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Best solar charger? solar vs. electric

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  • Best solar charger? solar vs. electric

    It's a possibility that we'll have electric run, but if not we'll be doing solar. We live on a busy road so I'm looking for a solar charger that will knock you flat on your a$$. Is the Parmak Magnum 12 volt the one? I live in Indiana and though I've never had solar I would think we have enough light here even in winter... Is electric better than solar as a whole? Just curious about general opinions I guess.

  • #2
    I'm super interested in hearing feedback on this... we are having electric ran to our barn (since it's attached to our appartment!!) but I would be interested in getting solar panels to run the fans at least... know it's quite expensive but its something that I'd like to look into... down here in Florida... day light should not be a PROBLEM... any body have any input???
    Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!


    • #3
      My opinion is that it depends WHY you want a solar. If you think you will save money, not the case: a traditional charger uses so little electricity and replacing batteries is very expensive.
      If there is no electric available at all, then obviously a solar charger is the way to go.
      This info is helpful:
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      • #4
        Go with a mains-powered charger if at all possible! If not, select the biggest solar unit you can reasonable afford. Also, place the charger where it's not easy to steal!

        Download and print out this manual, and use it when you plan and install your fences. Pay particular attention to the grounding instructions around Page 4. The secret of any electric fence is proper grounding, especially if the soil conductivity in your area is poor, or your ground is subject to freezing.

        Too many people just throw up a fence without proper planning, then wonder why it works poorly, or not at all.
        The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
        Winston Churchill


        • #5
          Direct wired fencing to our barns was not an option for us for several reasons. All of our pastures run on the Parmak 12 v. We have never had a problem with any of the chargers (all of which are several years old) and we have lots of fencing!
          Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


          • #6
            I'm drooling over the Horse Power chargers that can have a solar panel added. The BIG one is, I think, called the Plainsman, and the smaller one is the Nomad. Both are 12 volt. FarmTek has them, but so do many other places.

            I also very much like anything made by a New Zealand electric fencing company. I've had two different small ones, one PEL and one Gallagher, and they last forever.
            "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
            Thread killer Extraordinaire


            • #7
              The question of what's the best charger gets asked here fairly often. There can only be one best and that's Stafix. Unfortunately being out of the class of all the others also puts it in another cost class of it's own.


              I've forgotten how many years ago we bought ours. It is one of the 110 volt ones but I expect their solar ones are just as good. It's charge has never weakened. Several years ago I saw a blue arc go over a gate during a lightning strike. I thought surely that was the end of it but it never missed a beat and hasn't since.


              • #8
                Premier 1 Supply has a good selection of chargers. I like them because they actually set up test pastures (they are in Iowa).
                Proud to have two Takaupa Gold line POAs!
                Takaupas Top Gold
                Gifts Black Gold Knight


                • #9
                  I LOVE my solar powered fence !

                  I have a good number of very intelligent jumpers who can disassemble/escape pretty much everything. They don't challenge my fence a bit -- very respectful and I have had them contained in the same large (30' x 90') tape paddocks connected to their stalls for 3 years now.

                  I use Horse Guard Bi-Polar tape and the Parmak Magnum 12 Solar powered charger. I have not had the first problem...other than the couple of times now that I have gotten zapped

                  I did a good deal of investigation and installed it all myself. Happy to answer any questions you have.


                  • #10
                    I've also been using a Parmak 12V chager for years and years and years. Haven't replaced a battery yet! Great purchase. But I would caution using electric fence only along roadways unless you use a fence type that is also very hard to break. Like the coated high tesile wire that has the electrified strips or the top quality electric braid with 3 or more strands. I've watched deer run thru several types of electric fencing and break it and they are a fraction of the weight of a typical horse. I use electric for cross fencing, along the top board of board fences and added to a high tensile fence that runs thru a wood lot. I don't care for plain high tensile fencing after seeing how it can cut up horse legs but out in the woods it has withstood many downed trees across the fence without breaking. So I added several strands of white electric tape to the fence line and so far it has been a safe and "forgiving" fence.



                    • #11
                      Stafix is one of those New Zealand Companies that make such fine electric fencing products. It's green, Gallagher is orange, and PEL is red. They are all super high quality.
                      "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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