house!) You really don’t want to be farther away than that, do you? It will definitely cover you anywhere in your house. For the price it’s a great unit… I’ve been very pleased with it!

Q:Can it be used continuously while plugged in to power?

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Yes

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Q:What kind of rechargeable batteries does the unit take?

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Don’t know exactly. They are built into the unit like a cell phone. Based on how long it took to charge, I’ll guess Ni-Cad.

Q:Whats the best monitor to use for elderly parents?

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This wine is great it’s quiet reliable and extremely durable. This would be my choice if I was not going to choose a video monitor. If I was going to pick a video monitor I would go with Foscam their cameras have a lot of versatility and ability to watch from your smart device or the computer. You can also if you have computer experience very easily set it up behind your firewall and still be able to see it if you are not in the location with the Wi-Fi. Hope that helps.

Q:Does the transmitter that stays with the baby remain noisless or does it give off a static sound in the room with the baby?

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It is noiseless until noise happens in the room. If you have the sensitivity on a 5 you will hear everything from a fan to baby rolling over, so the noise coming through is fairly constant. At a 4 you hear all you need without static.

Q:Is this compatible with 220 volts ?

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I don’t know. But these are pretty junky — probably not

Q:I have a fan in my child room when they sleep because it help them sleep and wanted to know if the Monitor would pick up the fan as it main noise ?

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I had a humidifier, with a fan on it, in my child’s room and I could always hear it as white noise. When my child started crying it was a lot louder than the humidifier, so I could still hear him.

Q:Mother is a fall risk, at an Assisted Living home. Would this work for caregivers, 1000′ away

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It says it works up to 1000 ft away didn’t work 100 ft for me, may be user error but I wouldn’t test limits with someone who is a fall risk. Also buildings with more walls or thicker walls greatly reduce distance it or other deviceses support

Q:Can you use if the unit is charging/connected to charger?

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It needs to stay plugged in otherwise the battery runs down after awhile. It is really meant to stay plugged in and use the battery back up if you need to take it outside for example. Not sure what you are asking I guess.

Q:What is the range on these?

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Our house is 1,500 sq ft and I can carry anywhere in the house without issue. I’ve actually never had it get out of range.

Q:Can both monitors (the parent and the child side) work with batteries when our power goes out?

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No only the parents can be unplugged

Q:Will this work if the baby is in the second floor and parent in the basement?

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Yes it will. My friend’s mom is on the first floor, and my friend is on the second floor.

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Q:Do it works outside the U.S.? Can I use it with 220v?

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It’s a 110, but it might work if you use a power converter.

Q:I want to use this item when we travel internationally. Does is convert power like the chargers for phones, PCs, and DSLRs do?

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I would guess if you have the proper adapters and you check the wattage it should be okay to use just like anything else. But not sure. Sorry I was not more help. You could connect Vtech directly and ask a support person.

Q:Description says it comes with ‘power adapters’. Does the parent unit sit on a base, or do the batteries have to be REMOVED to be charged?

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The parent unit does not take batteries. It has a power adapter where one end plugs into the wall and the other the parent unit. It does not sit in any type of base. While it’s plugged in, it charges. I’ve had the parent unit unplugged from the charger throughout the day and have left it on for a few hours at a time and have never had an issue with the charge dying. I typically leave it plugged in overnight and off the plug during the day for naps.

Q:I would like to know if both units can be plugged in and left so you don’t have to use batteries.?

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Yes both units can be plugged in only the receiver has the option to be unplugged and run on batteries

Q:I want to use this for my elderly father who has fallen and we could bare hear him. will this monitor pick up sound from the tv that is on constantly

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Yes

Q:can you use this with a wall plug timer?

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It has a standard plug for the monitor base so I don’t see why you couldn’t.

Q:Is the power adaptor 110 v or 110/220v

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120V

Q:Are the dimensions correct? Twelve and fourteen inches seems rather lare for something that can be hooked to a persons belt.

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Not sure about the dimension… however is not that big and my wife and I can attach it to the belt perfectly and walk all over the house with great signal.

Q:Can both units be left plugged in and always charging? I will be using for elderly at night only.

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The base unit always has to be plugged in and charging. The other one can be detached when fully charged. But yes, they can both be left charging all the time to the wall.

Q:Can both units be left plugged in and always charging? I will be using for elderly at night only.

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That’s what I use mine for and always leave both units plugged in except when I go out to empty the garbage and take the one unit with me. It has lasted nearly a couple of years. I just bot another set for internal house and property communication.

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Q:Can I get 2 sets and have one parent unit attach to both baby units?

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I am not sure. You can try it and then return it if it does not work. I don’t know if they are all on the same frequency or not. They have two parent units and one monitor, but I have not seen the two monitors with one parent unit. Good question to ask VTech. Hope someone has an answer for you.

Q:What size battery does it use?

