How To Keep Your Gate Opener Battery Warm In Winter12/07/2013 Back To Blog
Especially if you live in a cold climate, you know by now the importance of keeping your electronics well-heated. You wouldn’t leave your car outside in freezing temperatures for months, so why would you do the same to your gate opener? Even if your system is connected to your home grid via a DC line, it does have a battery, and that battery can get drained if exposed to freezing conditions for too long. Here’s how you can avoid that when you use a gate installation service.
Use a battery heater
A battery heater is just like it sounds – it’s a small device that you install (you can do this during your routine maintenance service) inside the battery casing that uses a small charge to keep the battery from freezing. It has a small temperature sensor that starts heating the battery when the external temperature drops below 40 degrees. The best part is you don’t have to worry about a battery for the battery heater – it uses the internal power of the main battery to power itself! Remember to have 24/7 emergency service during the winter.
Disadvantage of solar power
If your gate opener is powered by solar energy, a battery heater won’t work for you. Solar units have smaller, lower-capacity batteries, so using its own power to keep itself heated is too much of a drain – especially in the months you’re likely to need it, because the colder months tend to have less daylight hours anyway. The best option for solar units is to bury the battery, creating a kind of natural insulation. The ground has a warmer ambient temperature than an open-air box, and the insulation will help retain the heat that’s naturally given off during the recharging process. You’ll want to contact your gate service professional for tips on where to bury the battery. If your system has an intercom installation you’ll need to protect those batteries as well.