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American FarmWorks 5-Mile Solar Low Impedance Charger, ESP5M-AFW

SKU: 121321399
American FarmWorks 5-Mile Solar Low Impedance Charger, ESP5M-AFW
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Delivering shocking power to your electric fence is easy when you attach a solar energizer to your line. This American FarmWorks 5-Mile Solar Charger features built-in solar panels and a 6-volt battery, allowing you to store up two-weeks of energy for the fence. Day or night, this AFW charger delivers all the containment power you'll need for your livestock operation. There's no need to plug in this energizer or lug batteries out into the field. Instead, this 0.10-joule output energizer electrifies up 5 miles of vegetation-free fencing -- that's enough to keep your animals in and, when properly designed, small predators and wildlife out. Use this American FarmWorks charger to manage horses, cattle, pigs and pets in the most remote locations with steel wire or poly fencing. Prior to use, be sure to charge the energizer by turning it to the off position and leaving it in the sun for 48 hours.

  • Energizes up to 5 miles of fence wire in moderate vegetation
  • Controls many types of livestock, horses, cattle, pigs and pets
  • Solar powered - ideal for remote locations with no access to electricity
  • Capable of operating day and night for up to 2 weeks with no sun
  • Solar power, 6-volt battery (included), 0.10 joule output, low impedance
  • Can be used with all types of electric fencing wire, including high tensile steel or aluminum wire, polywire, polyrope and polytape
  • "Fence OK" indicator light shows when charger is activated
  • Mounts quickly while offering a 360-degree rotation to allow solar panels to face the sun

Specification Description
Energy Output: 0.10 joule
Coverage Area: 5 miles
Part Number: ESP5M-AFW
Ampere Hours: N/A
Animal Compatibility: livestock, horses, cattle, pigs and pets
Brand: American FarmWorks
Warranty: 1 year
Product Weight: 6.1 lb.
CountryofOrigin: Made in USA
Compatibility: American FarmWorks
Wattage: N/A
Weed Conditions: Moderate
Product Length: 8.5 in.
Special Feature(s): Energizes up to 5 miles of fence wire in moderate vegetation
Material: Plastic
Number of Panels: 1
Product Height: 10.25 in.
Power Type: Solar
Application/Use: Electric Fencing
Voltage: 6-volt
Product Width: 9 in.
Manufacturer Part Number ESP5M-AFW
American FarmWorks 5-Mile Solar Low Impedance Charger, ESP5M-AFW is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 825.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice replacement solar charger. This was purchased as a replacement for a unit made by a different manufacturer that had reached the end of its life expectancy. The new unit was easy to install and appears to be working well. Pay attention to what is printed on the box. I am not particularly well educated on solar chargers and picked out what I thought I needed but pictures on the box showed chickens and dogs. Turns out that I had the wrong unit but the correct unit was available, I just picked up the wrong one. Who knew that there were different units for different stock?
Date published: 2020-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solar Charger I have only had this a short time and have been unable to use it to its full potential
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works great Works great so far. Easy to install horses get enough of a shock to respect the fence.
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solar hot box I bought this and am very happy with the solar. Easy set up and have had no problems.
Date published: 2020-03-23
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Does this work for deer bear etc...

Asked by: CentralNH
We recommend a minimum of 4000-5000 volts on a fence line to deter deer and predators such as coyotes and wolves. This energizer can output approximately 8600 volts under no load. Many factors will determine the amount of voltage seen on a fence line, such as type of wire, length of the fence, grounding conditions, etc. Our energizers are not recommended for deterring bears as they may become increasingly violent after coming in contact with an electrical fence. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) with any questions.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-03-06

are the solar chargers fully weatherproof?

Asked by: DKoehler29
Yes, all of our solar energizers are designed to be used in the elements.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-05-23

Does this charger do good with the poly tape.

Asked by: Buell665
This energizer can be used with poly tape.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2018-04-26

How do you open the battery compartment to connect the batteries for initial hookup?

Asked by: Emily123
The batteries in this energizer should already be connected. Simply place the unit in the sunlight in the off position for 3-4 full sunny days to allow it to charge. To remove the plastic housing and access the battery, two screws can be removed on either side of where the T-Post can be mounted.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-10-01

Will this charger work for cattle

Asked by: Prissy 1313
Depending on the size of the fence, as well as what type of wire is being used, this is a good option. We recommend a minimum voltage of 2,000-3,000 volts on the fence to contain cattle. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) for additional assistance in finding the best charger for your needs.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-05-30

I live in desert where the "soil" is sand. Will this unit ground properly in sandy soil when the sand is dry most of the year? How far down should the grounding rod be driven? Thanks!

Asked by: MrSteve1
Ground rods should be driven 6-8ft into the soil. Very dry soil can limit the voltage on the fenceline.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-08-27

I started using my charger at the end of March 2018.  All was well until today 5/6/18 when I noticed the charger isn’t providing any electric output.  How do I trouble shoot this?

Asked by: Jdphelps
The first thing we recommend is to determine if the energizer is working correctly. To begin, please turn the energizer off, remove both the fence and ground wires from the terminals, tun the energizer back on and test the energizer across the terminals with a fence tester. The probe of the tester will go on the ground terminal and the hook (that normally goes on the fence line) will go on the fence terminal. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-592-7322 for further assistance.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-03-13

Does it require protection from Rain & Snow? Does it have an IP or NEMA rating? What is the ambient operating temperature range?

Asked by: PaulAV
This unit is weatherproof, does not have an IP or NEMA rating, and is recommended for use in temperatures above 0 degrees F.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-03-13

Recently purchased this product, charged 4 days in sunlight, installed with proper grounding rod and 17 gauge wire fence, tested with AmericanFarmworks fence voltage tester (brand new) , but no voltage at unit or fence.. Light said "Fence OK" ???