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Internal rechargeable battery. It could probably be replaced down the road if it went bad, but I don’t plan on ever having to do that.

Q:Our unit (about 3 months old) keeps losing linkage overnight – around the same time each night. it otherwise functions perfectly

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Our unit has not done that so far for the past 5 months now. So far atleast it has worked.

Q:the display on the unit is not working, if my unit still under the warranty??

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I have no idea… My unit (4yrs old) stopped displaying correctly, but I have another one (2yrd old) which displays fine… And I have most of the “tones” memorized. So I really don’t need the display… Sorry I can’t help much.

Q:Is there a place to plug in headphones to the parent unit

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No.

Q:Is there a place to plug in headphones on the parent unit?

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Not that I know of, but you can unplug and carry it, and turn the volume and sensitivity way down.

Q:Is it possible to use batteries with the baby unit? The description says that it is also rechargeable, but everyone is say it’s not.

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I leave my plugged in all the time. It only last 8 hours unplugged.

Q:How long does the battery work?

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I’m only getting 2-3 hours from mine. I don’t know if that’s the usual length for this unit or not.

Q:how far outside in feet does the moniter work

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my monitor is about 30 feet and three rooms apart. Bedroom, living room, bedroom. I have taken the remote outside of our home, about 50 – 70 feet and it remained linked.

Q:Is this small enough to take while traveling?

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Yes. The cords would be the only down side to traveling, as you need the cord for each base.

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Q:Is there any way to purchase just the Parent Unit? I lost mine during a major flood and blackout on Monday.

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I would get the whole unit again and use the extra one in another room or outside. I carry it around with me and would love a second unit. It is great! And this is used for an adult, not a child.

Q:Does this have a low battery light indicator?

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Yes it does

Q:does the parent unit only operate on battery

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No, it has a charger and unit keeps charge pretty good for a while.

Q:The sound from the parent unit changes volume from quiet to loud every few seconds. It’s just ambient sound as my child is asleep – can anyone advise?

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Check your sensitivity level

Q:Has anyone else had a problem with the parent unit vibrating randomly and uncontrollably? It only stops if we SQUEEZE it hard; sometimes my husband has to do it because I’m not strong enough.

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Nope, so far I’ve had it 6+months & never had a vibrating problem. I rarely unplug it & wear it though, I’m mostly in the house when she is sleeping.

Q:does it works with 220V

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No, only rated to 120v

Q:does it works with 220V

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No. Mine came for a standard 110 US outlet.

Q:2 way talk

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yes, there is a talk button

Q:What type of Power Adapter / power jack is it? – I am asking to see if it can be used while travelling abroad at 220 Volts

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It’s a U.S. cord, cannot be used overseas without an adapter.

Q:Can this unit run on batteries alone? Looking for a monitor for camping trips!

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The handheld unit runs on a rechardeable battery, but the baby unit has to be plugged into something to work.

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Q:I have a baby and a three year old and want to use this in the three year-old’s room. Will this interfere with my baby’s Summer Infant Monitor (video)?

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I don’t know, I doubt it. I use it around my computer with no problem.
The problem I have is the volume is too low.

Q:where can I buy a new rechargeable battery for this? After 2 years of use, we can’t read the display on the parent unit, and it becomes disconnected frequently, I think because the rechargeable battery that came with it is running out of steam. Has…

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I purchased this as a gift for my cousin. But most likely it should be available at RadioShack.

Q:Where do u buy DC power connection for baby unit in car

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Not sure.. Why would you want to use it in car?

Q:how far away is the range for this monitor to reach? and will it notify me if i’m out of range?

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So far I’ve been able to take the monitor around my entire home & I’ve had no issues with being out of range. For the sake of argument, though, I decided to test it & take my end of the monitor all the way out to the edge of my backyard, further than I’d ever taken it. I still heard everything clearly. A little fuzzy, maybe, but still clear.

Q:Does it have a voice activation switch that you can turn on and off?

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Yes if you want your child to hear you there is a talk button on the parent handset

Q:Has anyone used it in a home with cement walls? How does the signal hold up?

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I don’t know about cement walls but my kids room is in the corner upstairs like way cornered,and I have taken the monitor in basement opposite corner. Works just perfect!So their room is upstairs in left corner and then I have first floor then the basement which is in ground right side.

Q:Please let me know if they can be used with 220v electricity?

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Yes, we have been using them when traveling in Europe.

Q:They are can be used with 220V electricity

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I don’t think so, at least not without additional equipment. There is only one type of adapter supplied for each of the units and they are both 100-120V AC 60 Hz. There are no switches or alternate adapters that would indicate that it could be used w/ 220V. I’m guessing the only way would be to use it with a transformer.

Q:Does it work on 220 watts?

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Nop, no 220v, are 110/120v units only

Q:Does it work on 220 v?

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Not sure. Did not test it. But why not if you have 220V to 110V converting adapater with you

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