Solar water fountains Q&A
Last week we talked about solar water fountains. This week I would like to answer some of the questions that came up. Solar water fountains are becoming a very attractive piece for those of us without electrical outlets because of the ease of installation. So to the questions we received
What are the different types of solar fountains and how do they work?
There are two types of solar water fountains.
Standard solar fountains do not store solar power; they operate only when the panel is placed in direct sunlight. The panel is connected to the pump via a cord but they do not have a battery pack. Without direct sunlight, the fountain will no longer run until after the sun comes out again.
Solar-on-demand fountains have the ability to operate on solar power or battery power. In direct sunlight, the pump will be powered by solar energy and the battery pack will be recharged via that solar energy. When direct sunlight isn't an option, you have the option of running the solar fountain via battery power.
How long do solar-on-demand batteries last?
The lifespan of a battery usually lasts between 12-18 months, but with repeated charge and discharge cycles, the battery capacity may reduce. You can try to max charge the battery by leaving the panel in the sun for 2-3 sunny days to allow for a maximum charge. If the max charge does not help the battery, then you will need to replace it. To replace it, open the battery cover on the back of the solar panel and replace the batteries with 4 standard AA size rechargeable batteries.
How far away can I put the solar panel?
All solar fountains come with a cord that connects the fountain pump to the solar panel. The length varies among manufacturers and fountain models, usually you get a cord between 9.5 feet and 16 feet long. This length should be found in the specs tab on our product pages. Some models allow for a 16ft extension to the cord, which allows for an ample 32 feet between fountain and panel.