Innotek/PetSafe UltraSmart IUC 5100 Review

Pros

  • Rechargeable Lithium Ion Collar Battery
  • Includes 100 ft. of twisted wire
  • Includes lightning protection
  • Remote training functionality

Cons

  • No independent correction level for different size dogs

Rating

Retail Price

$399.95

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Innotek IUC-5100 Overview

Summary: Dog Fence + Remote Trainer

The Innotek IUC-5100 combines both a dog containment and a remote training system in a single collar. The Innotek IUC-5100 is $40 more than it’s sibling system, the PetSafe Ultrasmart, and gets you the remote trainer functionality plus 100 feet of the twisted wire.

Remote Trainer

The unique feature on the Innotek IUC-5100 is that the collar can be used with the included remote to allow you to correct your dog. The remote has a minimal range so is not useful for training hunting dogs, but is a perfectly functional remote trainer for basic obedience training.

Larger Collar

The tradeoff for the remote trainer is that the collar is about 50% larger than the collar on the sibling Petsafe Ultrasmart system. The collar is only suitable for dogs over 20 lbs.

Rechargeable Collar

The Innotek includes a rechargeable lithium ion collar battery. A charge takes less than two hours and last around a month (in dog fence mode) .

Collar Fit Test

The collar has a inbuilt test to help you check if the collar is properly fitted on the dog. This is particularly helpful for long-hair dogs where fitting the collar can be tricky.

Innotek IUC-5100 Collar

Containment + Training Collar

The unique feature on the Innotek IUC-5100 collars is that it can be used both for containment and correction. If you are going to use a training collar and containment system with your dog, the IUC-5100 lets the dog wear only a single collar.

Training Collar

The collar on the IUC-5100 can be used in conjunction with the included remote transmitter. This allows you to correct your dog by pressing a button on the remote. This kind of negative stimulus is useful as a training aid to reinforce training commands.

Note, that as with dog containment – these remote trainers are only effective when used as part of a structured training program. You need to teach the dog what you do want them to do, and only then do you layer on the correction to teach them there is a consequence for not obeying a command. Correcting a dog without training will only create a fearful dog with no improvement in behavior!

The collar always runs in containment mode. Training mode is activated by holding the collar next to the remote and holding down a button.

Larger Collar

The tradeoff for the additional training collar functionality is that the collar is bigger than the otherwise identical PetSafe Ultrasmart system. To accommodate the extra circuitry and sensor, the collar is 50% bigger, although the weights are around the same (4.4 ounces vs 4 ounces).

The extra bulk of the collar makes it unsuitable for dogs under 20 lbs. The PetSafe Ultrasmart which does not have the remote trainer can be used with dogs as small as 12 lbs.

Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery

The 5100 collar is rechargeable. The sits on a charging cradle to charge. The cradle is included. When the collar is fully charged, the status lights changes from red to green. The 5100 collar requires a 2 hour charge one a month.

The battery and collar have shown over time to last a very long time. This collar has been tested in the field by thousands of customers and has proven to last 6 plus years. Once the collar battery can no longer hold a charge, the great thing is that for around $35 plus shipping, you can receive a new collar.

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3 Progressive Correction Levels

The Innotek Contain & Train has three correction levels when used in containment mode. A few more correction levels would be ideal to allow more customization. However, the correction levels are progressive, meaning that the correction strength automatically increases the further the dog goes into the correction zone.

The correction levels on the Innotek range from low to medium-high and will suit most dogs. Particularly hard-headed and less sensitive dogs would benefit from a stronger collar such as the Dogtek EF-6000 or the PetSafe Stubborn.

Short Training Battery Life

While the battery life is long when the collar is used for containment, battery life is considerably shorter when training mode is activated. When in training mode, the collars need recharging at least every 3 days.

No Independent Correction Levels

The Innotek 5100 does not allow you to set different correction levels for each dog. This can be an issue if you have two very different sized dogs or two dogs with very different temperaments. There is one solution you could use. It requires fastening a resistor to the collar probes to decrease the correction strength.

Rubber Collar Band

The IUC-5100 collar fastens with a rubbery collar band. The fastener is a gimmicky combination buckle and quick-snap style. We would prefer a cloth band and a simple-quick snap collar.

Long, Short & Training Prongs

The basic system includes both long and short prongs for use with long and short hair dogs respectively. The prongs are easily interchanged using the supplied tool to unscrew the old prongs and fasten the new prongs.

