Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Buyers Guide

Timely defibrillation is considered the single most important factor in the treatment of Cardiac Arrest in a Pre-Hospital environment.  With the increased public awareness of AED's together with their improved technological advances, ease of use and decreasing prices, the provision of an AED is now considered a reasonable or prudent consideration in a First Aid Needs Assessment.

However, this does not mean that every person or employer should have an AED available.   For more information on this debate please read this article.

If you feel an AED is appropriate to your needs, there are a range of machines available, with each manufacturer claiming to offer the best machine.   Here are a few considerations to make before purchasing an AED.

Manufacturer

All the manufacturers listed here have a proven reputation of quality.

Price

Price is a consideration that every individual or business should make.   Price does not always exate to quality or functionality so with machines starting at around £1000, start from this point and then identify what features you consider worthwhile.

Warranty

The longer the warranty, the more faith the manufacturer has in their product.

IP Rating

This two-digit value which represents the machine's tolerance to dust and moisture.  A rating of 55 would be more resilient to dirty environments.  A device with a rating of 11 would be better suited to a more traditional office environment.

CPR Coaching

Does the device deliver voice prompts to aid the First Aider in delivering CPR?

Semi / Fully Automatic

A Fully Automatic device is best suited to First Aiders or those with no training.  A Semi Automatic device has additional features which are only of benefit to healthcare professionals.

ECG

ECG monitoring allows the AED to collect information about the casualty's heart rhythm which may be of use for healthcare professionals once the care of the casualty has been handed over post treatment.

Memory

The collection of data is a requirement of AEDs and can be used to examine the treatment casualty received.  The amount of memory required should be based on on long one can expect to deal with the casualty before being able to hand over to a healthcare professional.

Data Download

Data can be downloaded in a variety of ways, typically Infra red or Data Card.  Which function do you already have available to receive this data?  Many laptops and smart-phones have IR connection but data cards are more common.

Battery Standby Life

How often do you want to replace an expensive battery?

Electrode Shelf Life

How often do you want to replace these consumables?

We do not sell AEDs so the opinions here are objective and our own.  There are many commercial suppliers of AEDs but defibshop.co.uk, having a large selection including all AEDs listed here, is our prefered supplier.

Fully Automatic AEDs

These machines are best suited for First Aiders or those with little or no training, being fully automated there are no decisions to be made by the rescuer and the devices can be used 'from the box' and often with full voice prompts.  Fully Automatic AEDs are ideally suited to business premises or areas of public access.

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G3 Plus

RRP

£1,575

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G3

RRP

£1,575

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G5

RRP

£1,650

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

Optional

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

USB

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Defibtech

model

Lifeline Auto ( 7 Year battery )

RRP

£1,198

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

54

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

12 hours

Data download

data card

Battery standby life

7 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Defibtech

model

Lifeline Auto ( 5 Year Battery )

RRP

£1,148

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

54

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

up to 12 hours

Data download

data card

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepack CR Plus

RRP

£1,800

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

20 mins

Data download

infared

Battery standby life

2 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Fred Easy

RRP

£1,425

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

fully

Manual override

no

ECG

optional

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

500 tse

Data download

SD Card

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Semi Automatic AEDs

Semi Automatic AEDs are typically used by pre-hospital care workers, First Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians.  Unlike Fully Automatic AEDs they require intervention from the operator to administer the shock once a shockable rhythm has been identified.  Many Semi-Automatic AEDs also feature simple ECG monitoring and recording.  Semi Automatic AEDs are suited to businesses and organisations whose key staff have received formal training, where there is a higher risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest or where one can expect to provide longer term care for the casualty before handover to medical professionals.

