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Gardenmate tap timer

I have two units which have worked for several years using Eveready Gold batteries. This year the unit only worked for a few days and the light shows low battery and the unit does not work anymore. I have replaced the batteries several times, also with Eveready Super Heavy Duty batteries. I bought a new unit because I thought the old one was faulty. Now I find that all three do not work long on either sort of battery. Please advise what batteries should I use??

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This kind of machine they need a traction battery

Posted on Nov 27, 2013

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    vryoni_ioann Nov 27, 2013

    this kind of machine they need a traction battery. and you can find in 6V and 12V.

    but you must give attention in amper per hour (Ah)

    for example 12V 205Ah 12V 195Ah/5.

    what is mean?

    the manufacturer wants it to say that the battery gives you 205 amps instantly and consistently gives you 195 amps for 5 Hours

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SOURCE: I have replaced the batteries

I reckon they're useless. New batteries still aren't powerful enough to drive the whirring gears of the timer inside (they only take AAA batteries).
I have the same problem as you, which has happenede on both timers I've bough...they usually give out after a month or so and nothing gets them going again,

Sadly a dreadful product, poor design and waste of money. Shame really as it could be so good to really "set and forget"

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