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Spring cleaning includes Spring upgrades …. time to replace those batteries in your solar garden lights!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on February 18, 2015 in Creative Solar, Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: 2 Comments »

As we approach the Spring months of longer sunny days, fresh strawberries and cleaning up around the house, we also are upgrading our landscaping. This includes changing out those old batteries in the solar lights around the house and in the garden.

1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries for solar lights.

1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries for solar lights are in! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

For many solar owners out there, the first culprit in a lower-output (or non-functioning) solar light is an outdated and expired battery (or batteries). Typically, rechargeable batteries in solar lights last about 2 years under continuous/daily use. The two dominant rechargeable battery chemistries on the market are NiCd and NiMH (Lithium is slowly gaining momentum). NiCd and NiMH can be used in place of each other (where there are 2 or more batteries in a light, use the same chemistry and specifications), but NiMH are tops for performance and reliability. Your Solar Link now carries both 600 mAh NiMH and 1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries, both in a 5-pack and 10-pack option. And the prices are unbeatable!  Seriously!

1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries in a powerful 10-pack!

1000 mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries in a powerful 10-pack! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Remember to recycle your old rechargeable batteries at your local facilities. Some big box stores accept them (check with their customer service representatives) as well as waste management services (electronics recycling days, etc.) Be sure to check with them before you take the batteries for recycling/drop off.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

NiMH rechargeable batteries for Spring! Gonzo approved!

NiMH rechargeable batteries for Spring! Gonzo approved! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

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  1. Rick Reidt Rick Reidt says:

    I have some solar yard stakes, like acrylic lighted hummingbirds that light up and change color at night. They do not stay lit very long anymore.Do I need to change a solar battery? I have never taken the solar panel device apart on the stakes. What kind and how many solar batteries for each stake will I need? Please reply asap with type and price. Thank you

    • Hello Rick,

      If you have had the solar hummingbird lights for a couple of years, then yes, you may need to change out the rechargeable batteries. The batteries have a typical lifespan of about 2 years, and this is the most common reason why solar lights stop working (or stay on for a shorter duration at night compared to when you first purchased them.)

      Solar garden lights on the market use an array of batteries with variations in the following: chemistry (NiMH, NiCd, or Lithium), size (AA, AAA, or fractional sizes of each), Voltage (1.2 Volts for NiMH/NiCd chemistry and 3.2 Volts for Lithium chemistry), and storage capacity (mAh, milliAmp hours). You would need to access the battery compartment on your lights to determine which battery will work for your replacements as the original batteries should have their specification listed on them.

      Just be sure the keep the specifications of chemistry consistent with the replacements. You can use NiMH in place of NiCd (and vice versa). However, we recommend using NiMH as they are not classified as a toxic material (the Cadmium in NiCd batteries is classified as such and requires proper recycling/disposal). Do not use Lithium batteries in a NiMH/NiCd light as the higher Voltage from the Lithium batteries will permanently damage the components (specifically, the LEDs) of your solar hummingbird lights. Conversely, if you use a NiMH/NiCd battery in a Lithium light, then the Voltage will be too low to illuminate the LED and it may not turn on at all during the evening hours.

      Hopefully this helps and that you are able to get your hummingbird lights up and running again soon.

      Thank you,

      Mario @ Your Solar Link

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