The PetSafe Deluxe has been superseded by the PetSafe InGround Dog Fence. The InGround retains the PetSafe Deluxe Collar, but has a new transmitter with a lower 10 capacity. The system is a much better deal, price at just over $150, it is a $100 savings over the PetSafe Deluxe that it replaces.
The PetSafe Deluxe is the best general purpose system from PetSafe. It is a significant upgrade over the basic PetSafe Fence (PRF-3004W) with a vastly better collar and a slightly better control box.
The PetSafe Deluxe collar has four correction levels which lets you tailor the correction level to the dog, much better than the basic system which only has one correction level. The collar can also be used with any other PetSafe in-ground system.
The Deluxe is compatible with all the other PetSafe in-ground collars. So you can mix and match the collars so that each dog has the one right for them. The PetSafe Deluxe collar is the best general purpose collar. Other good choices are the PetSafe Little Dog Collar for dogs under 12 pounds. And the PetSafe Stubborn Collar is useful where there are very large dogs or dogs unresponsive to the regular correction levels.
This is a good all round system with good reliability and capacity for up to 25 acres. The only reason not to get this system is that there are better choices at this price point.
The Innotek IUC-4100 is slightly more expensive up-front, but is rechargeable so you don’t need to keep buying the disposable proprietary PetSafe battery used by the PetSafe Deluxe.
If you are going to use other types of PetSafe collars with your system it is almost always cheaper to get that system and buy an extra PetSafe Deluxe collar. In particular the PetSafe Stubborn system is a very good deal if you need a Stubborn dog collar. Although, the PetSafe Deluxe base station is slightly better and can power up to 25 acres unlike the PetSafe Stubborn which can only do 10 acres.
Summary: Good general purpose system, that can be used with the special purpose PetSafe Little Dog and Stubborn Dog collars.
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Meat and Potatoes for the Mixed Pack
The PetSafe Deluxe is like the Meat and Potatoes of the dog fence world, not terribly exciting on it’s own, but a reliable standby that can easily be dressed with a little sauce and garnish to be something special.
The PetSafe Deluxe is the best general purpose PetSafe system. The PetSafe Deluxe (PRF-304W) is basically an upgraded version of the basic PetSafe In Ground Radio Fence PRF-3004W. The PetSafe Deluxe adds two very necessary features. First, the collar has four correction levels. That makes it much more versatile collar letting you find a correction level appropriate to your dog. Second, the PetSafe Deluxe Dog Fence adds a collar status light to let you know when the system battery is low and needs replacing. Very competent but nothing special on it’s own.
But, where it shines is when you have diverse family with pups of different sizes and temperaments. You can combine the Deluxe with the other PetSafe collars, in particular you will find it useful in combination with the PetSafe Stubborn and PetSafe Little Dog collars.
- Use the PetSafe Little Dog collar with the dogs under 12 pounds
- Use the Stubborn Dog collar with very large dogs or dogs that don’t feel the correction on a regular collar.
- Use the PetSafe Deluxe for everyone else
So if you have a mixed pack, the combination of Deluxe, Little Dog, and Stubborn Dog collars is the way to go.
PS – if you need a stubborn dog collar and are doing less than 10 acres, buy the Stubborn Dog System, adding PetSafe Deluxe and PetSafe Little Dog collars. This is significantly cheaper than doing it the other way.
The strong point of the PetSafe Deluxe Dog Fence (PRF-304w) is the collar. It is an upgraded version of the collar on the PRF-3004w.
Four Correction Levels The PetSafe Deluxe collar has four progressive correction levels. The correction level is adjusted on each collar individually by unscrewing a cover and pressing a button on the collar. The collar can also be set to a no-correction mode using this button.
Battery Warning Lamp The PRF-304W adds a status light, letting you know when the collar is working fine and when it needs a new battery. This is a significant improvement over the basic PetSafe model that has no warning light and leaves you in the dark (sorry), about whether the collar is working.
Disposable Proprietary Battery The PRF-304W Deluxe uses the proprietary PetSafe RFA-67 disposable battery. Expect to get 3-4 months from the battery, and pay about $4 pet battery. Not as good as a rechargeable battery, but not going to cause a life of poverty.
Intercompatibility The Deluxe collar can be used in conjunction with any other current PetSafe indoor system.
Prongs The PetSafe Deluxe comes with standard length prongs. Long prongs for long-hair dogs are available separately. (Long probes were included up to November 2009, inexplicably they are no longer included as standard)
Indoor Pod CompatibilityYou can use the included collar (PetSafe PUL-275) with the PetSafe Indoor Pod.
The base station on the PetSafe PRF-304W is an upgraded version of the PRF-3004w and is shared with the PetSafe Little Dog. The upgrades are relatively minor and add extra range and a grounding wire. The base station cover opens up like a clamshell style cellphone to reveal the main controls:
Boundary Width Control Dial – controls how close the dog can get the boundary wire without getting the warning and correction. The first 20% of the boundary width is the warning zone and the next 80% is the correction zone.
Power Light – advanced circuitry tells you when the unit is switched on!
Loop Light – the light is steady when everything is working fine, a blinking light and an alarm let you know when the system is off.
Boundary Wire Terminals – here is where you plug in the start and end of your boundary wire loop.
Ground Wire Terminal – there is the option to directly ground the system to protect it from lightning strikes. To use it you need to wire the dog fence directly to a nearby grounding rod, which most people simply don’t have. Most people who need lightning protection use the plug in lightning protection instead.
Boundary Size Switch – this switch on the side of the system adjusts the signal strength for large and small boundary loops. The system can handle up to 25 acres, 15 acres more than the basic system.
The base station plugs into a regular power outlet using 110V AC power via the included power adapter.
Boundary Wire, Flags and Splices
The PetSafe Deluxe Fence includes enough wire for about one-third of an acre. The basic kit includes:
- 500 feet of boundary wire (20 gauge)
- 50 boundary flags
- 2 waterproof splice
Extra boundary kits that contain wire, flags and splices are available. Each extra boundary kit (including 500 feet of wire, 2 splices, and 50 flags) costs $29.95. You can also upgrade the wire to 18 gauge, not recommended for most people, but the option is there if you want it.
Training DVD and Instruction Manual
The system comes with an instruction manual. In the past, these systems included a training DVD, but for reasons unknown PetSafe stopped providing the DVD in November of 2009.
PetSafe’s limited lifetime warranty applies to the PetSafe Deluxe. There is a one year full warranty, then a fixed charge repair in subsequent years.