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G3 Plus

RRP

£1,575

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G3

RRP

£1,575

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

Powerheart G5

RRP

£1,650

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

optional

Semi / fully automatic

semi automatic

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

USB

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Cardiaid

model

Cardiaid Defibrillator

RRP

£1,495

Warranty

6 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

4 hours

Data download

bluetooth

Battery standby life

2 years

Electrode shelf life

30 months

Manufacturer

Cu Medical Systems

model

Paramedic CU-ER1

RRP

£1,895

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

44

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

10 hours

Data download

data card

Battery standby life

rechargeable

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Cu Medical Systems

model

i-Pad

RRP

£1,395

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

54

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

40 mins

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Defibtech

model

Lifeline ( 5 Year )

RRP

£1,098

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

54

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

up to 12 hours

Data download

data card

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Defibtech

model

Lifeline ( 7 Year )

RRP

£1,150

warranty

5 years

IP rating

54

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

up to 12 hours

Data download

data card

Battery standby life

7 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Heartsine

model

Samaritan Pad 500P

RRP

£1,295

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

56

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

45 mins

Data download

USB

Battery standby life

3.5 years

Electrode shelf life

3.5 years

Manufacturer

Heartsine

model

Samaritan Pad 300P

RRP

£925

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

56

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

45 mins

Data download

USB

Battery standby life

3.5 years

Electrode shelf life

3.5 years

Manufacturer

Heartsine

model

Samaritan PDU 400

RRP

£720

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

44

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

SD card

Data download

SD card

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

5 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepak CR Plus

RRP

£1,554

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

20 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

2 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepak 1000

RRP

£2,200

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

40 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepak Express

RRP

£1,194

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

20 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

2 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Philips

model

Heartstart Frx

RRP

£1,275

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

15 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Philips

model

Heartstart HS 1

RRP

£1,070

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

21

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

15 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Cardiovit AT-101 Easy

RRP

£3,342

Warranty

12 months

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

2 hours

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Welch Allyn

model

AED 10

RRP

£1,095

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

3000 tse

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Zoll

model

AED Plus

RRP

£1,250

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

no

ECG

no

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

7 hours

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

5 years

Semi Automatic - with Manual Override

For use by Healthcare Professionals.  These machines have advanced features, including manual override of the automated functions.

Manufacturer

Philips

model

Heartstart FR3 ECG

RRP

£2,300

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

optional

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

tbc

Memory

tbc

Data download

Bluetooth

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Fred Easyport Pocket defibrillator

RRP

£2,400

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

optional

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

30 mins

Data download

SD card

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Fred Easy Semi Automatic

RRP

£1,295

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

optional

ECG

optional

Energy delivery

fixed

Memory

500 tse

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

PowerHeart G3 Pro AED rechargeable battery option

RRP

£2,250

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

rechargable

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cardiac Science

model

PowerHeart G3 Pro AED non-rechargeable battery option

RRP

£2,095

Warranty

7 years

IP rating

24

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

60 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

4 years

Electrode shelf life

21-24 months

Manufacturer

Cu Medical Systems

model

Paramedic CU-ER3

RRP

£0

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

44

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

flash memory

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

rechargeable

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Cu Medical Systems

model

Paramedic CU-ER2

RRP

£2,595

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

44

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

12 hours

Data download

SD card

Battery standby life

rechargeable

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepak 1000 defibrillator with ECG & manual override

RRP

£2,400

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

40 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Medtronic

model

Lifepak 1000 defibrillator with ECG & manual override & 3 Lead ECG

RRP

£2,600

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

no

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

40 mins

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Fred Easyport Pocket defibrillator – Manual Override

RRP

£2,643

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

30 mins

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Schiller

model

Fred Easy - ECG & Manual Override

RRP

£1,800

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

X4

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

optional

Memory

500 tse

Data download

cable

Battery standby life

5 years

Electrode shelf life

2 years

Manufacturer

Zoll

model

AED Pro

RRP

£2,295

Warranty

5 years

IP rating

55

CRP coaching

yes

Semi / fully automatic

semi

Manual override

yes

ECG

yes

Energy delivery

escalating

Memory

7 hours

Data download

infrared

Battery standby life

rechargable

Electrode shelf life

5 years

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