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Digital Voltmenter – Northern Ireland

At Killyless Stores in Northern Ireland we sell PEL Digital Voltmeters which can be used to locate a fault in you electric fence. If your fence has failed or your animals have gotten out then here is a quick method for checking the fence with a PEL Digital Voltmeter:


To locate a fault in the fence line:

1 Push the black earth probe into the soil and clip the red fence clip to the live fence wire. (For a DVM with clips fitted, clip the black earth clip to the earth wire and the red fence clip to the live fence wire). Note the voltage reading for the entire fence.

2 Disconnect a section of the fence and take a voltage reading of the remainder of the fence. Repeat for each section of the fence. If the voltage reading is significantly higher than the reading for the entire fence, this indicates a fault in the disconnected section.

3 Within the faulty section, take voltage readings every 100 m (330í) until the fault is located.

and here is what to do it you want to measure the energiser output voltage.

1 Disconnect the fence wires from the energiser terminals.

2 Hold the black earth probe against the earth terminal. Clip the red fence clip to the energiser’s fence output terminal. (For a DVM with clips fitted, clip the black earth clip to the earth terminal and the red fence clip to the fence output terminal)

3 Take a voltage reading and compare with the manufacturers specifications for the energiser.

(Source: PEL website)

For more information about the PEL Digital Voltmeter call in at Killyless Stores in Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Digital Voltmeter from Killyless Store Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland agricultural merchants Killyless Stores sell Digital Voltmeters. A Digital Voltmeter is an invaluable piece of kit for anyone who regularly uses an electric fence on the farm. If you find that you electric fence is behaving badly a digital voltmeter can help you get to the bottom of the problem, whether it is a short circuit or a filing in the equipment.

Digital Volt meter

The PEL Digital Voltmeter enables accurate testing of your fence and energiser earth system.

  • Earth probe provides accurate fence to ground voltage measurements
  • Readings from 200 V to 9,900 V in 100 V increments
  • Rugged design
  • Automatic On/Off
  • Replaceable 9 V battery with a life of up to 18 months.

* Product warranty excludes battery. Batteries fitted inside management tools have a 90 day warranty.

For more information about the PEL Digital Voltmeter call in at Killyless Stores in Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Electric Fences for Horses

Killyless Stores sell several different electric fence systems which are suitable for horse, cattle and any farm livestock. An electric fence is very helpful as it can separate you animal fro dangerous places, allow for strip grazing and is inexpensive and flexible.

Photo Credit: Jenny Downing; Creative COmmons

Photo Credit: Jenny Downing; Creative Commons

It is light and easily set up and moved and cheap to run. Horses tend to learn to avoid the electric fence quite quickly and will graze close by without touching it. Horses are one of the easiest animals to fence in as they generally have all that they need as long as they are given food and water which keeps them from wanting to wander through the fence. However horses are highly intelligent and if the fence has malfunctioned or turned itself off then it won’t be long before your horse finds out and may get loose.

Killyless Stores sell Electric Fences at our online shop, which you can see here, or call into our shop at 26 Lisnahunshin Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena or call on 028 2588 0233 and ask for our advice about Electric fences for horses.

Hotline 150 Electric Fencer – Buy Online – Northern Ireland

Killyless Stores online shop is offering the Hotline 150 Electric Fencer for £92.50 (excluding tax).Killyless Stores know that electric fencing is an effective tool for economic and healthy management of your land and animals. It offers a portable and cost effective alternative to more traditional forms of fencing. With the ever increasing popularity of growing your own fruit and veg and rearing of poultry, Hotline has developed electric fencing products which are flexible, easy to set up and have a low visual impact to protect the fruits of your labour from a range of predators.

• 0.065 Stored joulesHotline-Harrier-150-300x300
• Uses 6v internally housed battery (P44)
• 1km Fence length
• High and low power settings
• Battery life approx. 11 – 15 weeks

Click here to visit the Killyless Stores online shop and view the Hotline 150 Electric Fencer.

Buy online – Electric Fencer – Northern Ireland

Mains Fencer Pel 401 – Buy Online Killyless Stores


At Killyless Stores online shop you can buy a Mains Fencer PEL 401 online for £135 (price excludes VAT). The Mains Fencer PEL 401 offers a practical and simple electric fence for livestock control. The Mains Fencer has the following features;

  • 2 stored joules
  • 1 output joule
  • Fence up to 15 acres
  • Power 6 miles / 10km of wire
  • Needs 1x 5ft Earth bar
  • EU A11 and A12 compliant

Click here to buy the Mains Fencer online now from Killyless Stores. Delivery costs apply within the UK and Northern Ireland or take advantage of our free local pickup for those in the Ballymena area.

To view the full range of products on sale at Killyless Stores online shop click here. If you have any further questions about any products or the Mains Fencer PEL401 call 028 25880233 or stop in with us here at Killyless Stores, 126 Lisnahunshin Road, Cullybackey, Ballymena.

