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How to Trouble Shoot Functional Solar Light II

2016-07-20

Could it be the battery? Decorative Solar Light run off rechargeable batteries at night, if there is a problem with the battery, your lights will not come on at night.

To solve the problem of battery, firstly, inspect the battery compartment to make sure the battery is in securely and correctly installed. Typically, the battery compartment will have (+) and (-) markings to verify the correct direction. If there is no markings found in the compartment, the general rule is, the smooth/flat end of the battery should be placed in contact with the spring. The end of the battery with the "knob" should be placed in contact with the smooth/flat clip in the battery compartment.

Secondly, make sure the battery compartment is not corroded. If you find white or green powered substance on the connectors, clean with a small brush. You can also use a tip of an eraser to remove stubborn particles, make sure to remove any eraser debris prior to re-installing the battery. Also, clean the battery ends or replace the battery. And remember, when cleaning the battery compartment, be extra careful around the circuit board and any of the wiring.

Thirdly, you should wonder, are the batteries bad? The rechargeable batteries that are supplied in the solar lights from the manufacture may only last 6-24 months. A good way to test the battery is by placing the battery in a battery charger and see if it will charge. If you do not have a charger you can replace the battery with a standard battery (for testing purpose only). Then, cover the solar panel, if the light comes on, then the batteries need to be replaced. Most solar lights on the market today uses a rechargeable NiCad battery. NiCad batteries can be found at most any hardware store. However, never replace the batteries with a typical alkaline battery, because they can ruin the photovoltaic cells of the light.

Winter months or rainy months can also affect the way solar lights work. If you have several days of cloudy weather, the batteries will not charge fully causing your lights to not work or not illuminate long at night. After this accrues, make sure to give your lights at least 2 full sunny days to recharge the battery.

As you can see, maintaining your solar lights is not all that difficult and can be done by anyone. We encourage everyone to get out there and make your solar lights shine like new again.