It is important to replace your old rechargeable batteries when they run their life cycle; which is an average of about 2 years. When you purchase your solar lights from Your Solar Link, the rechargeable batteries are already installed in each and every solar light. Once you notice that the nighttime duration of your light has diminished and the lights are not as bright as before, it is probably time to replace your solar light rechargeable batteries.
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Types of rechargeable batteries.
Most solar garden lights need between 1 to 4 batteries to work. So, when replacing batteries where the light uses multiple batteries, be sure to keep the specifications consistent with the original batteries. 3 of the most common chemistry types of batteries used in garden solar lights are NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride), NiCd (Nickel Cadmium) and Lithium Ion. The most common sizes (and the ones we carry at Your Solar Link) are AA rechargeable batteries and AAA rechargeable batteries. The range in capacity (mAh, or milliAmp hours) can run from 300 mAh on up to 1200 mAh. The most commonly used capacities in solar garden lights are 300 mAh, 600 mAh and 1000 mAh. The NiMH rechargeable batteries at Your Solar Link are now equally priced and at times less expensive than their NiCd counterparts.
When it is time to change your solar light rechargeable batteries, the choice of battery also plays an important part in ensuring the enhanced performance of your solar lights. Nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH) can be used interchangably with NiCd chemistry lights and are the superior choice of battery for many reasons.
First, NiMH rechargeable batteries have a longer life cycle than their counterpart NiCd batteries; meaning they are capable of lasting longer both on and off the shelf; and are thus more reliable.
Second, NiMH rechargeable batteries are more environmentally friendly than NiCd batteries. The Cadmium in NiCd batteries is considered a toxic material and must be recycled and disposed of properly. It is recommended to recycle NiMH rechargeable batteries; but if no facilities are accessible or available, then they can go into the landfill.
Third, NiMH batteries will also withstand greater temperature fluctuations operating in temperatures ranging from -20 to 60 degrees Celsius (-4 to 140F). However, if the forecast calls for sub zero temperatures, it is recommended to take the rechargeable batteries out of your lights for the duration of the freezing weather.
And fourth (and most importantly), NiMH batteries have a "non-memory effect" which means they will charge to their maximum capacity with intermittent charging cycles between full sun days due to inclement weather. The battery performance on NiMH rechargeables will not be diminished by these partial charges, as what can occur with NiCd batteries. The absence of a memory effect leads to a longer lasting rechargeable battery and makes NiMH rechargeables the most cost effective choice to power up the solar lights around your home, garden and office.