Portable Electric Bear Fences For Any Adventure

How do I know if the fence is working properly?

It’s about proper set up and maintenance. Before you turn in, check your fence for:

1. Optimal voltage potential. Use your volt meter to test whether there is enough electrical “pressure” in the system to enable a connection with a bear (see the FAQ “Should I pack my volt meter?”) You may have to water the ground stake and maybe the area outside the wire where a bear would stand.

2. Current fault. Make sure that nothing is causing a “short-circuit” where power from the fence is being rerouted or “leaked” to the ground. 

Grass or a branch could be touching (or too close) to a line. Disconnect the fence from the energizer before removing the cause of the short.

If you hear a crackling fizzle noise or see light arcing off your fence, that could also be a short. Shut down the fence and figure out what is touching or too close.

Finally, check that your fence is tensioned properly, because too much slack could make the polywire loop off one of those blue insulator clips and come into direct contact with a pole for a shortAgain, shut down the fence, straighten up the poles and tension the line once more.

Do not test the fence yourself! That’s the hard way.

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