April 13, 2016

Gallagher Solar Electric Fence Charger | Troubleshooting and Fence Testing

Is the Gallagher S17 SOLAR Electric Fence Charger Energizer a good one? First off, you have a really solid fencing unit in the Gallagher S17, there's whole bunch of them out there shocking fence. It sounds like you have everything hooked up and right, the only thing I wonder is what are you using to test the electric fence or the fencer by itself? I would use a digital electric fence tester like a Gallagher DVM3 tester.

If you're just testing it by touching the fence wire, you may not feel a hard shock from doing that depending what you're wearing for shoes. If you have a thick rubber or leather sole on your shoe/boots, then you won't be grounded really well. An animal is standing barefoot, so that's why they get a good shock from it. If you're tough and willing to try this, just brace yourself in case everything is working. Go out to the fence, squat down to a knee, and put the back of your hand on the fence wire. If everything is working and feel a pretty good shock from it, then all is working and it was just your shoes/boots. Don't worry too much about the shock from a Gallagher S17, it's not a real hard hitting fencer, but you'll definitely feel it.

Try this first and let me know if you have any further questions. I don't like getting shock by anything big or small, so I'd look at getting the Gallagher DVM3 digital fence tester.



The S17 has a little red light that flashes about every second or two, that's when it is delivering the shock. It should have a faint tick/click sound when the red light flashes.At night time the unit will flash a little slower around 3 to 5 seconds. It's the night save feature built into the S17 to save on battery. It runs off the Solar panel during the day if the battery is fully charged and kicks the battery in at night or a pretty cloudy day. The night save feature can be disabled, but it would have to be sent here to us because I would have to rework the board a little ($12). It would allow the S17 to flash every second or two at night just as it does during the day.

2016/10/01

Vaneeta said:

I have an older Gallager solar S17 but it does not seem to have enough shock to stop my horse. Is there a battery in there that needs to be changed.?

2017/03/20

clay poynor said:

have two s-17. neither one works. have installed new batteries on both, but no pulse! is there something else i can change out myself, as far as to replace parts to work. regards,cp. 940-393-3355.

2017/06/03

Bruce Ketchum said:

I have a S20 and 4 s17 fencers that all worked last fall when I put them away in our heated shop. This spring the s20 and 2 s17 would only put out 1 -2 kw when the sun was out after sitting in the sun for 3 days. I ordered new batterys for them and still have low output. Is there other components that are replaceable that would cause this problem. How can you test for what may be wrong?

2017/07/28

Paul Wright said:

When we turn on our Solar s17 unit it only flashes once and clicks once because we don’t have instruction book any more can you tell us what this means thanks Paul Wright

2017/07/28

Paul Wright said:

When we turn on our Solar s17 unit it only flashes once and clicks once because we don’t have instruction book any more can you tell us what this means thanks Paul Wright

2018/05/31

Evan Cleland said:

When I turn my s17 on, I don’t get a flash or anything. Could the battery be completely dead? Even with the unit in the sun nothing happens. I would like to get it back to operational status.
Thanks,
Evan

2018/05/31

Cate Sullivan said:

Worked fine yesterday, not working today and the sun is the same. Any thoughts how we can repair asap as off to an event tomorrow

2018/07/24

Sue Lee said:

My fencer worked last year but when I got it out of my cupboard this year it does nothing. My husband has checked the battery and it is fully charged – is there anything else I can check?

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