Motorola Travelfence50 Review
Looking to get a remote trainer AND an invisible wireless fence?
Can't seem to find a system that's compatible and well priced?
Today we are gonna review an unusual device that comes with both options in a bundle. It's ideal for the average dog owner who is looking to limit his pets movement while at home, but retain the flexibility that comes with a remote trainer.
The Motorola TRAVELFENCE50 Wireless Fence with Remote Trainer offers a two-in-one product that sort of delivers on both fields. We're here to let you know how well it performs so let's jump right into it.
- Includes a wireless fence unit and a remote trainer unit
- Covers up to one square acre
- Collar is a bit bigger and is recommended for dogs over 20 pounds
- 15 levels of static simulation, vibration mode, and a tone-only mode.
- Waterproof but not submersible
The collar is large and fits on medium- to large-sized dogs. The manufacturer recommends dogs breeds that usually weigh over 20 pounds. The built quality is okay, the unit is made out of sturdy plastic and the strap is nylon. Our dogs didn't experience any irritation during testing, but we recommend not leaving the collar on your pet for more than 12 hours. It has a low battery indicator light and also a speaker since this model features voice communication.
The wireless fence unit has an LCD backlit display, using the interface you can easily adjust the correction level. You can place it inside your house but if the need arises, you can take it outside and anchor it using the outdoor stake and a ground plug.
The remote has a nice design and features a similar LCD backlit display like the fence unit. it has all the standard buttons, but also a push-to-talk button which is used to communicate with your dog. This is something we found especially great, you can issue voice commands directly to your dog's collar up to 150 yards. The range on it is kind of lackluster and kind of leaves you wishing for more.
The wireless fence unit can operate using an AA-sized NiMH rechargeable battery pack which is supplied in the package. When you first install them, we recommend charging them fully before you decide to use the unit without it being plugged in. The transmitter uses two 1.5V AAA-sized alkaline batteries, and while they are not rechargeable ones, we got good mileage from them before they went flat.
The battery on the collar was our biggest upset, it's rechargeable but not replaceable so if you were thinking about getting a spare one you can forget about it. The battery life is not awful, it lasted about 50 hours for us, but we wish it was a little bit better.
• Is both a wireless fence unit and a remote trainer
• 15 levels of correction offers enough variety
• Push-to-talk feature
• Has difficulties keeping the signal consistent due to obstacles
• The collar battery is not replaceable
What We Liked about It
We are definitely a fan how easy it is to setup compared to a standard invisible fence system where you have to place wires underground on the line where you want to limit your pet's movement. We also love the voice command option, it lets you praise your doggy from a distance when he runs after that curve ball you threw at him. It's also great when your hiking and he tries to wander off.
Two sets of different sized contact points are provided so you have options whether you're planning on using the collar for a long- or short-haired breed.
What We didn’t Like
The fact that the rechargeable battery in the collar is not replaceable is kind of mind-boggling to us. All batteries wear out after some time so this is definitely a downside. Also, the collar is pretty bulky which makes is very unpractical for smaller dog breeds. If you're considering getting this device make sure your dog is at least 20 pounds as per instructions.
The range on the wireless fence was somewhat inconsistent due to obstacles and uneven terrain. What we found to work best is to place it higher, for instance, if you live in a two-story house try placing it on the second floor.
This definitely is a unique system and it's almost the only one of its kind on the market. Considering its a two-in-one product, the price is okay but we expected a little bit more from a manufacturer like Motorola. Would we recommend it? Sure, but just keep in mind it has it's limitations. Really, you should be fine with using it if you don't have a small pine forest just laying there in your yard.
If you're not in need of an invisible wireless fence and are just shopping for a remote dog trainer with amazing range, we recommend taking a look at this product.