Apollo Gate Opener - Apollo 1550 Single Gate Opener w/ Free DIY Kit (1550) - 1050 US Board


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   Product Details

  • D­IY Installation
  • Gate Opener At a Glance
  • Gate Opener Features
  • Words from Senior Application Engineer
  • Exclusive Gate Crafters Designed Packages
  • Customer Installations
  • Factory Visit Updates
  • Product Media
  • Gate Opener Description
  • Tools & Supplies for Installation
  • Customer Testimonials

  •    DIY Installation

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    Here at Gate Crafters we cater to our DIY customers. With every Apollo Gate Opener kit, you receive a Gate Crafters DIY install kit. This kit includes DIY friendly installation brackets that simply bolt to your posts or columns and to the pivot arm. Also included in the kit are (2) 433 mHz Transmitters and (1) 433 mHz receiver. Our experienced technical staff have been assisting our DIY customers for over a decade has built up extensive knowledge about the installation and technical support for Apollo gate openers. Gate Crafter’s technical staff is standing by 7 days a week to assist you with your installation and technical help questions.

    Today’s gate opener systems can be installed with simple household tools. These systems are designed to run on low voltage wiring which can be done by you without the need to hire an electrician. By installing your Apollo gate opener yourself, you will save $1000s of dollars over the life of your gate opener. You will have working knowledge of your gate opener installation and how the gate opener works. This will make it easier for you to troubleshoot your system and perform routine maintenance, if needed in the future.

    GateCrafters.com offers more expert assistance than anyone. If you need help troubleshooting or installation support with your gate opener,we have live technical support specialists available 9am - 9 pm EST 7 days a week or try our exclusive gate opener recommendation tool 24 hours/day.

       Gate Opener At a Glance
    The Apollo 1550 is a GateCrafters.com specialty. Only with the GateCrafters.com additions can this installer's choice gate opener be installed in a bolt on application on any size post easily by the end user. This is the Vehicular Opener of the Apollo linear operator pair.
    • Gate Materials:Wood, Steel, Aluminum, Vinyl, Chain Link, and others.
    • Weight and length: Up to 16' in length and 600 lbs
    • Max degree of opening: 110 degrees
    • Gate Post or Column size (pull to open): Max 8" x 8" post or gate mounted 6" from the rear face of a column.
    • Push to Open: Yes - setback above does not apply to push to open.
    • Solar Compatible: Yes, browse our solar panels (purchased separately).

    • Power: Battery (Not Included) and Low Voltage Trickle Charge (Included)
    • Power Wire Specification: 16 gauge wire (purchased separately) with 1,000 foot max length from transformer to control board.
    • Operating Temperature: -20F to +150F
    • Warranty:2-year manufacturer control board/ 2-year component manufacturer warranty.
    • For this board to function a UL 325 photo eye safety device must also be attached to the board and used in the operator system.
    • (Click Here for Warranty Pros and Cons)
    • Control Board: Optional with 936 board or 1050 smart board. (See description for more details on board options)

    GateCrafters.com offers more expert assistance than anyone. If you need help deciding if this gate opener has the abilities that are right for your gate we have live application specialists available 9am - 9 pm EST 7 days a week or try our exclusive gate opener recommendation tool 24 hours/day.

       Gate Opener Description

    Apollo Gate Opener - Apollo 1550 Single Gate Opener w/ Free DIY Kit

    The Apollo 1550 Gate Opener is the intelligent version of the two Apollo linear actuators. Below you will find a feature comparison of the two openers. Apollo is known as the premier solar gate opener because of its low power consumption and large battery. The Apollo was designed for ranchers and is built in Texas. This opener gives you the freedom to set your operating arm on the inside, outside, left side or right side of the gate operating in either pull or push to open; thus giving you as much freedom as you need to have a gate opener that will work with the contours of your property.