Mains Fencer PEL401 – Buy Online – Killyless Stores

Tips on the use of Electric Fencers


Tips on the use of Electric Fencers – Killyless Stores

Farm fencing in Ireland can be divided into two categories:

  • Temporary Fencing
  • Permanent Fencing.


Temporary Fencing is used to enable farmers to control livestock by using a Dry or Wet Cell battery fencer, plastic or steel posts and with tape or polywire to fence the area required.


It is ideal for controlling paddock size and optimising use of wet areas. By using  battery or solar powered fencers, temporary fence posts, tape or polywire farmers can control livestock, reduce land damage and increase profits through better pasture management.



The use of battery powered fencers means batteries have to be either recharged or replaced at a serious cost of both time and money to the farmer.

Solar Powered Fencing is a low cost, efficient and effective way of controlling livestock in areas where mains power is not available. They are designed to work in our climatic conditions and give adequate voltage on the fence wire to control livestock under vegetation growth conditions ie 100 Ohms resistance.

By using a  Solar Fencer, farmers can permanently fence outfarms without having to worry about the battery running down or having to recharge or replace batteries. They can manage paddocks more efficiently, improve pasture management, increase profits and achieve peace of mind. To date we have many thousands of units working satisfactorily in Ireland and the UK.


  • Removes cost of replacement batteries.
  • Battery charged during daylight hours.
  • Removes problem of recharging batteries.
  • Continuous charge prolongs battery life.
  • Is reliable and cost effective.
  • Is environmentally friendly.


Permanent fencing consists of 1 single strand of 12.5 gauge galvanised wire erected permanently using a high output joule fencer and high quality insulators and accessories. Three or more strands may be needed for control of sheep.

Usually erected around the farm boundaries, farmers then subdivide the area into paddocks by using a reel, polywire and plastic or pigtail posts. By using the backgrazing method farmers can adjust the paddock size according to number of livestock or grass growth conditions.

Just as higher water pressure in a pipe leads to more water leakage, high voltage on a fence wire leads to greater power loss through small or poor quality insulators. All electric current wants to get back to source. Therefore power on the fence wire wants to get back to the fencer via the earth field. Remember 10 volts lost through each of 100 insulators amounts to 1000 volts lost off the fence wire.


Permanent Fencing Explained:Temporary Fencing is ideal for livestock control where permanent fencing is not an option. It is low cost, versatile and can be adapted to meet any situation. It is ideal for out farms, rented land or anywhere where short term livestock control is required.

Understanding Fencing Terms:

Voltage:                       Power on the wire that controls livestock.

Joules:                          The horsepower of each fencer that drives volts along the wire.

Stored Joules:           The horsepower in the fencer.

Output Joules:               The real horsepower of the fencer: Approx two thirds stored joules.

Eg. 15 stored joules= 10 output joules.

Testing Your Fencer:

No Load:                     Voltage in the fencer.

500 Ohms:                   Voltage on wire under perfect conditions.

100 Ohms:                   Voltage on wire under grass growth conditions.

Note: Voltage on fence wire should not drop below 2000 volts for effective livestock control.

Choosing a fencer:

  • 1 output joule will drive volts along 6 miles/10km of wire in perfect condition.
  • Decide on area and type of land to be fenced.
  • The type of stock to be controlled.
  • Choose a fencer larger than required to allow for fence additions.

Erecting your fencer:

  • Erect fencer in a cool, dry, well ventilated shed.
  • Erect fencer out of reach of children or animals.
  • Connect  underground/ lead out wire from fencer terminal to fence wire.
  • Connect  underground/ lead out wire from fencer terminal to first earth rod.

Earthing your fencer:

  • Choose an earth site that is moist and a least 33ft (10 mtrs) away from:
  • –         Any earth stake for any other electrical system.
  • –         Any telephone earth stake.
  • –         Any water pipes including disused water pipes.
  • –         Any building using structural steel or reinforced metal in the ground.

NB: Never choose an earth site near a dairy or milking parlour.

Why we use Output Joule Technology:

Our moist climate, long growing season and retention of hedges places more pressure on farm fences. Heavy vegetation growth places a resistance of 100 Ohms on fence wire, The minimum voltage required to control livestock is 2000 volts. The Joules or Horsepower in an output joule fencer will reach maximum output joules at maximum resistance on the fence wire, ie 2000 volts minimum under heave vegetation growth. They are designed to give adequate voltage on the fence wire under heavy vegetation growth.

In Ireland a 5 output joule fencer would fence between 60 and 70 acres because of the reasons stated above. In Europe or any country where summers are drier and the removal of hedges would enable a 5 joule fencer to fence about 300 acres.

For further information or to purchase your electic fencer online visit our online store