Cyclops Electric Fence Chargers and Energizers

Electrical terms for Electric fence

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Resistor - An electrical component which offers resists the flow of electricity. The degree of this resistance is measured in ohms. Conductivity - A measure of a materials ability to conduct an electric current. Conductor - A material that allows electricity to flow freely. The less resistance a conductor offers, the better the conductor. Conductivity is measured in Mho (ohms spelled backwards). A mho is the reciprocal of the ohm. Insulator - A material that will not allow any electrical current. Most insulators have a critical pressure for a given thickness. IF the critical pressure is exceeded, the insulating material...

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Vegetation on your fence....

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Vegetation on your fence will impact the performance of your charger. You can use the slider on the calculator above to simulate different vegetation levels on your fence. The more vegetation, the higher the load on your fence. Your fence should be kept clean of vegetation. Heavy vegetation will sap power from your charger over the length of your fence. Too much can load your charger down, and cause it to stop working! Vegetation can be counter intutitive when you consider it's effect on resistance. Generally, higher ohms means more resistance, but the vegetation is parralled across the fence. Only...

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Putting jumpers on your fence.

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Jumpers are an easy to implement, inexpensive way to drastically lower the resistance on your fence - this will allow your charger to hit harder. Remember, resistance zaps the power from your electric fence charger. Jumpers are used at the corner post of your fence to 'jump' the power from wire to wire. This effect is most pronounced on longer fences, or if poor quality wire is used. Matter of fact, if you have an existing fence with poor quality wire, using jumpers can cheaply and quickly increase the shock to the animal. Also, the more strands the better if...

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Output Joules and Stored Joules?

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A joule is derived unit of energy, heat or work. For your charger, think of it as the output. More joules = more shock. You have probably seen the terms Output Joules and Stored Joules. Don't get these confused, and be aware of which is advertised on the charger. They are not the same thing! A charger may advertise 30 Joules, but only refer to the stored joules (A fence charger will always store more joules than it outputs). Stored Joules represent the amount of power stored inside your charger. This is ran through an output transformer, which converts the...

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What effects the resistance of my fence?

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An ohm is unit of electrical resistance between two conductors. Resistance directly affects the output of the charger. Generally, the relationship is negative. Higher resistance(ohms) means less power output by the charger. The higher the resistance of your fence, the weaker the shock to the animal. This can be plotted on a chart, but we've taken it a step further, and directly plot the output to the animal (the animal has an ohm rating as well). What effects the resistance of my fence? Your Electric Fence Wire - There are many different types of wire one can use to wire...

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