    The Apollo 1550 Single Gate Opener is a low voltage system, eliminating the need to run 110 AC to your gate. Simply run 14-gauge low voltage to a household outlet within 1000' of the operator (provided) or use a Gate Crafters solar panel (sold separately). With Apollo's generous sized NEMA 3R control box you can house a larger battery than most gate operating systems. A larger battery means more cycles during a time of power outages or low sunlight (if solar is being used). A fully charged deep cycle battery will provide up to 300 cycles or an average of 30 days usage on a basic system before requiring a recharge (Battery is not included). Each cycle is a full open and close and takes approximately 15 seconds each direction.

    The 1050 series control board is a new release from Apollo as of 2013. This is the next generation of smart boards for gate openers. It has a built in solar regulator, LCD display for programming and diagnostics, digital controls over force, speed, delay, etc, built in surge suppression, Built in clock and timer, and built in multimeter for knowing battery voltage.
       Additional features only available with the 1050 option Top of Page

    936 board is a standardized option that will come with this opener, the 1050 board is the alternative option.

    You will need to pair your control board with either the Nice Apollo Moon safety photocells which is a thru beam system that is included or the NIR-50-325 with adaptor which is a reflective photo eye system or the EMX IRB-RET Universal Safety Retroreflective Photoeye.

    936 Board - The 936 board comes with pre-programmed options and will be compatible with most photo eyes. For your convenience, the 936 board does not require proprietary photo eyes.


    1050 Board - The 1050 Board can be customizable to your needs and is UL 325-16 compliant, which is necessary to be OSCA complaint. This board is compatible with monitored photo eyes, so that if the photo eye fails it will prevent the gate openers from failing.



    See the list below for the additional features of the 1050 board:

    • Board compatible with Nice Opera System (facilitates programming and diagnostic's away from the site of installation)
    • LCD display and dedicated buttons
    • Built-in voltmeter to check input voltage, battery voltage, solar panel volt age, motors' current
    • Temperature sensor to optimize charging battery and system performance
    • Programmable service alarm
    • 2 Programmable timers (from 1 sec to 9 hours)
    • 2 Programmable inputs (open, close, step, mid-position, hold to open, hold to close, activating timer)
    GateCrafters.com is the DIY factor. GateCrafters.com further adds to most of our gate openers for easier DIY installation. We have developed exclusive components (example: easy adjustable mounting brackets), customized instructions, and offer a full spectrum of accessories to truly cover all aspects of the installation of your gate opener. In addition we have the largest staff of factory trained technicians in the US.

       Gate Opener Features

    Option: 936 Board: 1050 Board:
    Auto Reverse Sensitivity Yes Yes
    Auto Reverse Sensitivity - Adjustable Yes Yes
    Auto Reverse Sensitivity - Self Adjusting Yes Yes
    Auto Close Delay - Adjustable Yes Yes
    Dual Gate Delay - Adjustable Yes Yes
    Timer to Close Yes Yes
    Secondary Arm Disable Yes Yes
    3-Button Station Enable Yes Yes
    Adjustable Lock Type Yes Yes
    Coast Enable Yes Yes
    Free Exit Option Yes Yes
    Learn Mode Yes Yes
    Intelligent Actuator Enable Yes Yes
    Microprocessor Yes Yes
    Soft Start Yes Yes
    Soft Stop Yes Yes
    Computer Connection Yes Yes
    Gatelink Software Option Yes Yes
    Delay for Siren, etc. Yes Yes

    GateCrafters.com has the resources you need. How do you use your gate opener system once you get it? GateCrafters.com is the only retailer to give a real answer to this question. We have develop videos for installing many of our gate openers and products and write DIY focused manuals for most gate openers and have individual instructions for each accessory to be installed with each gate opener.

       Gate Crafters.com Exclusive Product & Estate Swing Package DIY Additions
  • NOTE: Apollo does not supply remotes with their gate opener, we supply a free Estate Swing Package when you buy from GateCrafters.com.

    2 Free Estate Swing 433 remotes - featuring the most consistant 300+ foot range in the industry.

    Estate Swing 2 channel receiver - Use one channel to operate your Apollo gate opener, the second channel can be used for many other purposes, please see receiver description for ideas.

