Patriot P5 (Battery) Energizer Kit

1 - Patriot P5 Energizer
1 - 12v leads & wiring harness
1 - 3 ft Ground Rod
1 - 5-Light Fence Tester

Note: You will need to purchase a deep cycle battery locally.

Note: Recommended for up to 3 rolls of poultry netting or for up to 5 rolls of garden/sheep/goat netting.


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1 - Patriot P5 Energizer
1 - 12v leads & wiring harness
1 - 3 ft Ground Rod
1 - 5-Light Fence Tester

Note: You will need to purchase a deep cycle battery locally.

Patriot P5

  • .7 Max. stored joules
  • .5 Max. released joules
  • .4 joules in moist soils
  • .2 joules in dry soils
  • Comes with a 110v plug-in adapter with a 6' cord and a 12v battery adapter
  • Will power 1 mile of 3 strand cattle fence, 1/2 mile of a 5-7 strand sheep fence, 6 of the 164' sheep/goat nets and 3 of the 164' poultry nets. All distances are dependent on amount of grass/weed load on the fence.
  • Requires 1.5' of ground rod in the ground
  • Draws 4.5 watts per hour
  • Draw from a 12v battery is 42 milliampere (mA) per hour.
  • With this energizer a 12v 100 ampere hour, deep cycle battery will last approximately 59 days* on a clean or a weedy fence. *Assumes being drawn down to 40% between recharges.
  • Can use a 6-10 Watt solar panel with the Patriot P5 (not included in the kit).
  • Manufactured by Tru Test

5-Light Tester
  • Tester body: 5" long x 1 3/4" wide
  • Cable: 5' long
  • Ground probe: 4" long

Ground Rod
  • Galvanized
  • 3' long
  • 1/2" diameter
  • 3' rod has a head on one end
  • Has a screw on it to hang the P5


Patriot P5: Versatile, can be used as a plug-in energizer or as a battery energizer. Adapts from one style to the other in a few seconds. Easily moved around. Low cost.

5-Light Tester: Low cost way to make sure you have enough volts on the fence to keep animals in and predators out.

Ground rod and clamp: Galvanized rod does not rust or corrode

How to Use

Patriot P5:
The Patriot P5 can be mounted either inside or outside of a building or on the modified ground rod that comes with the kit. Make sure that there is no risk of fire wherever you decide to locate it. The energizer must be mounted vertically. Protect the energizer from direct rainfall or flooding.

To connect to battery

  1. Plug 12v battery leads into bottom of Patriot P5.
  2. Attach red clip to positive terminal on battery.
  3. Attach black clip to negative terminal on battery.
To connect Patriot P5 to fence and ground rod:
  1. From the Wiring Harness, connect red lead's bare wire end to fence terminal and clip other end of lead to fence
  2. From the Wiring Harness, connect black lead's bare wire end to ground terminal and clip other end of lead to ground rod.
  3. Test fence with 5 Light Fence Tester.

5 Light Tester
For Fence:
  1. Insert the probe of the tester into the soil.
  2. Remove your hand from the metal portion of the probe (to avoid a shock).
  3. To get a voltage reading, touch the metal clip (on the top of the tester) to the electrified fence you wish to test.
  4. The tester will light up according to the voltage at that location on the fence.
  5. Remove the tester from the fence and the probe from the soil. Do not remove the probe by pulling the insulated wire.
For Energizer:
  1. Turn off energizer.
  2. Disconnect ground wire and fence wire from energizer.
  3. Turn on energizer.
  4. Touch probe from tester to ground terminal on energizer (be sure to hold onto the insulated wire and not the metal probe!)
  5. At same time touch the fence hook on tester to fence terminal on energizer.
  6. The tester should light up to 6000 volts or more.

Ground rod
  1. Allow 3 ft of rod per joule of energy released.
  2. Use multiple 6 ft rods for large energizers and 3 ft rods for smaller energizers (and lightning diverters).
  3. Make sure to put the ground rod all the way into the ground.
  4. Clip black clip onto ground rod.


Patriot P5: Make sure the energizer is unplugged before working on the fence or the energizer. When using a 12v deep cycle battery, there is no case to protect the battery, so the battery will be exposed to the elements and risk of theft. This unit is not modular, therefore it is not repairable.

Ground rod: When installing more then one ground rod, space the ground rods apart 2 feet longer then the rod. Example 3' rods should be spaced 6' apart.

Trouble Shooting

Patriot P5 To determine if the fault is with the fence or the energizer...

  1. Test the energizer first
  2. Turn off energizer.
  3. Disconnect ground wire and the fence wire.
  4. Turn energizer back on.
  5. With fence tester, put the ground probe (or clamp) to the ground terminal on the energizer and the metal loop (or positive clamp) at the top of the tester to the fence/positive terminal. The reading you get tells you how well the energizer is working without any other variables. If there is a very low voltage (under 4000v) or no voltage, then the energizer may have a problem. If the voltage is high (greater than 4000v) then the trouble lies with your fence. Most energizers put out between 5000v and 8000v when there is no load (i.e. no fence hooked up).
If the energizer is faulty and you're using the Patriot P5 as a 110 volt plug-in unit ...
  1. Check that the 110v outlet is "live" by using a plug-in drill or test light.
  2. If the test light works and the energizer does not, call Premier.

