Deer Feeder Maintenance & Trouble Shooting (Batteries & Solar Panels)

Welcome back, I want to talk about deer fear, maintenance in particular batteries and solar panels. Nothing sucks worse than to show up for your weekend hunt and to not have your your feeder go off and no Diorshow up.

I mean you drove, however many hours to get to where you’re going.

You spent so many hours spend so many dollars to get there to be there and your stuff is broke, and this has happened to me more than once and it doesn’t matter.

I can keep my battery fully charged.

I’ll check it.

It reads its proper voltage in this case I’m, going to be talking about six volt batteries and six volt chargers and panels, and when I charge my batteries at home, I’ll just use one of these cheap e little charger sets.

You can either set it to six or twelve, so I charge my battery overnight and then I read it with my digital multimeter and it’ll read, you know six volts and I put it in my feeder along with my solar panel and then I come Back a month later and my feet are dead, I’m thinking what’s going on I charged it.

Maybe my solar panel is bad well, it turns out if you have an old battery or a bad battery the amp hours, and this one in particular, is six rated at six volts and 5 amp hours.

The amp hours, if I can get a little technical here, are basically the storage of how much amperage how much power your battery is going to put out so reading it with a multimeter and reading 6 volts.

Doesn’t tell you how many amp of how many of those five amp hours are left on your battery. The only thing that’s going to tell you that is a load tester and I’ve been going to a local store that our chain, actually batteries plus and they will usually test them for free and I’ve purchased many batteries from them.

So no issues there, the tester itself is probably a couple hundred dollars, but anyways they can put their load tester on there or anybody with that particular device.

And they can tell you the percentage of those amp hours that are left and once they drop below a certain amperage amp hours and it doesn’t matter.

If you charge it’s at 6, volts or not it’s just not going to last, and these solar panels are not going to keep it charged.

So if you’re having issues in your time off, take these batteries in take your batteries in and check them.

The next thing to do is to check your solar panels now granted I’m in a room with florescent lighting, but so I’m not going to read the maximum power that these solar panels are going to put out this.

One here on.

My right is a known good one in the sunlight.

It should put about a volt more than what it’s rated for.

So this is a 6 volt panel, and so it should read about 7 volts in the sunlight, but being in a fluorescent lit room. It’s not going to be that high.

So if you look on the multimeter over here, you’re gon na see about 3 89 that’s not too bad for being in a fluorescent lit room.

So this one is actually good.

Like I said test them in the sunlight, but there we go to the one on the left here.

So I put my multimeter on it and my reading is point 1, 1 volts or less.

So this one is definitely bad.

Don’t know exactly why it’s bad it’s just bad and in the sunlight.

It reads like maybe 1 volt or 2 volts, so this must be replaced.

So you need to check your solar panels as well and that you can do in the field you don’t have to bring your battery and just take your multimeter out there.

You know set it on the voltage and measure that output make sure it’s at least a volt above what it’s rated for, so this one needs to be replaced. Also, you notice here this is very foggy.

Compared to this one.

Let’s see if I can hit their light just right if your solar panels still reading properly, but it’s real, dirty like this, go to one of the auto parts stores and get one of those light, headlight buffer kits that kind of bring the Crystal clearness of your headlights back to life and use this on here, because this should be a whole lot cleaner than what it is, and this being dirty as it is, is not effecting that voltage that we’re reading just a minute ago.

This one is definitely bad and since we’re on the subject of solar panels, try I well you you choose what you want, but I prefer these that have the metal conduit.

You can anchor them to the control box, your feeder a whole lot more, a whole lot better.

So when then friggin Coons get up there and hang on them, they’re less likely to yank the cables out of the control box and but then again even that they still do what they do.

I mean look at this one right here, so this one’s been all stretched out from them, friggin Coons.

So what I plan on doing here is since this one’s bad over here.

I’m gon na Rob.

They have conduit from it and replace it with this one here that still works. I’m using this brand right here of solar panel.

This is they’re about 20 for the 6 volt.

I think they’re about 25 or 26 for the 12 volt version.

It works really good for me, but the selling point for me for these particular ones, is that metal, conduit and the ability to stave off those those Coons a little bit more because you know they are pesky.

So one more thing: if you are in the field as I are, I am, and you’re in remote areas and you don’t get out there very often it’s good, to have a little repair box, see if I can zoom out a Bit more that’s it, so this is just just a little low profile, hammo box, that I go to the store for not much money.

I have extra memory cards when these are empty, but have extra memory cards.

The cases for motion cameras, extra crimps for the wires, the connectors in case you do have to make a repair in the field that your feeder, you can queue alligator clips.

You know you can easily strip those and clamp them on some sheet metal screws and some zip ties in this compartment right here.

You never know what you’re going to need.

So if you got the means, get yourself some extra stuff inside I keeping a few extra batteries for the motion, camera and an extra computer or extra timer, and these timers probably 30. I’m using the Remington’s exclusively right now and basically that the sporting goods store.

Next to my work, where I shop sometimes during lunch basically sells these and the price is right, but what I like about them is they go both ways.

They’ll either be six or twelve volts and we have at least one feeder out there that runs on twelve.

So in case a timer goes bad on you.

While you’re there, you can switch, it switch it out.

So you can still finish your hunt and then the next time you come out.

You’ll be ready to hunt without him to deal with more repairs, and then I use a battery tester one of these little simple things where you can put your your cylinder batteries in here and test them.

This is specifically for my motion.

Cameras pair of wire cutters and a multi tool – and there’s a few more memory cards down in here, screwdriver just just a few basic tools to do some few basic maintenance on your deer feeders.

But this has been a lifesaver more than once. I can’t tell you, especially since we’re driving, you know hour or more, to get to our hunting lease and we’re out in the middle of nowhere.

So it’s it’s, you don’t want to be.

You can’t go to the grocery store or the hardware store to go, get a part.

It’s a it.’s a day trip almost well that’s all I have for deer feeder maintenance.

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