So I got a GREAT fence charger that works off of 4 D batteries. Zareba 10 mile fence charger. Anywho, I used it after giving up on the solar deal and boy did my dogs regret that! I needed to fire up two strands that enclose about an acre. Needless to say, it did the trick. No one is trying to touch that fence anymore! The good thing about it is that the battery pack is enclosed - whereas if you use a traditional battery charged one, I believe you have to keep it out of the weather. Good luck.
Mine is a Gallagher B60.....does up to 40 acres, works on battery (I have Megatron 6 cell deep cycle 12 volt RV/Marine battery that runs this for about 45 days and recharges in a couple hours). The info on the back says that if in very dry country conditions the acreage given can be up to triple the amount the charger is rated for....it bites! doing about 20 acres (have this around the boys on the far side of the road....don't have the girls side done yet).
I'm confused - if in dry conditions it can cover MORE acreage?
So could I keep 2 batteries, 1 on a trickle charger, and just swap back and forth? How long can those types of batteries be charged (ie do they have a lifespan of about 2 years of recharging every 45 days)?
Or I suppose I could keep the solar charger and just turn that on when I'm re-charging the other battery.
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Yes, I think that is the one. Ours has a high and low power setting also. I'm not sure if there are stronger ones than that or not but that is the same brand we have. It has been very reliable and is several years old.
Hi I am not sure what Zareba one I have except that it has two settings (high and low). It worked for I would say 4 months on the batteries and then I just turned the thing off because they learned their lesson. I had it on the "high" setting for four months. If weather is not an issue, I would get the battery if it is overall cheaper. I have a "pro feeder" (for feeding my horse) on a lawn mower battery and I have one to swap out when the first one gets low. That battery was about $35. I keep it out of the weather.
Get a Gallagher. I bought the best Zareba as a replacement when one of our others got zapped by lightning. It put out less than half the voltage. When I replaced it with a Gallagher the voltage went right back to where it was before.