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CARCAT-RED

CARCAT-RED FAQs
No. Audible beep which occurs every 30 seconds is a troubleshooting feature for car owners to check if the ultrasound system is working. Audible beeps are at a lower human audible frequency and created with the same ultrasound crystal. The audible beep feature can be disabled (default – "enabled"). To disable / enable the feature, refer Config key (Touch) menu / setup guide (pg.4).
If the car / engine is running, that means the battery is getting charged and CARCAT-RED will go into standby mode. This feature is "enabled" by default. To disable / enable the feature, refer Config key (Touch) menu / setup guide (pg.4). If this is happening with the feature disabled, something is wrong – contact customer care.
If the car battery voltage discharges below 10.5 Volts (21 Volts for 24V system) and shutdown mode feature is enabled (default – "disabled") CARCAT-RED will go into shutdown mode to stop battery from draining further, which can damage the battery permanently. To disable / enable the feature, refer Config key (Touch) menu / setup guide (pg.4). If this is happening with the feature disabled, something is wrong – contact customer care.
Press the Config touch key on CARCAT-RED for 15 ticks to enter feature scroll / status check menu. Navigate to the feature using the RGB-LED colour / Status decode to check if feature is enabled / disabled. Pressing the config touch key for a further 8 ticks toggles the feature state. i.e., if it is disabled it will be enabled and vice versa. Refer Config key (Touch) menu / setup guide (pg. 4) for details or contact customer care for further guidance.
HOW DOES CARCAT-RED WORK?
CARCAT-RED is the all-new 4th generation ultrasonic rat repellent system. It has a new ZigZag ultrasound algorithm and an RGB-LED which strobes/flashes green / blue light variations to attack the two most vital auditory and visual senses of the rat. It also employs optimized intermittent pulsing which consume 20% less power than previous generations (without hampering efficacy) CARCAT-RED has a car battery monitoring system and feature configuration (enable / disable) which allows CARCAT-RED to ① enter STANDBY mode if the car engine is "ON" or ② enter SHUTDOWN mode if the car battery voltage drops below 10.5 volts.
Ultrasound is a spectrum of sound which starts just beyond the human hearing range (20Hz to 20kHz). Certain animals like Rats/bats/dolphins have the ability to detect ultrasound with varying frequency ranges. The rats/rodents are mainly nocturnal and their night vision isn’t as good. They rely on ultrasound for communication (distress signalling/mating calls) and to a certain extent echo location. CARCAT-RED bombards ultrasound waves with a unique ZigZag algorithm which disturbs and disorients the rat/rodent. The ultrasound intensity is much more intense and deafening than the rat/rodent can tolerate. To add to its woes, these wave patterns interfere with the echo location and cuts out incoming ultrasound signatures of its natural predators like snakes and cats and also other rats and rodents. They are also very territorial creatures and will attack and kill another trespassing rat/rodent. Ultrasound is its sixth sense and blocking that makes it very insecure of its environment.
If CARCAT-RED is installed as per the installation manual the rats/rodents should stop visiting within a week. Rats/rodents are stubbornly territorial and they will resist relocating as long as possible and it is as per the individual rat/rodent’s tolerance limits against CARCAT-RED ultrasound and optical bombardment. Tests and customer feedback have shown they leave within a week.
For existing infestation there might be an initial resistance by the rat/rodent to relocate. (Read above question/answer)
  • It is advised that the car engine bay area be thoroughly cleaned and washed at the garage making sure rat faeces and urine traces are removed as far as possible. Rats/rodent like most animals mark and identify their territory with their urine.
  • Keep checking the engine bay area for faeces/urine traces for a few days post installation and clean it immediately. The rat/rodent may not be able to stay too long in the presence of ultrasound bombardment but will try and mark its territory.
  • For really heavy infestation prickly heat powder with a strong menthol / mint flavour can be put at the time of installation for a more immediate three-pronged effects and force the rat/rodent to relocate or find another shelter.
  • Park the vehicle at a different location for a few days.
