Some users of the ADOR1 Automatic Chicken Door want the door to open later than sunrise. A feature that has been standard in the ADOR1 for a few years is the Delay On Open feature. On page 8 of the instructions, program number 10 and 11 are crossed out but actually they are functional. Program number 10 is the default setting where DOO is DISABLED. While this has been a long standing unpublished feature, there is no reason why you cannot use this feature as it has been field tested.
To enable the DOO feature, you will have to set program number 11 followed by a code for how much delay time you want. You enter 11 as you would any of the other programs as described in the instructions, but 11 is different. After you pulse the button 11 times, the LED comes on and then you press the button X more times, where X is a code for how much delay you want.
Here are the delay settings. The longest practical delay is 6 hours after sunrise and you set it with the delay code 8.
Right after you press the button 11 times, the LED should go ON. It does that to prompt you to give the code for the delay you want.
So if you want an 8 hour delay (from sunrise to when it will open), when the LED goes ON, press the button 8 times.
So here is the table of D.O.O.settings. It means that it is program 11 followed by the specified delay code. :
- 11-1 20MIN
- 11-2 40MIN
- 11-3 60MIN
- 11-4 2 HRS
- 11-5 3 HRS
- 11-6 4 HRS
- 11-7 5 HRS
- 11-8 6 HRS
Delay times are highly inaccurate because the timer is not crystal controlled and the ADOR1 "sleeps" to save battery energy, and thus does not keep track of time very accurately while "asleep". But for the function of delaying the opening after sunrise to encourage egg laying inside the coop, or to give you time to put away the dogs in the morning, or whatever your particular purpose is, the variability in the delay time is probably not important.
If you need clarification of this feature, feel free to call us.
We get feedback from customers getting two years out of a battery. The average should be more than one year but if you aren't getting that and can't explain it due to bad batteries, or cycling the door multiple times a day, or leaving an active alert causing the LED to blink fast and drawing down the battery, then call us so we can help figure it out.
Some customers have looked for rechargeable batteries and chargers and have not found them at the prices we showed where we bought RayOVac brands from Walmart.
But here at our local feed store and ACE Hardware, I have seen prices that are not so bad. For instance, at the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) I took a photo of what they have. $13 for the battery and $12 for the charger (this charger needs to be switched to the 6 volt mode since it will also work with 12 volt batteries). But please run your ADOR on 6 volts, not 12 volts. you can stack two 6 volt batteries in series and put it into a 12 volt system, such as a 12 volt solar charged system, and run the ADOR off one of the 6 volt batteries.
Before you put the battery in service, it is a good idea to charge it over night. The ADOR1 should use less than 1 AH of energy a year so that is only around 2mAH of energy a day. That is miniscule and even a very small solar panel will be able to replace that energy plus more, every day, so you can see the charger is a big overkill to leave it hooked up all the time.
So here is what I found at TSC:
This charger plugs into a wall outlet or extension cord and has a 6v and 12v setting. I have not tried using this charger and I do not know for sure if it automatically will go to a "trickle charge" mode. A charger designed for temporary hook up may overcharge a battery.
Note that you have your pick of either the tab top or the spring top battery at the same $13 price. Either one works...your preference. They both are supposed to have 4 to 5 amp hour energy capacity.
Our new address is:
ALLogic Inc. / AdorStore.com
PO Box 217
New Ulm, TX 78950
Often we are asked if ADORs are in stock. 99% of the time we have either finished units ready to ship or units ready for final test and ready to ship. We usually ship the same business day or next business day from time of order.
The ADOR1 and ADOR2 LED indications that are revealed in the installation instructions (or User Manual) lacks explanation about warnings that may appear on the LED. These indications were added to the software around December 2013, so if you have an earlier model electronic board, these indications do not apply without a software upgrade.
Here are the LED indications:
- Flash once per ~17 seconds: Normal "heartbeat".
- On solidly but with some flickering: The motor is running or is attempting to run.
- On Solid: When you apply power with the button pressed, the LED will stay on until you release the button.
- Flash quickly:
- about once per 1.5 seconds: this is a warning that the ADOR is not in Auto Mode. See "JOGGING" in the instruction manual. If you hold the button down, you are JOGGING and PARKING the door.
