Zareba® 25 Mile AC Powered Charger
- Product Review (submitted on March 24, 2019):
FARMER / ENGINEER / CERT. DOG TRAINER: I would like to give you the perspective you're looking for when shopping for this energizer. *NOTE*Joules measure the amount of energy for a system, felt as the 'zap, crank, hit, zing, ouch, or shock' a fence gives off. Energizers within a brand usually show a measurement, but be careful comparing brands as they use different methods for their measurements. *Note* No injury, flesh-burn, fire, or damage of any kind has ever occurred at my farm due to an energized fence line. Don't fear these wires as if they were "electrical wiring" carrying LOAD, like then ones in your home. These e-fencing lines have LOW AMPS and are much safer. I have owned 2 Zareba energizers and thoroughly used and tested each - on purpose and often by accidentally grazing my hip against the live wires- haha. I've also witnessed many family members, a toddler, 86 year old grandmother, dogs, cat, racoons, geese, chickens, experience the zap of these systems! The first was the "2-mile AC Energizer" uses for small pets and chickens. It produces a 0.07 Joule 'zap' of energy. This is distinguishable from, yet comparable to, a static zap from a doorknob in winter at ~0.00004 Joules. In regular use, the Energizer has lasted 2+ years, and running, secured in water-resistant (but not airtight) container outdoors. This is an effective Energizer for flighty animals and dogs that spook easily. DO NOT USE WITH STUBBORN DOGS - they will eventually run through as mine learned to "take the hit" and overcome the psychological barrier. The second energizer is the "25-mile AC" unit. It produces a 'zap' of 1.0 Joules (14 times greater than the 2-mile unit) and is the 'real deal' for DOG and small livestock containment as a phycological barrier. I personally fear this line, though it's "all in my head" and, due to it's more intense zap, much tougher to overcome. To clarify: It's not dangerous, just "scary". I've extended my fence line from animal containment to include human-deterrent with a strand atop our property perimeter fence and signage warning guests - whether invited or not. Buy a bigger system than you need. If you need the $35 2-mile energizer, buy the $60 25-mile instead. That's 800%+ value for a few bucks. It's expandable for distance that way, more zap, and overall better. DO NOT consider energy costs as they are negligible at $3-10/year total cost with most systems. DO consider AC/DC/Solar needs, though AC is most reliable for me and does not require much maintenance and there's no battery replacement.