Is there a decent solar fence charger for around $100?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Peruvian, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought some used Kencove electric netting (164') and am now in the market for a solar fence charger. I'd rather not drop $175 or more and wonder if there are any ones that deliver .25 joules that run $100 or so that folks recommend. Brand names, model numbers, and links are much appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I did a google, but all I found was batter operated ones less then $100 -
     
  3. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anyone tell me if the Fi-Shock SS-440 will energize 164' of net? The guy at Agway said that it will light up 3 rolls that length but then I read on line that it's not strong enough. This is for predator control only.
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    If they have a return policy you could hook it up and test it... somehow... safely...
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    It will "energize:" it.

    The question is will it be ENOUGH energy.
    It doesn't take much power to deter most predators IF the fence is installed correctly and has a GOOD ground

    Solar chargers tend to be very weak compared to AC chargers, and if you don't want to spend a lot of maney, and cannot use grid power, you really don't have a lot of options

    The "guy at Agway" doesn't necessarily know anything about chargers, other than he wants to sell you one
     
  6. 3 NH reds

    3 NH reds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got one last year it is a Zareba SP 3B and it has plenty of kick. it was around $120 and all well worth it. If this is well grounded to the earth and insulted as the owner's manual states it has PLENTY OF KICK.[​IMG]My Labs were the 1st to learrn to stay away from the new chickens, a loud snap of power and a dog running was the proof. I forgot one day and touched the run and brushed the electric wire and [​IMG].
     
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  7. Peruvian

    Peruvian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the replies. The Agway guy said that the manufacturer of the fencing (Gallagher in their case) told him a 3 mile charger is fine and a 5 miler can run several fences.

    Thanks for the 'real world' reply 3 NH reds. It sounds like it's worth a shot.
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I have a Fi-Shock SS-440 4V solar charger and am hooking it up to Electrostop mesh fencing today, 164 ft.....I'll let you know how much kick it has. I've used it previously on regular poly wire around the same amount of space and it has good zappage.

    One thing to remember about these smaller solar chargers~I've never had a larger one than this~if it gets ground from high weeds, touching your coops, etc. it will drain all the power it has stored in a very short time. I'd test daily with a fence tester, just to see....once they walk through that fence when there's no charge, it is more difficult to use it as a deterrent when there is full charge.
     

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