- about once per 3 seconds: this is a warning that ADOR will stay shut or stay open until the next sunrise or sunset and then will be back in Automatic Mode. This mode is caused if you momentarily operate the pushbutton to close it in daylight or to open it in darkness.
- about once per 2.5 seconds is an indication that the battery voltage dipped low while the motor was operated. This is a low battery indication.
There are also audible codes that have been in the ADOR since the beginning and which indicate various things, in Morse Code:
HI (.... ..) This indicates power was applied. It greets you with "Hi"
E (.) This indicates it saw the magnet near the End of travel. There are two magnets on the door panel.
M (--) This indicates it saw you push the button momentarily to Manually operate the door.
L (.-..) This is an indication that the Light level changed and went over or under the light threshold.
SOS (... --- ...) This indicates a warning and is followed by a single letter: O, B, G
O (---) When O comes after SOS it means Obstruction or Obstacle. It means the motor took too much current.
B (-...) When B comes after SOS it means Battery warning.
G (--.) When G comes after SOS it means Grip error. Grip means timeout. The motor ran too long.
T (-) This indicates the motor stopped due to too much current detected It will retry and produce SOS O if unsuccessful.
Have you wanted to be able to just flip a switch to either AUTOMATIC mode or MANUAL mode? Maybe on very cold days you would like a switch at your backdoor that you could set to STAY CLOSED? Later you may want to set the switch back to AUTOMATIC.
Here is a diagram that shows how to do it. If you just want to always manually operate the door remotely, you only need to wire up a two position MANUAL SWITCH as shown in this diagram. But if you want to select AUTOMATIC with the switch then you need to wire up a three position switch as shown in this diagram.
A picture is worth a thousand words. We have posted a drawing that shows how to connect accessories. Print this sheet out in Landscape orientation. Suggestions are given on how to hook up things, such as:
- External Alarm (powered by ADOR's battery)
- NiteLite (powered by ADOR's battery)
- OvaLite (powered from separate power supply)
- Connecting a relay to the Aux switch in order to control AC lighting.
- External Pushbutton switch
- External Manual switch. This allows you to flip a switch up or down for OPEN or SHUT, remotely.
- Clock timer. Shows how you can control ADOR by a clock timer instead of by its own daylight based timer.
We have had a several questions about if a clocktimer can be used with ADOR. Yes it can. The diagram shows how. Another question is how to easily just manually operate the ADOR remotely. The diagram shows how to connect an ON/OFF switch to control ADOR instead of having it obey daylight. We can also show you how, with two switches or multiple switch positions to select: OPEN, SHUT, DAYLIGHT. Then you can easily switch back to automatic (DAYLIGHT) mode.
NOTE: If your ADOR is an earlier model it may not be able to do all these functions. It may only require you send your board in for a new program or the board may need to be upgraded to a later revision.
As 2013 edges away, we look forward to 2014. We have new products coming out and a new larger ADOR. Also, we have new software features coming for the ADOR which we will be announcing soon. A preview of some of the planned new software features are:
- New Apps:
- REDSCARE (LED flashes at night to scare predators away from ADOR)
- T.E.D. Trap Exclusion Device. (use ADOR with TRAP to exclude pets by day and to catch predators at night)
- Delay on Open -- set times before and after sunrise when you want the ADOR to open.
- Delay on Shut -- set times before and after sunset when you want the ADOR to shut.
- Adjust speed of closure and to retract fully upon detecting obstacles before re-try.
- Adjust motor force on closure.
- LED indication of MANUAL MODE. Be aware when the ADOR is not in Automatic Mode.
- LED indication of LOW BATTERY. Buzzer and External Alarm does this but now will be indicated on LED in front.
- Automatically compensate speed if running on 12V instead of 6V.
- More features to be announced later.
The new larger door has a 20" tall opening and a stronger motor -- nearly impossible to pry open.
Come back soon for more information.
Coming soon.... a Turkey Door version of ADOR.
Here's a funny diddy for your turkey pleasure.
We get calls sometimes wondering if the ADOR will work in their state. Like "will it work in Ohio? It gets real cold here."... or "...will it work in the PNW (Pacific North West)? It rains a lot and often very overcast.". The answer is "yes", it should stand up to working to your satisfaction in those cold and overcast and rainy conditions.
There are ADOR1s in all 50 states and most of the provinces of Canada.