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.