CARCAT-RED cause both auditory and visual distress to repels rats / rodents. The ZigZag ultrasound and green / blue RGB-LED light variations make it unbearable for them. They may visit or briefly enter to escape a prey but will not be able to stay for too long to cause any damage.
Installation
CARCAT-RED is intended to be installed in the engine bay (cavity).
Note: CARCAT-RED needs to be installed firmly (e.g., to the engine cavity wall) using the screws / cable-ties provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Yes. It does matter whether your car is front or rear engine, as long as installation is in accordance to as mentioned in the installation manual. For cars having engines at the bottom (e.g., Maruti Ecco) installation should be such that dirt does not accumulate on the front grill of CARCAT-RED.
Note: For best results always ensure unit is facing hard metallic / plastic surfaces of which ultrasound waves can reflect (echo). More reflections (echoes) imply more auditory distress to the rat / rodent.
CARCAT-RED has been thoroughly tested on all segments of cars from small cars to SUV’s. As such it can be used in vehicles having a 12 to 35VDC electrical system (battery) and an enclosed engine bay area. As long as ultrasound waves can reflect and are not lost into the open it should work. We give no guarantee it will be effective. Try at own risk.
Caution: CARCAT-RED is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT-RED in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
CARCAT-RED's intended use is to protect a car’s engine bay area against rats / rodents. Some customers have reported success against rats / rodents by installing CARCAT inside ATMs and vending machine. As long as it is an enclosed area similar to a car and ultrasound waves can reflect and are not lost into the open it should work. We give no guarantee it will be effective. Try at your own risk.
Caution: CARCAT-RED is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT-RED in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
NO. CARCAT-RED's intended use is to protect a car's engine bay area against rats / rodents. We recommend you to visit MASER ELECTRONICS (www.maserindia.com) for industrial rodent control requirements.
Caution: CARCAT-RED is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT-RED in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
CARCAT-RED is easy to install. A seasoned mechanic should be able to do it in 10-15 minutes.
Note: - Due care should be taken for choosing the place of installation beforehand for maximizing the effectiveness of CARCAT-RED. CARCAT-RED needs to be installed firmly (e.g., to the engine cavity wall) using the screws provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Note: For high end cars or cars still under warranty it is advised to get CARCAT-RED installed at the car’s authorized service centre.
Yes. CARCAT-RED comes with screws, fuse and cable ties. All you need is a mechanic to fit it and get it running.
Note: CARCAT-RED needs to be installed firmly (e.g., to the engine cavity wall) using the screws provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Wiring (to battery terminals)
It is recommended CARCAT-RED loop connectors be directly connected to the battery terminals. (Refer the installation manual) For cars wherein battery is not in the engine bay, connect to live terminals that come to the engine bay area.
Note: For high end cars or cars still under warranty it is advised to get CARCAT-RED installed at the car's authorized service centre.
Caution: CARCAT-RED needs to be always powered "ON". Connecting to terminals which give power only when the car is running will render CARCAT-RED useless.
Troubleshooting
CARCAT-RED has configurable features like STANDBY and SHUTDOWN modes. Kindly refer to the installation / configuration manual to further understand the different modes.
In normal / active mode
  • RGB-LED flashes GREEN / BLUE variations
  • Faint but audible BEEPs every 30 seconds
(Note: audible BEEPs may not be heard in a very noisy environment.)
The 30 second audible beep feature is enabled by default. Tap the config touch key briefly. If you hear audible ticks, refer the installation / configuration manual to check the status of audible beeps and enable if beeps are disabled. In case config key audible ticks are not audible, try a quieter location, else unit needs replacement.
Contact customer care. If the unit is still under warranty period, you can avail a free replacement.
Get following checked by a car mechanic-
  • Fuse
  • Loose connection of connectors
  • Corrosion at battery terminals
Still not working? Unit needs to be replaced.
Safety
Yes. CARCAT-RED is harmless and inaudible to humans. The ultrasound sound pressure level (SPL) <100dB for CARCAT-RED is much less than the prescribed safety limit or threshold level Values (TLVs) for airborne (non-contact) ultrasound as laid down by
  • American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
  • International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices, Canada and many others
Also, ultrasound SPL is almost negligible outside the engine cavity or passenger cabin area.
