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Most Recent Customer Reviews
- 5 Item(s)
Review RateOkay Product, Needs an amperage draw alert as well
This is a decent product. It does what it says it will do. It probably will work a lot better for a smaller energizer only powering a few miles of fence. Any short on a small energizer will cause the voltage at energizer to fall enough to trigger an alert from the alarm. With a large energizer, 36 Joule output, on a large fencing system, 5+ miles of multi-wire fence, it will pick up a voltage drop near the energizer, say a few hundred yards, fine. The problem arises on a large system with multiple branches. I can fault the fence out say halfway down the fence, and the energizer will continue to put out the same amount of voltage at the beginning of the fence. Meanwhile, I may have a mile of fence that has no voltage. Again, the product is doing what it says it will do, but in my opinion, voltage is only part of the equation. Amperage draw is a more important metric in measuring how strong the electric fencing system is. The engineers should have included an amperage draw readout for the alarm as well. For example, on my larger fences, I may have an amperage draw of 25 at the beginning of the fence with a voltage of 8,500 V. That is when there are no faults and the fence is fine. I can fault the fence out about halfway down the fence and my voltage may drop to 8,300 V at the beginning of the fence, but my amperage draw will increase to 50. This increase in the amperage draw indicates that there is a fault somewhere on the fence even though the voltage is still fine. So, if the alarm should have two alert criteria. The first one should be for a voltage drop like it is currently set up. The second one should be for the amperage draw. Then this would be a 5 star product. As it is, it only tells half the story of what is happening on the fence, so it only gets half the stars in my review. It does work well to tell me if I have a blown fuse, so I will keep on using it. In fact, I ordered three of them, so these alarms do serve a purpose.Response From Zareba®Lauren : Consumer Relations Representative
Thank you for taking the time to share this valuable feedback. We appreciate these detailed comments of your experience and have shared these suggestions with our Product Manager for review. Please feel free to contact us at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) with any additional questions.
Review RateWorth the money with daily cattle moves
Works great so far. On a day that started out sunny then turned to rain I kept getting alerts as the rain got heavier where the weed pressure with added moisture kept lowering the output. Moved the poly wire a bit to where the cattle had grazed already with no weeds and the voltage went back up. Even with horrible cell coverage here it has still worked every time via text message. My only complaint would be that if you set multiple people up to be able to turn the fence off and on then they also get all the alerts as well. My wife (who may need to turn the fence off if I am away) will be at her job while I’m moving cows and it texts her as well that the fence is being turned off and on with no way to change that setting.
Review RateWorth the money
I have had this for about a year now. I love being able to turn off the fence from my phone when I need to get through if I am on the far side of the field. We also just had an incidident at 8:40 pm at night and it’s been raining all day. Got a message that we had a rapid drop in voltage. Ran out to see a huge tree branch on the fence. Was able to get it clear within 20 minutes and now have no worries. We were lucky to be home but if we were not we could have had a neighbor go check it out.
Review RateGood product works -- however they do not disclose the limited messages
Good product. Had issue with activating. The first year is provided free with a limited number text messages. Less than 1 per day. Additional 200 message cost extra. The free cod is not on the manual -- but on a small tag on the box.Response From Zareba®Jennifer : Consumer Relations Representative
Glad to hear you’re happy with the Intelligizer, Radarman!
The number of text messages on the yearly plan is approximately 240 messages. With weekly updates on and messages for regular fence maintenance, we calculated this size plan to fit most users while keeping overall cell plan costs very low. If you exceed the 240 messages on the plan, 100 additional messages can be added for just $5.
Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) with any additional questions.
Very easy to setup and use. I don't worry about the fence any more as it tells me when an issue occurs. I also look forward to using the remote on off feature when working on a distant part of the fence. Best value product in this category.