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post #1 of 7 Old 03-08-2013, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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I just have a quick question. I have been looking and looking but I can't find the answer. How far should the wire to connect the charger to the fence be? Thanks for your help!!
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It can be any length. I've had the charger in the barn and run over 150' of wire up and over the driveway to the pen.
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I use solar and it sits next to the fence.

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I just have a quick question. I have been looking and looking but I can't find the answer. How far should the wire to connect the charger to the fence be? Thanks for your help!!
I am guessing you are trying to ask how many feet or miles of wire you can attach to your electric fence source?

Well, it depends on the output charge of your source. There should be some sort of voltage label and some sort of "covers X miles" on the source.

You have to properly match your electric fence source to the amount of feet or miles of fenceline you want to cover, or else there won't be any "bite" left at the end of the line.

Or..... are you asking if your source needs to be right next to your fence, or can be across the yard? Again, it doesn't matter how far away your source is from your actual fencing, but you need to make sure there is enough juice in your source to fully travel the entire length of your electric fence you have set up.

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Thanks for all your help!! This is our first time putting up an electric fence and we just want to make sure we do everything right!
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post #6 of 7 Old 03-08-2013, 03:18 PM
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Run out wire can be any length - the most important thing about setting up e fencing is to have a good earth. I have a length of angle iron about 12 feet in length driven into the ground (not by me but by the bucket of a digger!) This is a fencer that runs off the mains and brother, touch that and it makes your hair curl!
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-08-2013, 07:22 PM
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common mistake is for people to buy dinky cheap charger, and not have a decent ground. go to tractor supply or other websight, you want a charger that will work through brush and wet weeds. Chargers are rated in joules, make sure yours is at least 1 joule , 2 is better if you have much land and the entire fence line isnt perfectly clear. A 2 joule chargers works pretty good. Then get the long copper ground rod kit and drive it into the ground with a Tpost wacker.
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