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#5498060 - 12/24/14 03:55 PM Feeder Problems - Suggestions?
maturner05 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
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Loc: Houston, TX
I have two Wildgame Innovations 6v digital setups that work great. I have them set to throw twice a day for 7seconds at 50% capacity. The problem is, the 6v batteries only last about a month and a half! Ive already had to replace them once after trying unsuccessfully to charge them. Needless to say I need batteries that last longer than 45 days. Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get them to last longer? I have two solar panels that I bought to connect to them, but if these setups are just worthless, i dont want to waste my time hooking up the solar charger...thinking about just making the switch to two OnTime feeders that run off of AA batteries. A buddy on my lease has these and has had the same set of batteries in his for about 5 months. Anyone have any ideas????
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#5498073 - 12/24/14 03:59 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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If you don't have solar panels then you are doing well to get 6 weeks out of your timers at 7 seconds twice per day. Charge your batteries fully and put the solar panels on. Also the gap in between the feeder funnel and spinner plate can also vary how long a battery will last without a solar panel as much as length of throw.
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#5498124 - 12/24/14 04:22 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
SlaminEm Offline
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Registered: 09/30/12
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Loc: mesquite,tx.
use the two solar panels and get two fully charged and hook them up should last a while .ive had some batteries last a year on a feeder.

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#5498146 - 12/24/14 04:36 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
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Solar panels are the way to go. I also have a extra set of batteries that fully charge before I head out to the lease and swap them out about every 4 months.
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#5498466 - 12/24/14 07:53 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
Tff caribou Online   content
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I've had a solar panel running on the same feeder as you since August. Still reads 100%.
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#5498561 - 12/24/14 08:50 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: Tff caribou]
MathMan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I've had a solar panel running on the same feeder as you since August. Still reads 100%.


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#5498574 - 12/24/14 08:57 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
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I had a 12 volt WGI feeder. First time I set it up he lasted a few weeks before battery was drained. Bought a solar panel for it and it lasted maybe a month and it drained again. I knew better than to buy a WGI to begin with but it was to be used as a temp until I could get one like I have used for over a decade. Sadly it didn't even work out temporarily!

My suggestion is save yourself some headaches and get a quality feeder.
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#5498682 - 12/24/14 09:55 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: JCB]
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Originally Posted By: JCB
I had a 12 volt WGI feeder. First time I set it up he lasted a few weeks before battery was drained. Bought a solar panel for it and it lasted maybe a month and it drained again. I knew better than to buy a WGI to begin with but it was to be used as a temp until I could get one like I have used for over a decade. Sadly it didn't even work out temporarily!

My suggestion is save yourself some headaches and get a quality feeder.


12v HCRs are what we went to and they will run well over a year with a gel cell in them.
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#5498751 - 12/24/14 11:05 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: Tff caribou]
mightyp Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
I've had a solar panel running on the same feeder as you since August. Still reads 100%.


same here, the solar panels work for sure.
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#5498905 - 12/25/14 08:12 AM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: JCB]
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Originally Posted By: JCB
I had a 12 volt WGI feeder. First time I set it up he lasted a few weeks before battery was drained. Bought a solar panel for it and it lasted maybe a month and it drained again. I knew better than to buy a WGI to begin with but it was to be used as a temp until I could get one like I have used for over a decade. Sadly it didn't even work out temporarily!

My suggestion is save yourself some headaches and get a quality feeder.


My WGI feeder has been flawless. I read a lot of terrible reviews about their game cameras, but their feeders seem to be generally good.


Edited by Tff caribou (12/25/14 08:13 AM)
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#5498914 - 12/25/14 08:19 AM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
Western Offline
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I get about 2 years + on my 6v /w solar charger. Highest I have ran mune was 6 sec, but usually around 3-4
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#5498943 - 12/25/14 08:46 AM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: JCB]
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Originally Posted By: JCB
I had a 12 volt WGI feeder. First time I set it up he lasted a few weeks before battery was drained. Bought a solar panel for it and it lasted maybe a month and it drained again. I knew better than to buy a WGI to begin with but it was to be used as a temp until I could get one like I have used for over a decade. Sadly it didn't even work out temporarily!

My suggestion is save yourself some headaches and get a quality feeder.


Well said x 2
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#5498981 - 12/25/14 09:16 AM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: maturner05]
outdoorsmen54 Offline
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Registered: 10/29/12
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Loc: Wise, Montague
I have 5 wild game feeders at one of my leases. All have solar panels on them. We haven't changed a battery in 2 seasons and they always read fully charged. Use the solar panels but make sure you keep the wires of the solar panel against the feed barrel and tape them up. Coons like to hang off of them if they are sagging any.

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#5499079 - 12/25/14 10:28 AM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: BubRay]
JCB Offline
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Originally Posted By: BubRay
Originally Posted By: JCB
I had a 12 volt WGI feeder. First time I set it up he lasted a few weeks before battery was drained. Bought a solar panel for it and it lasted maybe a month and it drained again. I knew better than to buy a WGI to begin with but it was to be used as a temp until I could get one like I have used for over a decade. Sadly it didn't even work out temporarily!

My suggestion is save yourself some headaches and get a quality feeder.


12v HCRs are what we went to and they will run well over a year with a gel cell in them.


I have been running HCR's for well over 10 years and couldn't be happier. More recently I have been running some custom units with "The Timer" They are built just like the HCR but with a different timer. Have 5 years on those and once again I couldn't be happier!
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#5499297 - 12/25/14 01:08 PM Re: Feeder Problems - Suggestions? [Re: JCB]
maturner05 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/09
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Loc: Houston, TX
Thanks for all of the replies/suggestions fellas. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!!
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