New Solar Energy Possibilities for Homes
Guest Contributor post by Matt J @ South Shore Roofing A renewable energy system can be used to supply some or all of your electricity needs, using new and eco-friendly technologies. There are many different systems and technologies for powering your house while being eco-friendly and saving energy. One of the most popular and efficient systems is solar electric system, which includes solar...
Full mAh capacity range of NiMH (the good chemistry) rechargeable batteries for Solar Lights are now available!
Solar lights for the home and garden come with pre-installed, pre-charged batteries from most (safe to say, all) manufacturers when you buy them online or directly at stores. What many people don't realize is that these rechargeable batteries will eventually run their course and lose all of their effective capacity after about 2 years of nightly use. These solar light batteries are almost always r...
CES 2016: Solar Powered Gadgets of the Future.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a prominent global electronics and technology focused trade show that takes place every year in Las Vegas. Held in January each year, it is known for introducing the latest technology trends and most innovative electronics. This year, solar energy was at the forefront with a huge variety of tech that uti...
Holiday Gift Guide: Solar Tech for your Home, Kids, and the Outdoors.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor The gift that keeps on giving has never been greener, and the time to buy one for your friend or loved one is quickly approaching. This year for the holidays, instead of giving some trite piece of clothing or kitchen appliance, try looking for the perfect gifts for those eco-friendly friends who wants to help benefit the environment, or perhaps for a family...
The Benefits of Floatovoltaics.
by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor Now that most governments, environmental organizations, scientists and even the Catholic Church have agreed on the need to combat climate change, innovative solutions are being sought in many quarters. The old ways of doing things simply won't cut it now that we're aware of the harmful effects of traditional means of power generation, such as the burning of...

To charge or not to charge. Charge!

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on April 28, 2014 in Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

Juicebar solar charger. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com

Juicebar solar charger. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com

You may have seen them at your local big box stores, or even your specialty electronics shops. Being that you are here on the internet, you may have also seen them on websites and blogs. What are we talking about here?  Those varied devices known as solar chargers. There are a plethora of them on the market, and they are an ever-evolving and improving product that are finding their way into our homes and lives. But that is a good thing. Remember, as a solar community, we are here to get off-grid and become self-sufficient. This is exactly what the solar chargers enable us to do (little by little, but every bit counts).

Sunjack Solar Charger. Image courtesy of www.treehugger.com.

Sunjack Solar Charger. Image courtesy of www.treehugger.com.

Some companies offer solar chargers that are linked in a series, allowing for a greater charge of your particular device. For instance, a laptop computer or tablet may require more juice (and time) to charge than say a cell phone or small LED flashlight. The solar charger will generally collect energy (photons) from the sun and directly feed the battery of your device. Other solar chargers actually store energy that can be used later to charge your device (cell phones, etc.), which is a nice feature to have when you are hiking the open terrain and don’t want to plug your device into the solar charger while scrambling along the trail.

One of these “grab-and-store” devices is the Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger from www.yoursolarlink.com. Not only does it store enough energy to power your cellular devices, it is the same size (and smaller) than most smart phones out on the market. What’s more, they can be taken with you around the globe. They come with adapters to fit your device, so there is no need to buy a wall socket adaptor set when traveling overseas. The Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger is a smart investment and helps to get us off-grid and put the power of the sun in our pocket. Literally!

Solar Path Lights. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com

Solar Path Lights. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com

Steps to take with rechargeable batteries and your solar garden lights.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on April 23, 2014 in Solar Gardening, Solar News, Solar Products Customers' Reviews - Comments: No Comments »

Rechargeable batteries for solar garden lights.

Rechargeable batteries for solar garden lights. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

We have been getting numerous inquiries regarding rechargeable batteries and solar garden lights, so we are here today to help you determine some possible solutions to get your lights working properly and effectively.  Rechargeable batteries are one of the most important components of solar garden lights and are a simple issue to address.  Here are some likely scenarios:

1. Solar lights aren’t staying on after sunset. This may be due to a few issues in and of itself.

A) The rechargeable battery isn’t making a proper connection.  Somewhere along the circuitry line in your light there is a break or bad connection.  If the feed of electricity that is supplied by the solar panel during the day isn’t getting through, then the battery won’t charge to its full capacity, if at all.

B) The rechargeable batteries are getting a charge, but they aren’t storing it as they should.  This could be due to a faulty photoresistor that “thinks” it is dark out, thus running the LEDs during the day and using up charge from the rechargeable batteries, leaving only a residual light of a few hours after sunset.  This appears to be the most common culprit when it comes to a solar garden light “eating” its way through your rechargeable batteries.

C) The batteries are at the end of their life cycle.  Rechargeable batteries typically last for about 2 years of daily use before they need to be changed out and recycled.  One thing to remember about rechargeable batteries, the ones listed as Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) will acquire a “memory”, wherein the battery remembers its last capacity charge and only charges to that limited capacity on following charges.  In other words, if you have NiCd rechargeable batteries and they only charge to half their capacity during a cloudy period, then the following full sun days will only charge to the lower cloudy day capacity.  They still charge, but not to the level you may have seen when you first installed the batteries and it was sunny out during their initial charges/uses.  On the other end are the Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries which cost a little bit more but don’t acquire the “memory” effect as compared to their NiCd cousins.  And do make sure you have the proper type of battery in your solar lights.  There are Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries on the market, but they are specified for their particular device.  They generally produce a brighter light (as the LED is able to handle the power) and can fry out the circuitry on a device that is specified for NiCd or NiMH batteries. Just be sure you use the right ones!

