Gallagher Adds Solar Kick To Mains Energizers
Smart technology has given Gallagher's latest energizer range a new level of flexibility and reliability making them suitable for use in even the remotest, toughest farming locations.
The new MB (mains-battery) MB1000i, MB1800i and MB2800i Energizers are founded on the well established reputation of the company's mains powered i Series Energizers, but have incorporated a battery-solar power source capability into their systems.
The latest models have a socket system that enables a connection direct to mains power, or can be connected to a solar charged battery for use in locations where mains power is not an option.
Gallagher product manager Brian Rose says the system has also incorporated much of the intelligent technology built into the company's hugely successful portable Solar Energizers that have revolutionised electric fencing flexibility with battery-solar technology.
"The MB Series have a regulator mounted with the solar panels to maintain the amount of solar energy needed to charge the battery, while the unit itself has the smarts to know the status of the battery, and regulate its power output accordingly."
Should the unit go for a sustained period of low sunshine hours, it will adjust the level of power output and pulse frequency to maximise the battery's life and maintain fence operation.
With 10 joules of stored energy the MB1000i has the ability to power up to 40ha, whereas the MB1800i and MB2800i power up to 75ha and 120ha respectively.
Along with the robustness of the i Series Energizers, the MB Series also incorporate the ancillary features that make that range so popular with farmers.
"They include the remote fault finding feature that enables the farm to be separated into zones that report back to the Energizer. It enables alerts to be sent, should a fault be found, and ensures that fault is a lot easier to identify within a certain area of the farm."
Brian says under the hood of the Energizers considerable work has been done to ensure they can withstand the tough climatic conditions they will be subjected to. All circuit boards have been specially treated to protect them from debilitating moisture incursion.
The new MB units will be on display at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays, and will be in rural service stores by May.