Havahart Wireless Radial Select Review

Pros

  • Most consistent wireless fence
  • Boundary challenge alarm
  • Two rechargeable collar batteries

Cons

  • Blocked by slopes and metal obstructions
  • Only circular boundary perimeter
  • Poor battery life on collar

Rating

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Havahart Radial 2 Overview

Summary: Best of Breed Wireless Fence

The Havahart Wireless Radial Select is the best wireless dog fence. First released in 2010, the Havahart wireless systems dramatically improved the reliability of wireless systems with more accurate boundaries, faster response times, and bigger coverage areas.

Like all conventional wireless systems, there are limitations. You can only have a circular boundary. The boundaries are more variable than wired systems. And the Havahart can’t be used where there are large metal obstructions or steep downhill slopes. But, if those restrictions don’t apply to you, then the Havahart Wireless 2 is an excellent low-fuss alternative to a wired fence.

Class Leading Performance

The Havahart Wireless technology creates more stable boundaries. The boundary wobble is 60% less than the PetSafe Stay+Play, and 85% less than the Perimeter Wifi.

3 Acre Capacity

The Havahart Wireless also has a class leading 3 acre capacity. This is significantly more than any other conventional wireless fence.

Boundary Instability

Like all wireless systems, the Havahart has boundaries that drift from moment-to-moment. While, Havahart has the least boundary instability, it is still not as good as a wire fence.

Two Dog Capacity

The Havahart system only supports two dogs. For owners with more than two dogs, the PetSafe Wireless systems are the only option.

Havahart Radial 2 collar

Collar

The Havahart Wireless 2 collar is big and bulky like all wireless collars. But, it redeems itself with exceptional performance and a rechargeable battery

Rechargeable Battery

The Havahart Wireless 2 collar battery is fully rechargeable, which is a good thing because it eats through the batteries. In typical use, a charge only lasts around 5-7 days which is much shorter than PetSafe’s wireless fence the Stay + Play.

Havahart battery is remove through a hatch on the side of the collar. Havahart thoughtfully includes two batteries with the basic system so that you can charge one battery while the other is in use. The lithium ion batteries take about 2 hours for a full charge.

The battery hatch has been redesigned since the original Havahart Radial, eliminating issues with the battery lid falling off.

Five Correction Levels

The system has five correction levels that can be set at the base station. The correction levels power range extend high enough for virtually all dogs.

Long and Short Prongs

The Havahart includes both long and short collar prongs. The pre-installed prongs can be unscrewed and substituted to suit both long and short hair dogs.

Cloth Strap with Integrated Antenna

The collar band is a cloth strap with a quick-snap closure. This make it easy to find a good fit, and get the collar on and off your dog.

Havahart integrates the antenna into the collar band to improve the reception of the system. While this improves the system performance, it also means that you cannot remove the collar band, nor substitute the band for one of your own.

Best Wireless Collar

The Havahart collars outperform other wireless systems. In particular, the Havahart boundary is more stable than those on other systems. In our testing, the average movement in the boundary was less than two feet, far better than it’s nearest competitor, and closing the gap to wired fences.

Average Boundary Wobble (feet)
(a smaller number is better)

Having a boundary that wobbles as little as possible is very important, because it makes training easier, and allows the dog to use more of the yard.

Large Collar

Like all wireless systems, the Havahart collars are larger and heavier than wired system. The Havahart collar weighs around 4.5 ounces, and is only suitable for dogs over 20lbs.

A small dog version of the collar is available, but it is exactly the same collar receiver box with just a smaller and lighter collar band. As a result the weight difference is less than an ounce and it is only suitable for dogs over 15lbs.

For smaller dogs, the PetSafe Stay+Play has the smallest wireless dog fence collar, and can be used with dogs as small as 12 lbs. Wired systems offer even smaller collars.

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Havahart radial Transmitter

Wireless Transmitter

The Havahart transmitter wirelessly projects a circular boundary up to 200 feet. The transmitter is controlled by three buttons, and has an intuitive LCD based menu.

200 Feet Maximum Radius

In our testing, the Havahart has an effective radius of 200 feet, giving it the largest effective coverage of any conventional wireless system. (The four-base station Havahart Custom, and the GPS based Border Patrol TC1 have larger range, but are in a different price and technology bracket, and neither work nearly as well) This gives a coverage area of 2.8 acres.

Note, the manufacturer’s specification claims a maximum radius of 400 feet. In our testing, we found this was a little too ambitious and leads to very unstable boundaries and poor reliability. We would avoid setting the boundary at more than 200 feet in real-world conditions.

Only Circular Boundary

Like most wireless systems, the Havahart Radial the Havahart can only have a circular boundary, with the center of the circle being the transmitter. (The exception is the $800 Havahart Custom, which allows you a completely custom shaped boundary. But, it has significant drawbacks.) This limits your layout flexibility, particularly in small yards where you want the dog to be able to access all of the yard.

