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.
- .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
- Tester body: 5" long x 1 3/4" wide
- Cable: 5' long
- Ground probe: 4" long
- 3' long
- 1/2" diameter
- 3' rod has a head on one end
- Has a screw on it to hang the P5
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
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
- Plug 12v battery leads into bottom of Patriot P5.
- Attach red clip to positive terminal on battery.
- Attach black clip to negative terminal on battery.
- From the Wiring Harness, connect red lead's bare wire end to fence terminal and clip other end of lead to fence
- From the Wiring Harness, connect black lead's bare wire end to ground terminal and clip other end of lead to ground rod.
- Test fence with 5 Light Fence Tester.
5 Light Tester
- Insert the probe of the tester into the soil.
- Remove your hand from the metal portion of the probe (to avoid a shock).
- To get a voltage reading, touch the metal clip (on the top of the tester) to the electrified fence you wish to test.
- The tester will light up according to the voltage at that location on the fence.
- Remove the tester from the fence and the probe from the soil. Do not remove the probe by pulling the insulated wire.
- Turn off energizer.
- Disconnect ground wire and fence wire from energizer.
- Turn on energizer.
- Touch probe from tester to ground terminal on energizer (be sure to hold onto the insulated wire and not the metal probe!)
- At same time touch the fence hook on tester to fence terminal on energizer.
- The tester should light up to 6000 volts or more.
- Allow 3 ft of rod per joule of energy released.
- Use multiple 6 ft rods for large energizers and 3 ft rods for smaller energizers (and lightning diverters).
- Make sure to put the ground rod all the way into the ground.
- Clip black clip onto ground rod.
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.
- Test the energizer first
- Turn off energizer.
- Disconnect ground wire and the fence wire.
- Turn energizer back on.
- 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).
- Check that the 110v outlet is "live" by using a plug-in drill or test light.
- 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…
- 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.
- If the energizer now works, then your fencer's battery needs to be recharged or replaced.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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Susan G from Maine
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.
Marguerite W from MD
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.
Kim D from Nebraska
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.
Louanna H from Georgia
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.
marguerite w from MD
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.