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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jazzpurr, May 21, 2008.
Anyone have experience with solar powered electric fencing?
How about a link to a web page?
I have and they work very well! Sorry, don't have a link. They are considerably more expensive but they last a long time and need no maintenance.
A good place to start is afence.com There they will tell you what you need and how to install it. They sell all the stuff you will need, but are more than willing to just help you.m Have all the how to pages for the best price, FREE. I would not be without an electric fence, mine is not solar. When the bear touches it the nieghbors a mile away can hear it bellow.
Solar chargers are awfully expensive, compared to battery-powered; also, they are mostly in the very weak to moderate strength range so they will not be appropriate for all applications.
Even apart from the significantly higher initial purchase price, they are NOT cost-free --- you will need to replace the battery periodically, after something like several years if your fence is very carefully maintained, but more frequently if you EVER let the fence ground out and the battery gets all the way drained. (With a bum battery, the fence will only work during daylight and evening hours). The battery for my solar powered unit is like $40 a pop, dunno about other makes/models.
Frankly, your best bet is plugging into wall current if it's an option (i.e. if you have 120 v running close enough to your fence and have a place to put the charger where it'll be out of the weather but it won't burn down your house or barn if it catches fire from a lightning strike.
If you can't use wall current, then a battery powered unit really makes the most sense in most cases. Solar tends to be weaker and more expensive. But if you just *want* a solar powered unit, and it's strong enough for your needs, then there is no particular reason to avoid it. As you have probably detected, I have one myself