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.
New! For added charging capability during winter use in Northern locations, the 120X arrives with a 20 watt solar panel.
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.
- External 110V adapter port for faster plug-in connections for recharging.
- Solar panel is easy to adjust for seasonal light availability.
- Easily accessible fence and ground terminals. Fence and ground wiring harness included.
- External 110V port allows the energizer to be operated without a battery and plugged into a 110V power source.
- Large capacity batteries for increased life during long periods with low sunlight.
- Features a 20 watt solar panel for optimal performance in Northern locations.
- Highly visible on/off light with low battery indicator.
- Won’t rust. Made from durable UV-treated polycarbonate.
Solar IntelliShock® — Key Differences
IntelliShock® 120 & 120X
|Solar Panel||5 watt||10 watt||10 watt
20 watt (120X)
|Battery (Lead Acid)||12V 12Ah||12V 12Ah||(2) 12V 12Ah||12V 35Ah|
|12V DC Draw||15–29 mA||20–58 mA||28–104 mA||24–140 mA|
|Should power…*||1–2 rolls||3–5 rolls||6–10 rolls||9–15 rolls|
- 1.2 joule fence energizer
- (2) 12V 12Ah sealed lead acid batteries
- Wiring harness
- IntelliShock 120 includes a 10 watt solar panel and IntelliShock 120X includes a 20 watt solar panel; both 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.
How to Use
Using 10mm wrench, remove the bolts holding the solar panel in place and replace with the supplied knobs (shipped inside the unit).
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.
Fence Connectors and AccessoriesItem #1132006 -
For use with IntelliShock® and HotShock® fence energizers. Recharges depleted batteries or operates the energizer as a 110V unit when near an outlet.$26.80
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Rebekah K from California
This little unit packs a punch! Love the portablity.
Patrick W from Pennsylvania
Only had a short time, but it packs a punch. FAR FAR better than any solar
charger you'll get at big box store. Cannot speak to longevity, but so far
very satisfied. Large solar cell and easy ability to change out batteries as
Jeffrey C from North Carolina
love this product but have found a issue in the winter with the power button freezing in the on position due to snow landing on the space left after pushing button in. had to use a knife to chisel the ice away so i could turn unit off. this has happened twice so far this winter both times right after a fresh snowfall.
Ken W from Missouri
This is an excellent fence energizer. Fairly easy to understand and setup. Utilized it with over 500 feet of electroshock net fence and have no complaints. Stayed well charged and operational even during a week straight of overcast skies.
April S from Washington
I use this for 800 feet of electronetting for my sheep. It works well, even when there is some grass or other vegetation touching the netting, and even when the soil was extremely dry this summer. So it gets 3 stars for working well under conditions where some energizers fail.
My issue with this energizer is the recharging design. Western WA doesn't get as much sun as most areas of the country, so as summer disappeared the energizer started blinking red/green, indicating that the battery needed to be recharged (which is a nice feature earning another star -- I don't have to guess and risk ruining the battery). I brought it in the house today and opened up the top to plug in the charger. That's when I became disappointed. First, when you open the top the weight of the solar panel (which is attached to the handle, on the top) is now putting pressure/torque on the plastic of the case. It doesn't detach easily or lay flat -- it just hangs there. Life experience tells me that something there will eventually break, and common sense has me propping the solar panel up while the battery case is open. Nothing in the instructions recommends that. Second, there is no hole to simply plug in the charger like there is for almost every other rechargeable device in the world. You have to remove the two solar panel wires and replace that connection with the two charger wires. That wouldn't be such a big deal except that the connectors are recessed deep inside a somewhat narrow hole in the top of the plastic case, and they fit really tightly over a delicate circuit board component. Removing them took needle nose pliers, and 4 different attempts by 2 different people, each attempt gripping and pulling harder and harder, worried that we might be doing it wrong and possibly break it. Eventually the connectors were pulled hard enough that they released, and hopefully no harm done. This absolutely could not have been done without needle nose pliers, which is not mentioned in the instructions. Attaching the charger connectors was also difficult, as the wire end within the connector moves around a bit, and the connectors have to be threaded over a circuit board projection that appears somewhat delicate, and is recessed down in the hole in the plastic case. Hopefully, the wire is oriented properly within the plastic connector as I attached it. Third, now (I think) I've gotten the charger wires plugged in and have plugged my charger into the wall. A green light came on at the charger. A red light is supposed to come on when the charging is finished. However, there is nothing on the energizer itself that indicates that charging is in progress. What if I don't have the wires connected properly? I don't have any way to know if the charging is working, other than to wait until the charger light turns red, or assume failure after 8-12-24 (?) hours and get back into the recessed hole and try to make adjustments.
I have little doubt that as the years go by something will eventually break during the recharging process, as there's lots of stuff that could go wrong here. It wouldn't take major design changes to fix these. Make the solar panel easier to remove, requiring no tools, so that pressure/torque is not put on the hinge and plastic box when the top is opened. Make the connectors where the solar panel and the charger are exchanged along the length of the solar panel wire itself, instead of recessed deep inside a plastic tunnel where fumbling people using tools could damage something. Simple in-wire slip connections could solve this problem. And then state exactly what has to be done in the directions, both in the overall owner's manual, and on a charger box (because we all know that few people pull out the owner's manual just to recharge something).
1) You can simply detach the battery leads and use the included power adapter to recharge the batteries directly. The upside of this approach is that you don’t have to fiddle with changing the connections to the solar panel. The downside is that you can recharge only one battery at a time and there is no indicator light to tell you it’s working. If you choose this route, don’t overcharge the battery (limit your recharge to a 24 hour period).
2) Or, as described in the review, you can swap the cables from the solar panel with the cables from the power adapter. The upside is that you can recharge both batteries at once without risk of overcharging. But perhaps a greater benefit is that this method converts the solar battery energizer into a “mains” energizer, in that it can power a fence directly from AC power. In this way the Solar IntelliShock can be used as EITHER a portable solar unit (DC), or one that is plugged-into AC power.
After recharging your batteries, check them with a Battery Charge Meter or a Multimeter. A fully charged 12V battery should measure between 13.1V and 13.4V.
Regardless of which option is used to recharge the batteries, this customer is right. It’s not very clear from the printed User Guide what to do. We’ll work to correct this omission on the next printing.