If the energizer is faulty and you are using the Patriot P5 as a battery unit you need to learn if the battery or the energizer is the problem…
  1. If it's a 12 volt energizer carry the unit to a nearby vehicle and attach the input cords carefully to the vehicle's battery.
  2. If the energizer now works, then your fencer's battery needs to be recharged or replaced.
  3. If the energizer does not work, then you should call Premier re. repairs.

If the fence is at fault, then you must find the fault(s) and fix them. Here's how to start this process:
If you have a Fault Finder you can simply touch the fence with the Fault Finder at various points along the electric fence(s). The Fault Finder will tell you at each point which direction to go in to locate the problem. Move in that direction testing as you go and you will arrive at the problem.

If you lack a Fault Finder…

  1. Walk or drive along the fence looking for any point in which the energized wires touch the soil, a steel post or a steel wire. On HT wire fences, check the wires at braces to see if they are touching a hot wire. On netting, look for a hot wire touching the metal stake at the bottom of the plastic posts. Also look for damaged insulators.
  2. If the fence can be separated into several parts (by switches or by disconnecting parts of it), you can locate the problem by beginning at the far end and then progressively turn off or disconnect the sections of fence. When the voltage on the remaining fence rises sharply, you've located the section(s) that's causing the problems.
  3. The alternative to (2.) is to begin at the fencer and progressively turn on sections of the fence. When the voltage suddenly drops you can assume that the problem is in the section most recently connected.

5-Light Tester: Make sure that the probe has not become separated from the black insulated wire. Cup your hands around the body of the tester to keep the sun's glare off the lights of the tester.

Ground Rod: If you are not getting a good reading on your fence: Make sure to have the ground rod all the way into the ground. Make sure you have a good connection to the ground rod. Make sure to have a good connection on the energizer and fence.


Patriot P5:
2-Year Warranty covers lightning damage and defective parts or workmanship. Should a Patriot energizer fail, we will replace the unit, bill you for the cost to do so, then reimburse you after we have been able to examine the failed unit to determine the cause(s).

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Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 10 customers reviewed this product.

Write a Review

Date: June 1, 2015
Susan G from Maine
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Easy to install and simple to use. Full charge on the fence on uneven ground. I plugged it into a surge protector with an on/off switch.
Date: July 14, 2014
Marguerite W from MD
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I've used this product for almost one year without incident. When the unit failed, I sent an e-mail and within an hour I was advised how to narrow in on the problem. It was the plug in cord. I received replacement cord within 2 days. Can't beat that! I've ordered a 12 v battery as backup just in case. Of course I'm sticking with Premier One due to their outstanding service, but I may try the wide impedence energizer as I add to the flock. A good unit for small enclosures.
Date: May 12, 2014
Kim D from Nebraska
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Works great so far - keeping chickens in and dogs out. Using on 2 full poultry netting panels. I have it plugged into AC power because my battery just doesn't seem to give enough juice to get the 3000v needed. I love the tester too - very easy to use.
Date: May 6, 2014
Louanna H from Georgia
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Energizer works great but the tester is poorly made. This is our 3rd Patriot and our last two testers we had to re-solder. I sent an email to premier but they never replied.
Date: August 20, 2013
marguerite w from MD
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Just started using this unit so it has yet to stand the test of time with me. However, thus far, it's working well with my chickens and net fence. Pro: two year warranty, easy set up, affordable, adaptable, and weather-proof; hangs on wall, grounding rod, or wire; supports three net fences. Con: does not have option to halve the power; there is no power read out; does not have turn off switch on unit.
Date: June 26, 2013
Ellen G from Western North Carolina
Would you recommend this product? Yes
I purchased this energizer as I wanted the option of battery or outlet. All of the staff was very courteous and helpful, even after 5 phone calls. they walked me through every aspect of installation, and I am electrically-challenged so that was no small project. My neighbor just purchased fencing for her chickens and now I can help her install it. this is a great piece of equipment.
Date: March 28, 2013
Rebecca R from New York
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Excellent product - delivers just enough charge to keep the animals off the fence. Very portable and SO versatile! I called the fencing experts at Premier 1 and they walked me through what I needed. Very helpful company, great products. This was easy to set up, easy to switch between the outlet configuration and battery configuration.
Date: April 12, 2012
Patrick M from California
Would you recommend this product? Yes
The energizer was simple to set up and as another reviewer stated, I also got great help over the phone to make sure I ordered just what I needed.
Date: January 9, 2012
Mitchel G from Ohio
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Not only is this product very easy to use, but special thanks to the Premier One employee who spent a long time on the phone with us explaining what we needed and why. Make sure to protect the energizer from pesky ground attacks- a family of bunnies chewed through several of the cords two times before we built a little box to enclose it in. (side note: this product splices very well!)
Date: July 2, 2010
victoria o
Would you recommend this product? Yes
Great product easily assembled and ready to use, would not be without it.

Thank you so much.