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prairie
09-03-2002, 03:46 PM
Has anyone used a battery powered valve? I have a client that has an area that I can't put in electrical. I've seen the Hunter SVC valves and Nelsons Solorain, but I haven't talked with anyone with experiance using these type of valves. I have priced them and there around $75-90 bucks. Expensive, but you don't have to do any wiring. any feedback would be great.

gvandora
09-03-2002, 06:42 PM
Rain Bird makes a selinoid for their valves that replaces their usual ones. It runs of a 9 volt controller that you place in the box. You can actually have four zones that run of that one nine volt controller. The only caveat is that you need a hand held unit to configure the controller in the box. The prices are pretty reasonable from what I remember, perhaps $10 or 12 per selinoid and $40 or 50 for the in box controller. The handheld unit runs about $150 - 180. Its called a TBOS. For single valve use their is a product called Easy Rain also by Rain Bird. It is a replacement for their selinoid that only does one individual valve. Here's a link to the Rain Bird website:

http://www.rainbird.com/Commercial.asp?Page=Series&SubCat=11D43D0E-5B72-446B-B5B8-A06D0B069E9B

Good Luck!

HBFOXJr
09-04-2002, 10:42 AM
I've used several of the Hunters with good success. Worth it to solve the problem.

SamIV
09-04-2002, 09:58 PM
Although I use Hunter almost exclusively, I installed 3 of the Nelson over a year and a half ago with no problems. I haven't even had to change the batteries yet.

I've herad of people having problems pulling the battery connector off when they changed the batteries though.

Nelson has a new digital model out with a long lasting lithium battery which would solve this. Don't know what these cost. I paid about $60.00 each for the Nelson with a Nelson valve.

Sam

prairie
09-05-2002, 12:23 PM
Thanks guys, I talked with my Hunter rep and I think I'll try the SVC first. Hopefully I'll have the luck that you all have had.

Mataman
09-09-2002, 04:05 AM
just thank God you didn't have to buy an IBOC100 for a toro252. $120!!!:dizzy:

morturf
09-11-2002, 12:01 AM
Rain Bird also makes a single battery powered valve that is really very handy for such an area. It is really just a solenoid controller. I have 2 of them and they have worked well all summer on the same battery. Have a look here
http://www.rainbird.com/Residential.asp?Page=Product&LinkID=8796E4B0-356D-495B-B80C-F6CC65A31B9A&Series=8BABC096-666C-4AD4-BBAB-48F6C547FEC6&SubCat=D850C093-0F15-4953-BBC0-75665C31CF74

Mike