Electric fence question

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  1. ghost1

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    Greetings all. I have never used an electric fence before and a neighbor gave me a battery powered one that we are not sure works. Is there a way to test, IMG_2148[1].JPG other than grabbing the wire after installed? When I attach battery, the "fence ok" light only flickers and won't stay on. I have volt meter but get no reading. Thanks for any input.
     
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    Do you have it grounded?
     

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    No wiring attached. I am bench testing from positive and negative posts on unit.
     
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  4. Bearfootfarm

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    If you aren't careful an electric fence will blow the fuses in most volt meters.
    You can buy fence testers made for fences that will read the voltage.

    The light on the charger should pulse off and on if it's working properly and isn't an old style "always on" type.
     
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  5. ghost1

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    The light only comes on/ticks one time when battery power is applied, and will not illuminate/tick again unless battery is disconnected and then reconnected.
     
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    take a old spark plug and wire it to the wire posts, if it will jump the gap then most likely it works,
     
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  7. ghost1

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    Tried spark plug with negative results. Is a 6 volt lantern battery enough to do the job, and if not, what kind is used?
     
  8. nosqrls

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    It is a pulse type fencer. Less than 1 joule. so light comes on when it pulses. 5 mile or 10 mile of wire. Now zareba.
     
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    Thanks nosqrls. What kind of battery is used for this type of charger?
     
  10. ShannonR

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    Golfcart battery should do the job and keep your fence ticking for a long, long time
    Or an L-16
    An old Cat battery
    Motorcycle battery
    Ect.

    Now my question: How do you plan on recharging your 6v battery when it runs down?
     
  11. ghost1

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    I guess disconnect and put on charger. Using it to go around small garden.
     
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    Ok good. I highly advise you to not put it on a 12v charger, though. Make sure it's a compatible 6v charger.
     
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    apc 6v battery or 6v zareba battery work fine. and 6v solar charger.
     
  14. Bearfootfarm

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    It "should" work, but a normal car type battery would be better.
    You'd be better off to just buy a better charger that operates on 120 volt AC.
    It will be much more powerful.
     
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    in my thinking if it will not jump a 30 thousands, of a spark plug gap the fencer is not worth putting up. (I do not know what your trying to keep out or in), but most animals hoofs have some insulating ability, and if the ground is dry, it may not even tickle them, goats have an amazing ability to take a fencer charge and not notice it,

    I do not use any thing listed for less than a 30 mile fencer, and prefer the 50 mile units, I have not had good luck with lesser units,
     
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    Thanks to all for the info. Purchased a tester this morning and getting zero reading. He also gave me one that plugs into household current. I just didn't want to run the extension cords. I installed fence wire this morning and hooked it up and getting 2000 volts throughout the wire. Should this be enough to deter squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons ?
     
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    The voltage is high enough.

    Whether or not it will deter all those animals will depend on the wire spacing and number of wires as well as whether or not there are other ways for them to enter such as overhanging trees.

    As for running extension cords, you can keep the charger near your outlet and run more fence wire out to the fence itself.

    Sometimes you have to get creative with the routing to cross open areas.