When you first get your solar lights, it’s important to charge them up completely before using them. This usually takes about 8 to 12 hours of sunlight. The best place to do this is outdoors where they can get unobstructed sunlight throughout the day.
Do you have a set of solar lights that you’ve been wanting to use but haven’t gotten around to charging yet? You may wonder, how do you charge solar lights for the first time? It’s actually very easy and only takes a few simple steps. So read on for instructions on how to get your solar lights up and running in no time!
- 4 Simple Steps to Charge Your Solar Lights for The First Time
- Troubleshooting Tips to Fix Most Common Solar Light Issues
- Do Solar Lights Need to Be Turned on To Charge?
- How Long Do Solar Lights Need to Charge First Time?
- How to Charge Solar Lights with An On/off Switch?
- Why Is There an On/Off Switch on Solar Lights?
- Can I Put My Solar Light in The Shade?
- Can You Overcharge Solar Lights?
- Do I Have to Wait until The Battery Is Drained Before Recharging?
- Final Thoughts
4 Simple Steps to Charge Your Solar Lights for The First Time
Let’s get started with your new solar lights! These simple steps will have them charging up in no time.
Step One: Gather Supplies
The first thing we need to do is gather up all of our supplies. This includes:
- The stand for our solar light. It may come with one or you can use a piece of wood if it doesn’t come with one.
- A stake or bracket, which will attach to the stand to hold up our solar light
- The cover that protects the battery from rain
- A hammer and nails, depending on what type of surface we’re putting them onto.
- The battery (or batteries) for your solar light
With these supplies in hand, let’s move on to the next step!
Step Two: Get Everything in Place
The second step is getting everything in place.
Find a sunny spot to place our solar light in. A solar light does not need direct sunlight but it does need to be in an area where it will get sunlight for a good part of the day.
If you are using a stake or bracket, make sure to hammer it into the ground firmly so that it won’t move. Make sure the panel tilt angle is towards the sun if possible.
Then attach the plastic cover to the top of our solar light.
Step Three: Connect the Battery to Your Solar Light
The third step is to connect your rechargeable battery or batteries.
Take the cover off of your solar light and then connect the solar light batteries.
Check that there isn’t a little plastic tab that needs to be pulled to activate the battery.
Then put the cover back on top of our solar light so that it is protected from rain.
Make sure you follow the steps in the instructions booklet that came with your light because not every light has the same setup.
Step Four: Turn On The Solar Light And Charge It
The fourth step is to turn on your solar powered lights and charge it for 8 to 12 hours. Remember you can charge solar lights with artificial light, or even led lamps but it will take longer. When using artificial light sources you may have to charge for 72 hours instead!
Make sure to flip the on/off switch on the side or back of the light if your light has one.
With most solar lights you can tell it’s charging properly when the little green light on the front starts blinking. Once it’s been charged, that light will stay solid and you’re good to go!
Troubleshooting Tips to Fix Most Common Solar Light Issues
If your solar light is not working, there could be a number of causes. The most common causes are:
Not Enough Sun Exposure
The solar panel needs to be in a sunny location for the light to work properly. This means it should receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day (more is better).
Do not keep the light’s solar panels directly underneath trees and other tall objects that could block the view of the sun.
The Battery Is Not Inserted Correctly or Is Defective
If you have a light with more than one battery, make sure either the rechargeable batteries are inserted in the correct direction and that they are all fully charged. The solar battery of newly installed solar lights needs to have a full charge to work at maximum capacity.
The Solar Panel Is Dirty or Blocked
Clean the solar panel regularly with a soft cloth and warm soapy water to ensure maximum sunlight exposure.
If there is dirt or dust covering parts of the panel, then it will not be able to absorb enough sunlight.
If there are trees or shrubs blocking direct exposure on some days, try moving your solar lights around until you find a better place for them to go where this isn’t an issue anymore.
The Light Is Too Far Away from The Panel
If you have a light with more than one battery, make sure all batteries are inserted in the correct direction and that they are all fully charged.
If you still have problems with your solar lights after trying these tips, try contacting the manufacturer for help or getting a battery replacement.
Charging solar lights may seem daunting at first, but with these simple instructions, it’s a breeze!
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