I recently bought Power G Outdoor Sensors to indicate when my outdoor gate is open vs closed. However it seems the magnet is so strong that when the gate is ‘almost closed’ but not fully latched the sensor detects that as a closed condition.
You cannot tighten the actual tolerance of the magnetic contact, outdoor sensors will generally have a much wider magnetic gap than interior door and window sensors. This is due to the fact that the points of monitoring for outdoor sensors like gates are often jostled heavily by wind and can have a lot of wiggle room depending on the gate.
You can try mounting the magnet a little farther from the sensor when the gate is closed so that it breaks sooner.
Hi Jason - thanks for the quick reply! Following your suggestion, I’ve tried numerous mounting positions. Not able to get it to work consistently and reliably for our purposes in this manner. Great sensor for intrusion detection with great range. Just not for detecting if the gate is fully closed.
I’ve emailed the support inbox asking for an RMA.
Hm - I had thought wired contact needed power. I guess that’s not the case. So in this setup, the PowerG wireless sensor would merely act as a transmitter to the panel and does not need the PowerG magnet installed anywhere?
Can you provide a link or two for a wired door contact that is surface mounted (it is a metal gate and metal fence) and safe for outdoor use?
Correct, the PG9312 would function as an outdoor wireless transmitter for the wired sensor.
We do not sell wired contacts and I cannot vouch for individual sellers, but generally any wired door contact will be fine, though I would avoid a sensor that uses screw down terminals for connecting the wires just to avoid potential corrosion issues. I would recommend choosing one where the wires are hardwired into the sealed sensor casing. These are very common so its not hard to find.