Dear Sun-Power Automatic Gate Owner,

Each year from the start of winter, we get calls from people that have a Sun-Power Solar Gate that has ceased working, this is very common.

Your solar panel faces the unique challenge of not getting enough sunlight during the winter months.

Here are a few tips that might help.

  • The solar panel purpose is to charge the battery, if the battery is more than a few years old it might not be charging and therefore it might be time to replace the battery (Batteries don’t last for ever).
    A High Quality 12V  9amp battery is supplied in each XP Series Kit from Sun-Power
  • Keep your solar panel clean. Wipe it with a damp cloth to removing any dust and grime.  [Make this a regular routine]
  • Check that the solar is still pointed to the north, re-adjust if required
  • Prune trees near the gate. The shadow of ONE leaf is enough to stop 90% of the charging Capacity.  
  • The 20 Watt 12v Solar Panel should be located where it will receive maximum exposure to the sun
  • Standard cable length fitted to Solar Panels is 5 Metres
  • Solar cable should not be extended by adding ‘A bit more’ to the standard length as it will not function correctly
  • Solar cable can be up to 100 metres long
  • Sun-Power can supply & fit cable up to 100 Metres in one continuous length advise required length with your initial order and we will advise the additional cost