They are also ideal for
use in remote locations where no local power grid is available, such as
on cattle ranches. Solar powered electric fences can be used for a
variety of purposes, either to keep cattle or other livestock in your
field, or to keep other animals such as deer out of your field or
garden. Some solar powered electric fences can also be adapted for use
as a fence to keep your dog or other pet contained in your yard. Solar
powered fences can be purchased either online, or in many home and
garden or ranch/ farm supply stores.
Things to Consider Before
Purchasing a Solar Electric Fence
There are quite a few
things that you should know and take into consideration before deciding
to purchase a solar powered electric fence. This list is not
comprehensive so always read the instructions that come with your fence
before attempting installation.
You should never electrify
a barb wire fence, as it can cause serious
damage to any animal that comes in contact with the fence. Animals can
also become stuck in the fence which can possibly cause death as well.
It is necessary to take
into consideration the size of the animals that
you are wishing to keep either in or out with your fence. In general,
the larger the animal you wish to contain is means the thicker their
hide will be. This will help you determine how strong the electrical
charge in your fence should be, as it will require much more
electricity to keep a cow in your field than it would to keep a deer
off of your property.
It is also necessary to
take in mind the number of animals that will be in your field, as the
fence can lose its electricity much quicker if you have many cows
constantly touching it. Similarly, you don’t want to have too much
voltage in your fence to harm animals that come in contact with it.
Make sure you measure out
the size of the area that you wish to
electrify so you can ensure that your fence has adequate voltage. Most
solar electric fence kits come with a recommendation on the size of
field that they can be used for. If you don’t have enough voltage for
the entire length of your fence, then it can result in weak spots where
the fence is barely electrified.
You should clear
vegetation away from the fence as the fence will
slowly lose its charge if it is constantly in contact with plants. This
will slowly drain your battery and also lower the voltage of your
fence, especially in the areas closest to where the vegetation is in
contact with the fence wire.
Most solar powered
electric fence kits comes with electric fence wire,
fence charger, a solar panel, and a deep cycle marine
battery, all of which are designed to electrify a specific area. You
should not try to add on to the kit in any way as it has been built to
certain specifications. If you don’t think the kit will be strong
enough, you would be much better to purchase a larger sized kit to
ensure your fence has adequate charge.
Most solar powered fences
will last for several years at least, and
some of the more expensive models come with up to ten year full
replacements warranties. Although you may need to replace the battery
if you notice the fence starts losing its charge.
The majority of solar
fences on the market are extremely efficient at
keeping the battery and the fence itself fully charged. In fact, most
of them can keep the fence charged for a full eight weeks even if the
solar panel itself never receives any sunlight. This makes them quite
reliable so you can feel safe in knowing your fence will always stay
Keep in mind that dry soil
does not conduct electricity nearly as well
as more moist ground. So if you live in a more arid climate, you may
have to add more than the recommended amount of grounding rods to your
fence in order for it to function properly.
Pay close attention to
where you want to place the electric fence
charger. If you place it within fifty feet or an underground water
pipe, phone line, or power line then stray voltage may occur which
could damage people or animals that come near to the fence. This can
also decrease the voltage and thus the effectiveness of your electric
fence as well.
You should install your
electric fence charger at one end of your fence
on a well built mounting surface, while also ensuring that it is in
It is also necessary to
make sure that you install your electric fence
controller under cover to ensure that it is completely protected from
rain or other weather elements.
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