The system also includes two yellow caps that can be placed over the prongs to prevent them from correcting. You will use these in the early stages of containment training when you want to teach the dog the new boundaries without shocking them.

Innotek IUC-5100 Remote

Remote

The handheld remote allows you to trigger the correction on the dog collar and allows you to use the system for obedience training.

9 Correction Levels + Beep

The remote has 9 correction levels, plus a beep only level. The correction level can be adjusted using the arrow keys on the remote.

The correction level is shown on the LCD screen in the center of the remote. The LCD is not backlit. Which makes it hard to see at night.

Two Dog Capacity

The remote transmitter can control up to two IUC-5100 collars. The transmitter can be set to correct each collar individually, or both collars at the same time.

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Confusion

Using the collar for both teaching obedience and containment at the same time can ge confusing and overwhelming for your dog. We recommend teaching the containment first, then waiting three months for the dog to become confident with the boundary rules before starting to use the collar for obedience training. Teaching the dog the new containment rules, as well as doing obedience training w

50 Yard Range

The remote has a very limited range of around 50 yards. The manufacturer specifications claim a generous 150 yard range, in practice we find the remote becomes unreliable after 50 yards.

50 yards allows you to use the collar for basic obedience training in your yard or at your home. But, the range is not sufficient to use with your dog off leash at the park, or to using with a hunting dog. For these applications, you will need a dedicated training collar where ranges can exceed 2 miles.

Innotek IUC-5100 Transmitter

Transmitter

The base station powers the dog fence boundary wire and creates the radio signal that is picked up by the collars. The transmitter is the brains of the dog fence system. The Ultrasmart transmitter has all the regular features, plus a few extras.

25 Acre Capacity

The transmitter can create a boundary of up to 25 acres (around 5,000 feet of boundary wire). This makes it one of the highest capacity systems. If you need an even higher capacity, the SportDog SDF-100A can contain a 100 acre property.

Includes Lighting Protection Module

The Ultrasmart includes a lightning protection module standard with the kit. You run the boundary wire into the lightning protection before running it into the transmitter. This module protects the transmitter in case the boundary wire gets struck by lightning. This is particularly useful for large installations in areas where lightning strikes are common. Having the lightning protection included standard is a nice extra that is seen in few other systems and saves you $39.95.

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Adjustable Boundary Only

The boundary zone, the distance between the boundary wire and the point where the collar starts beeping, can be adjusted using a dial on the transmitter. You can set the boundary width anywhere from a few inches to 10+ yards wide.

The correction zone, the distance from the boundary wire that the collar starts correcting the dog, is always set at 80% of the boundary zone. Unlike the Dogtek systems, the boundary zone cannot be independently set.

Battery Backup

The transmitter has a battery backup so it will keep working even if there is a power outage. Insert 8 AA batteries in the back of the unit and if there is a power failure, you get 2-3 days of power before the batteries are drained.

Battery backup is a useful feature in places where power outages are common. But, for most urban dwellers with reliable power this is not terribly useful. If power failures are only occasional, your dogs will not realize that the fence is off.

Innotek IUC-5100 Wire and Accessories
Dog Fence Wire Gauges

Boundary Wire

Direct Burial Rated Wire

The included boundary wire is direct burial rated, having a PET insulation layer that is designed for placement directly into the ground. Direct burial wire lasts longer in the soil than standard electrical wire which tends to disintegrate over time (particularly in acidic soil condidions).

Professional Gauge Wire Available

The standard 20 gauge wire can be upgraded to 18, 16, and 14 gauge wire. 14 gauge wire is considered professional grade and is what you would see on an Invisible Fence installation. With professional grade, the copper wire and protective insulation are both four times thicker and stronger than the standard wire. This makes the wire stronger and more durable and therefore less likely to break.

For small installations, upgrading the wire is a no-brainer. A modest additional cost reduces the likelihood of you needing to hunt for wire breaks.

For very large installations, the thicker gauges of wire are useful because of their superior transmission characteristics. However, the additional cost becomes significant.

Standard 500 Feet of 20 Gauge Wire

The Innotek basic system includes enough 500 feet of standard 20 gauge wire, 50 boundary flags, and 2 wire splices. The included wire can cover approximately one-third of an acre. Additional boundary kits (500 feet of wire, 2 splices, and 50 flags) are available and can expand capacity up to 25 acres (5,000 feet).

