Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jbear1 Unit may work on frogs
Have had one of these chargers for a couple of years. For the money...better to buy a good BB gun. We raise goats, also have Golden Retrievers. this charger has no meaning to any of them...unless they lick it ! Running roughly 1/2 miles of fence, have 8 ground rods with two line's dedicated to just ground by the total length of fence...that would be 2 strands at primary level of contact plus ground wire above and below the 2 hot wires. Fence wire...14ga. steel...new this year as well. The actual ground itself is not dry...3 feet down your in very wet conditions...not gonna get any better then that ! From what we have dealt with...minimum 2 joules would possibly be enough, will know in a couple of weeks as are putting in just that.
May 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tbull So far it's great
I haven't had mine a great long time, but it keeps cows that we're getting out to stay in. Only took one encounter and that was it. Like it so much I bought a second one for our other property. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
July 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by beadlady An Awesome Charger
This is the second Zareba solar charger I've purchased in 20 years! The one I replaced was very dependable & taught my horses to respect the fence (I've been shocked a few times in the last 20 years & it doesn't feel too good - lol). I had to replace the solar battery once, the only reason I had to replace the charger is because the fence post it was mounted on rotted (I didn't notice till it was too late), & fell during high winds breaking the solar panel; otherwise I'd still be using it! To those new to using a SOLAR charger - it is powered by the SUN people! I don't know why anyone would use a car charger & frankly I don't see how you could even hook it up to one!
I just got this new one today but I'm sure it'll be as good as the last one just got to let it charge IN THE SUN for a couple of days. Thankfully the horses don't realize yet the fence is off - ha ha. Hope this helps anyone who's worried about spending the $ - it's worth every penny!
August 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dave It actually works!
Easily installed about a month ago and working perfectly. I ran a five strand fence around my backyard, flower gardens, vegetable garden and orchard and have been using a marine battery to electrify my fence. ( about 200 yes by 5 strands = 1000 yes ) . I charged the solar battery for 2 days then activated fence. It has been purring along since then. No more manhandling a heavy marine battery I hope. The solar battery seems to keep an adequate charge even through some relatively cloudy days. A young deer stuck his nose on the fence a couple of evenings ago and leaped up and back about 10 feet. I doubt he will try it again. Thank you!
September 21, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by NedM OK but...
The unit came in a sealed plastic box. The instructions enclosed were for the AC unit and had no instructions for the solar version. The unit itself stated the battery must be charged befor use so I pluged it into my auto charger overnight. Meanwhile I looked online for a manual and found one which stated that using an auto charger will damage the battery. Thanks, guys. We'll see how long the battery lasts.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cowgirl J Works fine
I now own three of these chargers and have been using two of them since April. So far they produce good, consistent power. I am attaching them to polywire with step in posts. They are each charging a half-mile. The horses and cows are very respectful. I do wish they came with connectors as other chargers do. I really had to improvise when I got the first two and found no connectors included.
September 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cowboy Great Charger
Both my third fence charger about a month ago, best chargers on the market.
July 28, 2015