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Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty #4780487
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Maybe I'm just buying the el-cheapos but I'll be lucky if these solar lights last for one season. How good are the ones you have ?

These type of lights >>>>>


Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4780526
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It's ALWAYS the rubbish NiCd batteries.

I take them out, and replace them with used regular alkalines (not blowacell, they hate being recharged...Varta work best)..get more life out of a used alkaline in them than the original NiCd.

Local hardware store sells NiMH replacements...but they cost, alkalines don't.

Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4780552
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This is about the quality of the lights. Mostly the solar panel.

Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4780570
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Mine were cheap but lasted 6 years so far . They have trouble lasting a full night ( does anyone has lights that are still bright before sunrise? ). I picked up some higher capacity batteries to see if that was the problem, but no, for mine it’s the cheap panels that point straight up. I keep hearing how panels are getting better but I see mostly advertised as “bright for up to 8 hours” Well, that can mean 6 hours.

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Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4780673
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The cheap ones don't last long. The ones that have glass(?) solar panel seem to last longer than the plastic ones that haze. And the batteries they come with suck like someone else mentioned. Ikea has some really good prices on high capacity rechargeables so I replaced some of mine with them. They also need a lot of sun to reach full capacity. When it's overcast and rainy here, they don't charge.


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Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4780927
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The cheapest might last me a year. Grade up or two could get me two. They might last longer if I took them inside during winter, but I think that defeats their purpose. I just replace every so often. Usually they get whacked by a shovel in winter, or our freeze/thaw cycles get 'em.


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Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4781974
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Re: Solar Pathway Light - Reliabilty [Re: Warstud] #4782447
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If you want you can get rechargeables with a higher mAhr rating like these 700 mAh Nickel Metal Hydrides I got off Amazon. However, my panels could not put out enough power to chargel them to capacity in one day. The batteries with the cheap solar lights are usually 400 mAhr.








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