Area (acres) Wire Required (feet)
1/3 500
1/2 1,000
1 1,000
2 1,500
3 2,000
4 2,000
5 2,000
10 3,000
15 4,000
20 4,500
25 5,000

Tester Tool

The included tester tool is held against the collar to test whether the system is working. When everything is set up properly, the tester lamp will glow as you take the collar across the boundary line.

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Innotek IUC-5100 One Year Warranty

One Year Warranty

Innotek systems are covered by a misleadingly named limited lifetime warranty. What this really means is that the systems has a full one year warranty on the system, and then for the rest of the lifetime of the system repairs are made at a nominal charge.

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Conclusion

If you want a single collar with both containment and remote training functionality, the Innotek IUC-5100 is a good bet. For $40 more than the standard PetSafe Ultrasmart, you get a remote trainer which is a great deal.

There are tradeoffs for the added functionality. The IUC-5100 collar is bulkier than comparable training only collars, and the training function is more limited than dedicated training collars.

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Innotek IUC-5100 Video Review

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Innotek IUC-5100 Manual

Innotek IUC-5100 Manual

Download the Innotek IUC-5100 Manual (PDF).

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Specifications

Model Innotek IUC-5100
Type In Ground
Collar Battery Rechargeable (Lithium Ion)
Correction Levels 3 Levels + Progressive Correction
Beep Only Training Mode Yes
Collar Warning beep Yes
Collar Vibration No
Independent Correction Levels No
Collar Dimensions 2.5” (L) x 1.2” (W) x 1.1″ (D)
Collar Weight (with band) 3.8 ounces
Collar Weight (without band) 2 ounces
Collar Neck Size 7″ – 32″
Collar Water Resistance Waterproof
Collar Fit Test Yes
Maximum Number of Dogs Unlimited
Minimum Dog Size 20 lbs
Minimum Age 6 months
Maximum Containment Area 25 acres (5,000 feet)
Boundary Width 0-10 feet (adjustable)
Control Box Dimensions 6” (L) x 5.5” (W) x 2.25“ (D)
Control Box Power Source Wall Outlet (110V)
Control Box Battery Backup Yes
Indoor Pod Compatibility Yes – ZND-1000
Outdoor Pod Compatibility Yes – Pawz Away Rock
Included Boundary Wire 500 feet + 2 wire Splices
Included Boundary Flags 50
Training Materials Manual
Other 100 ft twisted wire, Charging Cradle, Boundary tester
Package Dimensions 12” (L) x 8” (W) x 6″ (D)
Package Weight 12 lbs
Warranty 1 Year + Limited Lifetime

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Containment Guarantee

Your dog will be completely contained to your satisfaction within 30 days, or we will give you a full refund. That is a better deal than you would get from a $2,000 invisible fence. You have nothing to lose.

FREE Dog Fence Guide

experts guide

The Innotek IUC-5100 come with a FREE copy of our Dog Fence Experts Book on installing a dog fence and training your dog (instantly downloadable in PDF form). The book has 90 pages of great information and tons of illustrations to make installation easy, and training effective. It will save you hours and get you complete containment faster.

You get the book immediately with your purchase. Your order confirmation email will include an instantly downloadable copy of our book. Value $24.95.

30 Day Easy Refunds

easy returns

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason you can return your system within 30 days for a full refund of your purchase price. Getting a refund is easy, just email us at returns@dogfencediy.com or call on (888) 936 – 4349.

Our returns are easy and hassle free:

  • It is no problem if you used the system, that was the point! We will still take it back even if there is some wear-and-tear
  • Did you bury the wire? No problem, we will still take it back. (If you can’t or don’t want to dig the wire back up, we will just charge you the regular price for the wire you kept)
  • The 30 day period starts from the time you receive the package so you have plenty of time to do the installation and training. If you need a little extra time, let us know.
  • The only time we don’t take returns is if it is well after the 30 days, or the unit is seriously damaged.

FREE Wire Break Kit

wire break kit

The wire break kit helps you locate and repair breaks in the boundary wire.

The RF choke causes the dog fence boundary wire to make a noise that you can hear on any AM radio. Simply follow the boundary wire and use your radio to listen for the point where the noise becomes weaker and there you will find the wire break.

Once you have located the break the kit includes: extra wire, two wire nuts, and two waterproof capsules to let you repair the break. Value $14.95.

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12,000 Happy Customers

We had more than 10,000 happy customers last year, and are hoping to have even more in 2012. We understand how important it is to keep your dog safely contained, and understand the trust you place in us when you make an order. We want to make containment as easy as possible. We value your business, and we want you to refer your friends.

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low price guarantee

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