2.  Solar lights aren’t going on at all at night. This may be a result of the above points, or it could be that the photoresistor isn’t working properly (if at all).  The photoresistor will “tell” the LEDs to activate at night (this is what is referred to as an Auto On/Off feature, so that you don’t have to manually turn them on and off every night).  If the photoresistor isn’t doing its job, then neither will any other component of your solar garden lights.

3.  Solar lights go on/off intermittently without me doing anything to them. This could be the result of a faulty switch and/or photoresistor.  If it is the switch, then you may want to wiggle the switch to see if you can get it to where the connection is made and the light stays on.  This issue happens, but not as frequently as battery issues.

4.  Solar lights won’t go on at all, even after I put in new rechargeable batteries. If this is the case and wiggling the switch doesn’t work, it could be that something in the circuitry has failed.  It could be the photoresistor, it could be that the solar panel is fogged over to the point of no return, or that rust has overtaken the internal circuitry.  If this happens, it may be best to recycle the old solar lights and replace the entire unit.  If you are electrically/mechanically inclined and have the resources for replacement parts, this may be along your lines of troubleshooting.  More than likely the solar light will need to be discarded properly and replaced with a newer model.  Most solar lights on the market are made to be affordable, so things will go wrong with them (the old adage, “you get what you pay for”).

Remember not to be discouraged by solar garden lights. They have their issues, but this is not commonplace when compared to their advantages.  They require no electricity, are quite simple to put almost anywhere around your home and garden, are safe for kids and pets (no 120 Volts of electricity by which to be shocked), are relatively affordable and most importantly, they get you that much more off the conventional electricity grid.  We want customers to have the added satisfaction that they are not contributing to the continuing cycle of oil and nuclear extraction/waste when customers simply want to add lighting elements to their homes and gardens.  Solar garden lights are the solution and we are here to help you achieve that goal.

Cheers from those of us at Your Solar Link.

Tiffany-style mosaic glass solar light.

Tiffany-style mosaic glass solar light. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Pretty flowers all year long, just add sunlight.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on April 2, 2014 in Latest Technology, Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

So you plant a garden, or even just a few flowers, around your home. The results are quite pleasing. Fresh aromas from flowering plants, enchanting foliage, growth and changing patterns, and if you are lucky, some interesting critters like ladybugs and mantids.  But the garden comes with a price. That of water, maintenance and if you add illumination or water features, electricity costs. You can bypass all of these costs by going solar with lights that mimic the visual beauty of garden variety flora.  They never have to be watered, groomed and best of all, continually paid for through your water and electricity bills.

Decorative Orange Onion Bloom Solar Light in full effect.

Decorative Orange Onion Bloom Solar Light in full effect. Image courtesy www.yoursolarlink.com.























Visit Your Solar Link to get in on getting off-grid and conserving resources (water, electricity and for some, patience). A beautiful addition to just about any garden and so easy to introduce.  Just push in the stake and turn them on. Now you have time to relax and enjoy the flowers!

Solar Flower Lights.

Solar Flower Lights looking into the sunset. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.


 
 


Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger.
This stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size Universal Battery Charger (Juicebar Solar Charger) is proven to be your best friend in a situation when conventional electric supply is not available or if you are trying to use eco-friendly renewable power supplies.
Great as a solar phone charger for any type of Mobile Phones, IPhones, PSA, PDA, Mp3 Players, Satellite Navigation, and much more.
Get it HERE.

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Solar Garden Lights


SOLAR PATH LIGHTS.
Stainless Steel Conical Solar Path Light (Set of 2).
Path solar lights are an excellent choice for lighting your garden paths, walkways, driveway perimeters and other regions in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.
Featured Stainless Steel Solar Light set uses 2 ultra-bright LEDs for maximum light output and minimum battery usage.
The lights are safe around kids and pets and water and corrosion resistant.
Read more HERE

STONE SOLAR SPOT LIGHTS.

Stone Solar Spot Lights (also known as Solar Rock Lights) completely camouflage with existing landscapes and look like any other rock in your garden.

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Solar Fountain Pump System

SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
How to start using ecologically friendly energy to power up your garden fountains and other garden water features?
Why not go with a solar powered water pump?
To accommodate your needs the Solar Fountain Pump Systems we carry range from 2 to 8 Watt. Browse our collection of solar water pumps for your fish ponds and solar fountains.
Enjoy your garden water features and your energy savings at the same time. Make a note of the various power levels and the flow rate of the solar water pumps before your purchase.
Please write us your review after your purchase. Your opinion is important to us!

HOW TO INSTALL A SOLAR PATH LIGHT.

Stone Cylinder Solar Path Lights (Set of 2).
See how easy it is to install a solar light. No wiring required!
In this particular case a ground fastener and a stake are included for quick and easy installation. Read more HERE

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DECORATIVE SOLAR ACCENT LIGHTS.

Solar accent lights (Set of 2) create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape.
They are designed to mark a place.


Super High Output Spot Light

Solar Spot Light - $26.99
Super High Output Spot Light (4 Super Bright LEDs). Free Shipping!



Solar spot lights like this one rely on energy from the sun to charge their batteries and provide light throughout the night.
This means that there is no need to tap into the electrical grid for these lights to operate.
The solar spot lights will work consistently, even if the whole neighborhood is dealing with a power outage.
Learn more about Solar Spot Lights at http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-spot-lights, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.

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