Rat Zapper - Information
This page is designed to help you get the most from your Rat Zapper. Rat Zapper Company is keeping their eyes on new, evolving battery technology to help you get the best bang for your buck when buying batteries for your Rat Zapper.
Recommended Batteries for Classic Rat Zapper
They recommend Energizer e2 Lithium Batteries for superior performance. At the minimum they recommend Energizer, e2 Titanium or Duracell Ultra w/ M3 technology for good performance. Tests have proven that the Energizer e2 Lithium Battery works 7 to 10 times longer than the regular alkaline batteries.
If you can't find Duracell Ultras, or Energizer e2 Titanium, the next option is the regular Duracell Copper Top batteries or regular Energizer batteries.
Recommended Batteries for Rat Zapper Ultra
They recommend Alkaline "D" Cell Batteries or Enhanced Alkaline Batteries available at your local retail establishments.
They do NOT recommend rechargeable batteries.
Conservation Tip: when your alkaline batteries are no longer powerful enough to be used in the rat zapper, there is usually still be plenty of juice to run other devices that require less energy (such as calculators, remote controls, electronic clocks and timers, etc.).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING
(Remove batteries first!)
When dust, dirt or other contaminants accumulate in the Rat Zapper, you will need to clean the unit, otherwise it may trigger a false trip, causing the red light to blink repeatedly when you turn it on.
- Remove batteries before cleaning to insure safety.
- Obtain an inexpensive, thin aluminum pan large enough in width and length to accommodate the Rat Zapper.
- Fill the pan with approximately 1 inch of warm/hot water, a teaspoon of vinegar and an ample amount of dish detergent. Set the Rat Zapper in the pan and let it soak for approximately 1 hour (to loosen debris.)
- Using a soft bristle or bottle brush, commonly found in the cookware section of your local supermarket, gently brush the bottom of your Rat Zapper.
- To rinse, carefully allow a gentle stream of fresh water to flow over the cleaned bottom surface of the Rat Zapper. Do not spray the unit out or allow moisture to intrude into the electronics that are housed in the top of the Rat Zapper as this may cause the electronics to short out and impair the unit's performance.
- After cleaning and rinsing the bottom of the Rat Zapper thoroughly, place it with the open side face down to allow the Rat Zapper to drain and air dry completely (do not use air compressor) before putting it back into service (about 2 to 3 hours).
- Replace the batteries and test the unit using the instructions below. If you are dealing with rats, always use our "pre-baiting" procedure after cleaning.
Screw Drive Test
Take a 6" screw driver with a plastic or rubber handle
Turn the Rat Zapper on and turn it around with the back of the unit facing you.
Find the square hole in the metal grid on the back of the unit. Stick the screw driver through the hole and the rest the tip on the "island" kill plate.
As you touch the "kill plate" slowly lift up on the screw driver - moving the tip away from the plate. At 1/8" you should hear and see a spark. If the arch is 1/8 to 1/4" inch high, your Rat Zapper is functioning properly