PETSAFE FREE TO ROAM WIRELESS FENCE Review
If you are in the market for a dog containment system but digging up your entire yard is not exactly your cup of tea - consider purchasing a wireless dog fence.
While you will save time setting up your brand new fence since there are no wires needed and even an inexperienced user can have it up and running in a matter of minutes - you need to realize that this method has some drawbacks.
By reviewing this particular model, we are going to cover all of its pros and cons and help you determine if an in-ground wired system suits you better or is wireless the way to go.
- Wireless fence system
- 1/2 of an acre range
- 5 levels of static correction and a tone-only mode
- RFA-67 proprietary battery
- Supports multiple collars simultaneously
- Fits dogs with a neck size from 6 - 28 inches
PetSafe is known for making ergonomically designed collars that are extremely comfortable and this one doesn't disappoint either. It's lightweight, waterproof and comes with a nice nylon strap that is highly adjustable. It can fit neck sizes from 6 to 28 inches which gives you more than enough options to use the collar on different sized dog breeds. If you own a pet that has a longer coat, simply use the included wrench and swap the default contact points for the longer ones.
The transmitter is neatly designed and doesn't occupy a lot of space. Technically you can place it almost anywhere, but we recommend finding the geometric center of your property and then locating the ideal spot. Make sure it's elevated at least 2 feet above the ground or you just mount it on the wall using the included mounting bracket, anchors, and screws. Something to pay attention to is the surrounding of the transmitter. Metal objects could affect the strength of the radio signal so keep that in mind when choosing the correct location.
The collar comes with a replaceable RFA-67 battery. These are proprietary and sold by PetSafe. Since these are 6 volts batteries they should have a decent lifespan and usually last about a month or so before going flat. Still, a rechargeable option would be a much better solution in our opinion. Make sure to buy some in advance so you can swap them out as soon as your collar goes low on power.
• Compact, can be transferred
• Completely wireless, just needs an AC socket
• Easy to set up
• Non-rechargeable batteries
• Non-adjustable circular boundary
What We Liked about It
Having the freedom of moving around and taking the containment system with you is a huge advantage. This way you can make sure your faithful companion is safe and sound no matter where your adventures take you. Also, not everyone is willing to invest their time and effort into burying 1000 feet of wire into the ground and spending hours or even days in setting up the whole system so an invisible wireless fence is a major selling point for them.
What We didn’t Like
While the proprietary battery is definitely a downside - some folks are okay with replacing them once a month instead of recharging the collar every few days. We personally still prefer the rechargeable option. Another thing to note is the shape of the boundary. We can all agree that few of us actually live on a circular property so effectively you are never utilizing the entire boundary to its full potential.
This is generally the issue with all wireless fences, not just this unit in particular. Try playing around with the dial button and tweak it until you figure out what works best for your yard layout.
In conclusion, PetSafe Free To Roam Wireless Fence is another great product from a manufacturer that is constantly doing everything to solidify its place as the leader in the industry and keep its products at the forefront of dog containment systems.
While not without flaws, this wireless fence packs everything you would expect from such a system and definitely works as advertised which is most important in our opinion.
If you're looking for an upgraded version and are willing to pay a little bit more, there is a product from the same manufacturer that we already reviewed. We would recommend you consider purchasing either of them, you won't go wrong.