The sweet spot for these wireless systems is large open yards, where you want to give the dogs plenty of room to play, but want to keep them from staying too far from the house.

Boundary Challenge Alarm

When the dog approaches the boundary line, the transmitter sounds an alarm. This alerts you that the dog is challenging the boundary and let you to go outside and investigate. This feature is not available on any wired fence.

Easy Installation – No Wire

Wireless systems like the Havahart have one big advantage over wired systems. Installation is fast and easy. You plug in the base station, set the boundary radius, and then take the collar outside to test the boundary and start laying out the training flags. You can literally go from receiving your package from UPS to completing the installation in under 15 minutes.

Since you don’t need to lay any wire, the systems can also be used in places where laying wire is impractical or impossible. They can also be used to quickly create a temporary boundary, for example a vacation home or when visiting family.

Doesn’t Like Obstacles

Wireless systems all have problems with large obstacles. A good rule of thumb is that if you can get a line of sight (excluding normal house walls), then the system will have good reception. If you can’t get a line of sight, then you won’t get good reception.

Issues are often caused by metal roofs, sheet metal fences (in the containment area), metal siding, etc. If you have large metal object that could block the signal, you will need to use a wired fence instead.

Sharp downhill slopes are also a problem. Where there is a slope steep enough to block line of sight, sloping down away from the location of the transmitter, you are likely to get an inconsistent signal. Uphill slopes, where the slope is upward as you go away from the transmitter are not an issue, because the slope does not block line of sight.

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Havahart Radial 2 Accessories

Accessories

In addition to the collar and transmitter, the basic system includes a recharger, 75 flags, and a tester tool.

Recharger with 2 Batteries

The Havahart collar battery can be recharged in an external wall charger. Unlike most systems with an integrated battery, the Havahart battery is removed from the collar. This makes changing a failed battery cheap and easy.

What is particularly noteworthy about the Havahart is that the company provides you with 2 batteries, so you can charge one while the other is in use. The batteries are lithium ion and a full charge takes 2 hours.

Collar Tester Tool

The system includes a collar tester. Held against the collar prongs, the tester lights up when the collar correctin is triggered. The tester tool allows you to test the system an the collar are working, and to locate the exact location of the boundary line.

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75 Boundary Flags

The basic system includes 75 boundary flags for marking the boundary line during training. The training flags help you dog understand where the boundary line lies, and are gradually removed once your dog gets comfortable with the new boundaries.

The provided 75 flags are approximately enough for just under ½ an acre containment area. Additional boundary flags are inexpensive ($10 per 50), so we like to be generous in the number of flags we use – particularly for these wireless units where the boundary perimeter is curved.

Boundary Radius (feet) Area (acres) Flags Required
50 0.2 50
75 0.4 75
100 0.7 105
125 1.1 125
150 1.6 160
175 2.2 210
200 2.9 235
Havahart One Year Warranty

One Year / Ten Year Warranty

The Collar and other accessories are covered by a comprehensive one year warranty. The Havahart Radial 2 Transmitter is also covered by a ten year parts warranty, although you still need to pay for labor. We find Havahart service can be a bit slow, but they come through in the end.

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Conclusion

The Havahart Wireless 2 is by far the best wireless system, and is the most highly recommended wireless system. It is the most reliable system with a boundary integrity that is starting to approach wired fences. It has a rechargeable lithium ion battery. And has a nearly 3 acre containment area.

It does have limitations, like all conventional wireless systems you can only have a circular boundary, it has trouble dealing with large metal obstacles and steep downhills slopes, and you can have a maximum of two dogs on the system.

But, for these drawbacks, you get a lot of convenience. The Havahart Wireless can be setup in 15 minutes, is easily moved, and requires no laying of boundary wire. If you are going to use a wireless system, this is the one to get.

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Havahart Radial 2 Video Review

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Havahart Radial 2 Manual

Havahart Radial Manual

Click for the Havahart Wireless Instruction Manual (PDF). Click here for the Havahart Wireless QuickStart Guide (PDF)

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Specifications

Model Havahart Radial 2
Type Wireless
Collar Battery Rechargeabe (Lithium Ion)
Correction Levels 5 Levels
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels Yes
Collar Dimensions 3.3” (L) x 1.3” (W) x 1.3″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 4.4 ounces
Collar Weight (without band) N/A – Integrated Band
Collar Neck Size 14″ – 26″
Collar Water Resistance Water resistant
Collar Fit Test No
Maximum Number of Dogs Two
Minimum Dog Size 20 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 2.8 acres
Boundary Radius 40 – 200 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 12″ (L) x 6.5″ (W) x 1.2″ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup No
Indoor Pod Compatibility No
Outdoor Pod Compatibility No
Included Boundary Flags 75
Training Materials Manual and Quickstart Guide
Other Collar tester tool
Package Dimensions 12″ (L) x 10″ (W) x 6″ (D)
Package Weight 4 lbs
Warranty One Year

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