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Old 01-25-2016, 01:32 AM   #1
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Default Wildgame Innovations Feeder/Timer Issues

I have a 6 volt Wildgame Innovations feeder, with the Wildgame Innovations timer that I used for the first time this year. Twice this season I have gotten on stand only to not have my feeder throw. After checking the feeder both times, I realized the battery was dead both times. I put the first brand new 6 volt Energizer alkaline in it in late September and set it to throw twice a day (morning /evening) for 5 seconds each throw at Hi speed. Battery was dead by opening weekend. Based upon trail cam pics, I would estimate it died about a week before opening day. I replaced the dead battery with another brand new Energizer, on opening day, and changed the motor speed to medium with a 6 second throw twice a day, and assumed that would get me through the end of the season. Went out just after Christmas, and the battery was dead again. Replaced with a third Energizer, and was very frustrated to say the least.

By comparison, I have been running the same programmable Moultrie 6 volt I picked up for $40.00 in 2008, which sits out year round, with no problems. I place a 6 volt Energizer in it in September of each year, set it to feed 2 times a day for 5 or 6 seconds, and the corn is usually gone by February or March, but I just allow it to continue to spin to keep it from freezing up. Each September when I swap out for a new battery, the old battery still has anywhere from 50-75% battery life remaining according to the battery meter on the LCD timer display.

I never would have imagined such a drastic difference in battery life with the Wildgame feeder. Has anyone else experienced a similar battery drain issue with their Wildgame Innovations 6 volt feeder? Trying to determine if it could be the motor pulling too much juice, or if it is the digital timer. If I had to guess, I would speculate it is the timer mechanism, as the motor looks to be a standard 6 volt type motor. If you think it is the timer, can you suggest a replacement timer that performs well, and does not drain the battery excessively fast.

Before I get flamed for having a Wildgame Innovations feeder, I know firsthand about their quality control issues, as a bought 3 Wildgame trail cams a few years ago, and all 3 died before the end of the season. Just thought a feeder/timer was a pretty basic and full proof item. I have noted some other companies appear to have the same, or at least very similar, feeder/timer. Specifically I believe Remington is one of them. Any insight would be appreciated.
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Old 01-25-2016, 06:20 AM   #2
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I had one cam that lasted a year. Worked great while it did. A few timers that are kind of a pain do mess with. Kinda hit or miss with them.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:03 AM   #3
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Everything Wildgame Innovations makes is JUNK.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:04 AM   #4
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I have 2 feeders with the wild game motors and timers and 2 with moultries. All 4 have solar panels and I will still have to change batteries at least once in the wildgame motors during season. The moultries stay at 100% all the time.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:13 AM   #5
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If you add a solar panel and battery, they will work fine. Ours did the same thing with regular batteries. Not sure why they use so much energy but they do.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:13 AM   #6
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I have 2 feeders with the wild game motors and timers and 2 with moultries. All 4 have solar panels and I will still have to change batteries at least once in the wildgame motors during season. The moultries stay at 100% all the time.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:22 AM   #7
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I'd also recommend upgrading to the "sealed led acid" batteries as they take a charge, and hold it, way better than what you're currently using. Those Energizers aren't really designed to be charged. This isn't a feeder head issue in my opinion. You may even have an exposed wire somewhere causing a short.

