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Author Topic: 12v energisers  (Read 156 times)


  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cattle and sheep!
12v energisers
« on: October 16, 2019, 07:58:11 am »
For decades we've sworn by Hotline but the 2 recent additions to the family, Falcons, have died at 3 and 4 year old! My 2 older fencers, also Falcons, over 25 years old have also recently died. Always happens all at once!

Apparently there is a known fault in the newer models!

So, can anyone suggest a strong 12v fencer as good as or better than the Falcon? To me they are best allrounders, boundery, silage, strip! Repairs are half the cost of a new fencer but guarantees are a year then again I worry about hotline parts.

Not too expensive though as I need 2!

Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!
Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: 12v energisers
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2019, 08:17:04 am »
I am not much help as we have Hotline Gemini here.  One broke under warranty and it went for mending.  The local ag store lost it whilst it was being delivered back to me so gave me a new one.  The repaired one turned up about 4 months later.  I have 4 in total as used in several sites, including one always attached to the mains for the near fields.


  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: 12v energisers
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 11:11:52 am »
I have had similar experiences with the Hotline, I thought I'd pay the extra and have one that would ;last but it stopped working just outside the warranty :(

I have three in use at the moment and have been buying the Xstop ones from Ebay for around £45-£50, they last a couple of years and for that price you don't mind so much when they stop working!


  • Joined Jun 2017
Re: 12v energisers
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2019, 02:26:45 pm »
All Hotline here too and some of ours are ancient! - there are a couple we bought used from farm sales & one came from eBay virtually new & in huge bundle of fencing from someone giving up horses. We didn’t pay so much second hand - or there was plenty of other fencing kit so not so much of a risk. I’m sorry to hear the quality has dropped though, too many things that could last have become “consumables”. If the older ones are more reliable then maybe worth considering someone selling a used older one?


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