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) is the DIY factor. 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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The new Estate Swing Wireless Cellular Telephone 3GSM 4-in-1 Intercom (EST-200) is setting a new standard


The Estate Swing EST-200 Cellular 3GSM 4-in-1 Intercom is the ultimate in versatility and convenience for remote operation of any gate opener. The range of this intercom is truly unlimited, so long as there is a cell tower available to receive and transmit the call. This is particularly beneficial in areas that have a great deal of interference for traditional radio transmitters and intercoms, or for users who wish to open the gate from extended distances (such as from a home, cell phone, or even another state!). Additionally, since it’s a wireless communication system, it is needless to run to a phone line or wires to the house. The process of running wires can be time-consuming, complicated and expensive. The Estate Swing Cell Phone Access Intercom allows the user to avoid all that while providing a simple, secure, and convenient means of operating the gate opener.

It works this way. Purchase a 3GSM SIM card* (AT&T or T-Mobile) and a cell number. Customers can purchase pay-as-you-go cell numbers (disposable phones for example) or add another line to the current cellular plan. The intercom will then receive commands from authorized users via cell signal and also place outgoing intercom calls to the administrators through cell signals. The intercom system rarely uses the cell service. The only time minutes are used is when a guest is at the gate talking to a person to let them in; the other features don’t actually answer the calls – they utilize caller ID to allow access.

This intercom totally eliminates the necessity of purchasing or carrying extra remotes because it provides access to the gate opener through an item most people already carry – a cell phone. Simply dial the intercom number and, through caller ID, the intercom will recognize the programmed number(s) and open the gate. This is more secure than traditional remotes because the number has to be programmed into the intercom to operate it, so there is less of a chance that unauthorized persons will be able to operate the gate. Additional security can be provided by the password protected mode; when the intercom picks up the call, the user must enter the programmed password.

It’s convenient for homeowners because each member of the family, plus friends, extended family, and others, can operate the intercom easily and conveniently. Similarly, the intercom function permits homeowners to allow entry for personnel requiring access to the property, even when the homeowner is not home. When the intercom button is pressed, the intercom dials one of three programmed administrator numbers; if the first attempt is unsuccessful, it will try each of the other administrator numbers. When the call is received, the administrator can talk to the person at the gate and press a few keys to allow entry to the property. This is an excellent feature for deliveries since the homeowner can allow entry even when not at home.

This accessory also has a number of convenient functions for ease of operation and enhanced reliability. The intercom runs off a battery backup in the case of a power failure, and it has an alarm to indicate when the battery has been engaged due to power failure. Moreover, users can program the intercom to text administrator numbers for updates, including power failures. Users can program extended delay opening/closing functions for larger vehicles (such as those with trailers), as well as a party mode. The party mode engages the gate in an open position until an administrator sends a text to close the gate. All programming can be done by phone and text message for the most convenient operation possible.

* The 3GSM Intercom has to be used with a 3GSM SIM card. To our knowledge only AT&T and T-Mobile use this platform in the US.

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