The Apollo 1550 Gate Opener

The Apollo 1550 Gate Opener is the intelligent version of the two Apollo linear actuators. Below you will find a feature comparison of the two openers. Apollo is known as the premier solar gate opener because of its low power consumption and large battery. The Apollo was designed for ranchers and is built in Texas. This opener gives you the freedom to set your operating arm on the inside, outside, left side or right side of the gate operating in either pull or push to open; thus giving you as much freedom as you need to have a gate opener that will work with the contours of your property.

The Apollo 1550 Single Gate Opener is a low voltage system, eliminating the need to run 110 AC to your gate. Simply run 14-gauge low voltage to a household outlet within 1000′ of the operator (provided) or use a Gate Crafters solar panel (sold separately). With Apollo’s generous sized NEMA 3R control box you can house a larger battery than most gate operating systems. A larger battery means more cycles during a time of power outages or low sunlight (if solar is being used). A fully charged deep cycle battery will provide up to 300 cycles or an average of 30 days usage on a basic system before requiring a recharge (Battery is not included). Each cycle is a full open and close and takes approximately 15 seconds each direction.

The 1050 series control board is a new release from Apollo as of 2013. This is the next generation of smart boards for gate openers. It has a built in solar regulator, LCD display for programming and diagnostics, digital controls over force, speed, delay, etc, built in surge suppression, Built in clock and timer, and built in multimeter for knowing battery voltage.
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936 board is a standardized option that will come with this opener, the 1050 board is the alternative option.

You will need to pair your control board with either the Nice Apollo Moon safety photocells which is a thru beam system that is included or the NIR-50-325 with adaptor which is a reflective photo eye system or the EMX IRB-RET Universal Safety Retroreflective Photoeye.

936 Board – The 936 board comes with pre-programmed options and will be compatible with most photo eyes. For your convenience, the 936 board does not require proprietary photo eyes.

1050 Board – The 1050 Board can be customizable to your needs and is UL 325-16 compliant, which is necessary to be OSCA complaint. This board is compatible with monitored photo eyes, so that if the photo eye fails it will prevent the gate openers from failing.

See the list below for the additional features of the 1050 board:

  • Board compatible with Nice Opera System (facilitates programming and diagnostic’s away from the site of installation)
  • LCD display and dedicated buttons
  • Built-in voltmeter to check input voltage, battery voltage, solar panel volt age, motors’ current
  • Temperature sensor to optimize charging battery and system performance
  • Programmable service alarm
  • 2 Programmable timers (from 1 sec to 9 hours)
  • 2 Programmable inputs (open, close, step, mid-position, hold to open, hold to close, activating timer)
GateCrafters.com is the DIY factor. GateCrafters.com further adds to most of our gate openers for easier DIY installation. We have developed exclusive components (example: easy adjustable mounting brackets), customized instructions, and offer a full spectrum of accessories to truly cover all aspects of the installation of your gate opener. In addition we have the largest staff of factory trained technicians in the US.
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