Deep Cycle Marine Batteries & Gate Openers: What To Know

Deep Cycle Marine Batteries & Gate Openers: What To Know

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Whatever your choice of energy source when installing your remote gate opener, you'll need a battery, and there's no better option than a deep cycle marine. Before considering using a deep cycle marine battery, however, it is also important to know how a standard battery will benefit your system and may be a better investment.

There are a number of options to consider when connecting your automatic gate opener to a power source. You could hook up your system to an AC power outlet, which will provide energy for as long as your local power keeps running. AC power is a reliable choice, but another way to keep your single or dual gate opener moving is through solar powered accessories. Using solar power will also provide your driveway single swing gate with energy, though the source only relies on the sun to be shining and can be used off the grid. Each option will have different requirements for safe usage with the right battery kit.

At Ghost Controls®, the 12 volt, 7.0 amp hour batteries we have available for purchase are the most preferred option for our customers' systems. They come at an affordable price point and are not likely to fail under most usage conditions. These batteries are often not included with our automatic gate opener kits with the exception of the D-Series for decorative gates, giving our customers the option to use their own 12 volt battery or purchase one from a separate vendor. 

ABBT2 Battery Box Kit with Harness and 2 Batteries

ABBT2 Battery Box Kit with Harness and 2 Batteries


Two 12V, 7 Amp Batteries and battery harness are included. Has a removable lid for easy access and can be locked with a padlock (not included) to prevent unwanted access. Can be easily mounted to a post. Includes a strain-relief fitting… read more

Most commonly, you can't go wrong with including an ABBT2 Battery Box Kit with your order. It supplies you with two 12 volt batteries and a harness for housing them near your electric driveway gate. Additionally, we sell individual 12 volt batteries as a part of our catalog of accessories, meaning you can easily purchase a replacement should the need arise.

However, there are certain circumstances in which we tend to recommend opting for a more capable option to store your gate opener's energy. Deep cycle marine batteries are often used to power boats and are utilized for their impressive durability, power capacity, and lifespan of up to six years before diminishing. Although used for boats, these power banks have a variety of other applications, namely the ability to be used with Ghost Controls® automatic gate openers. 

Our technical support team will routinely tell our consumers that depending on their gate's setup, they may be better off using a deep cycle marine battery. Most solar installations will find safer and more reliable operation when using this power bank.

A deep cycle marine battery is also well equipped for specific circumstances, such as gate owners using large solar panels with higher outputs than our 30 watt panels. The higher output of energy will put a normal 12 volt battery at risk of damage or failure, meaning a deep cycle marine battery is a safer and more preferable option.

Connecting certain third party accessories, such as timers, with your swing gate operators will also call for a deep cycle marine battery. We urge our customers to use these batteries at their own discretion, though they are always a safer, more capable alternative to the regular 12 volt batteries you can find on our website and select retailers.

Looking to learn more about Ghost Controls® solar gate openers and gate opener accessories? 

Ghost Controls offers a wide array of reliable driveway swing gate openers, including chain link gate openers. For years, customers have asked for an alternative for slow, unreliable, and noisy operators. At Ghost Controls we have worked hard with innovations in Noise Reduction, Speed, and Reliability on our heavy duty electric gate openers. Additionally, we provide all of our customers with the opportunity to share our love of solar powered renewable energy by converting their systems into a solar automatic gate opener. Using a solar operator is a great way to go off the grid and provide your system with endless clean energy for your remote gate opener.

Speed, and Reliability:

  • Quiet – motor noise is accurately correlated to quality in the mechanical and electronic design. All our openers have a maintenance free gear box and motor. They were designed for smooth, quiet operation regardless of the age and cycles of the battery powered gate opener.
  • Fast – Our mechanical design and new radio frequency offer superior range offering a greater level of convenience for customers.
  • Invincible (Limited Life-Time Warranty) – The motor is one of the most critical components to ensure reliability and longevity. We back our proprietary gear motors with a limited lifetime warranty. No other product in the market can make this claim.

GHOST CONTROLS® single and double swing gate openers are designed and manufactured with pride, delivering the highest quality product and customer support in the industry. We believe in our products with our limited lifetime warranty on each solar compatible dual or single gate opener*. Our corporate philosophy is; steadfast commitment to our customers, culture, products, and people.

*Limited lifetime warranty on motor and gear assembly.

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