Being the first Do-It-Yourself Automatic Dual Gate Opener, the USAutomatic 300S is perhaps one of the best gate openers in the market today. This comes with a high price tag- but the features are not cheap nonetheless. First of all, it does need any electrical source or plug to work and its long warranty period is also reliable. Join us as we take a closer look at the 300S and together let us judge whether it is worth your money.
- EASE OF USE
This Solar Gate Opener model is the first one to have a fully solar powered unit, meaning you never have to plug it or pay for the high electric bills that are consumed while it is on standby and doing nothing. Without direct sunlight, the energy efficient design of the 300S features an 8 week operation time through its automatic charging lead acid battery unit.
While there is still enough sunlight, this product charges the AC batteries automatically so that an alternate source of power can be available if ever the sunlight goes dim. The gate openers also sports a soft start and stop option which completes one cycle of closing or opening in 16 seconds, regardless of the gate material that is used.
This Solar Gate Opener model is built for farm gates that are up to 20 feet in length, ornamental iron gates that are not more than 12 feet, and chain links that are around 14 feet in length. It is also equipped with an alternate 12vdc battery source that is to be bought separately. This battery pack can be charged by the AC transformer or the solar panel gear that is provided for upon purchasing the product.
The actual package also includes the transformer, a solar panel kit, two 2-button transmitters, charge cable extension kit, and an installation manual and DVD combo. The panels are already preprogrammed as well and the unit itself can be equipped by other solar powered accessories.
What we liked about this product is the kit itself which contains everything that you need to install it. The instructions are also clear as there is an additional DVD that is included for installation purposes.
The installation can take up to an hour or so. Moreover, the warranty itself is worth noting for with 3 years product warranty and a 7 year extension for lessened repair costs. This means that your purchase is protected for up to 10 years in total. The idea of using a solar power source with a backup battery is also a nifty idea since most gate openers consume so much energy even on standby.
The only thing that can block people from buying this product however is its price. It is positioned in the more expensive spectrum of the whole niche, hence others might consider to start saving now for this model. The features and expansion options however are virtually limitless and worth it.
Overall the Solar Gate Opener USAutomatic 300S is a premium gate opener that has no bad issues whatsoever right from installment towards the long term operation. Although it is indeed expensive, its features and expansion options are actually worth all of your buck. In conclusion, this model deserves the top spot in the field of automatic gate openers.