Solar IntelliShock® 120 Energizer & Kit
High-output solar powered 1.2 joule energizer. Portable all-in-one unit arrives ready to power electric fence or netting.
IntelliShock® electric fence chargers are able to reduce energy demand when the fence’s voltage is high–due to fewer weeds touching the fence. This occurs in fall and winter for most fences and occurs all year for some horse, cattle and deer fences. As a result, an IntelliShock unit’s battery is more likely to remain charged through the low sunlight days of autumn and winter.
Note: Kit includes a 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester.
Solar powered energizers are a popular choice when 110V power is not easily accessible. Attached solar panel will recharge the batteries on sunny days.
- Solar panel is easy to adjust for seasonal light availability.
- Easily accessible fence and ground terminals. Fence and ground wiring harness included.
- The Solar IntelliShock® 120 fence energizer may be operated without batteries and plugged into a 110V power source. See instruction manual for details.
- Large capacity batteries for increased life during long periods with low sunlight.
- Highly visible on/off light with low battery indicator.
- Won’t rust. Made from durable UV-treated polycarbonate.
- 1.2 joule fence energizer
- (2) 12V 12Ah sealed lead acid batteries
- Wiring harness
- 10 watt solar panel with preset tilt angles
- Overcharge regulator
- 110V battery recharger
- 18 inch "T" ground rod, galvanized
- UV-treated, polycarbonate case with red handle
Note: Kit includes all of the above and a 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester.
- 1.50 stored joules
- 1.20 output joules
- Draw from a 12V battery is 28-104 milliampere (mA) per hour, depending on weed load.
- 40 pulses per minute.
- When properly used or stored, the batteries should last 3-4 years. (Assumes maximum 40% draw down on battery.)
- 6-10 rolls of electric netting depending on soil conditions and vegetation.
- 2 miles of 3 strand cattle fence.
- 3/4 mile of 5-7 strand sheep fence.
All distances are dependent of grass/weed load on the fence.
How to Use
Use the wiring harness to connect the energizer to the ground rod and fence.
- Unscrew the red terminal knob.
- Secure the bare end of the wire with the orange clip into the hole behind the red terminal knob.
- Replace the red terminal knob and tighten.
- Repeat steps #1-3 for the black ground terminal.
- Connect the black clip to the ground rod.
- Connect the orange clip to the fence.
- Turn energizer on. (When switching on, make sure the power button is pressed all the way in.)
- Check the voltage to ensure the fence is properly electrified before introducing animals.
Optimal Solar Orientation and Placement
Correct placement of the energizer and solar panel is critical to the best operation of the unit.
1. Position the energizer so that the solar panel faces due south. This will allow the panel to receive the maximum amount of sunlight possible even during the low-light days of winter. Consider the sun’s movement throughout the day and avoid placing the unit where it may be covered by shadows from trees, bushes or tall grass.
2. Determine the correct tilt angle for the solar panel. The sun’s position above the horizon will change from season to season. As a general recommendation, an angle of 50° is optimal for the longest use in most areas of the continental USA. However, the ability of the solar panel to recharge the battery can be maximized by making angle adjustments each season as shown in the illustrations below.
In the far northern USA from November until February, there may not be enough hours of sunlight to fully recharge the battery. Charge the battery externally when the battery indicator light flashes green/red or red.
3. Regularly remove all debris from the solar panel. This includes grass clippings, dust (especially on gravel roads), leaves and snow as this will reduce the solar panel’s ability to recharge the battery.
How-to Use a Wireless Fence TesterFor Fence:
- Touch the top of the tester to the electrified fence you wish to test.
- Push the button.
- The tester will light up according to the voltage at that location on the fence.
- Turn off energizer.
- Disconnect ground wire and fence wire from energizer.
- Turn on energizer.
- Touch the top of the tester onto the top of the fence terminal on the energizer.
- Push the button.
- The tester should light up to 6000 volts or more.
- Make sure the power is turned off before working on the fence or the energizer.
- Make sure the fence line is clear of grass and debris that may lower the fence’s voltage.
- Ensure the solar panel is facing due south and avoid placing the unit where it may be covered by shadows from trees, bushes or tall grass.
- Regularly remove all debris from the solar panel.
- Batteries that are less than 40% charged may become damaged. Batteries MUST remain fully charged in freezing conditions.
To Reduce Risk & Liability
- Never place your head or upper spine near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil. Be careful when doing so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never attempt to step over or climb through an energized fence of any kind.
- Never encourage anyone to touch an electric fence.
To determine if the fault is with the fence or the energizer…
- Turn off energizer.
- Disconnect ground wire and the fence wire.
