Solar Powered Gate Features

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Remote Control - Open/Close

SolarTronics Remote Control for Solar Powered Gates

The Remote Control enables you to remotely open/close the gate from your car, truck, tractor, house etc.

When pressed, will open the gate if closed or close the gate if partially open or fully open.

Solar Panel

SolarTronics Solar Panel for Solar Powered Gates

A 20watt monocrystalline solar panel and mounting bracket provides year round power to maintain a full charge in 2 x 12 volt batteries. A solar regulator regulates the battery charge rate to prevent overcharging which would shorten the life of the battery considerably.

Positive Gate Lock

SolarTronics positive gate lock

The positive gate lock fitted to all single gates and optional on double gates provides a strong secure way of mechanically locking the gate so that it cannot be pushed or forced open without using one of the electrical/electronic controls such as a remote control, or various visitor buttons.

Heavy Duty Drive Unit

The drive unit is a heavy duty, metal geared unit, powered by a 24 volt DC motor to provide additional power and reliability. The metal gears and 24 volt DC motor will provide you with exceptional gate opening power and many years of trouble free service. When the drive cover is unlocked then removed, there is a Hex Key that will screw down a pin to release a clutch and disengage the drive unit so the gate can be opened manually in an emergency. The drive has a very fast opening time - approx 12-13 secs.

Solar Power Regulator

A solar charging regulator is standard on all kits to protect batteries from overcharging. The solar regulator will extend the life of the batteries by several years.

Auto Close/Open

The Auto Close /Open feature is selected from an External switch under the control box. In the "AUTO" position the gate will automatically close and lock after the gate timer times out. In the "OPEN"position the gate will remain open until the "AUTO/OPEN" switch is switched back to "AUTO" or the remote is pressed to close the gate, this allows you to open the gate for special occassions or open the gate in the morning and close in the evening etc.

Obstruction Detection

Should the gate open or close with an obstacle in the way the obstruction detection will stop the gate and return the gate to its original position (open or closed) so that the obstacle can be removed. When the gate is clear again you only need to press the gate open button again to continue opening/closing the gate.

Pedestrian Access

The Open/Close button on your remote, if pressed when gate is opening or closing, will stop the gate and leave the gate partially open to allow pedestrian access and prevent vehicles from entering.

Double Gates

Double gate systems can be installed that require only the one control box and solar panel with two heavy duty drive units - one for each gate. To install a double gate system it will require a cable to be run under the driveway from the control box to the opposite gate drive unit.

Emergency Gate Release

In an emergency the gate can be disabled and opened by using a key to unlock the drive unit, then disengage the motor from the drive gears by lifting a ring. This may be useful for people such as the CFA who require access to your property in times of an emergency. No tools and no bolts/nuts need removing to disengage gate.

240 Volt System

A 240 volt system can also be installed that requires 240 volt to be wired to the gate and eliminates the need for a solar panel. This system also utilises 2 x 12 volt batteries which maintains power for the gate should there be a power blackout. Alternately, a low voltage (26 volt DC) power source connected to 240 volt power in a remote building can be connected back to the gate controller.

Low Voltage System

Low voltage can be run from a nearby 240 volt source eg. shed/house to power the gate controller. A low voltage cable powers the gate controller from this source. This system also utilises 2 x 12 volt batteries.


Two batteries are provided for solar, 240 volt and Low Voltage systems that on fully charged batteries will give 500- 600 continuous gate openings or 2-3 weeks operation (depending on added options) on a single gate, without any solar/240v connection.

Soft Stop

The gate closing can be programmed to Soft Stop as it arrives at its closed position.