  • Adjustable any post size bolt on brackets - makes kit so no welding is required
  • Low Voltage Charging Controller and Transformer, note: charge board and transformer look may differ from shown below
  • Order specific customized accessory wiring instructions
  • 360 degree accessories - we can take you through exit, entry, safety, power, and all other minute details to create a fully rounded kit.
  • Free 24/7/365 Installation Support
  • Free 7 day/week Technical Support
  • Largest Number of Certified Techs in America
  • Free assistance to find the right gate opener for your gate
  • Free systems design assistance to match the right accessories to fit your needs.
  • Extremely competitive pricing
  • Free shipping on all accessories purchased with a gate opener
  • We stock all replacement parts
  • Many brands of many types of accessories, enough to handle just about any operational situation you can imagine
  • GateCrafters.com has actual experience. We have a testing area, we have factory and internal training courses, we build driveway gates and have our own gates that are automated, we attended all industry trade shows in multiple countries and are a member of the AFA, and we pay visits to our chosen manufacturers' factories. All these factors are what have lead to us having so many exclusive additions. When you see and actually use as many products as we have you tend to have many ideas for minor changes that have major impacts. We acted on these ideas and have utilized them to help thousands of customers automate their gates.
       Tools & Supplies for Installation

    The following tools and supplies are suggested in the manufacturer manual for optimal installation. They are not provided by GateCrafters, however, most tools are available at local hardware stores for purchase or rental.

    • Please refer to manual for Tools Needed.

    Depending on the type of gate, power supply and contributing environmental factors additional tools or supplies may be needed. Please review the product manual associated with this gate opener model for further details.
       Words from Senior Application Engineer, Anthony Gaeto

    “The Apollo NICE 1550, 1650, 1500, and 1600 are the Rancher’s choice when it comes to agricultural gate openers.  Apollo is the industry leader in solar powered gate opener and build their gate openers to last.

    The Apollo 1550 is suited unto 16 foot gates that weigh 600 pounds.

    The motor on the Apollo 1550 is approximately 4 and half inches long and approximately 2 and half inches in diameter.  The motor spins a heavy duty all steel gear that turns the large drive gear.  The main drive gear, approximately 5 inches around and made of 1/4 inch steel, turns the piston in and out and also drives the limit switches.  The limit switches on the Apollo 1550 are magnetic and are very reliable.  These switches are completely sealed which will extend the life of your gate opener.

    The Apollo 1550 gate opener features stainless steel and aluminum construction.  The outside of the gate opener is power coated black to help extend the life of your gate opener.  This gate opener has a 2 year warranty.

    The difference between the Apollo 1550 and Apollo 1500, is that the 1550 is rated for human/vehicular use, whereas the 1500 is for agricultural use only.  The Apollo 1550 features an operational current sensor, which detects the movement of the gate opener arm.  If the movement does not match up with the rotation of the motor, the switch stops the gate opener and places it into reverse.  This is an additional safety feature that is in place to protect your gate, gate opener, and car in the event of contact with your vehicle.

    The Apollo 1550 can utilize two different control boards, either the Apollo 1050 control board or Apollo 936 control board.  The Apollo 1050 smart control board has multiple built in features such as timers, diagnostic, volt meter, and many more built in features.  This control board is one of the more sophisticated control boards on the market today.  The Apollo 936 control board has plug-in locations for the necessary accessories such as exit devices, inputs, outputs,safeties, and powering.

    When you buy an Apollo 1550 gate opener from Gate Crafters we include a complete DIY kit for you.  This kit include the bolt on brackets that attach your gate opener to your post, a receiver and 2 transmitters, a power transformer and charging board if you need it for your gate opener.  GateCrafters.com also sells key pads that works wirelessly with the included receiver.

    I started GateCrafters.com back in 2002 with the goal of providing high quality gate openers to homeowners who wanted to do it themselves.  Please give us a call, use the live chat on our website, or send us an email to speak with one of our experts who will help you find the right gate and gate opener for your home or business.”


       Factory Visit Updates
    Gate Crafters has a strong relationship with Apollo. Located in San Antonio, TX and well known for their solar powered operators, Apollo has been established since 1984. The Gate Crafters team most recently met up with Apollo at Fence Tech 2016.

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       Product Media

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