How to Use a 6V Battery Charger to Electrify a Fence

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  • 10 hours
  • Intermediate
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What You'll Need
Wooden fence posts
Measuring tape
6v Battery
14-gauge high tinsel wire
Battery charger
Glass donut insulator

Although there are several voltages of batteries that will create an electrified fence, the 6V battery will give a strong enough charge to frighten any animals without hurting them. Electric fences are very useful to keep livestock and other farm animals within a given area. It is more affordable than hiring help to guard your livestock and installing large fences. Battery operated fences are much more convenient to use than other types of electric fences.

Step 1 - Prepare to Build Your Fence

The first step in building any type of fence it to measure the area you would like to fence off. Measure it twice to make sure you have the right measurements. If it is a small area, you should be able to measure it with a simple measuring tape. For larger areas, however, you may need to rent a machine that will measure the area for you.

Make sure that you purchase all the materials that you need to build your fence. Depending on the type of fence you wish to build, you will have different materials and different directions. You do need to have wooden fence posts and 14-gauge high tensile wire to activate the electricity, however, so make room for that.

You should also decide if you want one strand on electric fencing between each fence post, or if you would like more coverage on your fence. If you wish to use only one 6v battery, you will need to have all the tinsel connected to each other.

Step 2 - Build Your Fence

Make sure that the tensile is tied to each corner post by using a glass donut insulator. After all sides of the fence have been properly connected with tensile, you must unroll the rest of the wire along the side of the perimeter. Make sure that you cut the wire a little longer than the actual length of the side, as you will be wrapping it around each corner post.

Make sure that you wrap the end of one of the wires around a glass donut made for electric fences, making sure that the wire only touches the insulated glass section. You may need to use a fence stretcher to make sure that the wire is tight enough.

Make sure that you connect insulators to the wire every 50 feet. Pick up the wire from the ground and make sure to put it at a level that will work with your animals. Make sure that as you wrap the wire, it is tight and will not fall off.

Step 3 - Connect the Electricity

After that is completed, install the battery charger at the easiest place to access it under the enclosed area. Connect the battery's positive terminal to the fence wire. After that is complete, connect the black clamp from the charger to the battery's negative terminal post and the red clamp from the charger to the battery's positive terminal post. Then create a ground wire that you will be able to hammer into the ground and connect the charger to that as well. All in all, the battery charger's positive lead should be connected to the battery's positive post and the fence wire, and the negative line of the battery charger should be connected to the ground wire.

Make sure that you test the fence with a voltage tester to make sure that it works. Let people who come to visit you know about the fence by posting signs so that it can be avoided, because, though the fence will not be able to severely injure a person, a sting from it still could hurt.