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Last updated: 10 September 2019

Personal alarms are safety devices that, when triggered, send an alert to a pre-set number of mobile phone numbers or a 24-hour monitoring service. We lab test and review the latest models, including watches and pendants, to help you find the best personal alarm for an emergency, however we do not cover 24/7, or back to base alarms due to their complexity.

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Our test covers both watch and pendant-style personal alarms.

Our expert testers give every personal alarm a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at keeping their charge
  • are the easiest to set up, use in an emergency and recharge
  • have good tracking and geo-fencing.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are the best performers and which carry through on their claims.

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    All personal alarms we tested came in either a watch (worn around the wrist) or pendant (worn around the neck) design.

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      • Overall score
      • Ease of use score
      • Voice call score
      • Reception and tracking score
      • Geofence score
      • Active standby, hours
      • Active standby hours measured
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Availability
      • Type
      • Geofence
      • Charging cradle
      • Low battery warning
      • Water resistant
      • Accept incoming call
      • Auto answer from call to device
      • Alarm clock
      • Fall detection
      • Non-movement alarm
      • Relocation alarm
      • Speed alarm
      • Dedicated emergency call button
      • Dedicated emergency SMS button
      • Configuration mechanism
      • Maximum number of contacts
      • Telco tested on
      • Optus
      • Telstra
      • Vodafone
      • User maintainable phonebook
      • SIM size
      • Dimensions, mm (H x W x D)
      • Weight, g
      • User replaceable SIM
      • Origin
      • Contact
      • SOS voice calling process
      • Contact voicemail handling

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