1. Is 1.2 seconds between electric discharges too much? If a hungry, aggressive bear crushes it on first approach, game over.
***In our research we discovered that bears do not tend to "rush" a food source that is immobile. While they might give chase to moving prey, they would not for example "rush" a huckleberry bush no matter how hungry they are. As the video shows (and is the habit of a bear) they investigate with their nose. The nose tells 'em if it is worth expending the energy to investigate further.
2. How big is the turn off button? If the bear throws it around could it get stuck where it would be difficult to turn off?
***Again, the bears investigate initially with their noses. We've been told that the bear can actually sense the pulsing electrical current. When the shock is delivered at the interval it generally catches the bear off guard. The shock of being surprised has thus far deterred the bear from coming back to beat the crap out of the bag...which if they did, they would receive multiple shocks whenever they make contact. The off/on button is a flat. It is not raised in anyway, and requires a FIRM press to activate or deactivate. Teh controller is housed in a zippered pocket which disallowes easy access.
3. Liner collapsible? If the bear puts a tooth or claw through it on first approach, leaking will ensue.
***Sure. The bag is soft, but I will again mention that bears initially investigate with their nose. They do not just walk around looking to stick something in their mouths.
4. Low battery alarm...is there advanced warning of low batteries other than alarm or will it go off suddenly at 2 AM when the bear is circling?
***The controller does have a low battery alarm as well as diagnostics for not only checking the battery life that remains, but also slows the pulse to 2.4 secs to maintain activation. Really though, it is up to YOU the user to make sure you have fresh batteries before you head out. Alkalines last ~75 hrs, lithiums ~96 hrs. That is 9 or 12 days respectively if you activate it for 8 hrs each night.
5. What happens when that fabric gets wet with the electric discharge? Don't put it in or near any potential puddle of water.
***The outside material is urethane coated so the material will not saturate. Obviously the bag should not be submerged or placed in a spot where water will collect. We've tried to short it out with snow, water, etc, but it is quite difficult to do as each length of woven circuitry has 4 strands of positive and negative wire. One strand of the circuitry can be shorted out, but the remaining 3 are still functional. 5,000 volts is still the output regardless if you are down to 1 of 4 strands of circuitry. Again, the user needs to THINK and follow the instructions to make certain that the container is being used properly. Regular canisters don't work if they lids are not on!
6. If it gets slapped into water, even shallow water, it may leak?
***Again, placement of the bag is obviously important. 100 yds from camp, 100 yds from water is a good idea. The controller and bag are weatherproof.
7. Turning it off when wet...finding a button in 1.2 second window while wet...button not included in circuitry I am sure, but water changes all that with any fabric where even beading water may be in contact with button?
***The controller is secured in a weatherproof pocket on the bag end.
8. Does it have to be certified by those dudes at UL laboratories (or whatever those guys are named that certify electrical devices)?
***As far as we know, that is not a requirement for certification.
9. Get your attorneys advice since it is outwardly electrical and you will have to approach/touch it while wet. A large disclaimer may be warranted.
***Thank you for the advice.
10. What about small animals such as rodents, marmots, etc? How does 5,000 volts affect them?
***As a previous post alluded to, it's not the voltage that kills, but the amperage. This unit is high voltage, low amps. Any animal (rodent, bird, etc) can make contact and not be injured. We guarantee that you will not awake to your food bag surrounded by dead animals, and the shock that a curious critter receives will not be harmful in any way.