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  1. #1
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    Default Recommendations for Electric Fence Chargers

    I need to buy a new electric fence charger and prefer the electric powered chargers. Which chargers would you recommend (prefer not to pay over $150)? I have have six acres with multiple paddock areas and connections I use.



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    I've had great luck with Zareba chargers. Buy more distance than you need, and make sure you use at least three ground rods for best effect.
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    Tks! Picked a 25 miler up at TSC. Was on sale for $79.00. All hooked up and working full power at 7,000V.



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    We have had very good luck with Patriot Fencers. They can be hooked to a car battery or plugged into an electrical outlet. They come with the two different hook-ups.



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    Vote number two for Zareba. I have both a battery one and a direct powered one. They both work GREAT! Oh and spend the extra money and get a Storm Guard. I went through two of them in one summer, but cheaper than a new fencer.
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    I have had the best luck with Parmak solar chargers. One is 12 years old and still working just fine - been outside all year in NH and works well even if we've had a couple of cloudy days. They are expensive, but I tried the other brands and they ended up getting replaced within a couple of years.



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    I have been having a lot of problems with Zareba solar chargers failing. Is this just something typical for a solar charger, or is it specific to Zareba? In general, would I be better off figuring out how to run a long extension cord out to the charger or are there any solar chargers that actually can last an entire season out there?

    *** Ooops, edited to note that the poster above me has had good luck with Parmak, although I don't know if they are available in Iowa. I'll have to check. Any other good brands?



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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2H1D View Post
    I have been having a lot of problems with Zareba solar chargers failing. Is this just something typical for a solar charger, or is it specific to Zareba? In general, would I be better off figuring out how to run a long extension cord out to the charger or are there any solar chargers that actually can last an entire season out there?

    *** Ooops, edited to note that the poster above me has had good luck with Parmak, although I don't know if they are available in Iowa. I'll have to check. Any other good brands?
    I have had issues with the solar powered Zareba failing prematurely early too...although, they all fail eventually. Zareba also seems underpowered compared to some of the others for the range and size that they list.

    Southern States brand (they still come in a metal box and are all solid state) works great too (I actually think they are Parmak). I have heard great things about Patriot and have one -but it is plug in, not solar though. We keep about five boxes going all the time- so we have a few around...

    Storm guards are not going to do anything with a real hit of lightening... we have bad lightening here and one good hit and they are out (been there, done that).
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