AC DC Chargers and Energizers
Pros & Cons
- Allows users option of either power source.
- If used as AC then refer to the Pros & Cons under AC units—with the exception that these units will have lower pulse frequency than standard AC units. That key difference makes them less useful for stopping untrained animal (e.g. wildlife).
- If used as DC then refer to the Pros & Cons under DC units.
- All can be powered either by 110v AC (adaptor is included) or by 12v DC battery. The battery sits outside the unit exposed to weather and other risks.
- For easy comparison data about outputs/inputs see our Comparison Chart on each energizer.
- Unlike some IntelliShock 12v units these energizers draw the same energy from a battery every hour. For that reason an IntelliShock unit may be a better value—if your fence remains clear of weeds.
- Pulse rate is 40/minute. Speedrite units can be set to slower pulses (25) than this. Note: both rates are slower than all IntelliShock DC units.
- All are covered by Premier’s unique 2-year rapid replacement warranty.
Both Patriot and Speedrite units are 12 volt DC units—that can also obtain power via a 110 volt to 12 volt transformer that is built into the 110 volt power cord. Both are manufactured in New Zealand by TruTest.
About the Patriot units…
We’ve offered the Patriot line for several years. We were initially concerned that their low cost might include a lack of reliabilty—but that hasn’t been true. The Patriot models are as basic as an energizer can be. Single pulse speed. To turn them off disconnect them from their power source. An indicator tells if it’s working—that’s all. Their strength—low cost.
About the Speedrite units…
The Unigizer series (1000, 2000, 3000, 6000, and 12000) shares these features:
- AC/DC like the Patriot series. (A feature customers like when buying but most rarely use.)
- Switchable (on the front) choices are:
- To indicate battery charge level
- Slow Pulse rate (25/minute)
- Fast pulse rate (40/minute)
- Fast day pulse, slow night pulse—for livestock
- Slow day pulse, fast night pulse—for controlling predators
- Adjustable pulse speed to reduce battery drain.
- Day and night sensor option that enables reducing pulse speed during either day or night.
- 1000, 2000, 3000 include 3 ft leadout wires to clip to fence and ground rod.
- A light bar that indicates approximate voltage. When it falls into the “red” area it’s time to check the fence to see for possible problems.
Features unique to Speedrite 6000i…
- Ability to switch them on and off remotely by touching the remote control to a live wire. This won’t work if you lose the remote control!
- A built-in digital voltmeter indicating the current voltage at the terminals. This is a feature that I personally like very much though some at Premier insist the only reliable measure is at the end of the fence. This is true—but if I see that the reading at the energizer falls then I know to check the fence.
- Half voltage terminal that enables users to connect them up bi-polar. Good for areas that remain dry.
Is there a simple way that I can compare all of Premier’s energizers against one another?See our energizer comparison chart under any energizer. By clicking on the headings of the charts on the website you can arrange them in ascending or descending order by your choice of features (price, joules, brand, etc.). Try it for yourself. Also, our website also allows users to write their own reviews and thoughts about all Premier products—including energizers.
Is it our intent to offer other brands of energizers and fence products exclusively on our website?
We will see whether customer demand for these units suggests that we should. We assure you that Premier will not continue to offer any energizer of any brand that has a history of failing or disappointing our customers. On the other hand, energizers that are reliable and please our customers will continue to be offered.
Have we field-tested all of the energizers we offer?Some yes—but not all. On our website under energizers we indicate which we have field-tested.
- Volts/voltage: A measure of electrical potential. Comparable to pressure (psi) in water and air systems. Electrons can’t flow from point A to point B unless adequate voltage is present to overcome the resistance (measured in ohms).
- Joule(s): Measure of the volume of electrical energy (electrons) in a pulse. Comparable to pints, quarts, gallons in water systems. When enough “uninvited” electrons (joules) pass through an animal’s (or human’s) nervous system, it reacts in pain and surprise.
- Amps/ampere/amperage: Measure of rate of flow of electrons per unit of time. Comparable to gallons per minute in water systems.
- Pulse frequency: Number of pulses per minute. 40 pulse/minute = a pulse every 1.5 seconds.
- Ohms (Ω): Measure of resistance to electrical flow. More Ω means more resistance. It’s additive—if 1000 ft of wire is 200Ω then 2000 ft is 400Ω.
- Conductor: A material with low ohm numbers—copper, aluminum, stainless steel, hi-carbon steel. Wood, if wet internally (e.g. sap) or externally (dew, rain) is a conductor. Moisture in soil and grass stems is also a conductor. Animal tissue with body fluid in it or moisture upon it is a conductor.
- Electroplastic conductors/netting: A cable or ribbon comprised of small conductive metal strands and non-conductive plastic strands. The metal carries the electrons. The plastic provides visibility and elasticity.
- Insulators: Materials with high ohm numbers such as fiberglass, plastic and coated ceramic. Wood, if dry internally and externally is an insulator. Dry animal hair and wool are poor conductors and so are considered insulators (so much so that I’ve thrown sheepskin over a live fence to allow me to step over it).
When you buy an energizer from Premier, you purchase more than an energizer. You also obtain these benefits:
- If an energizer fails within 2 years of its date of purchase, we will replace the module or unit at our cost. Your credit card will be charged for the replacement but you will receive full credit when the failed item is back at Premier. Your only cost is shipping the failed item to us. If the original energizer is over 2 years old, we will repair and/or replace it, but you pay for the repair cost and freight. Note: Policy does not apply to: failure due to abuse or neglect.
- Free next-day shipment of warranty replacement energizers. A unit can be shipped by 2 p.m. Central Time to be received the next day. (Calls on Friday after 2 p.m. will ship Monday.) If you think your energizer has failed, call us at 1-800-282-6631. We’ll help you test your energizer to ensure that it has truly failed. This is important because 25% of the units we receive back work fine. The fence was at fault instead of the energizer.
- Free technical support. We will provide free advice and support both before you purchase an energizer or fence and afterwards for as long as you wish our help. This applies to energizer repair issues also. If you are not sure how to replace a module, our people will “walk” you step-by-step through the process via telephone.
- Solar energizer packages. With larger energizers (over 1 joule), the panel, battery and energizer need to be correctly sized for each situation. We will do this for you at no cost if you call us.
- Five-year assurance against energizer obsolescence. Premier’s “contract” with our customers includes repair or replacement of any non-working units for up to 5 years whether the unit is “obsolete” or not. During the 2-year warranty period, Premier pays for the replacement cost.
NOTE: Do not use an energizer that is labeled high impedance, continuous current, weed burner or weed chopper. We recommend only low or wide impedance energizers. Continuous current (high impedance) energizers have a pulse type that is long (in time) but low in energy. Low impedance have pulses that are very short (in time) but higher in energy. The long duration continuous current pulses create a spark that is also long in duration - long enough for it to set fire to grass/weeds/leaves/needles that might touch the fence. In our opinion they should never be used on any fence - for this reason. They must not be used on electroplastic fences (can melt the plastic). Low impedance pulses are so short (3/10,000 of a second maximum) in time that heat build up is less likely.
Warning: In 1991 an accidental fatality occurred when a young child’s head contacted an electrified fence while the child was crawling on wet grass. The fence was correctly installed and functioning properly. The energizer was a UL approved unit. As a result, Premier strongly advises against allowing toddlers access to any electrified fences. Also, due to this incident and others, experts now suggest that human contact by an energized wire to the head and neck may be the most dangerous point of contact. We urge all to especially avoid this kind of contact.