Predator Protection, Nite Guard, Predator Guard, Solar Nite Eyes, Yard Sentinel, Review Comparison


The first flashing light unit made and sold
was Nite Guard Back in 2006 we used them in a movie Titled
Regarding Chickens… What’s the purpose? They have a small red flashing light that
can cause night hunting animals to avoid an area… They charge up automatically from the sun
via a solar panel. Charge during the day and then blink automatically
all night long. Night Hunting animals see the flashing light
and then become stressed, thinking the flashing light may be another animal… Then the animal will avoid the area and your
livestock or bird feed is safe… The predator will walk down wind, trying to
smell the blinking light source… When they cannot figure out what it is, the
concept is that they will go away. Some people use these flashing lights in gardens
to keep deer, raccoons and other garden browsers out. The main purpose of this video is not to prove
or disprove how effective flashing lights are, but to demonstrate how the four available
units compare with one another… There are four different flashing light units
available, they do NOT perform the same, some are made better than others and offer more
features… Nite Guard has been produced for many years
and was the first type that I purchased back in 2005… Nite Guard does not have an access for owners
to replace batteries. But many of the units continue to work even after many years of
year round use… they blink less and don’t last as long, but are still working… Several years later, another company made
a new style of flashing light units. Solar Nite Eyes. Works the same as Nite Guard, BUT has a magnet
for mounting on metal surfaces and has two flashing led lights. Larger solar panel on Nite Eyes and two leds… There may be no difference between the two
as to weather one keeps predators away more than the other. In this regard, they perform
the same in my opinion. After just one day of charging on the window
sill, they will faithfully blink through the night and turn themselves off at sunrise. Predator Guard made some very helpful changes
to the original designs… they have added a on/off switch and slanted the solar panel
and added a magnet… The magnet allows you to change the position
frequently onto anything iron/steel so that predators do not become accustomed to the
location… keep them guessing. The angled solar panel will help keep snow
from covering it and keeping it from charging properly… Does not come on automatically unless the
on off button is pressed… this allows you to store the unit without the battery running
down. The only style of flashing light unit that has this feature. The other units will run down completely if
stored in a dark place… Just before I made this video, another flashing
light unit showed up on the market, so I purchased six of them for review… It’s called Yard Sentinel Predator Eye. 1/2 the price of all of the other units, you
can purchase a package of two for 24.00 Appears identical to the first design (Nite
Guard)… They appear identical on the outside. Must be screwed onto something wood, or tied
with wire or some other method. One can be opened for battery replacement. All of the Yard Sentinel Predator Eye units
I purchased, stopped working and completely depleted their battery within 48 hours. Predator Guard units can also be opened for
battery replacement AAA batteries are used. Predator Guard, Nite Eyes and the Original
Nite Guard all performed, charged and blinked as designed for several days under normal
daylight conditions. Nite Guard
and Nite Eyes are not able to be opened by
the owners. In Fact, Nite Eyes will void the warranty if opened. The only reason this Yard Sentinel unit works,
is because I removed and charged the enclosed battery… the battery ran down very quickly
and ceased to work again after two days. THe Yard Sentinel instructions state that
IF the charge is not strong enough, that they may run down completely and not charge. All units were treated the same, each unit
was removed form its package and placed in a east facing window through one winter day
of light. After the first day, most of the days were
cloudy…. Nite Guard, Nite Eyes and Predator Guard all
performed fine through the entire week… Yard Sentinel units ALL quit working by the
end of the second day and did not recharge on their own again… The DEAD unit.. received the same amount of
sun exposure as every other unit shown here… Yard Sentinel seems to have a faster blinking
frequency than the others. Again, this video is intended to make comparisons,
not necessarily to prove or disprove effectiveness in animal deterrent. My first choice to date is the Predator Guard
units… Magnet, replaceable battery and on/off switch
make it a win win as compared to
all of the other units. Cheapest unit available is by far, the Yard
Sentinel…. 1/2 the cost of others, but I have to say
that I just cannot endorse these units based on my personal observations and operational
testing… It
appears the same as Nite Guard, but appearances
are deceiving in this case, Nite Guard out performs the
Yard Sentinel in all of my tests…. Predator Guard and Nite Eyes both have magnets… I have noticed that the magnetic units
when placed on the support post of my bird
feeder, have proven effective in preventing night snackers from emptying my feeder… Lights need to face in every direction towards
the normal approach path of predators… Prevention is best… put them up “before”
you have predators dining… once they have a habit in place, it’s much more difficult
to deter the activity… I also use them on my bee hives…
Even though other apiarys within five miles of me, have been predictably raided by black
bears, my colonies have never been raided… I have noticed bear tracks within 150 yards
of my apiary…. but they did not approach the hives even though honey was heavy in the
air… I could smell it, so I’m certain that a bear could also get the scent… Flashing
light is flashing light in my opinion… it
all just comes down to which unit/design will work best for your application/purposes… Nite
Guard
even works under water! I don’t think it works
on alligators… Thank you for viewing…..

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