FAQ: What is the average cost of AED ownership?

What is the expected cost of upkeep of an AED?


The Average Cost of AED Ownership

One question we are often asked is, “how much is owning an AED going to cost me over the years?” An excellent question! Let’s see if we can answer this clearly, and possibly dispel some misconceptions along the way.

After the initial purchase of your AED, the only costs you’ll incur, other than the cost of any optional accessories you may desire, will be the cost of consumables:  electrode pads and batteries. One misconception is the feeling that you will be “constantly changing the pads and batteries.”  The fact is, even though each manufacturer’s electrodes and batteries may vary slightly with regard to price and expiration dates, a good rule of thumb is 2 years for electrodes, 4 – 5 years for batteries. You are going to change the oil in your car more often than that!

One way to figure your long-term cost is to take the cost of the electrode pads times 2, and the cost of the battery, add them together, then divide by 4. This will give you your cost per year for your consumables. There are exceptions with the various manufacturers when it comes to electrode pads’ shelf-life and battery life expectancy, but this is a good, general equation to amortize your long-term cost of ownership. It is also a good way to help evaluate which AED may be right for you and your AED Program.

4 Responses to “FAQ: What is the average cost of AED ownership?”

January 27, 2017 at 8:34 am, Larry Eamigh said:

Did you guys run in the 2016 elections? Are you politicians?

The Question was HOW MUCH? not how often the pads and batteries would have to be replaced. How much are the batteries? How much are the pads? You also forgot other items like a secure, locked box to maintain outside, a secure padlock, keys for each Responder, the time and effort it takes to cement the pole (part of the locked box system) into the ground, time and effort preparing for monthly/semi-annual/annual meetings, test alerts, how will you get notified of a cardiac episode, and on, and on, and on.

HOWEVER, it’s all worth it if you save just one life. But how about a $$ figure or a range of $$ figures that you estimate?


January 30, 2017 at 1:50 pm, AED Superstore said:

Thank you for your comment. This brief article is meant to give a new AED owner a sense of the cost of ownership over time. Since there are at least 15 different AEDs to choose from, made by 6 different manufacturers, the cost of each will be different. We offered a formula to determine costs of replacement items like electrode pads and batteries over the life of the AED, rather than one-time purchases such as the cabinet, regardless of the brand chosen.

As a side note, very few AEDs are kept outdoors due to the possibility of theft or damage by the elements. It is recommended AEDs never be placed in a locked location within a facility. They should be accessible to everyone during regular business hours in case of emergency. The time it might take to locate the person with the key, get them to the AED, unlock the box and get back to the patient could mean it is too late to save their life.


January 23, 2021 at 5:28 pm, Stuart Bernard said:

I am just reading this as I got my statement that new pads, batteries etc are needed. Where, anyplace in the purchase literature did you give any indication what the annualized maintenance cost might be? Also I agree with the previous comment. You stated you had 15 different choices. I don’t care if you have 50. The least you could provide is a range for all of the choices. It could be $100 – $200 depending on equipment or whatever. I am not impressed with your annual maintenance but even less ipressed with your customer service response.


February 04, 2021 at 9:27 am, AED Superstore said:

Hello Stuart,
We are sorry you are displeased with our customer service. Our team is dedicated to answering every question our customers may have with regard to AED ownership. The reason AED electrode pads need to be replaced on a regular schedule is to ensure they are at peak performance in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest rescue. You can read more about why they expire here Batteries are replaced for the same reason – they deplete over time and you want to be sure they will be able to deliver the most effective shock when needed. Cost of these supplies is set by the manufacturer, and we often have promotions which discount the price of consumable supplies.


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