Solar Electric Fence

Solar Electric Fence

The first thing to understand about a properly installed electric fence is that it does not harm the animals (or people!) that happen to rub against the energized wires. After any new electric fence installation, you should first entice your animals or pets to approach the fencing. This is usually accomplished with food placed on the opposite side of a new fence as a training exercise. After one or two attempts, most animals quickly recognize the need to stay clear of an electric fence and are then able to be safely moved into a larger pasture protected by electric fencing. Although an electric fence only consists of a few bare wires strung between some lightweight insulator supports, it’s their learned fear of a fence they recognize and not the strength of the wire that keeps an animal contained.
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Solar Electric Fence

Description Using the sun to power an electric fence makes so much sense in remote locations. This solar fencer can electrify 3 to 5 miles of single-strand fencing wire, and you can adjust its solar panel’s angle to capture more solar power at your location. The solar fencer is designed to keep only animals confined to a specific area by emitting an electrical shock. Copper terminal posts are marked red (positive) and black (negative) for quick and easy hook-up. A ground rod (not included) is required to properly ground this solar fence control. Impact-resistant housing. Electrify up to five miles of fence using the sun’s powerAdjustable solar panel to capture more power at your locationIdeal for remote locationsOver-discharge protection circuitProtected on/off flip switchCopper terminal posts marked red (positive) and black (negative) for quick and easy hook-upImpact resistant housingRechargeable 4.5 amp hour, 6 volt lead-acid batteryFully charged in 8 hours of direct sunlight2-1/4 in. keyhole mounting holes for easy installation This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping.
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Solar Electric Fence

Using the sun to power an electric fence makes so much sense in remote locations. This solar fencer can electrify 3 to 5 miles of single-strand fencing wire, and you can adjust its solar panel’s angle to capture more solar power at your location. The solar fencer is designed to keep only animals confined to a specific area by emitting an electrical shock. Copper terminal posts are marked red (positive) and black (negative) for quick and easy hook-up. A ground rod (not included) is required to properly ground this solar fence control. Impact-resistant housing. Electrify up to five miles of fence using the sun’s powerAdjustable solar panel to capture more power at your locationIdeal for remote locationsOver-discharge protection circuitProtected on/off flip switchCopper terminal posts marked red (positive) and black (negative) for quick and easy hook-upImpact resistant housingRechargeable 4.5 amp hour, 6 volt lead-acid batteryFully charged in 8 hours of direct sunlight2-1/4 in. keyhole mounting holes for easy installation This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping.
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Solar Electric Fence

Lightning is one of the main reasons an electric fence energizer gets damaged. If you are in an area with a high potential for lightning strikes, you may want to add one or more lightning arrestors to your energized electric fence. One terminal in this small device is connected to each bare wire in an electric fence, with a second terminal connected to a nearby ground rod. If there is a lightning-induced voltage spike traveling along this fence wire, the lightning arrestor will divert this excess energy into the ground rod and away from the fence energizer. This can significantly reduce the risk of lightning damage to your electric fence.
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Solar Electric Fence

Probably one of the most neglected areas of electric fence installation is “grounding” the system. Any time an animal comes in contact with an energized fence wire, they are completing an electrical circuit. High-voltage electricity at a very low current leaves the positive (+) terminal of the fence energizer and travels along the fence wire which is supported by electrical insulators. This electrical energy then travels along the surface skin of the animal from the point of contact with the energized fence and then down to their foot or hoof and into the ground. This high-voltage and low-current electrical flow then travels through the earth all the way back to two or more ground rods driven into the ground near the solar-powered energizer. This electrical energy then travels through the connecting wire from these ground rods and up to the negative (-) post on the solar-powered fence energizer, completing the electrical circuit.
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Solar Electric Fence

The Power Wizard PW24000 Fencer is an ultra-powerful 110-volt electric fence charger. Ultra low impedance technology increases energy output on the fence line as fence becomes heavily weeded. Shocks through wet, heavy vegetation and the toughest fence conditions. Charges up to 400 miles or 2400 acres of fence. Fence voltage indicator displays the voltage being distributed to the fence. AC operated fencer plugs into standard 110-volt outlet. Unit should be installed indoors. The Power Wizard PW24000 Fencer is suitable for use with cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats and llamas. 3-year warranty. (24.0 joules output)
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Solar Electric Fence

The best measurement of any electric fence energizer is how many joules it generates. A joule is the international term for measuring energy, much like the kilowatt-hour (kWh) is used in the United States to measure energy. However, the main difference is the unit of time each uses. A joule equals one watt per second (not watt per hour). While a solar fence energizer with a rating of two joules might appear to be a small number, this output level can easily energize several miles of fence wire. Although my solar fence charge supplies less than two joules of energy, this is more than enough high-voltage charge to make you wish you never touched the fence.
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Solar Electric Fence

After you have installed your electric fence wire, ground rods, and solar-powered fence energizer, it’s time to test. As mentioned earlier, this is best performed using an electric high-voltage fence tester. These typically cost about $10, which is cheap insurance to keep your valuable animals from heading to town. As you walk along your fence line, check the output of each wire and note any section of wire that is not energized or shows a low-voltage level. This tester includes a ground-probe about the size of an ice pick at the end of an attached cable that is pushed into the ground near where you are testing the fence voltage.
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Since a solar-powered fence energizer is not tied to a utility outlet, if your fencing requirements exceed a mile or more, it may be more cost effective to utilize several small electric fence energizers, with each powering a separate section of fencing. Never attach more than one fence energizer to the same section of fence wiring. You will want to electrically isolate each run of fence when using multiple energizers.
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Fully portable, ‘All in One’ compact design The light, compact design with carry handle makes it ideal for portability. The unit includes internal battery and solar panel, providing a convenient all‑in‑one energizer. Solar powered Energy efficient solar panel charges the internal battery to power the fence line. Internal rechargeable battery Solar power recharges the battery as required to support long battery life. Flashing red light Indicates at a glance that the energizer is working and powering the fence. Battery* Battery saving mode maximizes battery life. Low impedance energizer Designed to deliver power to the end of the fence even under heavy load e.g. foliage, undergrowth. Multiple mounting options* T-post and wood post mounting option. Optimal voltage for maximum control* Fully weatherproof* Fast set up with no trenches or underground cable SolarGuard 50 Large storage capacity Enables up to 14 days operation without sunlight. 2 year warranty (includes lightning) SolarGuard 155 Large storage capacity Enables up to 21 days operation without sunlight. 2 year warranty (includes lightning)
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Hand-held testers are available that allow a quick test of the electrified fence anywhere along the entire length. Lower-cost units utilize a stacked group of small neon lamps that illuminate in steps based on the level of voltage detected. Higher-cost units may include a digital readout of voltage levels. A standard volt-meter will get damaged if used to check electric fencing, since fence voltages are typically more than 5,000 volts. Most electrical wire sold by builder supply outlets rarely has an insulation covering that is sunlight-resistant and rated for higher than 600 volts, making this wire unsuitable for connecting the fence energizer to the fence wires. The voltage output of an electric fence energizer is just like the voltage supplied from a car’s distributor to the spark plugs, and spark plug wires have very thick insulation to prevent arcing and shorts.
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Coils of electric fence wire continuing a mile or more are not uncommon on long fence installations — these can be very heavy to lift. There are several types of extension handles and un-spooling devices available that allow dragging or rolling the wire spool across the ground behind you or your ATV. If you will be attaching your electric fence wire to a row of trees, wood fence posts, metal “T” bar fence posts, or all-plastic temporary posts, there are very low-cost insulators designed for each specific type of post.