Patriot P5 Energizer
This dual purpose 0.5 joule low-impedance electric fence charger can be powered by either a 110V plug-in or 12V battery (sold separately under accessories below).
We like it for its combination of versatility, portability and value. Very popular for using with poultry operations, but is also used for many other applications.
Don't forget to order a Wiring Harness! This energizer does not include a Wiring Harness (sold below), which connects leads and clips to attach to the fence and ground rod.
|Energizer Only||Battery Kit*||Plug-in Kit*|
|Patriot 5 Energizer||✔||✔||✔|
|(1) Ground Rod (galvanized)||3 ft||3 ft|
|(1) Ground Rod Clamp||✔|
|(1) Hanging Nut||✔|
|MaxiShock Insulated Cable||100' roll|
|5-Light Wireless Fence Tester||✔||✔|
- 1 mile of 3 strand cattle fence
- 1/2 mile of a 5-7 strand sheep fence
- 6 of the 164' sheep/goat nets
- 3 of the 164' poultry nets
- Requires a grounding system. Inadequate grounding is the most common failure in an electric fence system. We recommend 3 ft. of grounding for this energizer.
- 12V DC draw: 42 mA/hr. 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.
- To operate as a solar energizer, run the unit as a battery unit (DC) and attach a solar panel to charge the battery. (6 watt panel recommended.)
- 0.50 released joules
- 0.50 joules in moist soils
- 0.26 joules in dry soils
- Pulses per minute: 40
- 12V DC draw: 42 mA/hr
- 110V draw is 4.5 watt per hour
- Impedance type: low – pulse type
- Input: AC/DC
- 110V plug-in adapter with a 6' cord
- 12V battery adapter with a 40" cord (Batteries sold separately.)
To use the energizer as a plug-in unit:The energizer can be mounted either inside or outside of a building, but not where there is risk of fire. The energizer must be mounted vertically. Protect the energizer from direct rainfall.
- Connect an MaxiShock Insulated Cable (stripped back 1 - 2" on ends) to the fence terminal on energizer, run the cable to the fence line and connect, or use the positive part of the wiring harness.
- Then run a second length of cable from the ground terminal (with ends stripped again) on the energizer to the ground rod(s), or use the negative part of the wiring harness.
- Secure to ground rod(s) with a clamp.
- Plug the energizer directly into an outlet and test fence. Do not use an extension cord as it may cause a decrease in voltage and expose the unit to the elements.
To use the energizer as a battery unit:
- Attach wiring harness to energizer.
- Attach the bare end of the wire with the red clip to the fence terminal of the energizer. Attach the red alligator clip to the fence.
- Attach the bare end of the wire with the black clip to the ground terminal of the energizer. Attach black alligator clip to the ground rod(s).
- Connect the energizer to the battery.
- Insert battery adapter into the energizer. Attach red alligator clip from the adapter to the red “+” terminal of the battery.
- Attach black alligator clip from the adapter to the black “–” terminal of the battery.
Unit indicator light should flash and a tic-tac sound will be heard. If the indicator light doesn't flash, then the unit/battery should be checked.
Start by measuring the voltage at the end of the fence line. If the voltage is below 3000V, follow these steps to determine if the problem is with the fence, or the energizer.
Test the energizer first!
- Turn off the energizer.
- Disconnect the wires going to the fence and ground stake/rod.
- Turn the energizer back on.
- Measure the voltage on the energizer between the two terminals (positive and negative) with a digital voltmeter or other high-voltage tester. Touch one end to “-“ (earth terminal) and the other end to “+” (fence terminal). The reading tells you how well the energizer is working without any other variables.
- If the tester reads below 5000V, then the energizer (or possibly the battery) is the problem. If the voltage is above 5000V, then the trouble lies with your fence.
If the fence is at fault:
- Conductors touching another wire, steel post or the soil
- Broken or damaged insulators
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Listed below are recommended optional components or related items. Your particular situation may require alternative recommendations. Please call and talk to our consultants if there are any questions at 800-282-6631.
FencingItem #147510 -
Holds solar panels of nearly any size (10 to 80 watts) at 45˚ (for maximum solar response in most conditions) on top of the energizer/battery support box.$27.50
Energizer Solar Panels and AccessoriesItem #115002 -
Attaches to Patriot energizers for battery power. Use 12v, deep cycle batteries for best performance and longevity.$26.36
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It's only been in use two days, but works well. The pros are the cost and that it seems to work well. It would be better if it had some sort of hanging loop rather than just the notch for a nail or screw, and if it had an on/off switch. We are using it with a 12 volt deep cycle battery. We put the battery in a square Rubbermaid container and hung the charger in the container as well. Having all this in a wheelbarrow (with drain holes in the bottom) makes it pretty easy to handle since the battery is so heavy, and protects the battery and charger from the weather. The instructions on the website for installing this charger and troubleshooting are better than the printed ones that came with it.
Linda B P
A little confusing on set up but otherwise excellent product. Thank You!
This unit worked for about 2 weeks using the AC adapter, then died. Although I had it sheltered under the eve of my roof, the rain must have gotten to it? Will try a 12 volt battery next to see if it is the charger or the adapter that's defective.