For my current setup I have made the following decisions:
- Solar fence charger. I do not have easy access to electricity at the site and don't want to fool with changing batteries.
- I want to use t-posts instead of wooden posts for ease of installation.
- I don't have to be perfect or fancy. If it works good and is sturdy enough for the job then it's good enough for me.
- Bears are pretty immune to electric fences unless you get them on the nose or mouth so this fence will be baited with bacon or peanut butter to entice a little lick from our furry friends. Therefore, I don't need the best solar charger. I did go with one that's about middle of the road as I didn't want a real weak one either.
I used Zareba's planning tool for my initial planning. My local Tractor Supply Company sells Zareba chargers so I thought it made sense to go with them. Their planning tool was very helpful especially when it came to little accessories. I would have forgotten to get clamps for my ground rods and things like that if I had not used this tool.
The Zareba tool gave me the following supply list:
- Fence Controller - SP3 was recommended but I went with the SP10 for some extra pop.
- T-Posts - I have eight. Seven for the fence and I put the controller on a seperate post.
- Corner and Line Insulaters - I used the same insulators for both. They stick out 2" and cleared the corners just fine.
- Jumper clamps - clamps to patch the controller to each line.
- Grounding rod and clamp - I got a copper rod 4' long and an appropriate clamp.
- Wire - I need 400'. Bought 1/4 mile as this was the least there was. Plain, high-tensile.
- Gate kits for t-posts - bought three sets of these
- Gate handles - basic rubber gate handles
- Voltage tester - bought the cheap tester. Was curious how many volts I would be pushing on such a short fence.
That's it for part one. For part two I'll start the installation and will have pictures. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to link to this article and leave any appropriate feedback. Thanks!