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Educator Collar Reviews & Buying Guide
The only E-Collar manufactured right here in the USA, Educator collars (Formally Einstein), have unparralled quality and durability and are definitely my favorite brand. We carry the top 8 E-Collar manufactures in the world and Educator is the newest brand and utilizes the latest technologies to insure their collars are the safest and most reliable on the market. If you want a high-quality dog training collar that offers the most advanced features on the market, at a reasonable price, the Educator collar is the way to go!
Educator training collar are made for both small and large breeds in a wide variety of training situations. Educator manufactures 23 different models and after reading this Educator Collar Review you will know which model is the right choice for you and your dog.
Key Features of the Transmitter/Remote
I’ll have to admit when I first saw this new, rounded style transmitter (remote) I wasn't very excited. However, after taking one out of the box and holding it in my hand I gained a new respect. The ergonomic, user-friendly, stop-watch design fits perfectly in your hand with the buttons right at your fingertips.
Perfectly timed corrections
E-Collars are extremelly effective in training dogs because dogs associate the correction with their behavior. Educator collars have the most reliable and fastest wireless link in the industry. When you push a button on the Educator remote, the receiver-collar responds instantly and sends a precise correction (vibration / static) to your pet at the exact time when it's needed. The less expensive models that can be purchase at big box stores such as PetSmart, are known for unreliable communication between the remote and collar, which ends up confusing the dog and creating counterproductive results.
100 levels of Stimulation
Not all dogs are created equal. Like people, dogs have different levels of sensitivity. When using static stimulation it’s important to be able to find the precise level that will get your dog’s attention, but won’t cause the dog to vocalize discomfort. Nearly all remote training collars have between 7 and 20 levels of stimulation with wide jumps between levels that can make it difficult to find the correct setting for your dog. The Educator collar has 100 levels of static stimulation, offering a very gradual increase that allows you to perfectly fine tune the level of correction to your dog’s specific temperament.
Patented COS (Control Of Stimulation)
Educator collars utilizes more advanced technologies than any other manufacturer of dog training collars on the market. Rather than relying on out-dated circuit technology like other manufacturers, E-Collar Technologies has developed and patented the new COS (control of stimulation) technology. Coupled with 100 levels of stimulation, COS technology provides the owner the ability to incrementally adjust to the correct stimulation for dogs of any temperament or size. Every Educator collar now comes with COS technology, so whether your dog requires nothing more than a slight nudge, or something a bit stronger, you'll be able to pinpoint the stimulation level necessary to correct your dog.
Wide Pulse Stimulation
Another breakthrough for E-Collar Technologies, the Educator collar uses a new, proprietary “Wide Pulse Stimulation". Wide Pulse delivers a harmless, medical grade, static stimulation rather than the sharp pulse stimulation used in other e-collars brands that can cause head jerking. Wide Pulse Stimulation utilizes the same technology chiropractors and physical therapists use to excite muscles to reflex. This is also the technology used in the abdominal muscle toning machines advertised on TV. Wide Pulse stimulation represents a safer and more effective development in e-collar technology. With Wide Pulse, the Educator collars now offers an alternative to sharp pulse stimulation that penetrates deeper into the muscle of the dogs neck.
Lock & Set
Lock & Set is a great safety feature and one of my personal favorites because it allows you to save your settings by locking them in to the remote. When training your dog with a remote collar, the first thing you'll need to find is two stimulation settings for your dogs temperament (low and high). The first one will be the lowest level of stimulation to which your dog responds. This is the Introductory Level that will be used to get your dog’s attention and reinforce commands that your dog already knows. After determining the precise level of static correction for your dog’s temperament, pressing down on the stimulation selector dial lets you Lock & Set that level into the transmitter.
The Booster feature allows you to preset a second, higher level of stimulation for high distraction situations where your dog may suddenly bolt after a squirrel, cat, car or even the mailman. Once your dog is in hot pursuit, the introductory level may not be enough to take him out of drive and to stop him from potentially running into a busy road or other dangers.
The benefits of both the Lock & Set and the Booster features are that you’ll never have to take your eyes off your dog to change stimulation levels. With other brands/models its normal for trainers and owners to constantly be adjusting the stimulation level up and down which requires looking at the remote. When you need to act quickly it's easy to panic and accidentally turn the level up too high, thus over-correcting your dog. With the Lock & Set and Booster features that come standard with all Educator collars this is no longer a concern as everything is preset in advance so that you never have to look away from your pet or worry about inadvertently overly correcting.
Lock & Set - 2-Dog Option
Educator collar also come in 2-dog systems that allows you to preset a low and higher level for each dog (D1 and D2). As you can imagine, this features comes in especially handy with the 2-dog system where you would normally need to remember 4 stimulation settings (low and high for each dog) and which setting belongs to which dog. Educator collars solve this problem with a simple toggle between D1 and D2 each with their preset levels. This feature is something that we get asked for by customers almost every day, and is only available with Ecucator collars.
LCD Display and Indicator Light (LED Window)
The convenient backlit night blue LCD is great for low light situations and lets you know exactly what mode and stimulation level you are using. All Educator collars have a low battery indicator light on both the receiver-collar and the transmitter. As an added bonus, there is also an Indicator Light within this LED Window which will blink “Green” to let you know the system is on. When stimuli is applied it will quickly flicker “Red." Lastly, when the battery-life is running low it will blink “Red” when recharging is needed. You would be surprised at the number of systems that do not have these basic and useful features.
