New Solar Energy Possibilities for Homes
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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.
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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...

What powers a solar street light? The same thing that starts cars every day…. rechargeable batteries!

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on November 29, 2014 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

The new kids on the block are starting to take the world by storm, and are only going to grow in popularity and efficiency. No, they’re not a pop sensation of teens singing songs of growing up and high school sweethearts. The new kids are solar street lights that will bring energy production and dispersement directly at the site of the light itself. Solar street lights have come a long way since their piecemeal configurations of large solar panels and inefficient luminaires. Today, companies such as SolTek Renewables are working to supply customers across the globe with a new generation of area lighting that is on par and above the standards of conventional lighting methods. Their lights use CREE LED fixtures that are highly efficient, safe to use, generate minimal heat and produce illumination (in foot candles) that often exceeds traditional non-LED luminaires. With these positive aspects, the most cost-effective energy source to power LED luminaires is by employing sealed lead-acid gel rechargeable batteries, much like what is in most cars on the roads today.

Solar street light battery specifications and underground installation. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Solar street light battery specifications and underground installation diagram. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

So, why use a lead-acid battery as opposed to a Lithium battery? First, the cost of lead-acid batteries is within the economic realm of most users. Their capacity is high for the size and initial investment, so they are the chemistry of choice for solar street lights. Being that the batteries are essentially car batteries (and comparatively priced), they are 95% recyclable and have a typical life-span of 5 to 7 years. Coupled with a smart controller that regulates the charge from the battery to the LED fixture at night, lead-acid batteries have a system autonomy of anywhere between 3 to 6 days (typically toward 6 days). This means that the solar panel will collect photons (light) from the sun in a span of 2 to 4 hours and charge the battery to capacity. At night, the light will illuminate with a steady discharge from the lead-acid battery as specified by the controller. If the following 3 to 6 days are occluded with thick cloud cover or stormy conditions, the battery will continue to operate as intended over the next 3 to 6 days until it needs the 2 to 4 hours of sunlight to get a full charge again.

SPG solar path light collection and storage unit with installation in Colorado. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

SPG solar path light collection and storage unit with installation in Colorado. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

What does this mean for regions where sunlight is more likely to be out more than once every 6 days (realistically, how often, if ever, does that happen)? It means that illumination autonomy can be achieved by users/owners of solar street lights. It means that you are now 100% energy efficient with regard to generation and use. It means you are using 100% renewable energy. It means local energy generation, thus eliminating the dirty energy of coal and oil sources. It means savings for your local economy as you have eliminated fees incurred by local utility companies (they can raise the rates all they want, you are not paying a penny to them with autonomous street lights). It means it can happen now (2 months installation from factory to site). It means that you save money from the get-go as you have eliminated trenching and expensive wiring to the utility grid.

Stay tuned for our next blog on the CREE LED luminaires that are used in the solar street lights from SolTek Renewables. Reliable, clean and effective lighting is here to stay.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Lumina solar street light at night for community in Santee, CA. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

Lumina solar street light at night for community in Santee, CA. Image courtesy of www.soltekrenewables.com.

NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable batteries are here for garden solar lights!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on November 28, 2014 in Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: 3 Comments »

Everyone is talking about it and few have the answer to “where can I get some?”  Well, they have now been added them to the online store at www.yoursolarlink.com.  What are they?  Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries for garden solar lights!  And these are THE best deal anywhere.  Only $20 for 10 rechargeable batteries (that’s 2 bucks a battery) delivered!

NiMH Rechargeable Batteries for garden solar lights.

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

The current stock of NiMH solar light batteries consists of AA NiMH 600 mAh 1.2 Volt rechargeables.  Why are NiMH so popular?  It’s like this:

1.  No memory effect.  That means that they will charge to their rated capacity for the duration of their life cycle (about 2 years) in full sunlight.  NiCd batteries will develop a memory of charging to lower capacities during cloudy days  (say, it’s sunny for the first couple of hours then a storm moves in, thus only getting enough charge for part of the evening).  Then, on the next sunny day, the battery will have a lower capacity (ceiling) to which it will charge.  Thus, a memory of only being able to charge to 80% (for example) of its intended capacity.

2.  No Cadmium!  Cadmium is considered a toxic element and needs to be disposed of properly via recycling services.  Many stores (Target, Staples, Best Buy, etc.) often offer receptacles at their stores where they accept batteries for disposal/recycling.  This is the sure way to divert the Cadmium batteries from landfills.  NiMH rechargeable batteries can discarded in the trash, but it is of course best to recycle them as with their Cadmium counterparts.  Why use Cadmium batteries?  They are cheaper than Metal Hydrides and are more readily available at many online stores…. until now!

