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Try These Solar Fence Chargers for your Ranch or Farm

If you live on a ranch or breed livestock, odds are you have an electric fence. Now it is possible to use solar fence chargers to keep your electric fence fully charged and running.

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 electric fence consist of a small box which contains a solar panel that charges the built-in batteries to keep the fence electrified at all times.  

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 easily. 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 battery. 

fishockThe low impedance chargers 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 ESP2M-FS 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 well.

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 pay 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 Charger

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 Parmak 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 larger, and 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 product 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 Charger 

parmak12The Parmak Magnum 12 is a 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 power. 

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 discharged.

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