Night Tracking Light
When the transmitter is turned on, you can press this button for 0.5 seconds to remotely activate the Night Tracking Light on the receiver-collar. The tracking light on the collar is thus controlled remotely by the transmitter, which can be set to flash or stay lit continuously. This is great for locating your dog at night and insuring that your dog will be seen by cars and others as well.
Warning Feature (Tone vs. Vibration)
All Educator collars come with either a “Tone” or “Vibration” only button allowing the trainer to warn the dog before applying static stimulation. Tone and Vibration work much the same way and are basically personal preference. Personally, I prefer to use vibration because we have so many things these days that make tone sounds that can confuse your dog. From when we open our car doors, text messaging to leaving the refrigerator door open to long.
These warning tones or vibration buttons are ergonomically and strategically placed for easy and comfortable access by your thumb. Vibration mode is about twice as strong as you will find on other brands that have this feature, making it perfect for training deaf, skittish or sensitive dogs which may require Vibration-Only training. Also, using tone or vibration followed by low-level Momentary Stimulation will teach your dog to respond to the warning feature in a very short period of time since they will learn quickly what follows if they do not heed the warning.
Educator Collar Models (See all)
As of 2014, E-Collar Technologies manfufactures 23 different models. All models have the above features however, they do have a few slight differences:
Rather than going into all the different models I am only going to cover my 3 personal favorites …
Educator ET-300TS (1/2 Mile)
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Because of its small size (2.4 ounces), the 300TS Mini is an extremely versatile collar and can be used for very small dogs and large dogs as well. The Educator Mini is by far the most popular collar we carry and the smallest on the market. I recommend it to about 90% of the people I talk to everyday.
The 300 Mini is the only Educator model that uses a 2-hour quick charge battery.
Educator ET-400TS (3/4 Mile)
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs
Dog Size: 5lbs+ / Neck size 3” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Sensitive, Normal, Deaf Dogs
Virtually identical to the 300TS Mini in weight and dimensions, the Educator ET-400TS gives you an additional ¼ mile range. However, there is a feature trade-off. The longer range requires the use of a NiMH battery that needs a 10 hour charge compared to the Lithium Ion 2-hour rapid charge with the Mini.
Dog Type: Companion Pets, Working Dogs, Service Dogs
Dog Size: 30lbs+ / Neck size 4” to 29”
Dog Temperament: Very Sensitive, Normal, Very Stubborn, Deaf Dogs
This model is a low to high power collar and is recommended for dogs 30+ lbs. Unlike the 300 and 400 series that are low to medium power collars, the 800 series is a low to high output collar. With electronic dog training collars, a good rule of thumb to follow is that the higher the output (power), the larger/heavier the receiver-collar.
Even if you don’t need the full mile range, and your dog is over 30lbs, a nice benefit to using the 800 series is that the Wide Pulse stimulation improves (i.e much cleaner static shock) on the larger 800 series because the transformer is larger allowing for better efficiency. In the same way the efficiency of an air conditioning increases with size. The smaller receiver-collars such as the 300 and 400 series require a much smaller transformer so we don't get as wide of pulse. This means that the 800 series has a much more shallow (Wide) stimulation and can be turned down too much lower stimulation levels then its little brothers, and much higher as well.
Key Features of the Receiver-Collar
Educator receiver-collars are the most durable on the market and Shock Resistant to 5000 Gs making it practically indestructible. In fact, I recently saw a short video of a guy in Australia who ran his over with both tires of his car, picked it up and it was completely undamaged and worked perfectly. Any other brand would have been completely destroyed, requiring the owner to purchase a new one.
Educator receiver-collars are also completely waterproof and submergible up to 500 feet. The collar straps are made of Biothane which will outperform and outlast products made with other materials, such as nylon, vinyl, leather or polyester.
Batteries & Charging
The Educator collar transmitter and receiver-collar(s) can be charged simultaneously and come with a splitter. All Educator models use rechargeable, user replaceable batteries.
The Educator collar can be used globally without the use of a power convertor because it comes with a universal power supply that will work with 110v/220v/240v outlets. The system includes the standard North American wall plug configuration, but we throw the European 2-pin or Australian / New Zealand 3-prong wall plug adapters in for free.
The only negative thing I could say about the Educator collar is that although the rechargeable batteries are user replaceable, it is not easily done. The battery is hot-glued in to keep it from rattling around so when you do finally have to replace it you will need to open up the back and gently pry the battery away from the glue to get it out. However, this is easily fixed by replacing it with a small piece of foam or use a piece of a matchbook cover to keep it snugly in place.
Limited Life Warranty
The Einstein collar has one of the best warranties I have seen. The first two years both parts and labor are covered 100% (including the batteries!). After two years the Warranty covers the parts to repair the collar (excluding accessories and antennas); you only pay labor and shipping costs. The Limited Lifetime Warranty expires 5 years from the date the model is discontinued by the manufacturer.
Educator collar Feature Summary
Whether you want to teach your dog the basic obedience commands, correct behavioral issues or teach advanced dog sports and obedience, the Educator collar is a great choice. Its durability combined with its many convenient features makes it a favorite with owners and trainers alike. If you want the convenience of an entry-level training collar combined with the other advanced features described in this review, you'll find the best price on this popular training system right here at K9electronics.