Hello THF members. My name is Andrew and I am the owner and engineer for Perforce Outdoors LLC. I did get permission from the THF admin (J.P.) to make a post here in the Blinds & Feeders forum. I was hoping to get at least a few guys interested here to start building a larger user base and get more product feedback.
I have spent a large portion of my career designing high reliability instruments that operate in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. I got into designing hunting gadgets after helping a family member remove hogs from his property due to serious depredation. As many of you have experienced, the hogs were mostly nocturnal due to pressure from adjacent land owners and often times very sensitive to scent left at the feeders. Part of his strategy was to bait and hunt at night. I helped him find equipment to outfit his feeders but became frustrated with what we ended up with and it seemed like there could be a better solution.
First off, the feeder lights did not run very long off the alkaline batteries and required large solar panels to stay running throughout the year when we ran them off the feeder battery. Of course larger solar panels require a charger controller so you don't overcharge the battery. After purchasing charge controllers, I found the cheap charge controllers off Ebay and Amazon to be inefficient. We also decided that it would be nice to be able to completely operate the entire feeder from your cell phone when in the blind. This way he could place extra corn out while not having to walk up to the feeder leaving behind fresh scent.
From all this effort came the Perforce Timer. It integrates a complete Wi-Fi feeder timer you can control from your cell phone in the blind, plus 12V lead-acid battery charger, and a managed power output for a feeder light. It has a 150+ yard range with line of sight. Once installed and powered, the Perforce Timer creates a local Wi-Fi network at your feeder enabling you to connect whenever you are within range. You can use your existing 6V or 12V motor as the power output is programmable and has 3 speed settings per motor type. There are no fuses that need replaced because the motor output is protected with a self resetting fuse. Onboard diagnostic information tells you your battery voltage and power output from the solar panel. It can be operated from your iOS or Android phone. You can also access it through a laptop if you like. The feeder light output has manual remote operation in addition to a timer or dusk to dawn modes. It also has a programmable low battery monitor that will prevent your light from completely discharging your feeder battery. Iíve had a few people create their own light setup just using red or green 12V landscape lights off Amazon.
The design is patent pending for some of the novel design features. It has been improved and validated through two hunting seasons with numerous units operating in both the summer heat of Central Texas in addition the extreme cold and hot temperatures of the Midwest. I canít stand the cheap feeder related electronics sold at many of the big box retailers that donít last very long. I will stand behind the product. Iíve tried my best to source as much as practically possible from the USA. It was designed in the USA and final assembly also occurs here.
In addition to the Perforce Timer, I carry a line of solar panels from 5 to 30 Watts and mounting kits that include all the mounting hardware and wiring protection at a very competitive price. You will need a minimum of a 5W panel to power the Perforce Timer. The 5W panel is only $19.99 and the 5W solar panel mount kit is only $44.99. Compare this to the small, 1 Watt panels you pay $40.
The stock antenna can pivot 90 degrees so it doesn't have to stick out through a varmint cage.
Iíve noticed the ďstand and fillĒ feeders have gained quite a bit of popularity and so I am actively working on an antenna solution that better suits those feeder types. It will allow remote mounting and be better protected from animal damage for those feeder types. If you have one and are interested please PM me as I could use a few people here soon to try them out. You can find more information on the Perforce Timer at www.perforceoutdoors.com/perforcetimer
To purchase, visit our store at www.perforceoutdoors.com/store
If you are even remotely curious about this feel free to PM me and we can talk more. If there are any outfitters or ranch managers on here who would like a larger quantity I can work with you on a package. This is a great way to control your feeders without having to manage all the remotes.
We are currently pursuing dealers and if you have any questions feel free to PM me.