Asked by: jc campbell
We recommend removing the hot and grounding wires and testing the energizer under no load for voltage. Please contact us at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) for troubleshooting assistance.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-08-14

Can I do the initial charge by using a lightbulb?

Asked by: Netter
To charge, we recommend setting the energizer in the sun in the off position for three days. A 6 volt trickle charger can also be used to charge the battery in 24 hours.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-03-13

what do you connect the electric tape to the ground with?

Asked by: for real12
We do not recommend using polytape to connect to grounding rods. Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) for setup assistance. We are happy to help!
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2018-09-18

I have charged my solar box for 5 days and it still want put out a charge. It is brand new out of the box. I’m I doing something wrong or is the product bad?

Asked by: Jed1234
The energizer should be charged in the off position for 3-4 full sunny days before turning it on. If the unit is not giving a voltage output when tested under no load, we recommend returning the unit to the store.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-04-22

Most companies and universities recommend 3ft of grounding rod per joule of output from charger. Your 5mile charger says it has 0.10joules of output. Why then is it recommended to place 3 grounding rods 5ft deep into the ground for this box?

Asked by: Holly0811
We do not give recommendations for grounding based on joule rating or output. For a sufficient grounding system, we recommend using three, 6-8 foot grounding rods, spaced 10 feet apart.
Answered by: Woodstream Team
Date published: 2019-10-07

In previously asked questions you answered the battery comes connected to the charger, however the instructions say to connect the battery to the charger.  Should I tear into this thing and check or is the battery for sure connected from factory?  Thanks 

Asked by: Skeetadope
The battery will come pre-installed.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-02-08

In Ohio we may not get three consecutive days of sunshine, especially in winter. Do you recommend that we only use external power for these areas. What is the recommended outdoor temperature range for these units?

Asked by: Tony Ohio
To fully charge the battery, the unit must be placed in the sun for 3-4 full sunny days. Once the battery is charged, it can operate for up to 10 days without sun before it would need to be recharged. If you have an area that will not receive sufficient sunlight, we recommend using an AC or DC powered energizer. We do not recommend the use of energizers in extremely cold conditions such as 0° F or below.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-06-26

how do i open unit to replace battery

Asked by: tommy 480
The battery should already be plugged in at the time of purchase. To check this, the battery compartment can be opened by removing two screws located near the rounded slot for the T-post.
Answered by: BOHE
Date published: 2020-03-02

Does the fence light stay on or does it flicker? Also will grass affect it? I currently weeded around the fence but will it bother it if I can’t do that each week?

Asked by: lilChickenfarmer
The light on this charger will flash. As long as the weeds are not too heavy, it should not significantly lower the voltage on the fence.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2018-06-23

Does this charger need a voltage regulator? Can you please explain why or why not?

Asked by: Kysafari
No, the charger will provide a consistent voltage when the unit is on.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-03-29

If it doesn't rotate, why is it described as "rotating" to stay with the sun?

Asked by: JeffW
The charger can be manually rotated to sit in any position on a T-Post.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-08-27

can I replace the battery?

Asked by: Greg19
Yes, the battery can be replaced.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-02-27

Is the enclosed battery already hooked up to the solar energizer, or do I need to open the unit to connect the wires?

Asked by: Jamsbo
The battery should be connected when purchased.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-08-06

Fence is not charged. Question is : will the charger send any current to fence if the battery is not COMPLETELY charged?

Asked by: mike w
If the battery is not completely charged, a lower voltage may be seen on the fence line. To charge the energizer, turn the unit off and place it in direct sun for 3-4 full sunny days. The unit can then be tested under no load to determine if it is outputting the right amount.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-05-06

would this charger work good for hogs?

Asked by: mrmizilplix
Yes, this energizer can be used for pigs.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-07-14

What will happen if you connect the ground to fence and fence to ground

Asked by: skinson
We do not recommend this installation. We recommend attaching the ground wire to the ground terminal and the fence wire to the fence terminal. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at (1-855-592-7322) for additional assistance.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2017-10-20

I have a small vegetable garden but live in the middle of a deer run, suburban setting. Will this system work on keeping the deer out of the garden? At times we have 6-7 deer between the house and the garden. Spray deterrent  not effective after a rain. 

Asked by: salesman sam
This energizer can be used to help deter deer from a small garden area.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-04-29

Is there an on and off switch on this unit

Asked by: Tmold
There is an on/off switch on this charger. The location on the switch may be on the bottom of the charger, or the back of the charger.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-08-01

How many bolts does this solar system put out? And what of insulated cable can I use to close my loop in a building 

Asked by: Abby10
This energizer outputs 8,600 volts (+/- 20%). We recommend using an insulated wire that is rated for 20,000 volts. Please feel free to contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-592-7322 for further assistance.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2018-07-28

My devise was pulsing every 2 seconds. It has started pulsing every 4 seconds. What is the problem and how does it effect performance

Asked by: Freckles3
Please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-855-5-ZAREBA (1-855-592-7322) for troubleshooting assistance.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-02-08

Does the battery come with the charger?  I bought the 5 mile solar charger however can determine how to get to the battery.

Asked by: Sundance1
This solar energizer includes the battery. We recommend charging the unit in the OFF position in direct sun for 3-4 fully sunny days to charge the battery. Alternatively, the battery can be removed and charged for 18-24 hours using a 6 volt trickle charger. To access the battery, remove the two torx screws located on the underside of the charger on either side of the rounded area where the T-post is mounted.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Support
Date published: 2017-09-23

Why does a red light blink on my solar panel

Asked by: Stef9591
The red light indicates that the charger is active and functioning.
Answered by: American FarmWorks Team
Date published: 2019-07-11
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