3.  NiMH can replace NiCd batteries for solar garden lights.  Just be sure that if your light uses 2 or more batteries, then use 2 or more NiMH rechargeable batteries to get your lights energized.

4.  Metal Hydrides are typically more expensive than Cadmium batteries, but not at Your Solar Link.  They are the same price!  So, you will be getting a superior battery at the same exact price, no strings attached.

10 pack of NiMH rechargeable batteries from Your Solar Link.

10-pack of NiMH Rechargeable Batteries from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

These batteries go fast, but Your Solar Link is constantly replenishing their stock with NiMH rechargeable batteries and will be adding various mAh ratings soon.  If they are sold out, just send them a quick message that you would like to get on the list to expedite processing for the next shipment.

Cheers from Your Solar Link!

Solar on!

Mario

Getting the word out about solar security lights, a real and viable option that is easy on the wallet and the environment!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on November 3, 2014 in Creative Solar, Solar News, Solar Products Customers' Reviews - Comments: No Comments »

We recently had an inquiry about solar security lights and would like to share that information with all you solar enthusiasts and those who simply want to get security lighting up and running quickly. So, here it is…..

Letter to inquirer (abbreviated):

In reference to your question regarding the Newhouse light that you purchased (NHSDM), we don’t carry that design, but are familiar with this particular model. Attached are some images of what we believe you may have. If it is, there are a few things to try and troubleshoot its operation. There are a few options that this manufacturer (for the NHSDM) has as far as battery capacity and chemistry:
1.  Fixed Lithium battery (3.2 Volt) that is not intended to be replaced at the end of its typical 2-year life cycle. Once that model has expired its battery, then it will need to be discarded.
2.  Removable Lithium battery (3.2 Volt) that can be replaced at the end of its life cycle. The procedure requires a bit of care in removing the screws with a small-point Phillips screwdriver (the cross-hatch point screwdriver), but it can be done and doesn’t take too long to do.
3.  Removable NiCd or NiMH AAA batteries (1.2 Volt) that can be replaced at the end of their life cycle (this model usually has 3 batteries to reach to desired Voltage to power the LEDs). Again, the procedure requires care, but can be done.
Competitor's solar light with fixed/one-time-use battery.

Competitor's solar light with fixed battery. Image courtesy of www.amazon.com.

We have heard from customers (and we have one ourselves that we use for an alley gate here in San Diego) that the one we sell has had pretty good operational performance. Meaning, it can charge under a day’s sunlight and emit light on following evenings where the days were cloudy. It has a great system autonomy for a solar light of its size and price. Furthermore, it uses the removable Lithium battery, which itself is a higher performing battery than the NiCd and NiMH chemistries (which is probably why the Lithiums are a little bit more expensive).
So, if you haven’t tried to get to the batteries yet and you have had it for more than a year, you may want to try the procedure of opening the light to see what rechargeable battery you will need.  You will need to stay with the chemistry that is in your light (if you are able to open it and it is either point 2 or 3 above).  Be sure not to put a Lithium battery into a NiCd/NiMH light as the Lithiums will burn out the components almost instantly).
As for the decision of purchasing a different model/design of security/spot light, there are many options on the market to choose from. From our experience and customer reviews, the best light for reliability, output and longevity is the Solar Security Light with 32 LEDs. This particular light uses a lead-acid battery, so the autonomy keeps it running without any hiccups. It is a bit more expensive than others, but it has had a positive effect for customers. It automatically turns on when someone approaches, and stays on so long as there is motion. There are options on the light where you can set it to stay on for anywhere from 30 seconds up to a few minutes. The light output is comparable to a 20 Watt CFL (those curly lights that are sold in most hardware stores), so it has a great effective light range and will activate when motion is detected at about 15 feet from the light.
Solar security light with 32 LEDs.

Solar security light with 32 LEDs in action. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

A less-expensive option would be the 36 LED Solar Security Light. This model uses NiCd batteries and also has a long system autonomy. It is as reliable as the 32 LED light and has a longer lead wire (the wire from the solar panel to the light unit), making it more concealable where there are long overhangs and eaves on homes. Attached are some images of this light (with the house that has the curved archway) to give you an idea of what the output and coverage looks like. An added feature to this light is that there is a setting that keeps 4 of the LEDs on all night. When motion is detected, all of the LEDs are activated (for a duration that you can set of 5 to 30 seconds). We have one installed and use it as a porch light that is in the motion-only mode and have only had to replace the batteries once in 2 years. Even on cloudy days, it retains its charge, so it is very reliable.
36 LED motion sensor solar light.

