bought the 12 pack during the mehrathon. they’re ok. for 4 of them, i had to fiddle with the switch in order to get them to turn on at all. for 2 others, they’re very temperamental… the slightest jostle and they turn off. i say save your money and buy road flares instead.
yes, road flares. for whatever path you were going to light up. they’re much more welcoming than soft lighting.
With Irk’s endorsement, how can you not trust that these are the best solar powered yard lights there ever was or will be made. Opps, sorry. I have to remind myself this is not part of the campaign. But just know your neighbors are going to get these, because they are simply the best… Irk said so!!!
@Lynnerizer I feel like the duds are pretty easy to pick out. There have been so many items that I’ve seen listed that I know are just going to suck. Yet weeks later, there are people posting non-stop about how horrible their purchase is. This is one of those items.
These things are not waterproof…maybe weatherproof. Water eventually finds its way inside the housing and corrodes the battery and circuit board. What I have taken to doing is disassembling them and coating all exposed electrical contacts and components with layers of hot glue, which forms a boundary that keeps moisture out. The plus side is these particular lights appear to have the glass solar cells, which don’t deteriorate in the sun like the domed plastic ones do. A possible downside is that these may use the 1/2 AA battery size, which are harder to find when they inevitably cycle out, compared to a more standard AA or AAA rechargeable cell.
@PooltoyWolf@rjluehrs That’s what I’ve found, too. These cells are not affordable to replace. That said, I bought these lights and they are fine for our purpose–lining a dark walkway in our back yard, but they are SUPER dim. The stainless steel posts are so thin they can easily buckle when pushing the stakes into the ground. I wouldn’t buy these again.
@PooltoyWolf@rjluehrs The most common circuit of years past used NiMh, nickel metal hydride. The circuit is much simpler and does not need a significant inductor.
These days, LiIon batteries are cheaper per watt-hour, much smaller, and much lighter than NiMh. The higher the frequency of the voltage converter, the smaller the inductor. Electronics are always getting cheaper and smaller. While capacitor based circuits are much more complex, complexity doesn’t matter if it is all internal to an IC.
Meh rarely sells products that were designed recently, so I don’t expect to see LiIon based solar path lighting for less than a dollar per light on here for a couple more years.
LiIon already rules in the more expensive market, where the lights put out tens of lumens each for half the night.
@Bumplepimp I’d gladly give up our state income tax in exchange for a revenue neutral sales tax that exempted food. And thereby, in addition to moving to a smarter consumption tax, completely eliminate the state income tax return with all its baggage.
@Bumplepimp@RedOak Moving to a sales tax versus an income tax is the opposite of how an economist would say you should go. Sales taxes are regressive. They’re disproportionately born by the poor because they end up spending a higher percentage of their income on taxes than a wealthier person does.
@petefm815@RedOak Guess we are diverging from cheap Chinese solar lights, but I think the “sales tax” fairness concept breaks down when the people with Mega-Wealth register their yachts and planes in offshore holdings rather than pay the $100sK in taxes in the states where they “reside.”
EDIT and that would buy a whole S-lot of cheap Chinese solar lights. Which apparently Meh stockpiled for some odd reason even though .14 more expensive than at the $ store.
@Bumplepimp@petefm815@RedOak There are states with state income tax that also have sales taxes higher than, for example, the state of Washington that has no state income tax (ranked #5 highest). And Florida also has no state income tax is much lower than Washington, also lower than my average state income tax (and we have state income tax too). FL is ranked #23.
As a result moving to a state with no state income tax might end up being cheaper in the long run for even the poorer people.
This map shows AVERAGE state and local combined sales tax. In my state our local sales tax is 1% higher than shown so I guess we are ‘above average’ for our state.