Possible sources of error at the electric fence

Possible sources of error at the electric fence - guides and tips

An electric fence can be subject to possible sources of error. If the electric fence system does not work correctly there are some sources of error that should be checked. With a fence tester the voltage and the grounding of the fence can easily be checked.

If the electric fence arrangement does not work correctly, the following points should be checked:

  • Grounding: Maybe the grounding is not adapted to the conductivity of the earth or the earth post is rusty. If necessary more earth posts can be installed.
  • Electric fence: The performance of the electric fence has to be suitable for the animal species, the conductor, the fence length and the conditions (e.g. vegetation).
  • Conductors: The conductivity of the conductor has to provide the necessary voltage for the complete fence length - the voltage drops with an increasing fence length.
  • Power supply: The mains adapter is unplugged or the plug/plug socket is broken or the battery is not charged.
  • Vegetation: Short circuits or a reduction of the performance could be caused by high grass or bushes.
  • Insulators: Fine cracks or a wrong position of the conductor in the insulator can cause dissipation.
  • Connections: Conductors should only be connected with suitable connectors. By the extension or connection no knots should be used. Defective connections operate as resistors and lead to a voltage drop.

With our fence tester the voltage at the fence, as well as the grounding can be checked very easily and quickly.


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