Yes. CARCAT-RED is harmless to pets. Though some pets may be able to hear the lower ranges of ultrasound frequency, they will not be disturbed or harmed inside the passenger cabin. In fact, the ultrasound sound pressure level (SPL) produced by CARCAT-RED will not even harm the rats / rodents only cause auditory distress.
Battery consumption
CARCAT-RED consumes less than 0.35 watts average power which is much less power than the other always ‘ON’ gadgets like security system, etc. consume. Car batteries use lead acid chemistry which does not have a very long standby time even if they are disconnected, because they self-discharge at a typical rate of 4% to 10% depending on the make, age and use of battery.
A typical healthy 35AH small car battery should work for at least 20 days considering a 4% discharge rate and assuming full charge.
Yes. CARCAT-RED works on your car battery. Similar to a car security system, it cannot protect against rats / rodents if it is not powered.
Humane, Green
NO. CARCAT-RED / ultrasound does not kill or harm the rat / rodent. It gives auditory and visual distress which makes your car engine bay less favourable for the rat / rodent to reside or visit.
Warranty
CARCAT-RED comes with a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase, unless mentioned otherwise. (See the product manual for more information)
CARCAT-RED warranty covers against any electrical / electronic / manufacturing defect. (See the product manual for more information) See the product manual for more information)
Please take the CARCAT-RED to the authorized dealer from where it was purchased along with the bill / invoice and it will be replaced immediately if damaged and in stock. In case it was an online purchase of CARCAT-RED please contact customer care.
Other
CARCAT-RED is an ultrasound and LED strobe based repellent. It uses the latest technology licensed from MASER ELECTRONICS Pvt. Ltd. They are the industry leaders in industrial rodent repellent in India with over 40 years of experience in the field.
CARCAT-RED is ultrasound based and gives protection 24/7. Poisons are bait centric. That means the rat / rodent has to consume the poison. It may die in the car or worse in the air conditioning vents which will take a visit to the garage and unbearable smell until it’s located and removed. It is a temporary solution.

CARCAT-Duo

HOW DOES CARCAT DUO WORK?
CARCAT Duo is a 2nd generation ultrasonic rat repellent with strobing LED to attack the two most vital auditory and visual senses of the rat. It uses advanced automatic frequency pattern banding technology which ensures that rats do not get immune to the ultrasound and that way protects your car from rats. CARCAT Duo is currently the best solution for rat in car engine problem.
Ultrasound is a spectrum of sound which starts just beyond the human hearing range (20Hz to 20kHz). Certain animals like Rats/bats/dolphins have the ability to detect ultrasound with varying frequency ranges. The rats/rodents are mainly nocturnal and their night vision isn’t as good. They rely on ultrasound for communication (distress signalling/mating calls) and to a certain extent echo location. CARCAT Duo bombards ultrasound waves with unique patterns which disturb and disorient the rat/rodent. The ultrasound intensity is much more intense and deafening than the rat/rodent can tolerate. To add to its woes, these wave patterns interfere with the echo location and cuts out incoming ultrasound signatures of its natural predators like snakes and cats and also other rats and rodents. They are also very territorial creatures and will attack and kill another trespassing rat/rodent. Ultrasound is its sixth sense and blocking that makes it very insecure of its environment.
If CARCAT Duo is installed as per the installation manual the rats/rodents should stop visiting within a week. Rats/rodents are stubbornly territorial and they will resist relocating as long as possible and it is as per the individual rat/rodent's tolerance limits against CARCAT Duo's ultrasound bombardment. Tests and customer feedback have shown they leave within a week.
For existing infestation there might be an initial resistance by the rat/rodent to relocate. (Read above question/answer)
  • It is advised that the car engine bay area be thoroughly cleaned and washed at the garage making sure rat feces and urine traces are removed as far as possible. Rats/rodent like most animals mark and identify their territory with their urine.
