Many of these gate openers
are traditional gate openers that are built to be compatible with solar
energy. If you decide to purchase one of these solar compatible gate
openers, then you will also need to purchase solar panels as well. Some
of the companies which produce these compatible gate openers also
manufacture and sell their own brand of solar
These brands are
recommended over the others because you can be guaranteed
that all of
your components will be compatible if you purchase them from one
company, versus purchasing cheaper solar panels that may not be as
easily connected to your gate opener.
USAutomatic Sentry 300
Solar Power Compatible Gate Opener and Solar Gate Opener Kit
The USAutomatic Sentry is
a line of different commercial grade gate openers. These gate openers
are extremely long
lasting and reliable and are available for purchase
in either a solar compatible unit which requires the purchase of a
separate USAutomatic Sentry solar panel, or in a solar gate opener kit
which includes the gate opener, a 5 watt solar panel, solar inverter,
and all other necessary components.
The solar panel can be
quickly connected to the gate opener via a fifteen foot cord
included in the kit. This allows you to place the solar panel up to
fifteen feet away from the gate opener so it can be placed in an area
where it receives maximum exposure to the sun. These solar powered gate
openers are extremely efficient, and once the battery is completely
charged by the solar panel, the gate opener can function for up to
eight weeks with no further exposure to the sun.
This will guarantee that
your gate opener will always work, no matter what type of weather you
may encounter. The only small downside lies in the price:
USAutomatic Sentry solar powered
gate openers are usually
for between $900 and $1000 - which includes the 5-watt solar panel kit
which is sold separately.
Granted, this is quite a
bit more than the other
products on the market. Nonetheless, these gate openers are also
designed for commercial grade gates and are capable of opening much
larger, heavier gates that most other brands.
The biggest advantage of
this line of openers is
in the warranty. USAutomatic provides a three
year full replacement warranty for damaged or defective components and
units, and also an additional seven year limited warranty where the
components will be replaced at a very minimal additional cost. This
means that your product is guaranteed to last for at least ten years,
which is the longest manufacturer guarantee of all of the solar power
gate openers on the market.
LockMaster Solar Gate
of several different gate openers, some of which are only solar
compatible while others include a solar panel and all other solar
This line of gate openers
normally costs about half the
price of the USAutomatic Sentry gate openers, which makes them ideal
for those on a tighter budget. However, there are some drawbacks to
this brand of openers.
They only have a one year
limited warranty, which is much less than the warranties that accompany
their competitor’s similar products. These particular solar powered
gate openers are also not nearly as long lasting or of the same high
quality as the USAutomatic openers.
Nonetheless, the majority
LockMaster gate openers are available for between $300 and $500 which
is still a decent price given the overall effectiveness of these
If you are looking for a
cheaper gate opener and don’t mind slightly sacrificing some
price, then the LockMaster
Solar Gate Opener might just
be perfect for you!
Mighty Mule Solar
Compatible Automatic Gate Opener
Mighty Mule produces
power gate openers that are on the lower, cheaper end of the spectrum.
These openers are designed for use with much lighter gates and are a
decent solution for many lighter gauge ranch and farm gates. This
particular brand of gate opener is a cheap solution to your automatic
gate opening needs.
Before purchasing one of
these gate openers, it is necessary to make sure that your gate is hung
correctly and is in perfect working order, or else the opener will not
work correctly. There are several different models of solar powered
gate openers that are manufactured by Mighty Mule, and the majority of
them can be purchased for less than $250 which makes them one of the
cheapest brands available today.
However, again you need to
be aware of the limitations of these products as they are not near as
effective as their more expensive counterparts. Like most all other
similar products that are sold in this price range, the Mighty
Mule FM200 Solar Gate Openers do not
come with the 12 volt battery that is required to power the opener, so
you’ll need to purchase the battery separately.
Mighty Mule also produces
remote control that can be used to open the gate from a distance
without having to get out of your vehicle. Most all other
solar power gate openers also have the option of purchasing a remote
control as well though. Overall, this is a decent opener given the
low price and should be expected to automatically open and close your
gate for at
least a year or two.
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