36 LED motion sensor solar light in day, night and action. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

There are other options available, but from what we can gather, these two may be the best for your particular use. All of the solar security lights have a lead wire (with the exception of the one like yours, which is an all-in-one design), so you can place the solar panel some distance away from the light unit itself on an overhang, roof, eave, etc. The benefits of solar security lights are that they are relatively easy to install, are safe (no high voltage wires to deal with), can be located at remote locations where electricity supply is not available, produce effective lighting for their purpose and are reasonably priced. Hopefully the information above helps with your project and that you are able to get a lighting system that works for your home to keep it safe and illuminated at night.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us at any time at our contact information below.
Thank you for your inquiry with us at Your Solar Link. We are here to help.
Regards,
Solar on!
Solar water pump in a courtyard fountain.

Solar water pumps can be used creatively in a courtyard fountain. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Reading lights for your backyard, camping and bedside have gone solar!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on November 2, 2014 in Creative Solar, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

So you are looking for a light to use for bedside reading just before catching some shut-eye? Maybe you need to get to sleep and need that extra help from your Architecture text books to put you into a lullaby state of mind. Whatever your choice of printed word, you are going to need some lighting element, so why not use a solar reading light? Your Solar Link has just the thing for you. The LED Reading Light (now in red. The light cover, not the color of the light itself.) is available and ready for your home, patio or camping pleasure.

LED Reading Solar Light from Your Solar Link.

LED Reading Light from Your Solar Link clips onto and sits on tables, books, etc. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

A very bright light for just 1 LED (it’s not your run-of-the-mill LED light) and rechargeable under the sun, it is a surefire way to brighten up any dark space. Mobile, clippable (is that even a word?) and easily disassembles to pack into your knapsack, the LED Reading Light is an economical reading light to accompany you wherever you go. Rightly priced at just $30 (that’s delivered to your door, no other fees!) and ready to go out of the box. You will be impressed by the versatility, utility and longevity of this solar light that is sure to beat the competition. And a great gift idea just in time for the holidays.

LED Reading Solar Light at night.

LED Reading Solar Light at night, it really is that bright! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar Accent Light from Your Solar Link.

Solar Accent Light from Your Solar Link in a xeriscape setting. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Recycling solar panels: It will need to happen, and when it does, will we be ready?

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on November 1, 2014 in Solar News, World News - Comments: No Comments »

So the drive to install and implement solar panel systems onto our roofs and the utility grid system is in full force. And the speed is picking up. In France alone, 50,000 tons of potential waste is generated every year in the form of solar panels. Well, the average life span of the current design of solar panels is about 20 years. That means that in a short 20 years from now, those solar panels will need to go somewhere, and the landfill is not where we want them to end up. The only honest solution is to have them recycled. The current trend for recycling old solar panels is to divide the components of glass (panel cover) and aluminum (framing) to be recycled, while the remaining silicon, silver and tin are discarded as the return on selling these final 3 materials is not cost-effective for recycling centers.

Sea of solar panels.

A sea of solar panels that will someday need to be recycled. Image courtesy of www.eco-business.com.

The private sector is of course working on ways to maximize the total recovery of a given solar panel, but progress is slow and may not be to the benefit for private industry. It may very well be up to government entities to step in and take the reigns of recycling as part of their national agendas. The benefit of government control is that the energy created for its citizens is used by its citizens. Therefore, it is in their best interest to maintain this social sustainability and energy autonomy without 3rd party direction or limitations. Providing energy to the citizens should be a priority of governments the world throughout. It is, as they say, a no-brainer.

In time those solar panels will reach the end of their life-cycle, something on a massive scale will need to happen. It is in the best interest for a society to have police services, firefighter/paramedic services and water municipalities. Energy is as necessary and should be included with these fundamental services to the general public. Recycling is just another component of the energy generation cycle. We have less than 20 years to get the system in place. And the clock is ticking…..

Solar panels among the clouds.

Solar panels enjoying their days in the sunshine. Image courtesy of www.oldcastleprecast.com.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar accent light among the flowers.

Solar accent light among the flowers of Balboa Park. 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.
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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.
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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

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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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