  • Keep checking the engine bay area for feces/urine traces for a few days post installation and clean it immediately. The rat/rodent may not be able to stay too long in the presence of ultrasound bombardment but will try and mark its territory.
  • For really heavy infestation tobacco pouches can be put at the time of installation for a more immediate two-pronged effects and force the rat/rodent to relocate or find another shelter.
  • Park the vehicle at a different location for a few days.
CARCAT Duo repels rats/rodents by bombarding ultrasound. It is a very unbearable sound level for them. They may visit or use to escape a prey but will not be able to stay for too long to cause any damage. Even after installation of CARCAT Duo rat repellent, you may see their presence as the car is their house and they will try their best to resist the ultrasound environment, but the high decibel ultrasound will eventually make them stay away from cars. For protecting car from rats, we recommend to keep persisting with CARCAT Duo rat repellent and keep the car cleaned for any feces or urination mark.
WHAT IS THE USE OF WHITE (STROBING) LED?
CARCAT Duo is a leading ultrasound rat/rodent repellent made specifically for cars. The Strobing/Flashing White LED is just like a camera flash which blinks at a high rate and helps in protecting car from rats by causing visual distress and not let the rat settle down.
No, the strobing white LED does not take more current. It takes the current similar to CARCAT – 1st gen.
As such nothing happens to electronics inside as it is meant for auto grade temperatures. But since the white LED is exposed, it may get covered up with mud or dust, in such cases it is recommended to clean the CARCAT Duo rat repellent front grill area once in a while for proper functioning/effectiveness of the white LED on CARCAT Duo.
Installation
CARCAT Duo is intended to be installed in the engine bay (cavity).
Note: CARCAT Duo needs to be installed firmly (eg. to the engine cavity wall) using the screws provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Yes. It doesn’t matter whether your car is front or rear engine, as long as installation is in accordance to as mentioned in the installation manual. For cars having engines at the bottom (eg. Maruti Ecco) installation should be such that dirt does not accumulate on the front grill of CARCAT Duo.
Note: For best results always ensure unit is facing hard metallic/plastic surfaces of which ultrasound waves can reflect (echo). More reflections (echoes) imply more auditory distress to the rat/rodent.
CARCAT Duo has been thoroughly tested on all segments of cars from small cars to SUVs. As such it can be used in vehicles having a 12 to 24VDC electrical system (battery) and an enclosed engine bay area. As long as ultrasound waves can reflect and are not lost into the open it should work. We give no guarantee it will be effective. Try at your own risk.
Caution: CARCAT Duo is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT Duo in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
CARCAT Duo’s intended use is to protect a car’s engine bay area against rats/rodents. Some customers have reported success against rats/rodents by installing CARCAT Duo inside ATMs and vending machines. As long as it is an enclosed area similar to a car and ultrasound waves can reflect and are not lost into the open it should work. We give no guarantee it will be effective. Try at your own risk.
Caution: CARCAT Duo is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT Duo in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
No. CARCAT Duo’s intended use is to protect a car’s engine bay area against rats/rodents. We recommend you to visit MASER ELECTRONICS for industrial rodent control requirements.
Caution: CARCAT Duo is intended to be used only with cars. Installing CARCAT Duo in any other vehicle is at users’ risk and may render the warranty void.
(For protection of industrial panels, sensitive electronics of machinery like CNC’s, assembly line panels, food-trucks, vending machines, etc visit www.gizmocat.in)
CARCAT Duo is easy to install. A seasoned mechanic should be able to do it in 10-15 minutes.
Note: Due care should be taken for choosing the place of installation beforehand for maximizing the effectiveness of CARCAT Duo. It needs to be installed firmly (eg. to the engine cavity wall) using the screws provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Note: For high-end cars or cars still under warranty, it is advised to get CARCAT Duo installed at the car’s authorised service centre.
Yes. CARCAT Duo comes with screws, fuse and cable ties. All you need is a mechanic to fit it and get it running.
Note:CARCAT Duo needs to be installed firmly (eg. to the engine cavity wall) using the screws provided.
