How Solar Electric Fences Works
Electric fencing is something that many farms and large businesses will use to contain livestock and to keep thieves away. It is more efficient than the traditional fencing because it cannot easily be broken down or jumped over. It is also much safer for the livestock then the wire fencing which could cut them.
The only problem that people have had is with the amount of money they have to pay in keeping it up each month. That is why many people will switch it out with a solar electric fence. This uses a solar charger or panels that will use the sunlight to power the electric current through the fence.
When you are installing the solar electric fence you will need ground posts, wire or mesh, solar batteries, and a solar electric fence panel. The charger has to be facing towards the south where it will receive the most amount of sunlight throughout the day.
When the charger has been connected to the proper unit and the wired fence the sun will start giving it the energy needed to convert it into power. The energy will then travel to the solar paneled battery unit.
Anytime an animal runs into the fence they will receive a shock that is strong enough to penetrate their thick skin – but not enough to cause them damage. The charger will take twenty four hours to charge up after being installed. Make sure that you check the voltage power on the fence using an electric fence tester. You do not want it to be too strong or weak.
You have to have enough of the ground rods in the earth to make sure that there is enough power. Try to install at least three grounds rods that are six feet long. They must be galvanized and then connected using ground clamps. This will allow the electricity to come back the to charger and back into the ground.
If the rods have not been grounded properly the shock will be too weak for the animals to take notice of it. Also make sure that you do not use more then one type of metal. If you try to attach copper wires to a steel rod then the metals will corrode and weaken the shock.