We have quite a few solar lights in our back garden and now a few don't seem to light up at night.I have never been sure if you are supposed to charge them up yourself or are they charged by the sunlight.These are the type we use.
Pack of 4 BuyaBattery Branded AAA Rechargeable Solar Light Batteries 600mAh 1.2V NiMH for Garden Solar Lights
I was thinking of buying a packet
Does anyone know what we need to do.Thank's
These batteries have a limited life. Generally speaking they tend not to be the best in terms of quality to start with, and they give up sooner than you might expect.
As the others have said, they are charged by the solar charging panel, and that acquires a film of dirt over time, or the face material degrades. Fitting new batteries will help, but you do need sunlight to charge them during the day.
I've replaced most of mine as original batteries worn out and weren't holding the charge/recharging in sunlight. Quick clean and polish of solar charging panel and new rechargables put in. I occasionally put the batteries in my charger to 'top them up'.
What would happen if I used ordinary rechargeable batteries or even ordinary non rechargeable batteries.One of the lights that does not work is only about 2 months old.We bought two packs of these 4 in a pack.1 set lit up the other did not I then swapped the batteries around and the one that did light up still lit up and the one which failed to light still did not light so it was not the battery.Any ideas.Thanks