Solar fence chargers are a
great way to power electric fences in any area where there is no
electricity readily available. They are the perfect solution for any
ranch or farm, although they can also be used to keep animals out of
your property as well. The majority of chargers for a solar
consist of a small box which contains a solar panel that charges the
built-in batteries to keep the fence electrified at all
There are many different
companies which manufacture solar powered fence chargers, but some of
these products are inferior and can break or stop functioning quite
The chargers listed below are some of the best ones available and fall
into a variety of price ranges to fit any budget or need.
Fi-Shock 2 Mile Solar
Powered Low Impedance Pet Deterrent Fence Energizer ESP2M-FS
Fi-Shock is one of the
industry’s most reputable manufacturers of solar fence chargers, and
the ESP2M-FS is no exception. This charger can generate enough
electricity to keep up
to two miles of fence electrified. Like all Fi-Shock
electric fence chargers, the ESP2M-FS is
a low impedance charger, meaning that there is less drain on the
battery. This allows up to one third more energy to be sent directly to
the fence wires, which can drastically increase the life of the
The low impedance
also compensate for loss of energy due to plants and other vegetation
coming into contact with the fence wires. One of the biggest advantages
of the Fi-Shock
solar electric fence charger is that the battery
can hold its charge for up
to two weeks, which ensures that your fence
will always remain electrified, even in the most overcast situations.
However, the battery itself also has a few disadvantages as
The biggest one
is that this product uses a four volt battery, which is almost
impossible to find a replacement for, meaning that you will probably
have to replace the entire unit when the battery finally fails.
Nonetheless, the four volt gel cell battery has quite a long life span,
and should last for around
four years, which is one of the longer life
spans of any solar electric fence charger.
This product can be used
with any type of electric fence wire, although it is designed primarily
for US applications due to the international differences in electric
fencing. When purchasing the Fi-Shock ESP2M-FS, you should expect to
around $120. That makes this charger one of the cheaper electric fence
chargers on the market. However, be aware of the limitations, as some
other similarly priced or slightly more expensive chargers can provide
energy to a much larger area or longer length of fence.
Parmak DF-SP-LI Solar Pak
6: Low Impedance 6v 25-Mile-Range Electric Fence
Parmak holds the
distinction of being the first company to manufacture solar powered
fence chargers, and is still far and away the leading manufacturer.
This particular charger is probably the best product on the market
based on its price and effectiveness. This charger can normally be
purchased for under $200, which is a great bargain considering that the
DF-SP-LI can generate
enough electricity to
charge twenty five
miles of electric fence.
Parmak claims that this
product can hold enough charge in its battery to keep your electric
fence running and hot for up
to 21 days. This makes this product far
and away the longest lasting solar fence charger on the market, and
many satisfied customers have reported that the charger can last for
even longer than Parmak specifies.
This charger is a little
quite a bit heavier than the Fi-Shock SS-440 so shipping costs may be
much higher if you are purchasing it online. Nonetheless, this
is worth every penny, and is overall the best solar fence charger in
it’s category. If you’re looking for a larger solar electric fence
charger, or something with a bit more power, then you should have a
look at some of the larger models that Parmak produces.
Parmak Magnum 12 Solar Pak
Low Impedance 12v 30 Mile Range Electric Fence
Magnum 12 is
more powerful, but also more expensive version of the six volt
chargers. The Magnum normally costs around $300, which is still a great
deal for the effectiveness of this electric fence charger. This product
has a built-in twelve volt battery, which allows it to provide more
However, this also means
that the battery takes more time to charge. Parmak states that you must
place the charger’s solar panel directly in the sun for five full days,
not including cloudy days, before you attempt to turn the charger on.
This will ensure that the battery is fully charged, and afterwards
your charger should never run out of juice, even in consistently
cloudy or overcast weather.
The Parmak Magnum can
electrify up to thirty
miles of electric fence, which is only a slight
improvement over the six volt models. However, the twelve volt battery
makes this charger more effective and more reliable than it’s six volt
counterparts. Another great advantage of the Parmak line of solar
powered fence chargers is that Parmak
also sells replacement batteries
for each of their products at quite a good price.
The six volt batteries
usually run around $35 and the twelve volt batteries cost around $60.
You should expect to have to replace the battery every few years
depending on your location and how often the fence’s electricity is
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