How does it work? It's important to ask what moves the feed from the hopper to the device that dispenses the feed into the water. Extra components can break down, clog-up and create problems with the feed flow. Another important feature to make sure your feeder has, is a ‘true' funnel in the bottom of the hopper - not just a flat area with a hole in it that the feed is supposed to drop through. A funnel ensures that all feed flows through the system properly.
What dispenses the feed? Fish pellets should be carefully delivered into the water on an air stream. Batting or deflecting the feed pellets can cause them to disintegrate before they get to the fish, wasting the food and your feed investment.
Does the feeder waste any feed? Select a feeder that delivers the feed into the water, not on your dock or pond bank. Some single-motor units and fish feeders with systems that lack the engineering and design to effectively deliver the feed into the water, will drop feed directly in front of the feeder.
What is the Warranty? A solid warranty is important to your investment. It's also good to ask how long the company has been in the feeder business and if they've had any service problems with the product.
Solar Power & Mounting Options. Because fish feeders sometimes need to be mounted in particular areas around a lake, the ability to mount the solar charger on the side that will receive the most sunlight is important. Protecting the wires from varmints is also paramount. And the output of the solar charger is critical to maintaining a strong charge on the battery.
What are the installation options? Having the flexibility to level your fish feeder on a sloping pond bank or mount the feeder directly onto a pier or a dock is important. Be sure to ask what leg options are available, and what is included to mount the feeder to the ground or a dock.
How easy is the feeder to troubleshoot? This is a very, very important question to ask when doing your research. In most feeders, if any type of debris gets down into the feeding mechanism the feeder must be taken apart in order to clean it out.
Appearance can be important. After investing in a lake, fish and other elements, it's not only important to have a feeder that works, but an attractive product that looks good year after year. Imagine the fish feeder on your property. Make sure the feeder and legs are powder-coated. Powder-coating is a professional paint process that prevents rust and is found on most outdoor products like lawn furniture and barbeque grills.
When can you get one? A good question when you're considering a purchase. Do they have the product available, boxed and ready to ship when you order? How long will delivery take?
Check with your Lake Management or Fish Professional... they will have answers to technical questions you may have including what to feed, how much to feed and when to feed. Here is a great resource for beginners, click here.