Why are the Gardner TLB Alarms an excellent choice?
I think that a lot of people are not giving the Gardner TLB alarms a chance because it lacks the usual gimmicks that can be found on other types of alarms. I understand that some people need these extra features because they have very specific expectations from their alarm system but there is no point in spending more on features that are not needed.
What makes the TLB Alarms a better choice over other alarms?
Have a look at the technical specs for the Gardner TLB Alarms;
• The product is compatible with the Version 2 ATTx Wireless Remote.
• The face plate and roller cover are made from polished stainless steel.
• The roller is lightweight and free running. It operates without light bobbins.
• The system is separated in different compartments for the battery, the output socket and the electronic components.
• There is a stainless steel cover to protect the sensor wheel.
• The product is perfectly waterproof. There are very few other buzzers on the market that feature a waterproof design. This product will work great under heavy rain, snow and other extreme weather conditions. It will still work even if you accidentally drop it in water.
• Buzzers are handmade in England and tested before being distributed.
• There is a sealed on and off switch to prolong the life of the battery.
• The speaker unit is high powered and there is a 10 second LED latch time. At 10cm the speaker output is a very load 93dB.
The specs of the product are impressive. The alarm has been designed to greatly minimize the chances of technical problems appearing.
Let's find out more about the actual alarm.
These Alarms are relatively small in size and can easily be recognized by its diamond shape which is truly unlike anything else on the market today. There is a colored metal plate on the front of the alarm that is either Stainless or Black in colour. The rest of the alarm is entirely black, except for the roller cover which has the same color as the front plate.
You will find an LED just above the roller on the left hand side. It is bright enough to be easily seen regardless of the weather conditions. The LED will pulse along with the beeping from the speaker once the roller starts moving. The LED will then stay on for another 10 seconds after the roller stops moving.
The speaker is quite powerful and there is a small opening on the front to channel the sound. The high tone of the alarm makes it sound louder than it would with a lower tone. The alarm will wake you up if you are sleeping, within a 5m radius of the alarm. If you are not more than 50m away from the alarm, you should have no problems with hearing it at all. The Gardner TLB Alarms were tested and it can easily be heard within a 50m range, even when bushes were blocking the line of sight. The angler can lower the volume or choose to keep the speaker on mute so the sound can be diverted to a remote system like the ATT V2. The alarms do not have a volume setting but you can cover the speaker hole with a small piece of roll-up cigarette filter or with a small speaker bung. This will not completely mute the alarms but it will lower the sound immensly.
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There is a 2.5mm jack plug socket on the left side of the alarm. You can use this socket to connect any 2.5mm sounder box or remote set. If you wish to have the ATT V2 dongle stay vertical with the alarm instead of sticking out to the side, you are going to need the Gardner 120 degree angle adaptor. This works well when you have your Buzzerbars very close to the alarms.
On fast takes you will not have to worry about the rods being pulled off the alarm since the ears are large enough to keep them safe and in place. If you fish locked up, you will need a specific snag bar to prevent the rod being pulled off the alarm. Many different manufacturers offer quality snag bars that you can use for this purpose.
A 12v 23amp battery powers the alarm. You can find replacement batteries in any tackle shop. The original battery will last a long time. I got my first Gardner TLB Alarms three years ago and the batteries are still good, even after a lot of regular use. There is a finger switch that controls the power to the alarm and turns it either on or off. You can easily change the battery by opening a small compartment. All you have to do is remove 4 screws and and lift the cover plate. Be careful not to damage the gasket located between the alarm and the plate since it is fragile. The role of the gasket is to keep the alarm waterproof.
Do the Gardner TLB Alarms really work underwater?
This short video demonstrates how the TLB Alarms work.... Underwater.
The thread that connects the bankstick or the buzzer is made from solid metal. The thread is rigid inside the alarm. We did not take the product apart to find the thread since that would ruin the warranty on the alarm.
There is a drawstring pouch included with the alarm. The pouch is made from a hard wearing material. It can be used with the buzzers on sticks or on buzzer bars. I usually keep my indicators in the same pouch so I can save time when setting up my material. None of my indicators have been damaged yet.
I have been using the Gardner TLB Alarms for the past 3 years and so far these alarms have never let me down. They make noise when the roller moves, light up when needed and basically perform the job that most anglers want from an alarm.
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