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|Moveurasets ||02-01-2012 11:06 PM |
Solar fence charger help needed picking
We are doing a 6 acre electric fence and need some input on Solar powered chargers. Which are good which to stay away from Help please.
|COWCHICK77 ||02-01-2012 11:52 PM |
I had one that was a Gallagher, it seemed pretty good...but your ground of course is the most important part.
|Joe4d ||02-02-2012 09:12 AM |
look at the joule rating, the bigger the number the better. many of the lower priced solars are very low powered and will ground out if a couple wet weeds touch the fence.
I see people spend thousands on fence posts, concrete, wire, insulators , tools labor, then to save 40 or 50 bucks on a charger, and buy a under powered unit that doesnt hold up or keep the horses in.
|Joe4d ||02-02-2012 09:19 AM |
i only see a single solar charger on zareba's websight, the .05 joule,one. You DONOT want to waste money on that one. Prime example of one that wont work and is way under powered. I use one camping for small corrals, but not enough power for a field. My fence charger is this one, ZarebaŽ 50 Mile AC Low Impedence Fence Charger in Long Box, Model A50LIL
Notice it has 40 times the output. Works great, doesnt ground out if weeds or brush touches the fence. It is an AC unit. But I would look hard at AC units. They are longer lasting dont require batteries and have way more output than the solar units.
|Joe4d ||02-02-2012 01:57 PM |
They sell a 10 joule unit :shock:,,,, I can imagine fried dead animals gathered along fence lines, yahh baby more power arh arh arh,
|Moveurasets ||02-02-2012 02:38 PM |
I can not use a AC unit or I would, This is a new piece of land with NOTHING on it, we are getting water and fence done for now, I am out of luck on electric for a while lol. Thanks for the help! What about this 1 ?? http://www.electric-horse-fence.com/..._powered_4.htm
|BigGreyHorse ||02-02-2012 02:44 PM |
We bought a Gallagher and it worked great for 1 year then quit. Replaced the battery and it lasted for 2mths. Dead again. We've decided that solar was a great idea but it turned into daily checking for charge on the tape and that gets to be just too much trouble. Switched back to an electric and haven't had any problems. Hope your solar works better than ours did.
|Joe4d ||02-02-2012 03:23 PM |
Originally Posted by Moveurasets
I can not use a AC unit or I would, This is a new piece of land with NOTHING on it, we are getting water and fence done for now, I am out of luck on electric for a while lol. Thanks for the help! What about this 1 ?? Electric Fence Charger MAG-12-SP for Electric Fence
Thats a .5 joule unit, would probably be perfect for you, just keep the fence line reasonably clear. weeds and a few branches here and there wont hurt it.
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