A solar fence charger sounds like a pretty good use of solar power.
After all, an electric fence is sitting outside in the sun all day so why shouldn’t it be getting charged up with solar power?
Also, since a fence can be quite a distance from any power lines, you can save a lot of money by not having to run wire all that way.
On top of that, a solar powered fence charger will ensure that a power outage won’t cut off electricity to your fence like it did to the T-Rex enclosure in Jurassic Park.
Don’t worry though, using solar power to keep an electric fence charged is a great idea even if you don’t have any dinosaurs.
In fact, it’s a perfect example of a solar application that can very quickly provide a good return on time and money invested.
Before you hear any more about how great a solar powered electric fence is, however, why don’t we address a couple of worries you may have.
The first thing you might be wondering about is whether a solar panel can provide enough power to charge up a fence around a long perimeter.
The answer to this is a resounding ‘Yes’. Commonly available solar chargers are able to charge up to thirty miles of fence.
Maybe you’re also wondering about what happens if you get a few days of cloudy weather. Will your fence lose power and allow your animals to roam the fields looking for fun and adventure?
No, you probably don’t need to worry about that. A charged battery will keep your fence electrified for up to three weeks of sunless weather. This should be enough to handle anyone’s needs.
Another thing that might be on your mind is whether using solar power will involve a complicated set up.
Allow me to put your mind at ease, gentle reader. Setting up a solar powered electric fence couldn’t be easier. It boils down to attaching two wires and pointing the solar panel toward the sun.
I’m going to guess that another concern you have is whether a solar fence charger can hold up against the elements. After all, it will be out there in the blistering sun and the frigid winter snow.
I think we have you covered in the durability department too. Most solar powered fence chargers and batteries are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of one or two years.
On top of this, however, brands like Parmak offer lifetime warranties that cover their special steel housings against rust. Any unit that rusts will be replaced free of charge.
Hopefully we have now put to rest any concerns you may have had about purchasing a solar powered electric fence charger.
Now let’s move on to a couple of tips that might help you out with your new charger.
- Make sure the solar panel has unrestricted access to sunshine.
- Ensure that the unit is well grounded.
- Make sure the voltage is suitable for the length of fence and the type of animal.
- For convenience, consider purchasing a pre-packaged solar fence charger kit containing fencing, solar panel, charger, and battery.
Hopefully this is enough information to get you started in electrifying your fence with the power of the sun.