Have you got a Centurion D5 Evo gate motor? Would you like to check the status of your battery? Well, here I am quickly going to show you how to test your Centurion D5 EVO battery.
Checking the Centurion D5 Evo Battery with the Charger
The D5 Evo has a LCD display which you can use for a number of functions. One of these is to check the health of the gate motor battery. On the screen you will see a number of bars on the left which indicate the state of the battery. The battery will start fully charged (i.e. all bars show) and then will be depleted over time until it is dead and needs replacing. If you are having problems with you gate motor, the battery is an easy thing to check first.
We always suggest that you check what happens to your battery health while you trigger the gate. So, press the main button to open the gate and see if the battery charge changes.
The D5 Evo also has a very nice function that it actually shows you the voltage. All you need to do is press the up arrow twice. Then the LCD will display the battery and charger voltages. The battery voltage is on the left and the charger voltage is on the right. Next, open and close the gate to see if there are any significant changes in the voltages.
The charger voltage should go up to around 14 volts when the gate is in a static position.
Checking the Centurion D5 Evo Battery without the Charger
You can also check the status of your battery when you disconnect the charger. You can find the charger on the side – a little red plug. Pull it out and you will see the charger voltage drops. Look at what happens to the battery. Another very nice feature of the D5 Evo, is that it beeps lets you know that the mains power is off.
Here you can see that the battery voltage is above 12 volts, which is what we looking for. If the battery voltage is under 10.5 volts, you definitely need to replace it. And obviously, if your charger voltage is not about 14 volts, you should be looking at replacing the charger.
It is important to check your Centurion D5 Evo battery as part of your gate motor battery maintenance.
Gate motor batteries can last for 2 to 3 years, but it does depend on how well you look after them. This articles outlines some important points on gate motor batteries and ways in which you can take care of your gate motor battery so that it has a long life.
The first thing to note is that Centurion D5 Gate motor is battery-operated. This means that without a battery that is sufficiently charged it cannot open your gate even if there is power. It is not a battery backup.
Gate Motor Battery Checks
Check your gate motor battery terminals regularly for corrosive build-up and clean if necessary.
Ensure that the battery terminals are properly connected.
Ensure that the battery voltage is above 10.5V. If it goes below this, you will need to replace the battery.
The gate motor battery voltage needs to remain above 10.5 V. If the voltage drops below 10.5 V you will need to replace the battery. Even if it’s a brand-new battery. The charger of the gate motor typically maintains the battery voltage above 12 V. So, if your gate motor charger is not working properly or there is a long power outage, it could result in your battery depleting and needing to be replaced.
The centurion D5 gate motors can usually open your gate 10 to 20 times during a power outage. If the power outage is more than about 4 to 5 hours, then the best strategy is to put your gate on manual. This will ensure that your battery does not get damaged and depleted.
The new Centurion D5 Evo makes a beeping sound when the main power is off. Please do not ignore this beeping sound, it is an indication that there is a power issue.
Unfortunately the older D5 motors, and Hansa motors do not give you an indication or a beep if the mains power is off.
Gate Motor Battery Charging Options
If you find that you’re replacing batteries regularly then you may need to have an alternative strategy. One option is to put a larger deep cycle battery in a weatherproof box close to your motor.
Another option is to look at a solar charger and battery-backup system. These systems are designed to have your motor running without mains power being available. The solar panel charges the battery during the day and at night your gate works from the battery power. The former solution is cheaper than the latter.