Are your Solo poles too long?!

Are your Solo poles too long?! 780 488 Detector Testers

For years, our red Solo access poles have been used by engineers to access detectors in order to carryout functional testing.  For most this is achieved using the original 4 section telescopic pole – but could a shorter pole also be useful?

As part of some recent research into how our access poles are used and rated, we learnt that for many engineers the typical height of most detectors they test is up to 5 metres.  Whilst still a significant height, this is below the maximum reach of the traditional Solo 100 pole which extends to allow access up to 6 metres – which suggests in the majority of cases a shorter pole could be used.


Detectortesters Access Pole Survey – May 2021

Such poles already exists in the form of the Solo 110 and the Solo 111, these relatively new poles were originally launched as part of our Urban Kit range but are now available to purchase on their own along with a custom designed drawstring pole bag.

The Solo 110 and Solo 111 are effectively smaller, compact versions of the original Solo 100 and Solo 101 – they work in exactly the same way – a telescopic design (Solo 110) which can be extended further with a maximum of three extensions (Solo 111) to reach heights up to 5 metres.

On its own, the Solo 110 can be used to reach up to 3 metres – perfect for a lot of commercial settings.



For engineers looking to make existing kit more portable, it’s also possible to purchase the Urban backpack and poles as a complete set (Solo 613) – bringing new flexibility and ease of use to previously purchased Solo and Testifire head units.

With a focus on increasing on-site productivity, shorter poles and the Urban Kits as a whole can help minimise disruption by ensuring fire engineers have less to carry and enabling quicker, more agile movement around site.

Check out the full Urban Kit range, including the compact backpack and full range of poles.

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