Here at Battery Depot, we’re constantly receiving emails from our customers. One of the most common emails that we get pertains to solar lights. You know them: those high-tech contraptions that you put out in your garden to collect solar energy throughout the day and to emit light throughout the night.
However, by the look of our inbox, it seems like lots of people are having issues with their solar lights. They write about “new solar lights not working,” they ask about charging “solar lights for the first time,” and they inquire “why their solar lights won’t work.” So, we wrote this guide to troubleshooting solar lights!
Busted Solar Lights – 8 Troubleshooting Tips
Here are a few steps that you can take to figure out (and fix!) when your solar lights aren’t working. As always, if you have any questions about the process, you can reach out to us today at Battery Depot.
1. Ensure that your solar lights are on. Believe it or not, solar lights have on/off switches. (They do!)
2. Look for a pull tab by the battery compartment. This is another no-brainer, but still…
3. Do a test run by covering the solar panel. A major feature of solar lights is that they only come on at night. Therefore, if you’re trying to test your lights during the day (to see whether they’re working), you should cover the solar panel with either your hand or a piece of dark cloth.
4. Thoroughly clean the solar panel. Over time, dirt and debris will collect on the face of the solar panel. You should wipe it down with a soft cleaning cloth and the appropriate cleaning solution.
5. Reposition the solar panel. Try to move it so that it’s more directly exposed to the sunlight.
6. Turn it off and let it charge for 72 hours. Now, we’re scraping at the bottom of the barrel. If none of the techniques outlined above seem to work, try to let it cycle through a “deep charge.”
7. Get in touch with the retailer. Perhaps the retailer or the manufacturer will have some advice that’s specific to that individual brand. Give them a call on the phone and see if they can help.
8. If none of those techniques help, then the battery is probably the culprit! Keep on reading.
Solar Light Problems – The Battery
These types of outdoor lights use rechargeable batteries to store the sun’s energy. In fact, it’s one of their four major components, along with the photovoltaic cell (the solar panel), the charge controller (which makes sure the batteries don’t get overcharged), and the LEDs themselves (which provide light).
Try briefly replacing the rechargeable batteries with fully charged disposable ones. If the lights come on, then you can be certain that you need new batteries; you’ll find them right here on BatteryDepot.com!
You Can Find All Your Replacement Battery Needs Here at Battery Depot!
Regardless of whether you’re looking for NiCad, NiMH, lithium-ion, or any other type of replacement battery for your solar lights, we can help. Together, we’ll get your solar lights back up and running ASAP.