October 31, 2011

Things to Consider When Selecting an Electric Fence Charger

Things to Consider When Selecting an Electric Fence Charger

The Right Fence Charger is Essential to Effectively Contain Your Cows, Cattle, Horses and Other Livestock

Selecting a fence charger can be confusing, however, if you keep in mind a few basic components, you will be able to choose the best fence charger to effectively and consistently contain your cows, horses and other livestock.

* Power Source – determine the power source that will be used to provide the energy necessary to operate your fence charger.
* Livestock – the size of the animals being contained will determine which model of fence charger will be the most effective to adequately power your electric fence. The larger the cow or cattle the more power is necessary.
* Area – The size of the area to be enclosed also has a bearing on selecting the appropriate fence charger.
* Ground Conditions – Selecting the area to enclose with an electric fence is also important. When using a solar-powered fence charger, make sure a portion of the fenced area is exposed to the sun for at least 4 to 6 hours each day on average. Weeds and vegetation growth also impact the ability of your fence charger to effectively contain cows and cattle by providing a pulse of electrical shock. Selecting a fence charger that offers Ultra low impedance technology may offer the best solution for areas with heavy weed cover.

There are Three Basic Power Source Options to Choose From When Selecting the Proper Fence Charger

* Plug-in. The most consistent, effective and cost effective power source is a 110V plug-in outlet. If the fenced area is close enough to access an electrical outlet, you will want to consider a plug-in fence charger. The Power Wizard plug-in electric fence charger models are available in a wide range of power sizes up to 2,400 acres.
* Battery-operated. If the fenced area is away from easy access to an electric source, but close enough for frequent monitoring, battery-operated fence chargers offer a viable solution. Keep in mind that battery-operated fence chargers require frequent battery changes, in some cases on a weekly basis. It is recommended that when using a battery-operated fence charger, you have at least one back up, rechargeable 12V battery to ensure consistent electrical current throughout the length of the fence. When using a battery-operated fence charger, you will also need to check the power levels more frequently than with a plug-in model. Battery-operated fence chargers will effectively provide an electrical current for fenced areas up to 200 acres.
* Solar-powered. The solar powered models offer consistent electrical power for remote fenced areas without the same continual maintenance of a battery-operated fence charger. Solar-powered fence chargers are an effective solution for remote fenced areas. Place the solar-powered fence charger on a section of the fence that receives 4-6 hours of sunlight each day and won't be damaged by curious livestock. Solar-powered fence chargers store energy from the sun to provide an electrical current throughout the fenced area, even over a series of cloudy days, without needing an alternate source of power. Although somewhat more expensive than a battery-operated fence charger, the solar-powered fence chargers are more ecologically-friendly and will provide effective electrical current for fenced areas up to 100 acres.

Once you have determined the power source for your fence charger, you will need to consider the types and sizes of the horses, cows, pigs, and other animals that will be corralled in the pasture.

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Thank you to Power Wizard for sharing the great information on fence chargers

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