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Controlling livestock in a location without access to AC power is easy with the Zareba 5 Mile Solar Fence Charger.
The Zareba 5 Mile Solar Fence Charger powers up to 5 miles of fence and can be used with the following fence types: steel/aluminum, poly wire/poly rope and poly tape. Made in the USA, the solar panel features compartmental damage-resistant construction.
Low impedance technology allows for less battery drain and intuitive technology resists shorts when the fence is in contact with weeds.
At A Glance: Patented 360° rotation allows charger to rotate on T-Post to face the sun Powers up to 5 miles of fence using a sun charged battery Input Voltage: 6 VDC Output Voltage: 8.6 KV +/- 20% open circuit voltage Can be used with steel, aluminum, poly wire, poly rope, and poly tape. Low-impedance technology allows for less battery drain Resists shorts when the fence is in contact with weeds Includes a 1-year limited warranty including damage caused by lightning Made in the USA
Fence Charger Expert Tips:
The fence charger is the heart of your electric fence system. Consider the following factors to ensure you buy the right fence charger to meet your needs: Power source for your fence charger Type of fence line Area of fence and number of wire strands Weed conditions Type of animal controlled
Zareba 2 Mile Solar Charger
Model: ESP2M-Z Powers up to 2 miles of fence Input Voltage: 4 VDC Output Voltage: 8 KV 1-year limited warranty
Zareba 3 Mile Solar Charger
Model: SP3 Powers up to 3 miles of fence Input Voltage: 6 VDC Output Voltage: 7.2 KV 1-year limited warranty
Zareba 5 Mile Solar Charger
Model: ESP5M-Z Rotates 360° on T-Post Powers up to 5 miles of fence Input Voltage: 6 VDC Output Voltage: 8.6 KV 1-year limited warranty
Zareba 10 Mile Solar Charger
Model: ESP10M-Z Powers up to 10 miles of fence Input Voltage: 6 VDC Output Voltage: 7.5 KV 1-year limited warranty
Zareba 30 Mile Solar Charger
Model: ESP30M-Z Powers up to 30 miles of fence Input Voltage: 12 VDC Output Voltage: 7.8 KV 2-year limited warranty Voltage Minimum Requirements Animal Minimum recommended voltage on fence line* Fence Recommendations Animal Minimum recommended voltage on fence line* Fence Recommendations Deer/Exotics
4000 – 5000+ volts 6'+ tall to keep out deer, high visibility, minimum 7 strands Horses
2000 – 3000 volts White 2" poly tape or high tensile wire recommended, 3-5 strands Sheep/Goats
4000 – 5000+ volts Difficult to confine, 4-6 strands Pigs
2000+ volts To deter from rooting, use 3-4 wires starting 6" from ground Predators
4000 – 5000+ volts Wires spaced 6-8" apart, high output shock value Nuisance pests
1000 – 2000 volts Smaller animals require closer wire spacing Bulls/Bison
3000 – 4000+ volts Extra shock needed to control a determined bull, 4 strands minimum Pets
700 – 1000 volts 3-4 wires, starting 6" from ground Cows
2000 – 3000 volts If docile with plenty of pasture, 1-3 strands Poultry
500 – 900 volts Anti-Roost device on commercial poultry feeding systems *Zareba Systems voltage testers can help you determine if you have adequate voltage on your fence line.
Testing Your Fence
To ensure your fence is operating properly, and your animals are contained safely, it is important to test your fence regularly. Using a Zareba Systems Electric Fence Tester you can measure fence line and fence charger voltage.
Lightning And Power Surge Protection
Lightning is often the cause of fence charger failure. To prolong the life of your charger consider the following: Disconnect the charger from the power source when storms are near Install a lightning diverter/arrestor to divert lightning to the earth Use a lightning choke to dissipate power surges caused by lightning