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Exploring the Different Types of Electric Fence Energisers

By on Last modified: December 10, 2018

Considering the fact that they provide the source for the electric current that flows through the fence wire, we can easily say that fence chargers are the heart of the fence system. Also known as “energizers” or “fencers”, they vary according to the current they output and their power source. The size of the fence charger you need is dependant on your fencing needs, which are determined by four factors – the length of the fence, the number of wires it has, the type of animal that’s being excluded or contained, and the power source (Solar, AC or DC). In today’s blog post, we will talk about the different fence energizers depending on their power source, specifically. Let’s get to work.

Solar-Powered

Starting off with the best and the most environmentally-friendly, the solar powered electric fence energiser is ideal for fences in remote locations which are not near an AC outlet or some other power source. They need a continuous output in order to be powered and remain “hot” at all times. They are quite lightweight and easy to transport, which makes them the perfect choice for rotational or strip grazing systems. A solar powered electric fence energiser contains a battery which stores the energy. This device operates in a way that the solar panel collects the energy from the sun and charges the battery. Lead acid batteries are usually used for these chargers and they typically last about 1000 days of charging or about 3 years. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to have backup gel-cell solar batteries and trickle chargers if you want to ensure there is continuous power for your fence.

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AC-Powered

Thanks to their connection to the electricity grid, AC-powered fence chargers are one of the most popular choices – they are the ideal option if you have a reliable source of 110-volt electrical power. They are very reliable, and regardless of the stresses that the fence encounters, there will be still juice running through them. There is a range of electric fence controllers that are available for distances up to 200 miles. They are also very convenient to use – just plug the energizer in and it will send an instant flow of power through your fence.

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DC-Powered (Battery-Operated)

These fence chargers are perfect for remote locations and areas that do not have access to AC power. They use a variety of batteries, such as the standard 12-volt, 6-volt, 4-volt or D-cell. Typically, bigger batteries can last much longer and create more volts. When shopping, keep in mind that you will need to buy batteries separately from the charger – some batteries can be recharged over and over again, while others have to be replaced.