- Turn energizer back on.
- Using a fence tester, determine the output voltage of the energizer. If the voltage is below 4000V, then the energizer may have a problem. If the voltage is above 4000V, then the trouble lies with your fence or ground system.
If the energizer is faulty…
- Test each battery with a Digital Battery Meter or other multi-meter.
- If the meter reading is greater than 12.5 volts, then check the terminal connections to ensure they are clean from corrosion and fastened tightly.
- If the meter reading is less than 12.5 volts, then use the included 110V power supply to recharge each battery separately. See instruction manual for details.
- Ensure the ground system (rods/stakes) is installed and connected correctly according to the instructions for this unit.
- If you continue to experience problems, please call us at 800-282-6631.
If the fence is at fault…
- Walk or drive along the fence looking for any point in which the energized wires touch the soil, a steel post, a steel wire or anything conductive.
- Look for damaged insulators.
- With electric netting, the problem can often be traced to excessive weed load. Starting at the fence charger, measure the voltage as you walk along the fence. If you find a gradual decline in voltage, then you may need to clean away the grass or other debris from the lower strands. If the voltage drop is more rapid, then look for a hot wire touching the metal stake at the bottom of the plastic posts.
- 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 turning off or disconnecting sections of fence. When the voltage on the remaining fence rises sharply, you've located the section(s) causing the problem.
- The alternative is to begin at the energizer 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.
- If you continue to experience problems, please call us at 800-282-6631.
Tips to preserve battery life:
- Turn off the unit. Disconnecting the unit from the fence is not sufficient, the unit will still pulse unless it is turned off.
- Clean off the solar panel. Dust and debris may have accumulated during use and as a result prevents the panel from maximum electrical production.
- When the energizer is not being used, store the unit indoors at room temperature and out of the sun. Do not let the energizer sit in the sun for an extended period when it is turned OFF as this could damage the battery.
- When not in use, ensure the battery stays above 40% charged. Lead acid batteries don’t work well when they’re left discharged, or at a low charge, for long periods of time. Periodically recharge the battery in the sun or with the included 110V charging unit. Stop charging when the battery indicator light flashes GREEN. Do not overcharge the battery.
30-day warranty for all batteries.
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Gilbert G from Iowa
I have both a Solar IntelliShock® 120 Energizer and a Solar IntelliShock® 60 Energizer. I have had the 120 for a little more than a year and the 60 for nearly 16 months. The 60 works really well with the on-off switch indicator always flashing green even when the ElectroNet is in grass and weeds. I bought the 120 because I ended up sometimes running more sections of Electronet than recommended for the 60, I wanted to save the labor of running a string-trimmer before laying out a new paddock, and I thought that the extra joules of the 120 would help with keeping predators away from my sheep.
However, as noted in a previous review by April from the Northwest U.S. the solar panel of the 120 does not seem adequate to maintain battery charge even with good sun exposure, only 2-3 lengths of ElectroNet, and low drain from grass and weeds on the fence. I understand that I can take the unit out of service to charge it and, fortunately, I often have the 60 and occasionally access to electrical power to operate my standard charger as backups, but I think a solar fencer should do better than that. Since charging the unit from electrical power requires opening the unit, I've also considered making an outside connection that would enable charging without disassembly.
On a positive note, the 120 has seemed to keep decent voltage on the fence even with the on-off switch indicator flashing red all the time. Overall, my answer to the "would I recommend this product" question would be "maybe" (but "maybe" is not an option that is offered).
Renee L from New York
Easy to install. Instruction book wasn't specific for area's as far as the ground rod size it said we needed a longer one than came in box but, the company told me it was fine for our area less dry. I called them a couple times for questions they were very helpful! It does work very well my husband touched a bean leaf to move it away from net and it zapped him right trough the plant. The dogs first encounter was sitting on the net. It really jolted a 120lb boxer too!
Chris R from Vermont
It all came as promised. Couldn’t be easier to set up. Only in operation for two weeks, but it’s keeping the fence energized as intended. With the new netting, the goats are enjoying some new grazing area.
Kim F from Texas
Love the charger. Only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because the instructions need more detail. Example: you need to remove the batteries from the case to connect the wires AND you need to place the plastic clip back on the connection. That is according to their online videos. This is no where in the instructions. There is loose foam material in the battery case that is the same as the packing material in the box. I had to call the company to find out if I needed to leave the material in the battery case. Aside from incomplete instructions I have had no problems and believe me, the fence is HOT! I know because I accidently made contact! No coons, possums, or any other critter in my garden.
Rebekah K from California
This little unit packs a punch! Love the portablity.