Garden sprayers are a staple of every homeowner and gardener. I have owned many hand pump style sprayers to spray insecticides and herbicides around my garden and home. If you have used a garden sprayer you know the hassles of constantly pumping your sprayer to keep a consistent spray pattern and pressure. The answer as you know if you are taking a look at this post is to get a battery powered garden sprayer.
Let’s face it manual pump garden sprayers are a hassle and can be difficult to use if you are older or have physical issues. The constant need to pump to maintain the correct pressure and spray pattern is no fun. If you have a larger yard or garden it becomes that much more of an issue as the pumping slows the chemical application process down. Electric lawn equipment is on the rise and for good reason. They are quiet, environmentally friendly and require less maintenance. To get started using your new battery powered garden sprayer we need to get the battery or batteries charged
Charging the Battery Powered Garden Sprayer
Battery powered garden sprayers are of course powered by batteries, most are powered by lithium-ion style batteries. Like the RYOBI backpack sprayer above, your garden sprayer should have come with a charger. Plugin your charger and attach your battery to the charger and let the battery charge to the recommended manufacturer specifications. This could take as little as 30 minutes or up to a couple of hours depending on the size of the battery and style of your charger.
Some sprayers have onboard batteries that are part of the sprayer. Others have detachable batteries that are removable and replaceable. Once the battery has been charged, it is time to attach your battery to your sprayer.
Powering up the Garden Sprayer
One thing to keep in mind is that your should not have the battery attached or the sprayer powered on when making adjustments to the sprayer or adding chemicals and water to the sprayer.
All battery powered garden sprayers have an on/off switch. After the battery has been charged and attached if needed for your sprayer, turn the switch to the on position. That is it really, couldn’t be simpler right? The sprayer should be ready to dispense chemicals now if there is anything in the tank. As usual, follow your manufacturer’s instructions on how to power on your specific device.
Filling the battery powered garden sprayer tank
Battery powered garden sparyers garden sprayers can handle many types of chemical applications, from apply fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, and weed killers. All of these chemicals are applied via the tank on your battery powered sprayer.
Make sure you have the battery removed if applicable and power off prior to adding any chemicals or water to your sprayer tank. Always, and I mean always mix the chemical as directed by the chemical manufacturer. Also never overfill the tank as it cause a spill that can damage the sprayer or the battery. Generally you should follow the below steps:
- Remove the battery pack (if your sprayer has a removable battery pack)
- Unscrew the tank cap and remove it from the tank
- Fill the tank with the required amount of water based on your sprayer tank capacity and amount of chemicals you want to apply
- Measure the amount of chemical you want to apply
- Carefully pour the chemical into the sprayer tank
- Screw the cap back onto the sprayer. Make sure the cap is on tight.
- Reinstall the battery pack if applicable
Make sure to clean the measuring container after you have gotten your sprayer ready. It is also ok to pre-mix the chemicals if you want in another container prior to adding it to the battery powered garden sprayer tank. I will often buy pre-mixed weed killer which I use with my sprayer that makes the process that much faster.
Battery powered garden sprayers that you can get at your local home center or hardware store are intended for the application of consumer-grade home and garden chemicals, so keep that in mind when using your sprayer.
Adjusting the Spray Nozzle
Most modern garden sprayers have nozzles that can be adjusted or come with replaceable nozzles that can be used to adjust the spray pattern.
Remove the battery if applicable from the garden sprayer. Loosen the nozzle for a solid stream, and tighten the nozzle to a fan spray pattern.
Pretty easy right!
Spraying Home and Garden Chemicals
So now we are down to what you really want to do with your battery powered garden sprayer, spraying chemicals. Here are a few easy steps to get you spraying away.
- Install the battery into the garden sprayer
- Switch the sprayer to the ON position to start the sprayer motor
- Aim the spray nozzle at the plants or objects you want to spray
- Press the trigger and start spraying, release the trigger to stop spraying
Once you are down spraying your chemicals empty, clean, and drain your sprayer. Always dispose of the unused mix based on the chemical manufactures recommendations. Refer to your owner’s manual on how to correctly clean your sprayer, wand, and nozzles after each use.
Sprayer Operation Tips and Tricks
Using a battery powered garden sprayer is just like using any other type of electric tool, you learn the tool as you use and you pick up some ideas of what to do and what not to do with your garden sprayer. Here are a few tips and tricks I have learned using my battery powered garden sprayer
- Don’t point the sprayer wand at yourself or someone else.
- Avoid spraying on windy days. Overspray can fall on plants or objects that you don’t want to spray.
- Spray downwind. You don’t want the spray blowing back on you.
- If the weather is warm, spray in the morning or late afternoon. Heat can cause issues with the evaporation of the chemicals.
- Wear gloves rubber or nitrile to protect your hands.
- Never, never, never drink or eat when using the sprayer.
Most of these tips are common sense, but they will make your spraying experience much safer and less frustrating.
Keeping the Spraying Going
As you can see using a battery powered garden sprayer is a pretty straight forward process. Charge the battery, turn on the sprayer, fill the tank, spray and clean up the sprayer. Doesn’t get much easier than that. Garden sprayers are an essential tool in my lawn, garden, and home maintenance tool kit. Having a battery powered garden sprayer makes it that much easier to take care of chemical applications in fast, quiet, and efficient manner. So get out there and start using that sprayer to make your yard, garden, and home that much better.