I've had the same two Wildgame feeder head for longer than I can remember with the solar charger. The one time I had to replace a battery was when the Raccoon's decided they'd use the wire going from the battery to the solar panel as their own personal monkey bars and ripped it apart.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:49 AM   #8
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Ours worked okay this year,gonna put solar panels on this year hopefully less messing with them,our cameras seem to work well. One battery change in 4 cameras.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:25 AM   #9
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This is why I build my own 12 v units with good timers
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:46 AM   #10
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Had multiple issues with WGI units not operating, even after swapping timing units and batteries. Finally switched over to an all seasons unit and added an eliminator spinning plate. Goes off when its supposed to, no more lost corn and no need for a varmint cage.
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:46 AM   #11
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:49 AM   #12
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:53 AM   #13
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Everything Wildgame Innovations makes is JUNK.
Sorry for your troubles...I feel this way too ^ Only thing worse is their customer service. Good luck.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:07 AM   #14
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I had issues with one of my two WGI feeders this year. I just had an expensive season and couldn't afford to put anything better out. Next year they will be replaced.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:19 AM   #15
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Everything Wildgame Innovations makes is JUNK.
pretty much sums it up !!
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:23 AM   #16
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I have one WGI timer that works like a champ and have had it running non stop for over 7 or 8 years. But on the other hand I have also gong through 3 on another feeder in that same time frame. I have switched all my feeders except this one to The Timer with 12V motor and eliminator plate and they work flawlessly. I also have a solar charger on all my feeders.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:24 AM   #17
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Change to a 12v with a solar panel. Only change batteries when they go bad and you throw corn 20 yards. Will never go back to a 6 v. Also powers through anything that might try to clog it
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:28 AM   #18
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The only people who still buy wildgame innovations products....are those that have never owned a wildgame innovations product.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:30 AM   #19
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I use their timers. But that is it. Motors and units are easy to build/repair.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:26 AM   #20
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x2! Sell it and upgrade ASAP
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:26 AM   #21
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Might try replacing the motor--that's the big power consumer in the rig, not the timer itself.
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Old 01-25-2016, 11:37 AM   #22
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Their feeder motor is junk but I only paid $60 for the whole feeder. The battery usage is horrible, clamps, wires, timer all are junk. But I added a solar panel and rechargeable battery, they will work fine. Moultrie is hands down the best..i have one running for 2 seasons on the same 4 AA batteries.has never let me down.
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:51 PM   #23
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In the blind and I have two feeder 100 yards apart from each other. Neither went off had both set for 430. Never really a lot of issues with the wgi timers but noticed recently they werenít keeping accurate time. Frustrated I got out of the blind check one has a full charge. Time is correct and feed times are correct. Only works on test. Anybody had this happen ?
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Old 01-06-2018, 05:54 PM   #24
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In the blind and I have two feeder 100 yards apart from each other. Neither went off had both set for 430. Never really a lot of issues with the wgi timers but noticed recently they weren’t keeping accurate time. Frustrated I got out of the blind check one has a full charge. Time is correct and feed times are correct. Only works on test. Anybody had this happen ?
Yes I got rid of all the timers and motors I had of there's. Always issues of some kind with them. I didn't have to get rid of there cameras. They quit working before I could. Moultrie for me now.
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Brand new feeder timers this season and had issue with both of them.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:13 PM   #26
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Biggest POS units on earth. I speak from expierence. I placed the 6 volt, with new rechargeable battery, solar panel etc.

That thing worked only when it wanted to throw corn. Never again. Spent a little more this yr on a decent 12 volt. Zero issues.

With as many negative threads on here alone I am not sure how WGI even stays in business. Maybe all the suckers do not know, yet?
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:15 PM   #27
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In the blind and I have two feeder 100 yards apart from each other. Neither went off had both set for 430. Never really a lot of issues with the wgi timers but noticed recently they werenít keeping accurate time. Frustrated I got out of the blind check one has a full charge. Time is correct and feed times are correct. Only works on test. Anybody had this happen ?
Yep!!!!! Numerous times this yr. I would get so freakin pizzed I looked like Clark Griswold kickin Christmas decorations.
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:23 PM   #28
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If it's got wgi on it, it's GARBAGE!!! Get moultrie feeders and no more problems
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:34 PM   #29
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I haven’t had any issues until recently. The timers are five years old. But the last three years I’ve been going through batteries like dust through a screen door. I’ll wack these pieces of s of next weekend. Anybody got any recommendations on a fully functional timer.
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Just like all the other stuff with there name on it. JUNK.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:11 PM   #31
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Had multiple issues with WGI units not operating, even after swapping timing units and batteries. Finally switched over to an all seasons unit and added an eliminator spinning plate. Goes off when its supposed to, no more lost corn and no need for a varmint cage.

I experienced the EXACT same thing in that order.
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:27 PM   #32
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I have one. Total garbage. Will have zero soon!
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Old 01-06-2018, 10:53 PM   #33
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In the blind and I have two feeder 100 yards apart from each other. Neither went off had both set for 430. Never really a lot of issues with the wgi timers but noticed recently they werenít keeping accurate time. Frustrated I got out of the blind check one has a full charge. Time is correct and feed times are correct. Only works on test. Anybody had this happen ?
Funny that this thread popped up,yesterday me and my lease mate, got in a huge argument, his WGI feeders " brand new " never go off and I think are pure junk so I took them down and replaced them " they are at my blinds " he pulled up and wanted to go hunt them and I said that spot has no deer because his stuff is junk and hasn't worked in weeks these WGI have a 30% failer rating according to amazon ratings
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Old 01-06-2018, 11:00 PM   #34
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I have been running these for about 10 years now and actually replaced the WGI timers last summer with The Timer. Never had an issue on the WGI timers, just happened upon a good deal on the new timers and heard they with the cat’s meow. I have replace one 12V motor, but that was after my feeder was turned over by a huge boar hog, then mangled.

Since I replaced the WGI timers, I have had to return and replace two of The Timers. I sorta wish I would have kept the WGI’s.
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Old 01-06-2018, 11:08 PM   #35
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I have been running these for about 10 years now and actually replaced the WGI timers last summer with The Timer. Never had an issue on the WGI timers, just happened upon a good deal on the new timers and heard they with the catís meow. I have replace one 12V motor, but that was after my feeder was turned over by a huge boar hog, then mangled.

Since I replaced the WGI timers, I have had to return and replace two of The Timers. I sorta wish I would have kept the WGIís.
I see you hunt in liberty county? But if I hunted there I would run WGI to just so no one would steal them, and if they did it would be revenge when they tried to use them or sell em
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