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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2012, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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What solar fence charger do you recommend?

Basically I am leasing a pasture where there is no electrical source. I have good perimeter fencing but am trying to divide the pasture as I have to separate certain horses and I really want to give the grass a chance to grow. Therefore I am in need of a good solar electric fence charger. However I have been warned that not all solar chargers are created equal...so I am wondering what you would recommend??
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Hubby says he would recommend our Gallagher.
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And I would not recommend the Gallager S17. I bought one for temporary fencing. Used it less than a dozen times and went I got it out the next year, nada. No zap.
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Right now I'm looking at Fi-Shock and Parmak (thinking about the Fi-Shock for short term) and investing in the Parmak (which is more pricey) in the future. Any opinions on these? :)
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I have 2 of the fi-shock solar chargers and have been using them for a couple of years. I've been very happy with them, they keep in my fence busting draft horses and my houdini half draft.

They aren't as powerful as some of the chargers designed for 50 miles of cattle fence, but they will still knock you on your butt.
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I used to have an old Gallagher, had it for years, and worked great. I had it hooked up to almost 2.5 miles of fence. Don't know about the new ones though.

Right now I am using a Zareba SP3B solar charger. Supposed to be good for three miles. I am only doing small sections(4-5 acres) for rotational grazing to save my grass but I am happy with it.

I have a friend that uses the Fi-Shock.(like smrobs) He trades cattle and as we all know that sale barn cattle can be a little unruly and tear your fences up. He puts them cattle into a receiving pen with a electric fence just to the inside to train them. After about a day or two the worst fence crashers will abide by that Fi-Shock!

The key is to have a good ground! I have three 5ft. copper ground rods sunk and keep that ground wet.

Also I was looking on the Zareba website today to see if I could order parts(I lost the little plastic screw on caps for the posts) and they have a really cool thing where you can type in your address, it gives a satellite picture of your property. You mark the corners of the piece you want to fence, answer a few questions and it gives you a list of the supplies that you will need to make it happen. I thought it was fun I played with it for a good hour today.(I am a dork...lol) You can order those supplies online, but you could just take the list with you to your nearest farm supply store and get them cheaper I am sure.

Best of Luck!

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