- Economical and easy
An electric fence is half the cost and takes less than half the time to build and maintain
- Safe and reliable
Electric fencing delivers a short, safe and memorable shock to create a psychological as well as a physical barrier. Animals remember and develop a respect for the fence, which also means less animal hide and pelt damage.
- Durable and long lasting
As animals learn to avoid touching the fence, it lasts a lot longer than a traditional fence and stays in good condition.
Electric fences have increasingly become popular choices for protecting residential homes, compounds with sensitive government and consulate offices and private farms where the movement and security of livestock require management and control. Even with the growing demand, poorly installed electric fences have caused serious injuries and in some cases death and destruction of property. For this reason, we at Kenya Gadget have pooled a team of dedicated professionals who guide customers through the process of choosing the most appropriate materials for the electric fence, purchase, delivery, and eventual installation of the fences following strict safety and professional guidelines, followed by routine on call maintenance to ensure continued functioning, as well as solid reliability.
The powerhouse of your electric fence. The energizer converts electricity from the mains supply or a battery into regular high voltage pulses of electric current that travel along the entire length of the fence. Each pulse only lasts for a fraction of a second, and is produces a roughly one second intervals.
The type of energiser you need depends on how close the fence is to a mains supply, how long the fence will be, and the kind of animals you want to control. See the Energiser Guide for more details on how to choose an energiser, or browse our Energisers section for product details.
- Conductor (Wire)
You can use various types of wire, or conductor, for an electric fence. Steel wire, either single or multi-stranded, is strong, durable and highly effective at conducting electricity, so the animal receives a greater shock when touching the fence. However, steel wire is heavier than other alternatives, and best used in permanent or semi-permanent fencing.
A lighter alternative is polywire – UV-stabilised polythene twine with three or more strands of stainless steel wire woven into it. Polywire is designed for temporary fencing and strip-grazing, although the more substantial polyrope can be used for permanent fencing.
Polytape and polybraid consist of stainless steel wires and polythene strands woven into a ribbon, and come in a range of widths and colours. Both are highly visible, though more vulnerable in high winds, and can be used for permanent and temporary fencing.
Electrified netting is made a range of mesh sizes for different animals. The horizontal strands are polywire, while the vertical strands are plain polythene twine. It is most suitable for temporary fencing and strip-grazing.
A reel allows you to unroll the fence wire evenly without creating potentially damaging kinks, and roll it up again neatly for reuse. By locking firmly onto a reel
- Stakes and Posts
While permanent fences use timber posts to hold the fence wire, temporary fences use metal or plastic stakes, with more substantial anchor posts at the beginning and corners to take the strain. Temporary fences also require a reel post at the end of the fence line to hold spare fence wire firmly, and keep the line taut.
Insulators stop the fence wire touching the post or stake, so the electricity doesn’t leak back to the ground. Anchor or end-strain insulators also take the strain of the wire at the end of the fence line or at corners. Polystakes, made of non-conductive plastic, do not need separate insulators. Good quality insulators should be smooth, and dry easily to prevent moisture collecting in nooks or cracks – otherwise the current can leak in an ‘arc’, which can be heard as a regular clicking sound. Arcing reduces the effectiveness of the fence.
- Earth Stakes
To work effectively, all electric fences have to be properly earthed. Earth stakes are inserted into the ground and attached to the energiser, and ensure the power returns through the ground and back to the energiser when an animal completes the circuit by touching the fence.
- Fence Tester
All electric fences need regular maintenance, so you need a device to measure the power on the fence lines. A fence tester, or voltmeter, will help you locate any problem areas where power is leaking away