How long does a defibrillator last?

Our recommendation is 10 years.

Understanding the Lifespan of a Defibrillator

The lifespan of your defibrillator depends on several factors, including:

  • Brand and type of defibrillator 
  • Location and environmental conditions 
  • Frequency of deployment 
  • Regular maintenance

Regular maintenance of your defibrillator is crucial to ensure its longevity and to help prevent problems with the defibrillator expiry date. Neglecting maintenance can cause damage to the device and shorten its lifespan. Additionally, pay attention to the manufacturer's warranty when choosing a defibrillator, as this can affect the device's lifespan and overall reliability.

Should You Replace a Never-Used Defibrillator?

Even if the device is never used for resuscitation, the recommendation to replace defibrillators after 10 years still applies. Besides the replaceable battery, every defibrillator has a non-replaceable internal battery (electrolyte), which can affect the defibrillator expiry date. The electrolyte ultimately delivers the shock to the patient. The defibrillator is always in standby mode, which requires energy, and due to ageing and self-testing, the capacity of this electrolyte slowly decreases. As a result, the defibrillator can deliver fewer and weaker shocks during CPR.

What about a Used Defibrillator?

A defibrillator is for multiple uses, but it is essential to perform a thorough checkup of the device after every use and consider replacing the electrodes and battery if needed. Proper defibrillator battery replacement and electrode replacement are vital to ensure the device is fully operational and dependable during an emergency. With timely replacements and maintenance, you can rest assured that your defibrillator is always ready to be used and is within its recommended defibrillator lifespan.

Defibrillator Warranty: How Long Does It Last?

Knowing the defibrillator warranty is essential in determining its lifespan and overall value. The manufacturer's warranty of defibrillators varies widely; most defibrillators have a 5 to 8-year warranty. At Medisol, we prioritise quality and security, extending this guarantee to 10 years for all defibrillators, regardless of the brand or type. This guarantee scheme came into force on 1 July 2022, and devices purchased after this date fall under the new warranty conditions. 

Is the Defibrillator Almost 10 Years Old?

If your defibrillator is almost 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. We offer a range of reliable defibrillators to suit your needs and budget. Whether you need a defibrillator for your home, office, or community centre, our knowledgeable sales team can help you with the best defibrillator to suit your usage. Visit our defibrillator page to find a device for you: View all defibrillators.