PetSafe Wireless PIF-300 Review
So you are thinking about a wireless dog fence? With no digging and no wires to bury, it’s no wonder. All you need to do is plug in the transmitter and set the size of the containment circle and you are good to go. When it comes to wireless dog fences, there aren’t an abundance of options on the market. The PetSafe® PIF-300 is one of them. Let’s take a look at how it measures up.
The first consideration to make when it comes to wireless dog fences is how reliable the signal is. The good news is that the PIF-300 does offer a stable, reliable signal, where some of the other wireless dog fences do not. Boundary stability is another aspect to consider. With the PIF-300, you can expect the boundary to fluctuate about 3 feet in either direction.
The next thing to look at is how large of an area the wireless fence is able to cover. In the case of the PIF-300, it can contain your dog within a circle having a diameter up to 180 feet across. This equals about ½ acre of land. For some, this is adequate, but for others it is not. If you need to contain your dog within a larger area than this, you have the option of purchasing an additional transmitter to expand your containment circle.
One plus of the PIF-300 is that it is able to support an unlimited number of dogs. That makes it a perfect choice for households with many dogs. However, just like the rest, the system only comes with one collar, so you will need to purchase additional collars for each dog that you have.
In looking at the transmitter, it is pretty large in size. So if you want something that looks sleek and streamlined, you may want to go with something else. However, its affordable cost may be enough to offset any issues you have about its appearance.
The PIF-300 has 6 levels of correction to choose from. This gives you an adequate number of correction levels to find the right one for your dog. Another plus of PetSafe® electric fences is that the correction level is set on the collar itself. This allows you to tailor the corrections that are needed for each individual dog that you have. To change the correction level on the collar, you will first need to remove the protective cap with a coin or screwdriver. Then, you just press the button once for each level that you want the correction to increase.
Now let’s talk about the batteries. The one major drawback of the PIF-300 is that it doesn’t have rechargeable batteries. To be exact, the PIF-300 will only run on special PetSafe® RFA-67 proprietary batteries. These batteries are not sold in your local discount store, which makes buying them more difficult. You will need to have a few extra batteries on hand, so when you order your PetSafe® wireless fence, it would be a good idea to order some extra batteries as well. You can expect each battery change to last 2 to 3 months, depending on how many times your dog challenges the boundary.
In conclusion, the PetSafe® PIF-300 has a few drawbacks, but overall, it should be considered a good buy.