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  1. #1
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    Question Electricity use from fence charger?

    We moved to our place last fall and are still settling in. My non-horsey husband asked me a question that I can't answer, so I figured someone here might know. I did a search and didn't really see this addressed.

    First question - He wants to know how much power ($$) the fence charger uses. I have a Parmak Mark 8.
    http://www.baygard.com/product_details.php?PId=7

    It currently is hooked to the top row of Horse Guard on my sacrifice paddock and my friend's cross fence (about 150' - 3 strands of tape). I just got a new shipment of Horse Guard to fence the next turnout. This one wil be bigger, about 600' of three strands.

    Second question - Will it use more electricity when we put up more fencing or does the charger use the same no matter how much is hooked to it?

    I am guessing that it doesn't pull much electricity, probably less than the arena lights, but it is on all the time, which the lights aren't.

    I have plans for a few more turnouts and perimeter fencing. I'm guessing maybe 5 times what will be up after this next turnout.
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    Read he link you posted. Less than 7 cent per month.



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    Mine costs about $7.00/month.



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    That's pretty much what I thought. I did see that on the Parmak link ... after I posted, of course.

    So does it use more electricity with more hooked to it, or is it always constant? That's just curiosity really, as it seems that the cost isn't really a factor.
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    The far end of my 60 acre farm has a separate transformer and meter for the run in sheds lights and plugs for tank heaters, etc. -- which I only use as needed.

    The only thing that is on year-round is the fence charger for the stallion field.

    So my bill comes on a separate electric bill than the rest of the farm. Most of the year, when I don't need to use other lights and electric down there, the bill runs around $11/month -- of which I estimate $7 would the constant service to the fence charger.
    Very minimal cost.



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    Looks like their estimate is a bit low, but still only pennies per day.

    http://www.pasturepro.com/blog/2010/...fence-charger/



  7. #7
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    Indeed...stock tank heaters, otoh, really pull some power. But thank goodness, relatively speaking our winters are pretty short. I only have to use them from around Nov - Feb or so and even then not every night. (I unplug during the day when it is above freezing, and that saves a lot.)



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