We have designed our barrier or gate to work with a solar charged battery from the outset and we have NOT added a solar panel to an existing design. That is the DOFYGATE difference.

Very Efficient Motor Control

Our motor control board sips power when on standby using only 4.2 milliamps. All electrical components that are not required to listen out for a signal are off. Once a signal is received the board comes to life and controls the gate operation. Designed for solar power throughout.

Designed for Solar

Strong but Lightweight Carbon Fibre

The more weight the motor has to lift the more power it consumes and so the larger the solar panel and battery need to be. We use carbon fibre tube for our barrier arms which provides significant strength and rigidity with low weight. Every aspect is designed for a solar power source.

Efficient Arm Movement

The Dofygate barrier arm folds in half as it opens and unfolds as it closes. This means that as the inner half rises the outer half falls so very little momentum is created. When closing the inner half falls as the outer half is pulled up so minimal inertia to overcome. All this means we can safely use a smaller motorised actuator unit and that saves on power. It is all about designing the gate for the efficiency needed for a solar panel to work.

Designed for Solar

Integrated Solar Panel

Designed for Solar Our solar panel is either within the arm which has the advantage of always being in a gap i.e. the gateway or it is fixed to the side of the cabinet on its own vertical post. In both cases the solar panel is wired in to the unit and is effectively part of the whole. The solar panels can be rotated and so long as the panel faces East West or South then sufficient power will be produced.

Designed for Solar

Built in Battery

The battery sits snugly inside the cabinet and is easily accessible through the cabinet door. We use a standard sealed lead acid AGM 12v battery that is available from most battery stockists or over the internet. The battery is a standard size and available from many local or internet sources as well as ourselves for around £20.

Impact protection – all part of Original Design

The Dofygate is built to be maintenance free and part of that is to allow the barrier to survive accidental impacts. All Dofygate arms are protected by a clutch built into the post that rises through the centre of the cabinet. This allows the gate arm to move away in either direction from an impact that may otherwise damage the barrier. To reset push the barrier back and it will return to its working position.

Designed for Solar

The Dofygate barrier has been designed from the outset to be self contained, robust and remote controlled. It was decided the best way to do this was to base the power source on a solar charged battery so from that point on everything was built to be lightweight, strong and efficient.

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