Caution: Using cable ties or double-sided tape will drastically reduce the effectiveness. Strong ultrasonic wave fronts are created when unit is installed securely to a firm base, thus providing a hostile environment for rats.
Wiring (to battery terminals)
It is recommended CARCAT Duo loop connectors be directly connected to the battery terminals. For cars wherein battery is not in the engine bay, connect to live terminals that come to the engine bay area.
Note: For high-end cars or cars still under warranty, it is advised to get CARCAT Duo installed at the car’s authorised service centre.
Caution: CARCAT Duo needs to be always powered ‘ON’. Connecting to terminals which give power only when the car is running will render CARCAT Duo useless.
Troubleshooting
The following indicates CARCAT Duo is functioning properly;
  • Strobe LED blinks (flashes) around every second
  • Faint but audible BEEPs every 30 seconds
Note: Audible BEEPs may not be heard in a very noisy environment.
The BEEPs may not be audible in a noisy surrounding. Try a quieter location, else unit needs replacement.
If u can hear the audible BEEP, the unit is functionally working and it will still repel rats. If the unit is still under warranty period, you can avail a free replacement.
Get following checked by a car mechanic;
  • Fuse
  • Loose connection of connectors
  • Disconnect the (+) connector and reconnect after one minute
Still not working? Connect with us to get the unit replaced.
Get following checked by a car mechanic;
  • Loose connection of connectors
  • Disconnect the (+) connector and reconnect after one minute
Still not working? Connect with us to get the unit replaced.
Safety
Yes. CARCAT Duo is harmless and inaudible to humans. The ultrasound sound pressure level (SPL) <100dB for CARCAT Duo is much less than the prescribed safety limit or threshold level Values (TLVs) for airborne (non-contact) ultrasound as laid down by
  • American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
  • International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices, Canada and many others
Also, ultrasound SPL is almost negligible outside the engine cavity or passenger cabin area.
Yes. CARCAT Duo is harmless to pets. Though some pets may be able to hear the lower ranges of ultrasound frequency, they will not be disturbed or harmed inside the passenger cabin. In fact, the ultrasound sound pressure level (SPL) produced by CARCAT Duo will not even harm the rats / rodents only cause auditory distress.
Battery consumption
CARCAT Duo consumes less than 0.7 watts which is much less power than the other always "ON" gadgets like security system, etc. consume. Car batteries use lead acid chemistry which does not have a very long standby time even if they are disconnected, because they self-discharge at a typical rate of 4% to 10% depending on the make, age and use of battery.
A typical 35 Ah small car battery should work for at least a month considering a 4% discharge rate and assuming full charge.
Yes. CARCAT Duo works on your car battery. Similar to a car security system, it cannot protect against rats/rodents if it is not powered.
Humane, Green
No. CARCAT/ultrasound does not kill or harm the rat/rodent. It gives auditory distress which makes your car engine bay less favourable for the rat/rodent to reside or visit.
Warranty
CARCAT Duo comes with a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase, unless mentioned otherwise. (See the product manual for more information)
CARCAT Duo warranty covers against any electrical/electronic/manufacturing defect. (See the product manual for more information)
Please take the CARCAT Duo to the authorized dealer from where it was purchased along with the bill / invoice and it will be replaced immediately if damaged and in stock. In case it was an online purchase of CARCAT Duo please contact customer care.
Other
CARCAT Duo is an ultrasound-based repellent. It uses the latest technology licensed from MASER ELECTRONICS Pvt. Ltd. They are the industry leaders in industrial rodent repellent in India with over 30 years of experience in the field. CARCAT Duo is an ultrasonic device and gives 24/7 protection against rats. Poisons are bait centric. That means the rat/rodent has to consume the poison. It may die in the car or worse in the air conditioning vents which will take a visit to the garage and unbearable smell until it’s located and removed. It is a temporary solution.
CARCAT Duo rat repellent for cars is the only product to be tested and certified by ARAI (Automotive Research association of INDIA, a Central Gov. Authority). Please find the ARAI certificate in menu bar for more information.

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