Fence testing equipment
It is important to know that the fence is operating properly. Several instruments can be used to check its operation:

  • An electrostatic voltmeter measures the voltage pulses of electricity produced by the
    energiser. It is particularly useful to detect if performance is deteriorating which will be
    reflected by a drop in voltage. It is the most commonly used type of fence tester.
  • A joulemeter measures the level of electrical energy of each pulse on the fence. The
    severity of shock sensation experienced by an animal is related to the level of electrical
    energy present. Therefore, it gives a better measure of fence performance than a
    voltmeter.
  • An electrical insulation tester measures the electrical resistance of the insulation of fence
    components such as insulators and the complete fence.
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