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    Default Solar powered fence charger

    Looking for a solar powered fence charger I can move around the pasture when I put up temporary partitions during grazing season. Only need to charge about a mile of line, I'll be using wire rope, maybe some tape. Anyone have any brands they've been happy with, or suggestions on features, what to avoid, etc? tnx
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    We've got a Parmak model 12, no troubles with it for about 2 1/2 years now.
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    This is what I use.

    I forgot to unhook this past winter and checked on it the other day - no issues and fully charged.

    Easy to connect, use etc.

    http://www.princessauto.com/hlr-syst...30/2430083.jpg
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd_E View Post
    This appears to be battery powered, no solar recharge. Are you saying it was charging a fence all winter and was still charged the following year? Maybe I don't need a solar charger, I wouldn't mind charging a battery once or twice a year.
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    Sorry - wrong one.

    The one I have is solar.

    6V DC Solar-Pak Fence Energizer | Princess Auto

    It remained outside in the snow/rain and cold and was charged(needle went beyond the green zone in the meter) when I turned it on.

    A buddy has the same manufacturer but his is 12v and charges a car battery but it didn't hold a charge well when the wire got grounded. When the needle goes in the red you know something is grounding out the unit. I used mine last year to fence in two pigs. When feeding I would check meter and correct fence line problems/grounding if need be. After correcting, the needle would go back into the green - worst case - needle would be in middle of green zone. Even with a few cloudy days it would work/charge. I put it on a post with s'east direction as recommended in the instructions.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Lloyd_E; 04-16-2012 at 06:01 PM.
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd_E View Post
    Sorry - wrong one.

    The one I have is solar.

    6V DC Solar-Pak Fence Energizer | Princess Auto
    Thanks, looks like parmak is popular brand, the other poster also has one.
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    I also would recommend a Parmak solar pac #6 or #12.

    Electric Fence Chargers Solar-Powered for Electric Fence

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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd_E View Post
    A buddy has the same manufacturer but his is 12v and charges a car battery but it didn't hold a charge well when the wire got grounded. When the needle goes in the red you know something is grounding out the unit. I used mine last year to fence in two pigs. When feeding I would check meter and correct fence line problems/grounding if need be. After correcting the needle would go back into the green - worst case - needle would be in middle of green zone.
    Yes that meter does serve a purpose. If I let the grass and weeds get tall enough to touch the fence, and there's a dewey morning, the meter will drop into the yellow or red letting you know something's not right.

    Ours is on 24/7/365.
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    Default Re: Solar powered fence charger

    Quote Originally Posted by mjw357 View Post
    Yes that meter does serve a purpose. If I let the grass and weeds get tall enough to touch the fence, and there's a dewey morning, the meter will drop into the yellow or red letting you know something's not right.

    Ours is on 24/7/365.
    Correct. I used my whipper-snipper to keep the grass down and would removed branches and rocks that the pigs would push onto the lower strand of wire. Clever them pigs!
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